After late Spring sowing, the Hyacinth Bean began to bloom in the Community Garden a few days, ago. They are so pretty! My Hyacinth Bean plants in my home garden seem to take a little bit longer. But they are not in the sun all day. And I was sowing them several days later. It all takes time and patience. Eventually mine will bloom, too.
Over the last few months, the Community Garden had some yield for the local pantry. And the plants still keep growing. Soon, we’ll plant for the Autumn/Winter garden. When the temperatures go down, it will be more pleasant to do some yard work. But in the meantime, we planted some flower and melon seeds, which can handle the Texas heat much better. The sunflowers will also provide some well needed shade. And they will make good poles for the beans, later. Zinnias love this kind of weather. And the watermelons and cantaloupe have a good warm start to produce. Usually, we’ll harvest the fruits by mid-November.
On Saturday, I saw a duck waddle around the Community/Church Garden. She didn’t want to go too far away from the potato bed in the Church Garden. One of the ladies, who volunteers in the Community Garden came over a little bit later. I told her about the duck. When we looked through the potato bed, we discovered a nest, with two eggs and two potatoes in there. I guess, when the duck scratched a little dent, the potatoes got “excavated” by her. Working on a border around in front of the Community Garden beds, we were far enough from the duck. The bird felt comfortable enough to sit on the nest. Later, when I checked again she must have gotten startled and flew off into the community across the street. We were worried, she wouldn’t come back, that day.
A few days later, the lady checked on the nest. This time the duck had laid several more eggs in the nest, and covered them up with some potato leaves and a few twigs. I was glad, when she told me about the duck must have been back.
After lunch I went over to the Community Garden, today. When I’m not sure if the beds need water, I always poke my finger into the soil. It still looked good. The duck was here. But she didn’t like it, when I moved around looking at the vegetables and the soil. So she flew off, again. … Maybe Ms. Daisy doesn’t like me ??? … 😦 😉 I used the opportunity to look at her nest. Yep, everything was still tucked in. After capturing a photo, I left the potato bed alone.
The Church Garden is coming along very well. The peas and tomatoes are in bloom; the first bell peppers are growing; the Swiss chard and carrots are getting bigger; and the onions are showing some bulb surrounded by soil. Our Community Garden seems to take a little bit longer. But we also started a little bit later.
Overall, I’m very happy with all this sprouting and a duck nest in the Garden.
UPDATE OF THE DUCK’S NEST on 05-03-2017: Sadly I must say, some critter must have found the duck’s nest and “stole” the eggs. One of the Garden Volunteer ladies found broken duck egg shells in the garden. Well, it was nice while it lasted. At least, a duck considered the Church Garden as a nesting place for her offspring.
One of the ladies and I went to the Community Garden to plant the “Three Sisters” (corn, beans, squashes), this morning. After the seedlings were planted in the beds and the garden was watered, I used the opportunity to capture some photos of the blooms and vegetables in the Community and the Church Garden. ❤
At this morning, I had the exterminator coming to my house for a routine check up on the termite traps. We also have “Sandy Cheeks” living in our attic for a while. And every time, we check upstairs, she’s nowhere to be found. Well, I also make it very easy for her. She lives in paradise in my yard: She has a shelter, fresh bird seeds and peanuts every morning, and her boyfriend shows up at least once or twice a day. If I was a squirrel, I call that “I have it made”.
After Pest Control left, I went to the nursery to get more Spring flowers for my garden. I know, I’m addicted to beautiful plants. What can I say? 😉
In the evening, I helped out one of the ladies with her garden plot to get planted in the Community Garden. Hopefully, we also fixed the problem with fire ants in her own garden.
Here is a photo of a beautiful Creeping Myrtle/Periwinkle, I got from the nursery today:
At this morning, the soil was workable enough to plant the cool season vegetables and some more flowers for attracting pollinators in the Community Garden. Since the two ladies, I’m working with at this beautiful new spot on the First United Methodist Church property, couldn’t work on their own plot, I used the opportunity to start mine today. That way I could figure out, how I want to plant this bed. We have a lot more work to do next week. My greenhouse is full of plants, which need to get planted into the raised beds.
Right now, I have mustard greens (Ruby streak, Mizuna, Florida Broadleaf), cabbages (Red, White, Napa), cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, broccoli, kale, leek, yellow onions, snow peas, bok choy, Texas Bluebonnets, calendula, and hollyhocks in the Community raised bed. I also put some seeds for carrots and radishes down. Once the cool season vegetables are mature and can be harvested, the warm season crop will be planted in the garden. The beautiful thing about living in Texas is, we can garden year around. This means, we will have fresh food all year. Isn’t this exciting? 😀
Last week we volunteers got a few raised beds laid out and filled with soil in the Community Garden. Today, we mixed in some good vegetable soil and planted some marigolds. The marigold prevents the Five-spotted Hawk Moth to lay eggs on the tomatoes, later in the season. Tomato Hornworms can be pesky and eat a whole plant in one night. Yep! They are that hungry.
But while the marigold establishes its roots in the Community Garden, I started seeds for this cool season back in mid-January. The cabbages, mustard greens, Chinese greens, onions and other goodies come along very well. It suppose to rain, tomorrow. The rain will settle the soil and helps mixing it together.
At the end of the week, we volunteers will go back to start planting the cool season vegetables in the Community Garden. These vegetables will feed people in need of food in our community. We want to provide fresh food in combination with other foods for these families. Because we believe, everyone should have access to fresh vegetables and fruits. ❤