Zone 9 is where we live. If you are a gardener, you will know that Zone 9 is not an easy place to try to grow anything because of the heat and hardness of the soil. So a few years ago, when we moved to an area in Zone 9, that had previously been used for farming, I was thrilled!
Growing up, my parents always had something growing in our yard – tomatoes, peppers, mint, berries; a vegetable garden was something I grew up with, and until I was older, I never realized how much I enjoyed gardening. So over the past three years, I have had a small vegetable garden in our backyard. Mind you, I can’t really call it a vegetable garden the first year, as I only got about 3 green onions from the plot the entire year! Year 2, was a bit better with some tomatoes, onions and lots of jalapenos, but it wasn’t until this year, Year 3 that we really started pulling in the loot! Peppers, Tomatoes, spinach, jalapenos, cucumbers, basil, mint, onions, and more! I was so excited that I decided that I wanted to expand my garden. Problem is, our current garden is in an area that only gets sun for about 3 months out of the year. I know, kind of odd for an area that has 350 days of sunshine a year!
Funny how things happen when you set intentions out in the world. My husband and I were debating how to expand our garden, and out of the blue, I heard about a local neighborhood that was starting a community garden! So, I’m all signed up for the garden, and starting in late September, will be planting my first seeds in the community garden. I’m excited to be working along side other home gardeners, and hope to learn lots of tips and get new ideas from my fellow gardeners which I will continue to share here on this blog.
In the meantime, I have posted some pictures of my current garden. A before and after look. I find it pretty exciting to see the “fruits of my labor!”