The weather is just meh and blah, today. This morning, we had thunder storms and hail coming through North Texas. The wind is cooling everything down. And this evening it rains again. But this did not preventing me from going out in the greenhouse and check on my plants. The moisture left quite a few droplets on the succulents as can be seen in the photos.
Three days of warm weather was just too much for the broccoli. Today it was showing some signs, that it would bold soon. So I just cut the florets off, and used them for tonight’s supper. It was delicious. For the last couple of weeks, I pull some leaves from the lettuces, spinach, and herbs on a daily basis. And Sara sits in the garden and nibbles on some salad and watches the sunset, every night.
Last week, I’ve been sowing some cucumber seeds in a couple of raised beds. So far, I can see two small plants. Hopefully, the other seedlings will pop up, soon. It would be excellent, if we can add fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to our salads, in late Spring and early Summer.
Kevin told Sara to help her sister to pick up dog poop, before he could mow the lawn. Sara was not happy about it. We could see it in her eyes, she wanted to talk herself out of it. But we put the foot down, and said to our sassy little Princess, that she has to help cleaning up after Lexi and Luis. After Sara got grossed out a couple of times, she actually started enjoying searching for the dog land mines in the grass. Katelynn and Sara made a game out of it. And everything was picked up and mowed in no time. I guess, parenting is not so hard after all. We just have to stay on top of it. 😉
March is almost over. And April is right at the door step.
… or was it in reality more of a brainfart???! Well, let me put it this way: This afternoon, I walked through our garden, checking on our plants, and there was a flower, I haven’t seen in our yard before. I did some research, and couldn’t find anything. So, I asked in a Facebook group for identification. And once I’ve got the ID of this little plant, it dawned on me that I planted exactly these bulbs in early December 2018. I guess, I had one of these “I’m getting old!”-moments again. 😀 But at least, now I know what blooms in our flower bed in the backyard. 😉 This Grecian windflower looks gorgeous.
In the beginning of the month, we experienced a few frosty nights in North Texas. I had to cover the salads and vegetables with a good layer of straw and put the branches of our Christmas tree on top of it. Now, the temperatures are in the high 60s/70s during the days, while we still experience low 40s to mid 50s at night. It’s the perfect weather for our cold season crop to grow, before it will get too warm. The Iceberg and Romaine lettuces have been grown quite a bit. The spinach is deep green. And the broccoli shows tiny heads. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I can’t wait to dig into fresh salads in a couple to a few weeks. We pick some leaves, already. 😉
Every day, I worked on the first bed a little bit in the evenings. Yesterday, I finally got it done. First I built the wall from cinder blocks, I had sitting in the garden. After the wall was in place, I filled the bed with compost, soil, and topped it off with some mulch. I dug big holes for the tomato plants. But before I planted them, I dropped more compost, corn meal, Epsom salt, expanded shale, and worm casting in the holes. Then I picked off the bottom three tomato branches and sat the tomatoes deep in the bed. That way, the plants can produce more roots, which can get more water and nutrition from the soil. Next to the tomatoes, I planted some marigolds to keep the Tomato Hornworm under control. Last year, I had one eating half of my tomato plant in one night. They are pretty looking caterpillars. But they are evil little boogers. The bottom cinder blocks, I filled in with old mulch. I wanted to save on the soil. Usually herbs don’t need deep soil to grow well. Now, we also have lavender, strawberries, orange mint, basil, lemon thyme, parsley, and dill. The parsley and the dill will be for swallowtail caterpillars in Summer. I’m glad, I’ve got this bed done before the rain storm came in.
Sara came home from school and walked straight into the backyard, where she found me working in the greenhouse. “Oh Mom, look! Dandelions!!!” After she put her backpack in her room, she came back to pick the dandelions and blow their seeds off the stems. But before Sara did that, she made a wish with each flower. I just enjoy the moments, when she still has so much fun with these flowers. Life is still so easy and innocent, right now.
Our peach tree looks so pretty, when the first blossoms open in Spring. I never can get enough of these beautiful little pinkish flowers. In February, I’ve pruned the tree a little bit. But I still might have left too many twigs on the tree. Eventually, I’ll figure it out, how much is okay and what is too much. Last year, we had lots of peaches. But they were small. I’ve figured, not pruning it, would cause bearing small fruits. Now, I’ve gotten quite a bit of bloom on the tree, again. Let’s see, how the fruits will turn out. If they are still too small, I need to seek some advise from the local nursery. Since we’ve also had very hot days in the month of July, the tree might need more water last Summer. But I’d rather ask an expert, before I “drown” the tree.