Winter Garden

By dusanabotswana On February 27th, 2012

On Sunday Jonny and I packed up a few outfits I’ve worn lately to photograph in Papago Park (seen many a times, but my favorites here and here). Only one picture in though, the camera died. Fortunately I brought along athletic attire, and am “enjoying” the soreness of a great workout today, which always makes me feel fitter than I actually am and inspires me to get into an exercise routine- does this happen to you too?

Anyway, outfit pictures in front of my home will have to suffice for today instead, but I’ve got some exciting news about my little garden- it bloomed snap peas! Since this was my first ever gardening attempt, I’m thrilled about it. And they are so sweet and delicious; I wish I would have planted my whole garden full of them instead of green beans (not my favorite like these are- silly me…)

Way too hot for the poncho during the day, but I’ll try to bundle up with it during the evenings while I still can.


I didn’t take the greatest care of my garden, I often forgot to water it after my initial excitement, but I later found out that my mom had been watering it in secret whenever she stopped by and saw it wilting. I’m still not sure if she didn’t want to make me feel bad about my gardening efforts, not be “naggy,” or just got distracted by another conversation and forgot to mention it, but lets just call it a team effort.

You can see my initial garden here and it in November here- it’s so fun for me to look back and see the progress. First, several hours of digging clay soil and pushing the seeds in- at this point I honestly didn’t even think my garden would sprout because the soil was still so tough. Then I was thrilled to see it sprouting, but worried it was getting cold so early, and ta-da, late February the peas are ready!



Cheesy me decided to find my most similar woven bracelet and match it to my woven belt : ).




Outfit Details: top- AA via Mexican Groupon; skirt & beret- thrifted; boots- secondhand via Ebay; woven belt & bracelet- handmade in Chiapas.

It seems that the key to gardening in Phoenix is just a well shaded spot, which my mother claims as well. Now I’m thinking of trying Spinach since it’s my favorite for salads but gets pricey buying organic but creeps me out buying normal with the delicate leaves and all. Does anyone have experience gardening spinach or other fruit/veggies? If so I’d love to hear any tips you wouldn’t mind sharing (although I certainly can’t share any myself!).
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7 Responses to “Winter Garden”

  1. Meg Says: February 27th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Wow your garden got huge! I’m planting mine sometime this week. Also I’m finally starting a compost. Did you know you can call the city of tempe and get a free composting bin (and directions)!

  2. Lizzy Says: February 27th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I love how the colorful belt peaks out on your waste when you’re wearing the poncho. Also, cool purple (?) tights/socks peaking out from the boots, I love this look. Good job exercising! Keep up the good work, I’me all around impressed.

  3. Kate S Says: February 28th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for commenting and following my blog! =]

    In response to your question, I’m pretty sure Made to Stick was written before Switch. =]


  4. Emily Says: February 29th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Snap peas! I’d love to be munching on some right now, but it’s currently snowing out and, well, we don’t get snap peas until at least July up here. And yes, all those trees are right outside my backdoor :)

    The color of your lace top is gorgeous. I might have to scour around for one!

  5. bethany kellen Says: February 29th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    congrats on your veggies! i uses to grow things at my parents house. my dad grows cucumbers for pickling, and he grew cantalope, and tomatoes. so delicious. but i’ve never done anything myself. he always instructed when to plant, and how to do it. etc.
    but i really want to grow jalapenos!

  6. Linda Says: March 4th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The peas are wonderful…. Cute tam & the poncho is gorgeous & always beautiful belts and bracelet- such pretty colors.

  7. Adrian Lesoing Says: April 24th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Your garden looks great! We waited for our seeds to sprout (indoor) and then we transplanted them into the outside garden. We’ve had better success with our garden being in direct sunlight and plenty of water. Good luck with your garden!!

    xx Adrian

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