Since my second bed was put together by the church gardeners, all I had to do is plant some tomatoes, peppers, basil, tomatillos, etc. But I also planted more flowers for our pollinators in the first bed. Last year, we had bees and beautiful butterflies visiting the garden. I would like to see, if a hummingbird is coming over for a visit as well. Pollinators are so important for a vegetable/fruit garden. Some plants get wind pollinated, others need a little help from our insect and bird friends.While most of the flowers still have to grow, before they will bloom; I captured photos of some flowers, which are in bloom right now. And of course, the vegetables are growing very well too.
Due to the rains in February and the warmer temperatures in March, our lawn looks like a meadow. We have henbit, chickweed, dandelion, blue field madder, baby blue eyes, wood sorrel/oxalis, and many other little blooms flourish in the yard. Of course there are blooms, what some gardeners consider as weeds. Because they are very invasive and hard to get rid off in a “perfect” yard/garden. What a lot of people don’t know is that some of these plants are edible. Here are some examples of the plants from our yard.
- Henbit can be eaten fresh or cooked, and be used in teas. It is very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. Henbit can be added to salads, wraps, and soups. But it shouldn’t be consumed in high amounts, because it is a laxative.
- Common Chickweed leaves can be added to sandwiches and salads. They are also good for soups and stews.
- Wood Sorrel/Oxalis can be used to spice up salads. It should not be eaten in extensive amounts, since it can cause kidney stones in some people.
- Dandelion can be used in salads, tea, and as coffee. While it taste like coffee it doesn’t contain any caffeine.
Joshua slipped out the patio door, this afternoon. And the first thing he did, was rubbing all the Winter itchies out and all the good great smell of Spring into his fur. “Spring feels sooo goood! When you gonna grill more chicken for me?” he asked with this particular look in his eyes, when he came around from behind the grill.
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.
It is such beautiful weather, that I spent most of the day relaxing and listening to the birds’ songs on the back porch. Mr. Squirrel walked along the fence and jumped into the backyard. He looked around and checked me out for a little while, before he got some seeds from the feeder and leaped into the tree. If I hadn’t been sitting there, he probably had eaten a lot more. But he was not too comfortable with my presents and decided to wait to come back for lunch a little bit later.
Oh by the way, Mr. Squirrel just chattered something from my roof: “Don’t forget to remind everyone that the time will change tonight! We “spring forward” one hour! Crazy humans always mess my times up. Now I have to remember that I can’t jump across the street on hour earlier, due to rush hour. It even messes with my rhythm.” 😉