Finally, I made it over to The Colony Community Garden. If it is not sickness in our house, it is the rain that kept me away for a few weeks.About three weeks ago, I cut off the broccoli heads. But I left the rest in my raised bed. When I came back, I found more broccoli grown to my surprise (I did that with the kale all year, and it worked as well). I guess, the rain and the cooler weather was the perfect “chemistry” for the broccoli to keep giving. Probably by next week, I can cut some more. The red cabbages formed tight balls. Now, they need to grow. Katie’s brussels sprouts get bigger and are almost ready for the harvest. Christi was sowing some root vegetables in Winter. In a few weeks, there is a good chance we can pull some radishes. The Church Garden is looking good, too. Onions, savoy cabbages, spinach and other Winter goodies are doing very well in their beds. I also had a big smile, when I saw the Dianthus are coming back blooming in my bed. They like the warm days and cool nights. Everything looks so good. But we all can’t wait for warmer weather. We want to get the tomatoes, peppers, beans, etc. in the soil and grow some good vegetables for the local food pantry.
I put a Romaine lettuce in my bed to test, if it will survive the cooler nights. As we can see, it did.
I planted extra kale in my raised bed a few weeks, ago. There is never enough kale.
Katie’s Brussels Sprouts
Christi was sowing some radishes. Hmm, delicious!
A few weeks back, I cut the broccoli heads off. Today, I came back to more broccoli. Isn’t this awesome?
I was so excited to see the Dianthus bloom in my raised bed.
The red cabbages became very tight over the last few weeks. Now, grow, grow, grow!!!
There is some fresh spinach growing in the church garden.
Beautiful onions in the church garden
Savoy Cabbage in the church garden
This year, my plans are: to get more herbs in the beds; I would like to concentrate only on a few vegetables, instead of many. And then rotate the crop. I hope to get a higher yield this way. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂 In the meantime:
🐞🌷Happy Gardening, y’all! 🌷🐞
The first tulips began to bloom. Minnie is very happy about it. 😉
This morning, two of our tulips opened up and began to show their prettiness. Soon, the other tulips will follow. Ms. Minnie is so happy about the bloom, she had an extra big smile. 😉
The last couple of days, I was very busy in the garden. I planted tomatoes, peppers, brussels sprouts, chard, snow peas and herbs. Despite it might be a little early for the tomatoes and peppers, I put them in the ground anyway. Tomorrow, I have to put up a cold frame. Because we supposed to have a few nights with temperatures in the mid 30s (3ºC). But I didn’t want to wait too much longer, and we might have a good chance that we get some vegetables before the heat comes into North Texas, again.
Rainbow Swiss Chard
Broccoli from the Autumn season
I seem to have more success with my garlic than in previous years.
In the meantime, we enjoy the blooms inside the greenhouse. It always feels good to see some color, even during the cooler months of Winter. The Narcissus are all in bloom; the Gazania blossom looks so beautiful; the Sweet Williams are coming back; and the Tulips will start blooming any day, now.
The Sweet Williams have a come back.
Last Sunday, I ordered more seeds from Botanical Interests. Since they have free shipping on all their orders throughout the months of February, I had to use this opportunity to also get some seeds I usually can’t get in my local nursery. Today, the package arrived. When I opened it, I could tell it was put together with Love. The order was complete. And it had some extras: a Mesclun salad seed package, a seed guide, and a sticker. Now, I’m excited and can barely wait until the weather becomes warmer and I can work in the garden again.
The seeds have arrived, today.
It was packaged with Love.
More seeds to sow this year. ❤
Despite the cool rainy weather, it stayed above freezing inside the greenhouse. The Narcissus doesn’t seem to mind the cooler temperatures and slowly opened its blossom, yesterday. When the ground dries I have to lie down some mulch and stones. It will prevent, that I have to walk through puddles and mud in the future. But this morning, I managed to capture some photos of the Narcissus without getting my feet wet, when I walked over to the greenhouse.
Mickey loves the new bloom in the greenhouse.
Let’s give it a couple more days, and the Narcissus will show itself in its full beauty. By that time, it supposed to be warmer.
It is perfect weather for doing some garden work and plant some bulbs, before the temperatures will drop tomorrow, again. In the greenhouse I added half a dozen of tulips and half a dozen of narcissus. The narcissus won’t take long, before they will open and show their pretty flower faces. The tulips need a little bit longer. In the garden, I planted some bulbs of Canna Lilies, Crocosmia, Dahlias, and Tiger Lilies for Late Spring to Autumn.
Soon, the narcissus will bloom in the greenhouse.
Minnie says, she’s happy when Spring arrives and everything will be in full bloom. “How beautiful will that be, sitting here with my big bow and enjoy the smell of fresh flowers.”
Today, I did several loads of laundry. Sara cleaned her room and wanted her bedding washed and dried. In the meantime, I cooked fajitas for lunch. And I cleaned out the greenhouse, which was very unorganized and therefore a big mess. Now the greenhouse looks pretty, again. But the garden around it needs a lot of work. The weather supposed to be nice and mild the next few days. That’s perfect timing to use the chance to clean up before the arrival of Spring gardening. It feels good, having something back in order. After I’m done, I have to finish helping Sara making her bed. She’s good with it, but can use some help from Mommy. 😉 Kevin has flu-like symptoms and felt week all weekend. He tries to help, but gets tired very fast. It’s the best, he takes it easy and rests.
My little hummingbird sanctuary next to the greenhouse. Hopefully, I can can get it back to this beauty in Summer, again. 🙂