Day in the Garden….

dried sunflower

I love school holidays….

I don’t have to get up early to get kids ready… 

I don’t have to worry about helping getting their homework done…

And the kids are happy!

Last Monday, while my wonderful husband was busy nailing wooden planks for our new vegetable garden fence, I spent the morning outside with my youngest daughter, Gracie in the garden.

dried sunflowers

First, we took down our regular bird feeder and hung dried sunflowers for the birds.

We grew sunflowers last summer and saved the flower heads for a winter treat for our birds.

vegetable garden

Then we turned our attention to our older vegetable garden.

Gracie planted some new sunflower seeds while I planted cucumber and basil seeds.

I have been working on a new project.  I am growing vegetables and flowers together in pots.

vegetable garden

All my pots are in the ‘in between’ stage.  This one has red and green leaf lettuce and dianthus.

I also just planted a small cucumber variety in front of the small trellises and there are also some newly germinated cosmos as well.


The nasturtiums are beginning to bloom.  They make great companion plants in the vegetable garden and help to repel damaging insects.

sugar snap peas

My sugar snap peas are also beginning to bloom.

We had a great time in the garden, enjoying our warmer then usual February weather.

How about you?

Have you gone out in your garden lately?

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
5 replies
  1. Rohrerbot
    Rohrerbot says:

    It has been a lovely February hasn't it? I've been doing a lot of birding lately and very little in the way of gardening….well some cleaning up on trees and palms etc. Very different from where we were last year. But I am slowly getting out in the garden:) The sunflower seeds are an excellent idea:)

  2. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    If I went out into my garden, I would be knee deep in snow. It's so nice to see what you are doing..I actually feel warmer, when I follow your posts 🙂 Your kids are growing like sunflowers.

  3. ignorant gardener
    ignorant gardener says:

    I found your blog through red house garden. It has been such a mild winter in Washington state, that things are actually starting to grow already! I even am attempting some direct sowing (which is strictly against the rules) and hope they don't freeze. The sunflowers are a good idea. I always put ours out in the late fall, but I think I'll save some this year for winter.

  4. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead
    Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead says:

    Ugh, I am aching to have plants in the ground that actually GROW! Spring seems to be just around the corner here, but I really need to get my seeds in the dirt & get things moving along. We've got to move back to Florida…growing only 5 months of the year is the pits 🙂

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