Being finished with the main chores in the front room, I can pay more attention to my garden again. Wow, I neglected it for several weeks. The garden beds need a lot of work, before they will look nice and healthy again. Yesterday, I’ve got one of the beds ready: I pulled the leftover plants and the weeds out, loosened the soil, and mixed more soil and amendment in. Today I added two more bags of soil, before I started planting and sowing. Now, one of the beds looks pretty again. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower. And in the space between the vegetables I have sown carrots, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. They are all yummy Winter goodies. Since I have the chicken wire around the garden beds, the rabbits can not get to them. I hope, the Cabbage White Butterfly doesn’t come around to lay its eggs at this time of the year. That would be a bummer.
This morning was cool enough to get some work done at the Community Garden. My bed desperately needed some clean up. The squash bugs got to my zucchini plant, and some of the flowers were just wilted from the heat of Summer. One of my sunflowers was ready to get harvested. And I needed to make some room for more Autumn/Winter vegetables.
After the clean-up and watering, Christi and Wally harvested quite a bit of okra for the food bank. I can see a delicious gumbo in the future. 😉 Meanwhile, I walked around and captured photos of both gardens. When it gets a little bit cooler here in North Texas, we all will be much busier building more raised beds, cleaning out the older raised beds and get the garden ready for the Autumn/Winter season. Here you can see what’s growing in the gardens right now:
Sara and I planted seeds for the Autumn/Winter garden, all afternoon. We used coconut shell-soil as seed starter. Sara helped putting the soil in every hexagon, and I stuck the seed in them. Everytime I used a different seed, I also gave one to her. She’s always fascinated, how different the seeds look like, before she plants them in her pots.
Now, we planted all kind of goodies: beans, corn, cucumbers, lettuces, squashes, sunflowers, etc. Autumn planting is so much more fun in Texas. The seeds have a warm start. And when it begins to get cooler, it’s easier to work outdoors again.
Sitting outside and relaxing, seems to help to get my mind off Finley a little bit. The last few days were tough. But life goes on, and I needed some sun to get in a better mood, again. I looked at my garden and observed a Black Swallowtail butterfly. But she was too fast to get a sharp photo of her. So, I strolled around the flowers and vegetables. And see there: a Skipper sat on my Tomatillo plant, before it skipped to my pink Lantana. The nectar must be so good.
Early Spring, I was sowing black-eyed peas. In mid to late Spring, I could transfer them from the pots in my greenhouse into the raised garden bed. And now, we are getting rewarded with a lot of peas in Summer. Once the shells turn beige-brown, I will harvest them and let them try on the kitchen counter for several days, before I will store them for Autumn and Winter. My mouth is watering, thinking about all these delicious soups and stews. Hmm, yummy!
This morning I noticed the first blossom on one of my tomatillo plant in my home garden. It’s my first year growing tomatillos. I hope, we will get a good batch for making enchilada sauce. That would be soooo awesome.