2019, In The Garden

Greenhouse Garden Project (Phase 1/Part I)

Finally, Kevin and I started my new project. Last week, I purchased the materials. And this afternoon, we’ve put the wooden frame together. But first I had to unlock and separate the greenhouse from its metal frame, before we could place the wood in the same spot. Kevin had some leftover wood blocks, we could use for securing the corners of the base. After the wooden base was done, we could screw the metal frame on the wood and reinstall the greenhouse. The greenhouse is so light, we just picked it up as a whole and moved it around as needed. Kevin and I decided not to put shelves in the greenhouse. We will have raised beds, like we had the first year.

Katelynn helped leveling the ground for the wooden frame. And she cleaning the soil out of the bottom of metal frame. She really enjoyed helping us with the project. Joshua came from the garage into the backyard, He played garden inspector and made sure, we are all doing our jobs well. Best way to keep an eye on all of us, is the view from the tree … or he just got bored and decided to chase the Brown-headed Cowbirds out of the Bradford Pear tree, before they would have pooped on us eventually.

2019, In The Garden

Spring Is Coming Back!

After a few cool days below freezing point, the warmth of Spring is coming back, tomorrow. For the next couple of days, I have plans to get the greenhouse back in shape. Kevin and I talked about getting a wooden frame under the greenhouse. It would be a little bit higher. And due to the ground constantly shifting, the new frame makes the greenhouse frame sturdier, again. The ground needs new mulch and we need some shelves for some potted plants. It will be some work, but it is worth it. Having fun in the Spring Sun.

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Bradford Pear Blossoms
2018, In The Garden

Texas Garden Sunset (2)

After the hail storm we had coming through the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex last night, it is nice to see this beautiful sunset this evening. We were lucky, the hail was small compared to what came down in a couple of cities south of us. They had baseball-sized ice rocks coming down from the sky. Not even to mention, the damage this hail was producing. 😦 I checked both gardens. Our home garden looked like nothing even happened. The trees probably took the hit for it. In the Community Garden some of the taller plants hung down a little bit. They will recover from the storm. On a good note, the last few nights, we had thunderstorms rolling through. We needed the precious rain water.

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This year’s garden in the beautiful Texas sunset
2018, In The Garden

Blooming Geranium/Mosquito Repellent

For the last couple of days, I waited that my geranium begins to bloom. This afternoon, I checked on the potted soil in our greenhouse. And lookie there! The geranium is in bloom. Aren’t the blossom beautiful? I love these pinkish colored flowers. Since this plant smells like citronella, it is a great mosquito repellent. I catch myself very often, rubbing my fingers on its leaves. Several years ago, I had a geranium. But I must have over-watered it. And unfortunately it didn’t survive. This season I gave it another shot.  And it seems like, I’m getting rewarded for being a little bit more patient with it. ❤

2018, In The Garden

Snapdragon And Sweet William

By reading the headline of this blog, I had to smile for moment. The names remind me a little bit of Medieval times and the myths of knights fighting dragons. 😉 It’s another nice Spring day, today. I planted the Snapdragon and Sweet William with some other blooms in my greenhouse last October. They seemed a little bit dormant through the Winter months. And now, they both come back in full bloom. I love all the pink and rosé colors. They warm my heart. ❤

2018, In The Garden

First Bluebonnet of 2018

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Our Bluebonnet finally started to bloom, today.

Since we had a cooler Winter, everything seem to need a little bit more time to “wake up”, this Spring. But I’m so happy to see, that the our Texas State Flower is in bloom of this season. A second one is showing signs of blooming soon as well.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

When I came back from our local Community Garden, I put some plants back inside the greenhouse. I checked on my other plants and noticed, we have a little visitor. It must have been attracted to my flowers and got trapped in the greenhouse, last night. When I opened the window, I helped the butterfly to find it’s way out. Now, she’s free to fly to any flower outside.

2018, In The Garden

Our Spring Garden 2018

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.

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.

2018, In The Garden

First Year-Asparagus

Last month, I put some asparagus roots in a crate full of soil. I did this a few years back, and I had some great asparagus in the second and third year. Asparagus grows very thin in the first year. It’s edible, but I usually let it grow into fern. My tomatoes love them as companions. And so do the peppers and the basil. But I have to keep the asparagus in a crate, because it is very invasive. If I had enough room, I wouldn’t mind growing asparagus in a raised bed. But it will take over, if not watched carefully. Hmmm, I can see fresh asparagus recipes in the future. 😉

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First Year-Asparagus is very thin. It will be much thicker the following years.