Even when it is hot outside, I have to plan for my Autumn garden. Last week I’ve started sowing plants. And this week, we have some seedlings sprouting on the porch. I keep them in the shade for most of the day, because I don’t want the sun to torch them at that stage.
The last several weeks, it was very warm in North Texas. We had temperatures mostly in the mid to upper 90s. The forecast for the upcoming days don’t look any different either. But we’ve got a break, today. This morning we had a thunderstorm with much needed rain. And that storm cooled down the temps quite a bit. While I’m writing this blog, it’s only 71ºF. By the afternoon, we supposed to reach only mid 80s. Oh yes, I enjoy every little bit of it. Earlier in the morning, I planted more peppers in my home raised bed. Digging in the wet soil felt so good, again. A cottontail rabbit watched every move I made in the garden; in hope, I might give it some cabbage leaves for it to nipple in the yard. I’ve also noticed, that my jalapeño plants have more blooms, and my tomato plants are producing more ‘maters. That makes me feel good. After the rain, I captured photos of rain droplets in the garden and yard. 🙂
My garden work seems to pay off. Today, I’ve noticed three ‘maters on our plants. Soon, we will have fresh ripe fruits from the garden in our backyard. I see tomato sandwiches in the future.
While the Texas weather plays April Fool’s in the first week of the month, our garden is in good care. Yesterday was cold, today is warm and extremely windy, and tomorrow morning we supposed to get 39ºF (4ºC). The forecast shows no end to this bi-polar weather. This evening, I have to cover the more sensitive plants to protect them from the cool night. The months of April is always challenging. But their is a saying: April Showers Bring May Flowers! We just need to get over this little hump in Spring.
This morning, I checked my vegetables. And I saw some of them peeking their little heads out between the leaves. We have a tiny bell pepper, a couple of jalapeño, and a teeny tiny head of cauliflower. Last Winter, I lost my cauliflowers due to the freeze. This Spring, I’m babying them. I’m so determined to grow cauliflower. Because my grand parents had no success with it, in their garden in southern Germany. I want to prove to myself, I can do it. 😉 When I’m successful, my family will have a good cauliflower meal. ❤
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. 😉
Last week, I put the end piece of a celery stalk in a bowl of water to force new growth. I did this with green onions and romaine lettuces before, and could plant them in the soil for years to come. But for some reason, I had no luck with celery. It always began to rot in the water or in the soil. Well, I don’t give up so easy when it comes to plants anyway. So, here is my “gazillionth” attempt to grow celery from celery, again. I’ll keep you updated. It either will grow, and I’ll post more pics, or it will die and I’ll let you know. Wish me luck. 😉
Update on February 10, 2018:
The last few weeks, the stems and leaves of the celery grew much longer. I’m still hesitant to put it in soil. It has some roots. But I’m afraid, it will rot in the dirt. Maybe I let it mature a little longer and wait until it becomes warmer outside, before I make that decision.