2019, In The Garden

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Mid-May 2019

The tomato plants grow like weeds in the greenhouse. We have about two dozen fruits growing on the plants. And every day, I find a few more ‘maters on the vines. Today, I also could harvest a couple of jalapeño. The pepper plants seem to pick up. The hot temperatures in the greenhouse help the peppers growing much better. And we have new “tenants”. The Greenhouse Fairies moved into the beautiful solar house, I purchased for them last week. Sara checks on Tinker & Friends, if they come home every night. When the lights are on, the Greenhouse Fairies are here. 😉

2019, In The Garden

Texas Garden Sunset (3)

After Kevin mowed the lawn, I checked on the plants in the greenhouse and enjoyed the  view of the setting Sun, this evening. We have nine tomatoes growing so far. The plants are doing well in the raised beds. Last week, we’ve had lots of rain, which was good for the garden, and our water bill. 😉

This Summer, we will end up with a lot of sunflowers. The birds kept dropping the seeds in the soil, while they were picking for different seeds on the plant and from the bird feeders. They planted some corn as well. In Autumn and Winter, the birds will be rewarded with fresh seeds. It’s nice to have little feathered and furry friends as garden helpers.

2019, In The Garden

More Rain & Thunder On Saturday Morning

Another night and morning with Thunderstorms came through North Texas, today. Kevin and I can’t really do anything, we planned for the backyard, this weekend. But the weather didn’t stop me to shoot more photos of the moisture, that was still left on the plants in frontyard and the backyard.

2019, In The Garden

First Tomatoes of 2019

We have some nice producing tomatoes in the greenhouse. It shows, it was worth taking the time building higher beds and fill them up with kitchen composts, before I planted the tomatoes in one of the beds. The plants are strong and sturdy for holding the big ‘maters, once they are fully grown. I can’t wait for making my Mom’s refreshing Tomato-Bologna Salad in Summer. Homegrown tomatoes are the best!

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First ‘maters in the greenhouse: They grow on about a foot of kitchen compost.
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Now, the hybrids are still small. But once they are big and ready for harvest, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into them. So delicious!

Happy Gardening!

2019, In The Garden

Rainy May Weather

It felt so good, when I woke up to a rainy morning. I had my window cracked and listen to the thunder storm, while I was working on the computer. The air feels and smells fresh. It is a relieve from the seasonal allergies and this humidity. Earlier, I had to wear my cardigan, while I was sitting at the desk. After all those 80+ degree days, today in the mid 60s felt a little bit chilly. It is amazing, how fast the body adopts to the warmer temperatures.

There are more thunder storms with a bit of sunshine in-between, in the forecast. Flora and Fauna can use it. But our lake is over five feet above full pool and flooding the trails and some nearby properties, again. All this water has to go down the Trinity River and into Dallas. Let’s hope, it won’t be as bad as it was in May 2015. That year, the lake went over the spillway. It took months until the water receded, and the trails were repaired by volunteers.

2019, In The Garden

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Early May 2019

The plants are doing great in the greenhouse. We have tiny tomatoes showing under the blossoms. When the fruits are bigger, I will blog and show some photos of them. But right now, they are still very small. One of our Lemon Basil plants began to bloom. The fennel is getting bigger, which will be a great host for Black Swallowtail Caterpillars in Summer. The Shasta Daisies are flourishing. The peppers are still tiny. Once it gets warmer, they will start to grow bigger, too. I have to be patient with them.

Last Winter, I dumped a Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin in the compost. Now, we have seedlings growing out of it. We will leave them all in there and hope they make it. Probably only the strongest will survive. If we get a pumpkin or two out of it, that would be awesome. And if we not, it will be fun to see how far along the seedlings will grow in that pile. Hey, the tomatoes grow on almost a foot of kitchen compost. Why shouldn’t it work for the pumpkins, right?! 😉 The broccoli is done! It blooms and soon will go to seed. I’ll collect them for the next season. I’m surprised, how well the Rosemary does in the raised bed. This herb usually likes well drained soil and not much rain.

2019, In The Garden

Blooms In The Greenhouse

Kevin, Sara and I picked up some blooming perennials from the local nursery. We got more catnip for Joshua and Chewbacca. And for the future swallowtail butterflies, we’ve got fennel plants. In the afternoon Sara helped me get the plants in the greenhouse. Her and I also put some more flower seeds in the raised bed garden. In the evening, Sara and I cooked some hummingbird nectar. She can’t wait for her flower garden to grow and the hummingbirds to visit the backyard.

2019, In The Garden

Strawberries In The Greenhouse

Katelynn and Sara nibble on the herbs in the greenhouse for several days. And now, we can add strawberry to the mix. The strawberries are small, but they are so delicious. The girls loves the sweet taste of fresh strawberries.

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Late April 2019

The warm and the rainy days help the garden to progress very quickly. Flora and Fauna are flourishing. Our Meyer Lemon tree has a lot of flower buds; and we have a first blossom. The tomatoes are growing fast. Planting them on a good layer of compost did the trick. The peach tree is full with fruits. I can’t wait for July to come, so I can harvest them.

A little Bewick’s Wren made its home in the nestbox outside of Katelynn’s window. She loves it, when the wren wakes her up with a beautiful song every morning. The Blue Jays are very pleased, how the raised beds come along. The birds did their part of growing the beds as well. Lots of seeds turned into seedlings. In Summer, they will enjoy a Sunflower “jungle”.

Happy Gardening!