We lived in the Bay Area for over a decade together before moving to Phoenix. I tried several times to start an herb garden on our balcony, but would nearly always forget to water it. What happens when you don’t water things? Yup, they die.
Partially, it was not having easy access to water on the balcony, which meant filling up the water canister in the kitchen sink. Pretty much if it involves an extra step, then it will not happen in the long run. My California herb gardens were short-lived for this reason.
When we moved to Phoenix, we purchased a proper home with a large yard that included a very long potting space surrounded by brick. One of our dear friends in California is a homesteader of the highest sense and creates productive food gardens that we all swoon over.
When I called upon her for how to create our garden, she sagely suggested that I not plant much the first year while I determined the sun in the backyard.
The first year that we were in Phoenix, we did not move into our home until May, which is quite late to plant. I planted only rosemary, basil and cilantro. The cilantro went to seed straight away, while the rosemary and basil are still producing 2 years later.
Last year I was fortunate enough to meet the owners of Wright in the Garden, who helped me take our garden to the next level. They prepped the soil last fall and I planted our first veggie garden. I planted the seeds in October, which was a bit late for some things to properly grow yet just right for others. We ate so many salads from our yard throughout the winter, it was wonderful.
The summer garden was a bust, partially hot, hot summer and partially issues with our irrigation system. We finally fixed the irrigation system last week, so I planted the seeds in the rain last week. Rain is by far the best to make your garden grow. It is amazing how much things sprout with a bit of rain.
A few photos of our garden: