Home Tour: My Backyard Garden

Welcome to my backyard garden.  I am excited to share the journey of building this backyard garden.  It is definitely still a work in progress.  But isn’t that the definition of a garden?

I adore mature landscaping.  With that in mind, my goal in the first year was to get the “infrastructure plants” in, so the garden could begin maturing.

August is near the end of our dry season in the west.  When the rain starts, so does the growing season, and I didn’t want to miss a day of that!

With that goal in mind, let’s have a look around, shall we?

Until last year when the home was built, this land was a cow pasture and literally millions of years of weeds grass.

And on this day 1-year ago, The Hubs and I got the keys to our new home.

SEVEN MONTHS of decisions, planning, waiting, watching…

and waiting…

and waiting…


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How To Grow A Surprise Vegetable Garden

Pay attention, this might get complicated.

Let’s start with some basics.

I care just a little bit about the environment (and animals).

After all…to know me is to understand why I am Vegan (most of the time).

I do what I can.  When I can.

I recycle.

I undercycle.

I upcycle.

I downcycle.

I overcycle.

I even stalk Freecycle.  Every morning.

To know me is to understand the triangle on packaging.  And perhaps more importantly, what it means when there is NO triangle on the packaging.

That being said.  I also *love* gardening.  I don’t think I need to use metaphors here.  If you keep reading my blog you’ll know how much I love gardening the way you know when you’ve gotta pee.  It’ll be that familiar.

I also avoid pesticides and fertilizers the way a Snowman avoids a hot summer day.

Given my (somewhat) Mother Earth style, and my urge to satisfy my inner kumbaya, I decided to start a compost.  That was years ago.  When I was finally ready to pull the trigger and buy a composter, we decided to move so my grand plan for gardener’s gold was put off another 2 years.

As soon as we got settled at the new place, I went out and got a composter.  The Earth Machine, to be exact.

A Surprise Vegetable Garden - Earth Machine

Things were going great.

I was satisfying my crunchy side.

Saving Mother Earth from exploding one bread crumb and compostable plate at a time.

***Side note:  I just have to say how proud I am of my family.  We had 40+ people over for dinner, and this was the entire amount of trash that went to the Landfill!

Signs For Food Waste, Recycle, And Landfill

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Making A Hydrangea Garden

It seems appropriate on the day of my Wedding Anniversary (Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!) that I plant the idea of Making A Hydrangea Garden.

I did carry a Hydrangea Bouquet, and the traditional girl that I am, I even had blue flowers on my wedding gown [gasp]!

Bouquet And Dress

I Heart Hydrangeas

It was no accident that I made this Hydrangea Garden the view from our master suite.

And yes, of course, my husband noticed this nice little touch!

The Not-So-Blue "Endless Summer" Hydrangea Garden


Hydrangea Garden BEFORE

Lily Is A Great Garden Design Assistant!


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Good Hedges Make Good Neighbors – Citrus Edition

A gardening friend once said, “you can always tell the California transplants by the Citrus Tree they planted in their garden.”  I think she was on to something.

Call me a transplant.  Citrus makes a great border plant providing privacy AND interest.

Love Those Trunks!


Citrus Blossom

The Citrus Blossom fragrance is often imitated but never duplicated!

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