Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Our Garden: Spring 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Garden: Spring 2015

Recently we started gearing up for spring planting.  I bought my seeds, seedlings, soil, and got to planting.

Hubby built me two planter boxes out of our old wood flooring. He also was such a peach and showed me how to work his drill, so I could make a box myself. I shared that triumph on instagram this past weekend. I have big dreams for our yard. I want planter boxes and green everywhere. I have a dream of us being able to sustain ourselves someday. I know we do not have a farm by any means, but it would be really cool to provide ourselves with as much of those veggie basics as we can.

For right now though, I  am starting off small. I am continuing on from where I left off last year. Last year was not so good when the summer heat came. Most of our plants died, except the aloe vera. That stuff is tough and made it through 100+ degree weather. This year I have done more research and decided that the harsh soil of the desert may not be the best for my sweet plants, which is why we are doing planter boxes, with store bought soil. It is suppose to be better for the plants out here in the hot desert.

I am excited for this gardening journey. I am a newbie people, but I have a lot of passion, so I hope that counts for something. We all have to be passionate about something right?

I do plan to share my progress, so over the years I can see what worked and what didn't. I also will try to include as many pictures as possible, because well when I see those plants grow and bloom, I am one happy mama!

I get all kinds of giddy people!!

This year we planted:

beef steak tomato plant x2
cherry tomato plant x2
zucchini plant x3
pumpkin plant x1
garden bean plants x6 (growing these from seed and keeping my fingers crossed)
jalapeno pepper plants x6
bell pepper plant x1
chile pepper x1
cilantro x2
lettuce x2
red cabbage x1
cauliflower x1
oregano x1
basil x1
green onions x4
garlic x3
and lots of pretty flowers- African Marigolds, butterflygrass, snap dragons, and daisies

We also have three aloe vera pants from last summer still going strong

I am so excited for this new planting season and I am so hopeful. I pray that God will watch over our little garden and help it to grow and thrive. In the mean time, I plan on building more planter boxes for us in the Fall. I am kind of tapped out on my garden budget for this season, so any other plans will have to wait for the fall.

What have you guys been up to in the garden?

XO Danielle


  1. That's really awesome Danielle! I often look at to ideas, she's in LV, I think you did a garden tour at her house once?? (Maybe?) I love the way she esparils (sp) plants on her stone wall fence. You might be able to do something similar with yard long beans, there are a few different varieties. Cant wait to see more updates!

  2. I love gardening.. We have a big one each year.. I am in Ms.. and we are just now warming up.. and waiting for the threat of frost to be gone..Then we will plant.. We raise peas[purple hull] butterbeans, okra, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumber.. and this year, I want a lettuce bed.. [But if I don't get it out soon, It will get too hot and wilt. Right now, everything is too wet.
    Best wishes with your garden, and how smart that you learned to make the planter boxes..Great... All your plants look pretty.

  3. Your garden is beautiful! I hope that you have lots of success. I second what the above person suggested Brandi's garden is amazing- beautiful and edible - all in Nevada. Cassie at is a great inspiration source as well.

    I have a garden update post going up on my blog April 1st. We have some changes going on in it as I write this. My challenge is a short growing season so I am excited to see just how much I can get to grow this year in a short time.

    I can't wait to see how yours does.

  4. I LOVE when planting seasons comes around. We don't have a lot of space in our yard, but we sure do make use of it. We have strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, rhubarb, bell peppers, blueberries, raspberries, zucchini, and of course, lots of flowers. We usually get enough strawberries to make 2 pies and some leftover for breakfast on the weekends. Our blueberry plants just got planted two years ago and still have a long ways to go, but we can't wait for those to start sprouting!

  5. It's snowing here as I type this, so NOTHING. :o)
    But once the weather truly breaks...a snack garden! :o)

  6. the weather is harsh here to one thing I learned water at night and soaker hoses. u don't loose any water to evaporation and its gets good and to the roots. we always have to amend our soil, we have clay here so we always have to amend. and no brand endorsement here just what has worked best for us Miracle Grow vegetable garden soil. I also found that roma tomatoes are the hardiest I think its because they have a thicker skin than most other types.

    as far as no farm for no room girl ur good, a blog I suggest Little House on the Prarie (little house living) she has a great blog wether big or small for self sustaining. its other people's view points and experiences


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