As you may know, I have never been very diligent about caring for plants. I like plants that can take care of themselves, because there is maybe a 50% chance that I will take care of them.
But, I bought a house that already had a beautiful yard, and I am trying my best not to mess it up. My best still may not be very good, so it’s lucky that my husband is trying even harder. The timing is not ideal for this undertaking, given the extreme drought conditions in California and the Level 3 water use restrictions, but we are being creative.
As it turns out, gardening is kind of great for a few reasons.
1. It can be really, really, really good exercise. We had about 30 cubic feet of gravelly sand delivered in a pile in our driveway, which we (by which I mean mostly Colin) shoveled into a wheelbarrow a little at a time and trucked to the back of the yard where we raked it across 75 square feet. According to my new Jawbone UP, I got 26,000 steps that day.
2. You can grow things that you then get to eat, assuming you (or more likely your husband) take care of them and they don’t die. Such as:
3. You can grow things that you can’t eat, but that look and smell amazingly pretty. Such as:
It looks lovely now, but check back in August after another horrifically hot and dry summer and we will see what remains. Until then, happy gardening!