Garden Journal

December 2017 - Thankfully a few arugula plants came up voluntarily from seeds, since we didn't get a fall/winter garden in this year what with mom's passing.  So upset to not have my own garlic planted for 2018 - it will be the first time in a decade.  Looking forward to planting some spinach and radishes though, after reworking the raised beds.  We have decided they need to be lower to ground as it is too dry here for high beds without dedicated irrigation system installed...

October 2017 - The corner garden is thriving! And it really wound up getting hot and dry in September/October this year!  Still absent a lot due to mom's failing health.  Harvesting plenty of french melons that accidentally got planted in the new corner bed - along with cherry tomatoes and basil. 

August 2017 - With mom in hospice, much of the summer garden activities are simply about 'keeping it alive'... We did manage to plant a butterfly perennial bed in our sunniest and driest corner, and it is doing ok despite being planted during the worst possible time of year.  Thriving are: Mexican Firecracker plant, both Asclepias varieties (native and tropical), Prairie Verbena, Texas Sundrops, Spanish Lavender, Texas Rock Rose, Echinacea, Greg's Blue Mist flower, and a few donated agave plants...

June/July 2017- A delightfully wet summer so far, with a new bed area being prepped.  All arugula and winter crops are out and harvested.  Garlic in the planter box was pretty mediocre crop - either because we had a mild winter or because it was in a planter box that the kale sort of took over...

Mid May, 2017 - No need to plant basil or tomatoes this year - they all came up as volunteers from last years seeds! Time to plant summer annuals to fill in blank spaces...

April 2, 2017 - Harvesting radishes, beet greens and last of the kale.  Sugar snaps seem slow this year, but the bed they are in has been overcome with volunteer tomatoes and basil from last season! Worth it :) Onions are finally starting to bulb up, and garlic, which was planted in with kale due to lack of space, is pretty puny still... Kale coming out this week and Roma II green beans going in...


March 11, 2017 - Sugar snaps are about an inch tall, along with beets.  Texas betony has started to bloom and seems to love partial shade as well as cool spring season.  Phlox is kicking butt, too.


February 24, 2017 - Radishes and arugula have germinated...a few rose buds have opened on the drift roses by the front walkway, and a few tiny plum blossoms opened up today.  Sunny and much cooler - last Thursday was almost 90!

February 22, 2017 - Eupatorium is popping up all over, so I pulled about 15 outliers and potted them up.  Unseasonably hot today...

February 19, 2017 - Planted sugar peas in planter box, tossed a few beet seeds in too, just for giggles. Iris and a few pholx have started to bloom, and everyone's daffodils are in bloom already...

February 18, 2017 - Free mulch day! We added mulch to new beds in backyard, mostly to allow to decompose and create rich soil down the road...

February 13, 2017 - Radish seeds going in the leftover 2 feet of an onion row that is empty. Also tossed arugula seeds into some bare areas in the front flower beds, since it dies out before the really warm weather kicks in...
Pruned roses. Hoping for rain, it has been a dry month!

January 23, 2017 - Planted onion starts in raised bed on north side of our courtyard/workshop fence. Fence is shading many of the baby onions due to the sun being so far south still, but I am hoping for the best as we approach spring and summer.

January 15, 2017 - Kale planted in raised beds back in late October is huge and healthy - and undamaged by several days of below 20 degree weather back in late December.
Garlic is planted around it - for lack of its own bed space right now - and is doing well although a bit crowded by the kale leaves... Must eat more kale to make room for the growing garlic sprouts!
Kale and Garlic in 2 x 4 bed that is 2 feet tall... 




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