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.
Sara helps planting seeds for the Autumn/Winter garden.
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.
A Skipper rests on my Tomatillo plant.
The Skipper enjoys the nectar of the Lantana.
Can you see the long tongue, the skipper uses to get to the nectar?
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!
Black-eyed Pea Blossom
Hmm, we are growing Black-eyed Peas in our garden.
Harvested and de-shelled Black-eyed Peas
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.
Our first tomatillo blossom in the home garden
Every so often, I have to pull some carrots. From sowing them directly into the vegetable raised bed, they usually grow too close together. And therefore I have to thin them out to get bigger carrots. The girls like the smaller ones. Because they are easier to bite and to eat.
Hmm, yummy carrots from the vegetable garden
It seems like, this Spring is a good time for tomatoes. I hear a lot of people saying, they have lots of tomatoes this season. Well, my plant seems to take a little bit longer. But I finally have a fruit hanging from the tomato vine as well. 😉
My first big ‘mater of this season in 2017.
In the past I learned to pick my tomatoes early and then let them finish ripen in the house for a few days to a week. It depends on the stage, I pick them. My grandmother used to pick tomatoes, when they just started to go from green to slightly yellow. Then she put them in a plastic bowl, covered them with a kitchen towel and waited until they had their nice red color. The reason for that, if she let them ripen until they turned red, the bugs, birds or little critter would have gotten to them.
So, I looked at my little cherry tomatoes this morning. And they had this yellowish color. I just had to slightly touch their stems, and they came off easy. The rest of the tomatoes probably take another couple of days, before I can pick some more. They will make good snacks or end up in a salad. There is nothing more tasty than fresh fruits and veggies straight out of a garden. Yummy! ❤
The first four cherry ‘maters of the season.
Four little ‘maters sitting on a “bench” … 😉