How Does Your Garden Grow?

One of hubby’s rosebushes. He probably has at least 15 or 20!

Gardening has been a hot topic on a lot of the blogs I’ve been reading lately. Anybody who gardens knows that gardening takes a lot of time, patience, hard work, maintenance, and a lot of finger crossing that all of your newly sprouted seeds will make it and not get eaten by critters!

While I always start out strong at the beginning of the season…you know, helping with the planting and weeding…by the end of the season it’s really hubby that is doing all of the upkeep on everything. We have landscape in both the front and backyards, and on top of that, we have a lot of fruit trees and plant veggies and herbs in the summer.

There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING!, like eating barbecued carne asada that we get at this little hole-in-the-wall carneceria (meat market in Spanish) with fresh tomatoes, lettuce,cilantro, onions, and lime pulled right out of the ground an hour before eating it all on tortillas!!

Quick Disclaimer: I SUCK at picture taking. I’m lucky if I can take a picture that is centered, in focus, and where nobody’s head is cut off. That’s not a joke. I know that some of you that are going to see these photos will absolutely cringe! Sorry in advance!

So without further adieu, here are pictures of what’s to come in a few more months!!

White Peaches!
Blood Oranges! (Ants are a bonus)
Blackberries…or Boysenberries – hubby can’t remember!
Fuji Apples!
See this stick looking thing against the palm tree? It’s our 5 ft.tall…
…bell pepper plant from last year that just keeps growing!
Beer limes for Pacificos and Tecates! (Yes, I know bad picture…but it’s dark out now!)
Lemon Basil in back; regular in front!
Cilantro plant #1 of a whole lot more that still need to be planted!
And everything that still needs to be started!!
So now you know what I do in my free time when I’m not feeding/changing diapers/bathing/playing with/doing laundry for three kids under three! And what I do when I’m not reading. Or drinking wine. Or trying to get caught up on Tivo. Or writing my blog. Or visiting other blogs.
Who’s got two green thumbs? Hubby does! But if you count my sometimes-green-thumbs, that’s four total 😉
So…how does your garden grow?

And so it goes…


  1. the mombshell says:
    I have garden envy!
  2. That's it, I'm coming to live at your house.
  3. Wish I had the room or the patience for such endeavors. Your pictures look fine btw.
  4. Cuz I'm the mama! says:
    Wow - that is amazing. I wish we could have all of that yummy food in our backyard. No such luck in MN!! How awesome to eat fresh all summer. :-)
  5. Mama Michie (aka Michaela) says:
    Wow! I'm in awe of your garden... I have one little tomato plant, that's the only thing we have room for. Stopping by from SITS to say hi!
  6. Paul and Kerry says:
    So lucky to have the climate to grow avocados and citrus! A little too chilly and wet here in the pacific nw. My goal is to stay ahead of the weeds this summer.
  7. One Love Mama says:
    Shut your mouth, those pics are great!! It's only 7:30am over here and you got me craving some carne asada!!
  8. Correction- You Rock at picture taking.

  9. Joann Mannix says:
    That is incredible! I am so jealous of all the freshy-fresh goodies you've got growing there. Not only do I have a black thumb, I live in Florida and half of those beauties would get broiled in my sun. We do have a Farmer's Market right around the corner. But, that is simply scrumptious. Good for you, gardener girl!
  10. Cheryl D. says:
    Thanks for visiting my blog! You have lovely plants and fruits and veggies and herbs! When's dinner?
  11. NanaDiana says:
    You are MUCHO better at picture taking than I am. Got any photo tips for me? And...I love all your gardening "stuff". I have gone to mostly perenials at this house...cuz I'm lazy and they're easy!
  12. Hen Jen says:
    wonderful! My husband is the gardener in our family,and he gets the kids involved. Me, I practice Jane Austen gardening. I very elegantly let him know where to plant things, and he does it.

    we just had our homegrown artichokes with dinner a week ago, and yes, we love fresh limes here, too!
  13. Go You! Mrs. Green Thumb! I love it. I'm getting my gardens in this week. You know..up here in the bitter North we only have a small growing season!
  14. I'm jealous of all your fruit trees! And we're just having pancakes and sausage for dinner...your carne asada mention has my mouth watering.

    Oh, and can I say one of my favorite lines ever is the "who's got 2 thumbs" line?!?!
  15. First, your pictures look great and second I'm jealous of all the things that you can grow in Cali. I would love to grow an avocado or citrus tree, but we can't in our climate. We had frost 2 days ago so right now I just have a pile of dirt. Maybe I'll take a picture of it.
  16. If SHE can figure it out.......... says:
    This is the first year that I took the initiative to "start" my garden inside. So far, I have 10 different sprouts of something. I'm SO jealous that you have all those delicious citrus trees! The high was 48 degrees here yesterday....
  17. Life with Kaishon says:
    Holy Cow! You are doing a really great job with your garden. Nothing short of amazing!
  18. BEAUTIFUL!!! I live in a townhouse with a tiny, tiny (about 5 feet by 5 feet) garden that doesn't get much sunlight. I tried to start a garden last year and everything got either trampled by the dog/toddler or killed by lack of sunlight. Not to mention that I got pregnant and was too sick/tired to consider working in the garden. But I come from a family of avid gardeners, so until we move, I have my mom's HUGE garden to play in, work on, and eat from. Her tomatoes are the best! Oh, and I have my potted herb garden on the window sill :)
  19. JDaniel4's Mom says:
    This looks great! You are going to so much in a short time. Stopping from SITS!
  20. Wowsers! I am impressed so much fruit and yummy veggies! I wish you were my neighbor, I'd swap childcare for produce :)
  21. Danielle says:
    This year is the first time I have actually tried to grow anything. We had to make a raised garden because nothing will grow in the dirt in our backyard. So far I have only planted flowers and tomatoes but the tomato plants are growing great.

