Finally, I’ve got around to plant some broccoli, lettuce, and spinach in the raised bed. After I fertilized the bed really well, the plants went into the soil. Kevin can not wait to get fresh lettuce from our home garden, on the table in Spring. So, I always have to plant some lettuce. Katelynn and Sara love their broccoli. And I just enjoy some fresh spinach. Since Winter is not over quite yet, and we still can get nights below freezing point, I made sure, the small plants are covered with straw and Fraser Fir branches. My next project is to get the onion slips into the ground. It feels so good gardening, again.
The “Three P-Rule” or PPP does not only count for tomato plants in our garden. They go for all the plants. Some plants are hardier and can withstand freezing temperatures; a lot of plants can’t make it through a cold spell, unless they will be covered to stay warm. Earlier this week, we had 80°F (27°C). I decided to plant my dianthus, hyacinths, violas, and my pea plants in the raised beds. But I made sure, when I plant that early, I have a plan and be prepared to protect them. From previous Halloween decorations, we have straw bales in the greenhouse. And I kept our Fraser Fir after Christmas, because I knew it would come into use one way or another. Tonight, we suppose to get only 25°F (-4°C). This afternoon, I covered my plants with the straw to keep the plants cozy warm. And the Fraser twigs are for keeping the straw in place from this crazy wind. It’s not pretty. But if I was a critter or a bird, I would call it home for the night.
This afternoon, we’ve reached temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). It was perfect weather for doing some garden work, getting the raised beds cleaned up and planting my peas and early Spring flowers. While I pulled out weeds, I also found a carrot that over-wintered in one of the raised beds. I might add it to a stew, later this week. Three Mourning Doves set on the trellis I put up for the peas, in the garden. They inspected my work, fertilized it, and enjoyed the view of the garden from the trellis, before Luis, our dog, chased them away.
This Summer/Autumn season I didn’t do much in our home garden, due to health issues earlier in the year. Therefore, I don’t have very little for harvest. Our green onions and rainbow chard did well throughout the year. Other than that, we only have a few herbs left. It is still better, than nothing at all. I will take a break from gardening, until January; it will be time for seedlings to start for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our fresh herbs until it gets too cold for them as well. 😉
The last couple of days, I could harvest several jalapeños out of my Community Garden bed and our home raised bed. This is very exciting. It’s the first season, I have success with them. The “secret” of my jalapeño success is very simple. I did the same thing with the pepper plants, what I did with my tomato plants: Digging a deep hole, adding some banana peels, egg shells, Epsom salt, expended shale, cornstarch and worm castings, and then dropping the plants deep into the soil seems to be the recipe for growing great peppers.
May has arrived, and finally we get warmer days and nights. The day temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s (28º-31ºC), while at night they are in the upper 50s to low 70s (15º-21ºC). This is perfect weather for our crop to grow in the raised beds. Kevin, the girls and I are excited that the peppers are getting bigger. The peach tree is heavy with fruits. And soon, we can harvest some Romaine Lettuce. I love dinners with fresh harvested salad from the backyard. Here are some photos I’ve captured from the raised bed garden, today.
It is getting warmer in Texas. In the beginning of the week it still felt like Winter. By the end it will feel like late Spring/early Summer. But I still have to keep a close eye to the temperatures, since we still get 30s and 40s (-1ºC to +9ºC) some nights. During the day it is wonderful to get everything ready for the Spring garden.
Today, I decided to plant my tomatoes a little bit deeper. Their roots are not as established, yet. I still could dig around the roots and drop them with some Epsom salt lower into the soil. The peppers will bloom soon. I found some good size buds on them. And the rest, which were planted earlier is doing very well in the raised beds. Our plants are growing. I finally planted the cauliflower and kohlrabi in one of the beds. Since I lost them to a freeze last December, I was very hesitant until now. When it gets too cool, I have to cover them. We easily could get another cold snap here in North Texas in mid-April. The magic temperature number is 55ºF (13ºC) for the tomatoes. When the ‘maters get covered, the cauliflowers, kohlrabi and peppers will get covered as well.
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.