Let There Be Growth


Last year, my garden was planted by my minions as I was busy with homework. This year, I had no acceptable excuse (according to the husband) and therefore was subjected to the spring heat, the worms, and the dirt all in the name of planting the 2012 garden.

After learning many gardening lessons and growing a successful crop of produce last year, I’m fairly confident this year we will have growth again (mainly because we got the drip system set up right away instead of arguing over who was going to water the garden each day).

So, here’s the layout of the 2012 garden (benefit of having actually planted it, I know what’s growing where).

Section 1:


Section 2:


Section 3:


A few potted herbs:

Chocolate Mint for Chocolate Mint Mojitos


Spearmint for Blackberry Mint Mojitos


Sage for a cocktail not yet featured on One Martini called Green Spring.


You didn’t think these herbs were going to be used for cooking did you? That’s just silly.

Once I had everything planted and the husband had the drip system setup, it was time for inspection.

Supervisor 1 making sure everything is properly labeled:


Supervisor 2 making sure the drip system timer is set right:


And of course, we had the squirrel patrol on duty:


So far, the garden has been approved by the young people although it’s still in need of a gate.


I will keep you all updated of the progress as the summer continues but I can tell you that we have sprouts coming up already!

Also, my post this week at Business2Blogger is Why Bloggers Should Use Instagram. That is, if you aren’t already addicted to it like I am.

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Hi and welcome! My name is Jessica Torres and I'm a homeschooling mom of two adorably insane girls on the path to greener living. I'm also self declared iPhone addict and lover of all things Apple. When not attached to my kids, my iPhone, or my laptop, you can find me creating cocktail recipes. Subscribe by RSS Feed or by email to join in the fun over here.

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50 Responses to Let There Be Growth

  1. By Word of Mouth Musings
    Twitter: ByWordsMusings

    My goodness, its as tho you live in the desert ;)
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  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    Twitter: AlisonSWLee

    I am SO jealous of your garden!! I want all those goodies!
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  3. Galit Breen
    Twitter: galitbreen

    Wowsa, woman! Your garden is amazing and I adore your sweet helpers!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      I wish they would have helped a bit more but I guess I’ll just have to put them on the task of picking the fresh produce.

  4. Kimberly
    Twitter: KimberlyAMuro

    I was jealous of your garden last year so I can only imagine it this year. And duh, of course the herbs are for drinks!
    Kimberly recently posted..It’s Not Always Puppies And Rainbows

  5. Erin
    Twitter: UniquelyEN

    Holy cow! That’s a lot of growing! Good thing you have help. We tried a garden once . . . um yeah it wasn’t so successful for me.
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      Last year I was surprised at how well our garden did so I’ve got my fingers crossed for this year.

  6. Maggie S. says:

    I am eager to plant, but our average date of last frost hasn’t passed yet. I learned the hard way.
    Maggie S. recently posted..Trying to be Super Proud in the Middle of All This Tired.

  7. Barbara
    Twitter: babspinfrance

    Your garden is going to be awesome this year!
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  8. marie says:

    Half my garden has already been eaten by varmits but I have high hopes for the other half :)
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      I found yesterday that my lemon cucumber had been eaten but so far nothing else has been touched.

  9. Julie says:

    Haha, it’s so bare and brown now. I can’t wait to see the “after” pictures!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      It was the same way last year and then it took off and we could barely see anything through the plants. Hoping it does the same this year.

  10. Elena
    Twitter: elenawollborg

    I am very proud of you for getting out there this year. I can’t wait to see all the progress and see what you do with your crops of goodies. Very cute supervisors as well!
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  11. Jessica says:

    That’s an awesome garden line-up! I really want to start a garden, but I’ve been putting it off, big time. Maybe your success will inspire me. Or, that’s my hope. :)
    Jessica recently posted..Spring Cleaning| Teething Baby

    • Jessica Torres says:

      It’s so much fun to do with the kids. They love inspecting the garden throughout the summer to see what is growing.

  12. Tonya says:

    This just makes me want a garden! I remember how much beautiful produce you grew last year. Enjoy!
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  13. Nicole says:

    Sorry, I got totally distracted at “chocolate mint mojitos”.
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  14. Natalie
    Twitter: corp2domestic

    A garden made for drinks…sounds like a plan to me!
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  15. My Inner Chick
    Twitter: krrobi

    is there anything you do. not. do!?

    Xxx Amazing.
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  16. Cookie's Mom
    Twitter: SJM_CookiesMom

    I am, once again, jealous of your garden – AND the fact that you have one. We can’t plant here until after the May long weekend. Sigh. Looks great, Jessica!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      I was a little worried that we planted too soon but so far the weather has not let me down. Hope you grow some good stuff this year.

  17. Elizabeth
    Twitter: mommonsenseblog

    Okay, I’m totally impressed. Hawaiian Sweet Peppers? Yum. Watermelon and Pumpkins? Wow. LEMON Cucumbers? Huh?! You? Overachiever! =)
    Elizabeth recently posted..Catch of the Day!

    • Jessica Torres says:

      The lemon cucumber seems to have been eaten by a critter already but I’m still holding out hope that it will come back.

  18. Susi
    Twitter: bocafrau

    I would love to plant a garden but I don’t think our homeowners would appreciate it very much. I’ve been planting some herbs and a pepper plant in some colorful pots and we have used the cilantro and basil for cooking!!! :) And I am hopelessly addicted to Instagram.
    Susi recently posted..I love freckles

  19. Fun! Wow, I’m so impressed with your diversity. Our garden is much smaller. And no melons at all….
    Natalie @MamaTrack recently posted..A Pink Baby

  20. I LOVE cantaloupe! And your little helpers are too cute :)
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      We all love cantaloupe too. I wish my helpers had been more of helpers and less of supervisors but whatever, at least they had fun.

  21. Stasha
    Twitter: NorthWestMommy

    Team work makes the dream work!
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  22. John
    Twitter: daddyrunsalot

    When I bought my house, there was a raised bed . . . and it provided a few years of great bounty, and then I let it go to seed.

    My weekend, this weekend, will be filled with weeding, preparing, and planting that raised bed. We’ll see how that goes.
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  23. angela says:

    You make me almost want a garden. Almost. I might swing some potted herbs. For cooking, of course!
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  24. Carri
    Twitter: carribrown

    We have Lizard Patrol at our place. I also just planted more basil and mint… not for cooking. That would be silly.
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  25. I’m so jealous of your garden. I think everything here dies b/c of the heat. And on top of that we usually have water restrictions over the summer. :(
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..Monday Listicles: A Day in the Life

    • Jessica Torres says:

      That’s a bummer. We have water restrictions too but they aren’t too bad so our garden can still grow. Right now, I’m battling with the bugs.

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