Winter Garden

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Our backyard, like the rest of our new house, needs no work. It is beautifully landscaped with California natives that require virtually no maintenance and little water. There's even a complicated sprinkler system that covers every plant, even ones in pots. But there's a problem. We can't eat succulents. And one of the reasons the husband wanted a house was to grow food.

Sure, his satellite gardens are doing well. But, I am over them and need a garden of my own. Here's why: 1) The husband will harvest every two weeks, and come home with bags of food, and give me that look "Do something with this." 2) I am often left to wash his harvest, package it, and store it in the fridge. No easy task in a kitchen with little counter space. 3) I miss going outside for herbs and picking what I need, when I need it.

So this past weekend, we started our garden. Clearing away two little sections -- one for herbs, and one for lettuce. We planted hardy herbs that do well in cold weather, and started several from seed, which we will keep in the house until they start sprouting. We also planted four varieties of lettuce.

Next task is to cut down the "ornamental" trees and plant fruit trees. Although we have yet to agree on which ones.

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