Growing Sideways

This week, le jardin got moved off of the bench in the living room and out onto the patio.

I never thought this day would come.  Except for when I did.

Can we all just take a moment to give thanks for another year where I planted things on finished wood that we can’t rip out and managed to avoid ruining it?


Some people might prefer to harden-off their plants over a progression of days.

My beef with that concept:

  • I have no desire to wrangle plants in and out-of-doors on a daily basis.  This would be akin to having a pet.  There is a reason we don’t have…a pet.
  • I don’t want to pay that much attention to the weather.  Is it freezing?  Is it not going to be freezing?

Or we could just distill that into I don’t care that much.

So, rather, I waited until I was feeling very certain that we would not be seeing a frost again.

And now that I’ve typed that, we will probably have a frost which requires me to bring my tiny patio-Eden indoors once more.

But anyway, I brought the plants outside and so naturally, instead of worrying about cool(er) temperatures, my plants got to play Sahara in the mid-80’s.

They are now growing sideways.  And none of them are pointing in the same direction (AKA towards the sun).

I just don’t think this is how it is supposed to work.

What is your spring weather like?  Tropical or tropical?

Gardeners: Do you move your plants in and out-of-doors as the weather warms up?


10 responses to “Growing Sideways

  1. Our spring weather in Seattle has actually been – dare I say, spring-like? I did wait until the freezes ended before I bought my plants (I bought starters, cause I’m lazy and impatient), so they ahve all thrived. The basil continues to stay indoors, and I let it vegg (get it?) in my bedroom window during the day for light and warmth.
    Side note – Genovese Basil is better for chillier climates, like Seattle and the Tundra. Large Leaf Italian Basil is notoriously wimpy for that kinda thing. Just droppin’ some knowledge. XOXOO

  2. In my back yard I have planted two apple trees, two pear trees, a mango tree and a peach tree to go with the orange tree that was there when we moved in. In the front yard I have planted an avocado tree.

    I worry that they get enough light, water and cold in the winter. I walk the yard once or twice a day to check on them.

  3. We have all 4 seasons in CO, just not in any particular order. It’s hot one day, and snowing the next (not in the summer of course, but it’s still crazy nonetheless:).

  4. Here in Northern California the weather is well…perfect. It’s supposed to be in the mid 70’s all week long with a hint of a breeze that’s just well…perfect. I guess that’s why people are paying $700,000 for houses here that are thirteen hundred square feet and on top of that need to be renovated. Amazing what the weather will bring people to? I’m cracking myself up.

    How I missed your last few posts I’m not sure. All I know is I go out of town for four days and I can’t get back into the swing of things. Me time…well right now I’m having some. Between homeschooling and babies, and six kids there isn’t a lot of it, but I manage to get it in there. Tomorrow they will all be grown and gone so I am happy with my life right now. I love your blog, thanks for sharing your great personality. Take care,


  5. haha! omg. this reminds me of my ONE attempt to garden a few years ago. i planted everything mid May and then it STILL snowed and my peppers turned out to be about the size of ping pong balls. when i move to MN this fall im hoping to rent a house so maybe that will allow more of an opportunity for planting:) our spring weather in Utah sounds a lot like MN though…well maybe not as humid…but its like 90 and then the next weekend it could still snow. you just never know. have a great day!

  6. I do NOT have a green thumb, so I can’t help much. But I *really* want to have some fresh herbs. So I’m scouting out how to do a potted herb garden! I know they can be done indoors, but there is only minimal direct sunlight and Cramer (our money tree, which was a housewarming gift 5 years ago) is entitled to that light. 😉

  7. I gave up on the whole concept of germinating indoors and moving out later a few years back. Too much work. Now I just direct sow outside into the ground (or pot). Or I buy starts. If my seeds don’t come up, I try one more time. After that, I give up and definitely buy starts. Planting the melons this weekend! Theoretically, anyway.

  8. GAH! I am in the same boat. I have not planted anything yet because I am afraid of the dreaded frost. By the time I get around to planting anything summer will be over! I really just need to get off my lazy tookus and do it. #nogardenexcuses

  9. It’s HOT here. In the 90’s already. On the up side, the plants are doing well because of it, and luckily lack of rain hasn’t been an issue so far this year (fingers crossed & knocking on wood right now). We have our first blossom on the banana palms, so looks like we’ll be having bananas later this summer. Eight pineapple plants now, and not one of them appears to be in the mood to bloom this year or they would have done it already. If you remember, we waited 6 years for the first one to bloom. Patience is our only option here. No limes on the one citrus tree we own yet, but it nearly died from last year’s drought so I’m keeping my expectations low and just thanking the heavens it survived at all. Give your pots some time. Once they get over the shock & awe of being outside, they’ll take off.

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