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Gardening in central Texas still a challenge


Now in my second season of gardening in central Texas, the adjustment continues for me and my little patch. The weather and the bugs (not necessarily in that order) are the biggest contributors to my frustrations, although admittedly, those levels are lower than last summer. Continue reading

Early garden greens up backyard, spirits


The warm winter and spring here in central Texas has kept me busy the past 6 weeks. Yes, those are peas in my raised garden beds! I direct-seeded peas and lettuce on Jan. 31, during a warm spell in which the two-week forecast called for maybe one or two days of freezing temperatures. Because neither veggie seed was likely to sprout for 10 days, and the forecast after that called for above-normal temps, I decided it was worth the risk. Continue reading

2015_Day 259: Tomatoes finally transplanted 


I don’t know whether they’ll grow, but I finally got my fall tomatoes transplanted into the raised bed. There are three of the bigger variety, and those seem to have the best chance to grow. There are also three cherry tomato plants, but those were pretty much just stems when I moved them from pots to the raised bed. Continue reading

2015_Day 207: Making room for pumpkins

Three pumpkin plants now share a raised bed with several green pepper plants and a few marigolds.

Three pumpkin plants now share a raised bed with several green pepper plants and a few marigolds.


I’m not used to pulling dried-out tomato plants out of the garden until September or even October, but three that were well past their prime got the boot today to make room for several pumpkins. I had intended to be out in the garden by 7:30 or 8 a.m. to beat the hot sun (forecast high was 97), but as usually happens on a Sunday morning, I was feeling a bit lazy. I finally got to work a little after 9 a.m., and the sun, she already was a wee bit warm. Continue reading

2015_Day 196: Seedlings continue to grow

The good news is that a few more lettuce seeds have sprouted despite temps in the 90s and a lot of heat. The bad news is that it’s been 10 days since I planted all the seeds, and the pumpkins (below, center) desperately need repotting into bigger pots. No time for that tonight. Let’s hope tomorrow is better.

  

2015_Day 186: Prep work underway for fall garden

It seems weird planting seeds for a fall crop. I love Texas!

It seems weird planting seeds for a fall crop. I love Texas!

When I planted my tomatoes back in March, I figured they’d be toast by early July. But they’re doing pretty good thanks to a cooler spring and early summer. There still are a lot of flowers on the bushes, not to mention fruit, so I’m hoping that they’ll keep producing for another couple weeks, despite little rain and upper 90s in the forecast. And, because one of gardening bibles (it’s okay to have more than one, right?), “Month-by-Month Gardening in Texas,” told me to, I planted seeds for a fall crop today, too. Continue reading