We're spoiled in Los Angeles, and can garden year round. We've had record low temperatures this winter and still, all my plants survived the cold. Which doesn't say much at the moment, since colder than 55 degree temps pretty much destroy any motivation to go outside - so my "garden" doesn't look like much right now.
The other thing that destroys my motivation to garden is having to water my yard every day. We only get rain for about two months out of the year, which is tough. I live in a rental, and save money when possible, so I have a really big, awkwardly shaped yard with no irrigation system.
Which is why....I love rainy season.
The hills around here turn green in an instant, and suddenly, the garden seems like a space once again filled with magic and possibility instead of obligation and oh god why is that tomato plant so big?!
Last year was a huge success and a huge disaster. It was my first year gardening, and I tried a bunch of stuff. Some of it worked, some of it didn't. The wildflowers were great while they lasted, and then they looked like a big pile of dead, seedy weeds. My childlike pea brain decided it would be fun (fun?!) to grow 12 different types of tomatoes in a yard where sunlight is a precious commodity, and I spent days (nay, weeks) of my life wrangling tomato vines and trying to water a jungle of thirsty plants in the desert. The biggest plants, of course, produced the smallest yields, and left no room (or time) to tend to the other veggies, which pretty much all died of neglect or lack of sunshine. RIP Cucumbers.
Also, I need to get a handle on the spiders. I know they're good for the garden - but last year I spent the summer walking around with a stick in front of me, waving away webs before I got my face stuck in them. Yech.
Still, as I look out my window this morning (rain!), I can't help but get excited about the summer ahead. I've learned from some mistakes, and know I have many more to make.
Once the rain stops, I've got a lot of work to do.