Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Garden Update!

I'm very new to gardening, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it and learning lots! (and getting to fight evil terrorist desert squirrels while I'm at it). I'm mostly focusing on vegetables and plants that hummingbirds will enjoy. Vegetable-wise I've started off experimenting with pepper plants, as they seem to grow well here, specially hot peppers. I also have some peppers that I am trying to grow from seeds, but the following pictures are of plants that I have been growing but did not start them from the seed stage. I look forward to growing plants from the seed stage, but that will be a greater focus for me in the future.

I am also planning to organize the garden later on, do some planting in beds. For now I'm sticking with containers. I'd like to keep things as sustainable and resource efficient as possible, but I don't know many of the nuances of sustainable gardening, so that's something I really hope to learn about and improve upon. Maybe do some rain harvesting as well...

If you have any suggestions, ideas, resources you can recommend, it would be much appreciated!

Here are some pictures:

My golden bell pepper plant, with some fruit on the way :)


Jalapeno pepper plant:


Chili pepper plant:


Meyer Lemon Plant and Dwarf Lime Plant I just got... can't wait for these to grow! will transfer them to larger containers at some point...


Agastache plants, they don't look impressive, but they are babies. Supposedly they grow well in desert conditions, and once mature, they have beautiful flowering that the hummingbirds love!!!


Can't remember what this is, but another plant for the hummingbirds, pretty sure it's a native plant.


This next one is some sort of honeysuckle plant, I think Mexican honeysuckle. Another one for the hummers...


Baja Fairy Duster. Not looking so good right now but the flowers are beautiful. Another plant the hummers are supposed to like. Spoiled hummers better enjoy all the work I'm doing for them. I usually throw up the nectar feeders in the fall and winter, summer is not very practical with the feeders, as the nectar spoils too quickly. Hummingbird bonanza... I can feel it, approaching like rolling thunder, ready to overtake us, here at the house :)

10 comments:

Tara said...

Good luck with your plants! It seems harder to grow things from seed. However, the green bean plant I grew from seed seems to be alive and kicking - but the seeds are shriveling. :(

Sebastien said...

I think growing from seeds takes a bit of time, experience, and frustrations!

frenchyflower said...

wow, that's a lot of plants! can't wait to see them in action.

laura b. said...

Your plants are beautiful. I like your mix of fruits, veggies, and flowers. Perfect.

Zhu said...

Nice!

I'm experimenting here too, I planted some bell peppers, herbs (Thai basil) and a few flowers.

The only thing I can tell you is that bell peppers need room, last year, mine grew a lot!

Sebastien said...

Frenchy: Oh yes, an empire of plants....

Laura: Aww, thanks! I can't wait to expand my operations, especially the bell peppers. Hopefully I can keep the citrus plants healthy and grow them with success!

Zhu: Awesome! I can't wait to plant more bell peppers, I want to have all kinds, red, purple, yellow... not a fan of the green bell peppers though. Have you tried planting the seeds from your bell pepper plants?

sammy said...

Honeysuckle is my favorite flower EVER! (just check my facebook top 5 flowers!)
There's actually gonna be lots at my wedding!

Sebastien said...

Awesome! Honeysuckle is great, the hummers love it, hehe...

Trey said...

evil southern squirrels apparently have a taste for green tomatoes--I saw one wearing overalls, carrying a frying pan and a bag of corn meal--a banjo playing squirrel with missing teeth, no less. I scare them away with culture---books make them run like bandits, and baroque music makes them explode. messy!

Sebastien said...

I knew they hated books! I bet they're like the Nazis and have book burning events. Although, I have to admit, there is something awesome about book burning.