Every Winter I plant some flowers in my greenhouse throughout Winter time. Their colorful blossoms always bring a great warming feeling on those grayish Winter days. Even when it snows outside, they are warm and cozy tucked in the soil inside the greenhouse.
One of our volunteer gardeners planted a bunch of cabbages and other Winter vegetables. When Kevin and I came to the Community Garden to check on things, he pointed out a cabbage head and the cauliflower in Katie’s raised bed. I’m so excited seeing the Winter crop growing and producing wonderful vegetables.
This morning I watered and checked on the plants at the Community Garden. We still have to pick several cherry tomatoes, peppers and some basil for the pantry. With a light freeze coming up this weekend, we are prepared for the cooler season in the Community Garden. The broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, kale and root vegetables will be fine during the cool spell. And the pansies, snapdragons, sweet william, and violas love this cooler weather anyway. Here are some photos of what’s growing in the garden, now.
While the ground is still too warm, I’ve noticed some light frost on the north side of our roof. Autumn is coming to North Texas. And when it happens, don’t blink with your eyes. You might miss it. 😉 Between endless Texas Summers and short Winters, there is not much left for Autumn, nor for Spring. It’s either HOT or it is cold. But what we call “cold” here in the South, people up North would laugh at us. 😀 Yes, being born, raised and lived the first 30 years of my life in Germany, I know the meaning of the term COLD. 🙂
In this mid 40s morning, I checked on my cabbages. They were covered in a beautiful layer of dew droplets. I waited until the sun was at the right angle, before I’ve got my camera out to capture some photos. Since I don’t have a macro lens, it is a bit challenging to get these little droplets sharp enough in a photo. But I do the best with the tools and knowledge I have available. I enjoy it every time, when the weather becomes cooler and there are new seasonal objects to photograph.
Earlier this month, I was writing a blog about our “Autumn Cabbage Garden”. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower in one raised bed. And I have sown some carrots, radishes, rutabaga, and turnips between the cabbages. The radishes sprouted very quickly. Rutabaga and turnips followed them a few days later. And since the last several days, I also see the carrots poking their greens out of the soil. It’s time to start thinning out the root vegetables to give them a chance for better and bigger growth.
Being finished with the main chores in the front room, I can pay more attention to my garden again. Wow, I neglected it for several weeks. The garden beds need a lot of work, before they will look nice and healthy again. Yesterday, I’ve got one of the beds ready: I pulled the leftover plants and the weeds out, loosened the soil, and mixed more soil and amendment in. Today I added two more bags of soil, before I started planting and sowing. Now, one of the beds looks pretty again. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower. And in the space between the vegetables I have sown carrots, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. They are all yummy Winter goodies. Since I have the chicken wire around the garden beds, the rabbits can not get to them. I hope, the Cabbage White Butterfly doesn’t come around to lay its eggs at this time of the year. That would be a bummer.
Sara and I planted seeds for the Autumn/Winter garden, all afternoon. We used coconut shell-soil as seed starter. Sara helped putting the soil in every hexagon, and I stuck the seed in them. Everytime I used a different seed, I also gave one to her. She’s always fascinated, how different the seeds look like, before she plants them in her pots.
Now, we planted all kind of goodies: beans, corn, cucumbers, lettuces, squashes, sunflowers, etc. Autumn planting is so much more fun in Texas. The seeds have a warm start. And when it begins to get cooler, it’s easier to work outdoors again.