My name is Bethany Davis, and I live in Southern California. My gardening experience is somewhat varied. I grew up in rural Wisconsin, where my mother’s in-ground vegetable garden was bigger than some entire properties here. When I first arrived, I landed smack dab in suburbia. My first home with my husband was a condo, and my “garden” was a 10×6 cement patio, so I did container gardening. In June we bought our first home, and I find myself out in the canyons of Orange County, which is rural, wild, stunning, and rocky as all get out. It’s nothing like I’ve gardened in before!
This beautiful photo is of my Mammoth Melting sugar pea.
Though the previous photo may look like the pea was placed for artistic display, it is actually part of a miniature teepee (or tee-pea, hah) that I built with my three-year-old in mind. I wanted her to have a little edible hideout in my garden. I started this one as an experiment and figured that if she liked it and the plants grew, we could go full size.
At three years old, my little gardening assistant already has opinions on what to plant and where.
Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus, Zones 7–10) in full bloom
Sunny flowers of lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 8–11 or as an annual)
There is lots of food being produced in this garden, from carrots to citrus, with room for a charming turtle statue.
The rocky landscape of rural California is nothing like Wisconsin, but gardening carries on anywhere!
My assistant proudly posing with a carrot from the garden.
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