Yellow Squash Seedling

squash seedling

This is an 11 day old Yellow Squash seedling. Watching a tiny seed grow a few days, getting roots like that, is like magic, said my (then) 5 year old daughter. I agree.

This was last year. The $2.75 package of seeds we bought in the spring, gave us over 300 squash! Yes, over 300! I stopped counting after 300. It was in northern California, in the Sacramento Valley, the soil was perfect, and we had enough sun, but still..I don’t have a big enough garden for that this year, but we do have a garden. I frequently write gardening posts on the blog. Do you have a garden? What is growing in your garden this year?

I have some repotting to do in my container garden today. It turned out that the biodegradable pots made out of fabric, that I LOVED in northern California, don’t work as well here in the desert. It is extremely dry here. My tiny fruit trees need pots that retain water a little longer. They look miserable at the moment. Something I love about gardening is that there’s always more to learn. Fabric pots have helped me immensely in my previous garden ventures, but now I need something else. I’m going to do some research before heading out on a hunt for new pots. I have 12 tiny tiny fruit trees. I’d be thrilled if the pots didn’t cost a fortune. I do believe my plants will perk up again with some TLC. I like to have my fully grown container fruit trees in 15-20 gallon pots, so that I can move them myself. These little trees are so small that I’m thinking that 3-5 gallon pots will hold them over to next summer. That way it will be easy to protect them next winter (seem very far away..) because they would fit in my tiny greenhouses.

Last, but not least, I want to thank everyone that liked my new Facebook page these past few days! Thank you! It means a lot to me, to be able to share my zen strategies with you.

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

24 thoughts on “Yellow Squash Seedling

  1. We have to get use to a whole different kind of gardening out here in the desert.

    I have a green thumb in Pennsylvania and have learned what I can grow here in Arizona. Desert Container gardening need pots that can retain water and can protect the roots from the heat. If the pot heats up… so do your plants.

    Raised beds with awesome dirt maybe helpful as well.

    Good Luck my friend… you are a Gardener… you will get this all figured out.

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  2. Maybe add a bit of that potting gel that takes up water for slow release (similar to what they put in disposable diapers) that might regulate moisture better within the pot?
    Like your new haircut!

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  3. I had trouble germinating my sunflower seeds due to our cold wet weather here, Maria! I lost some seeds that were new and unusual (sent by another blogger who lives in Petaluma). It’s a beautiful 70+ degree day here in Sac with bright sun, so the rest of the seedlings are sitting in the sun. You’ve inspired me to create a little gardener’s corner on our deck so I can store tools and soil and maybe make room for a mini greenhouse for next year! It really is like magic to watch the seeds germinate into little sprouts as they seek the sun!

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    1. That happens sometimes, that not all seeds germinate. It sounds like the weather is just perfect in your part of the world. It’s been slightly too hot here for a few days, around 90. Your idea for a new garden sounds wonderful.

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  4. That’s awesome that you’re still able to have a little garden. My experience with gardening in the Reno area was keeping everyone watered. The heat just dried everything up so quickly. When we started using wood chips, it helped a lot. Being Idaho now, I’m looking forward to not having to water as much. Keep us posted on your garden. I like learning from others 😉

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    1. I;d love to read about your garden and learn from you, that’s one of the best parts of blogging 🙂 I love using wood chips in my mulch. It really helps keeping the soil underneath moist longer. I need to find a place to get that here as well. In California I had friends with a logging business, so it was easy accessible there.

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        1. I like them. I’ve had a couple in California. I couldn’t do it here though. This is a very well manicured inner city neighborhood, with HOA’s..even if I could, I’ve decided to not put too much effort into this place, as it is not my own. I transformed so many rental properties into my dream property, just to move again. I promised myself to not do that. More than once. Now I’m just doing a very small scale container garden for fun. Partly for myself, and partly for the kids I’m tutoring, and my daughter. This garden doesn’t have to produce a ton of food. It is however very nice to have the opportunity to learn a little more about the challenges of gardening here. My future homestead have a different climate, a little colder, with some snow in the winter, but still a long gardening season.

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  5. 300 squash…did you sell them to buy more pots? I tried little cloth like pod starters last year for my flowers. It was a blast watching them grow, then I planted them outside. The nasty birds dug them out of the ground wanting to use the fabric for their nests. I won’t be doing that again. I look forward to seeing your garden sprout, I love the photos you share on Instagram! Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Shelley! I canned some of the squash last year, bartered some for produce I didn’t have, and gave some to victims of the Carr Fire (a huge fire right next to us.) Best of luck with your garden this year!

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