After a long and erratic beginning of Spring, my hubby and I decided we *might* be safe to go ahead and plant our annual garden.

Since we started dating in 2004, we have planted a garden together every year.  The first few years, we planted a pretty large garden in our back yard, forming rows and using soaker hoses to water it, then a few years later, a drip system.  It worked great, and our garden always produced a lot of produce, but we spent HOURS pulling weeds and grass.  It was a labor of love.  In August 2010, when I was 87 weeks miserably pregnant, and pulling weeds in 102 degrees, I decided we needed to come up with something more manageable.

My incredibly resourceful husband found some large excavator tires, and turned trash into our treasure, by placing them on the side of our house, and filling them up with sand and soil.  This was life changing. Virtually no weeding, easy to walk around, and quick to water.

Sure, we could have gone the traditional route of raised vegetable beds, but this was free and on hand, and it turned out to work brilliantly! This is our third year planting in our raised “tire” garden.  Just a bit of advice, raised beds are glorious time savers, and I highly recommend them.

Composite Garden

We typically plant a salsa and herb garden.  We live in the desert though, with very little rain and extremely high temperatures, so we are somewhat limited to what we can grow.

In the past, we have purchased our plants already sprouted.  It is one of those things where you do it, because you’ve always done it… but I think next year I will buy seeds and grow them myself. 

This year, we planted 6 jalapeno plants, 4 bell peppers and 0 green chile.

Yep, that is ZERO green chile plants.  We have traditionally grown 12-48 green chile plants, but none of them compare to the glory of the Hatch green chiles, so we just buy ours fresh from the markets and have them roasted.  It’s a glorious day when we get new Hatch Green Chile.  I’ll have to write a post about it when the time comes.

Jalapenos and Water

2 Basil Plants (mmm… visions of fresh pesto are flashing delightfully in my head):


8 tomato plants, including 2 cherry, 3 celebrity, 2 Heinz and 1 heirloom plant.

Have you guys seen that Heinz is selling (or more likely, putting their label on) tomato plants?  I am really excited to see how these turn out.

Heinz tomatoes

Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Chives:


We are really looking forward to a great harvest this year!

What’s in your garden this year?

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3 Responses to Salsa and Herb Garden

  1. I just started gardening for the season. hope the temps stay high enough …

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I sure do miss Hatch Green Chili Peppers. I used to buy them in the huge mesh bags and they were roasted at the store. I can remember the wonderful aroma. Peppers here on the East coast just don’t compare.

    • avaughan says:

      Elizabeth, those are the best!! Most people haven’t heard of green chile, let alone Hatch. I am glad you got to experience them!
      We buy one or two boxes a year to have them roasted, then freeze them. You’re absolutely right, they do smell amazing!

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