Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Garden Dreams

This morning I found this little guy helping himself to a nice big breakfast on my basil plant. How dare you eat my basil plant before I’ve even had a chance to?!


I immediately clipped the leaf off and put him outside in my front yard (not before snapping a few photos first, of course). I was very upset, but didn’t have the heart to kill him.

Since we lived in a little condo without a yard or patio before moving in the house, I was eager to start planting things in the backyard. A few weekends ago I bought a few plants to grow in pots: a tomato plant, cilantro, basil and mint. Where I had enthusiasm and love for my plants, I lacked in my green thumb. Within two weeks of planting, my tomato plant and cilantro both died! I was totally devastated. I had dreams of having beautiful, ripe garden tomatoes this summer, but all of it – crushed!

It’s not that I thought I was a pro gardener, because I really don’t have much experience. I guess I was just spoiled by Sacramento climate and soil. It seemed like everything I put in the ground thrived without much effort.

Now that I’m in Phoenix for good, I definitely need to learn more about gardening in a desert climate. I’m going to buy tomato plant #2 and give it another go. Let me know if there are good gardening books you’d recommend. My beautiful tomato dreams must prevail!