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My First Attempt at gardening in Las Vegas

I moved here from Texas mid July of '99. My family and friends jokingly referred to it as going from the frying pan into the fire.

As you might have read from my "about me" blurb, my family has a history of farming and gardening. It is part of some of my best memories with my grandparents.

That being said, after unpacking my moving boxes into my new apartment, I went to a local big box store and picked up a cute terra-cotta pot and some pansies or begonias ( it has been 15 years so I don't remember exactly) and put them out on the concrete patio in front of my apartment. The apartment had a nice eastern exposure, with great sun well into the afternoon. I think it took a day and a half before those poor flowers were toasted. I went back to the big box store and they laughed at me as they sold me some more of the same kind of flowers. Those poor flowers were quickly toasted too, no mater how much I watered them.

I also started to notice this white crusty ring on my terra-cotta pot, that eventually started to erode the pot.  The erosion of the pot surprised me, especially considering the fact that terra-cotta pipes have survived the Roman Aqueducts for millennia without problems, so I really wanted to know what the heck was in the water out here that was doing this, ( and why was it making my skin itchy?).  

So I kept my gardening efforts inside except for the few herbs I managed to grow in my slowly disintegrating pot on the patio.

Fast forward six years and I met my future husband. When we moved in together I thought it would be very domestic of me to grow herbs in the kitchen. We moved in together in mid July of '06. Our home has a lovely southern exposure from the kitchen window, and all of the gardening magazines I had read said that was the very best place to grow herbs, with a southern exposure.  To everyone laughing at me right now, I know now, the gardening magazines are NOT written from the desert climate. So I potted up basil I got from the big box store, and put it in the south facing kitchen window in mid July.  A couple of days later I came home from work to the incredible smell of pesto, it was so yummy..... that's right folks, I had baked my basil in that kitchen window. My man came home and asked if we were have pizza or spaghetti for dinner.  If I remember correctly we went out to dinner to make up for my poor basil growing experience.

So why would I start a gardening blog with confessions of herbicide aka plant murder?  Because I want you to understand that I have been there and let you learn from my mistakes so you don't have to make them too.  I don't want anyone to be embarrassed about their attempts at gardening. I want to celebrate my successes and laugh and learn from my failures and would love to have you along for the ride.  I have learned quite a bit over the years through trial and a lot of error, and I 'm still learning to this day new things about gardening here in the lovely high desert. I have also compiled some resources that I'll be adding to the resources tab that can hopefully help you on your gardening journey. Mostly I want you to know that it is not only possible but a lot of fun to garden in the Las Vegas area, and you don't have to bake your basil!

 

Upcoming topics - the why and the where determine the what and questions from a garden party