Tag Archive for: Vegetable Gardening in Arizona and California desert

Green Jeans

For those of you who have not met him yet, I would like to introduce you to my nephew, Green Jeans.  He is the resident vegetable gardener at “The Refuge”, which is where my sister and her family live.

Planting vegetable garden

There is always something growing in his garden. 

Planting vegetable garden

Sweet Peas rush to climb up the trellis….

Planting vegetable garden

 Cauliflower heads begin to form….

Planting vegetable garden

 Anaheim Peppers are getting ready to heat up….

Planting vegetable garden

There is also simple beauty in the leaves of vegetables, don’t you think?


My sister, Daisy Mom and her daughter, Fruity Girl, enjoy the harvest from their vegetable garden.  Especially the tomatoes….


Now many of you may be wondering where this “Unexpected Place” is…

Well, this vegetable garden sits in the middle of the sandy California desert.  

People who do not live in the desert are frequently amazed that anything can grow there.  But, the California desert is actually a huge source of commercially grown vegetables, such as lettuce, onions, carrots, broccoli, corn and spinach totaling over 1 billion dollars a year.

vegetable garden

I am getting very excited about visiting my sister and the other residents of “The Refuge” soon.  Mr. Green Jeans is planning for his spring planting of the vegetable garden.  I can hardly wait to see what they have planted.

We are considering planting a vegetable garden this year in our garden and need to get started in the next week or two.  I am thinking of making it a fun project to do with my kids over their spring break in the next week or two.  Of course, I will be posting all about it…

So, for those of you who have been thinking of planting a vegetable garden, why don’t you?  We can do this together….in the virtual sense ;^)