    Stoppin' by from SITS!
  22. blueviolet says:
    I really, really wish that I had gardening skills. I'd even settle for gardening desire!
  23. Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:
    I am visitin and now following your blog from SITS! WOW, how do you do it--I thought I had my hands full with one 10 month old. I will never feel sorry for myself again! You even made time for this awesome garden--you rock!!

    visit little miss momma if you get a chance:
  24. Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:
    Oh, I forgot to mention that I clicked on your SITS comment because the title of your blog made me LOL--seriously, I love it!! My baby has a shirt that says Mommy's Little Monster, and it couldn't be more true!
  25. Abigail says:
    Ooh lucky you, you've got so much good stuff growing!
    I've just started to get back into gardening recently - I only have a tiny balcony (about 8 square feet) to work with, but with the use of containers, window-boxes, hanging baskets and even plastic shoe storage pockets hung on the wall, I've managed to get radishes, strawberries, lettuces, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, and 4 different tomatoes out there. Also soon will be starting parsnips, rhubarb, and maybe grapes if I'm lucky - and my bf has promised me some gourd seeds too, which could get interesting. It's amazing what you can grow in a small space if you get creative.
  26. Mrs.Mayhem says:
    Gorgeous garden! I'm jealous imagining all of those healthy, yummy goodies!

    I tried my first garden last year, and it was infested with bugs that killed ALL of my plants. Yuck! Any tips??
  27. I'm so in love with gardening and my garden! Your very lucky to have many 'fruit' trees! Mine had trouble coming back since we had such a freeze but the bananas are doing great!
    Pop on over and see how my "Black Eyed Susan's" came back.. had to put them up as my "header photo"....
    I enjoyed reading your blog... following from "504 Main" today..
  28. Amelia@MyTwoRedheads says:
    We put in our garden a few weeks ago and just today I noticed lettuce and beans sprouts!!
    All those fruit trees would be wonderful, you guys are lucky:)

    Stopping by from Tickled Pink, nice to meet you!
  29. Lula Lola says:
    Love you pictures! I love a garden, we've got one going, but there's a lot of work left to be done! There's something so satisfying about picking food out of your own yard!
  30. THANKS for linking up.I am so jealous. When I lived in Southern California I could get things o grow...up here ins Northern/Central California...I have so much trouble. Lucky lady with all that good growing.
  31. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen says:
    Stopping by from SITS...

    I am hoping to get a garden in my back yard in two weeks time!!
  32. Revamped French Maison says:
    Your photos look just fine to me. lol. Gardening is completely soothing to me. I hear ya on planting and hoping seeds make it. It's really trial and error but when something grows it's the best feeling in the world.

    Those roses are gorgeous!! What type are they? I purchased Angel Face Climbing Roses for around our porches. I hope they make it up here in the Arctic. Last years purchase of the new breed of Double Blooms don't look to great so far...but it's still early in the season.
  33. Holly Renee says:
    Love this! I am seriously jealous of you. A 5 foot tall pepper plant?!? Can I come live with you? ;-) I have a non-existent green thumb. Just seeing your pictures excites me. You go girl!!
  34. Heather Binkley says:
    We really would be best friends if you lived anywhere near me. First I read about you drinking beer and flashing people in your prechildren days. Now you're a gardener to boot!
  35. What an amazing garden! Beautiful pictures! I'm jealous! :P
  36. Ronnica says:
    You've got a lot going on! There just is something special about food straight from the garden. My roommate and I are doing our first garden this year (though I grew up with it) and I'm pleased with the growth we have so far. We should start to see our first tomatoes growing within a couple of weeks!
  37. my husband is the gardener's just not my thing, but i love homegrown food! when we lived in corona we had 2 apple trees, a peach tree, and an apricot tree and miss them so much! my husband would love to have a blood orange tree...thanks for sharing!
  38. My husband grows the veggies, I grow the herbs, and we split flower duty. But it is sooooo wonderful to eat home-grown anything. We had a pizza the other night with fresh tomatoes (not ours, unfortunately, they're not in yet), buffalo mozzarella, and red and purple basil from our herb garden. Drizzled w/olive oil and balsamic, sprinkled with sea salt... to die for!!!

    That carne asada sounds GOOD. Where do you live again? What time is dinner?
  39. What's a garden? Seriously, I don't do gardens. I am jealous of those who have really nice ones but I can't be bothered.
  40. Christy says:
    Oh wow! Avocados! In your yard! I am so jealous! I was just wondering the other day if I can grow them myself...but I think it's a little too cold in the winter in North Texas. And your bell pepper is still growing from last year?! That's amazing! I am SOOO looking forward to gardening again soon :)
  41. Your photos do not suck--they are perfect. Thanks for a great post!