P.S. I Grew This.

Breaking news: We have cucumbers.

This is revolutionary. I planted something and it actually grew. Exclamation point. Exclamation point.

Sadly, we lost a few along the way, but I'm happy to report that some of the things I planted this Spring have survived. And this is no small feat, my friends, because I have a very black thumb. It stems from my aversion to doing the appropriate amount of research before I start a project (like a garden). And also from neglect. I have the tendency to forget to water and to properly tend to my plants.

Last year things did not go this well. Tree rats ate the lettuce. Seeds never sprouted. We left for two weeks and the tomato plants shriveled and died.

In other words, I used to be a bad mother.

Case in point:

But! I'm making progress. Fingers crossed that our little raised bed will continue to flourish because it is totally awesome to look out the window and see green things growing. Hopefully they'll be some pickle making in my future...

Speaking of gardens, Summer is great time to visit a local garden. The San Diego Botanic Garden offers free admission the first Tuesday of every month (August 5) and it stays open late on Thursday evenings until 8:00pm through Labor Day. And given this drought, now might be a very good time to stop by The Water Conservation Garden and learn a thing or two. Every Saturday morning, there is a free guided tour at 10:30am. And for the very brave, the Garden is hosting a cheese making workshop next month. (Fromage!) Or how about a trip to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park? They have koi! You could go and then make these and use up all those toilet paper rolls you've been hoarding.

P.S. I'm on the look out for a local gardening class. Remedial courses, preferred. Holler if you have a suggestion.