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2015_Day 107: Rain-soaked lettuce a treat–or will be

Better late than never, this red lettuce could be on my table this weekend.

Better late than never, this red lettuce could be on my table this weekend.

We got a good downpour Friday night, right after I snapped this photo of raindrops on the lettuce in my garden, just before dark. In fact it must have rained for at least an hour after I took the photo. I bet the veggies and flowers (grass, too) are rejoicing to be able to take in Mother Nature’s milk. If it wasn’t dark and I wasn’t afraid of stepping on the thistle in the yard, I would have gone out and done a dance of joy with them. Continue reading

2015_Day 102: Garden view perfect way to end weekend

Peas on the left, beans on the right.

Peas on the left, beans on the right.

After a long soccer weekend in San Antonio, it was good to be home and inspect the garden. Continue reading

2015_Day 84: Tomato plants, crape myrtle looking good

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A couple days after being transplanted from pots to the garden, my tomato plants are looking great. All seven plants look strong, with multiple flowers on the Early Girls and Better Boy. Continue reading

2015_Day 77: Spring awakens gardening spirit in many

I love reading all the gardening posts lately by others who are really enjoying that Spring is here (or near for those in cooler climates). 

Everyone seems excited to get outside and turn over their dirt, relishing in the idea that soon seeds will be sown and they’ll be able to watch the fledgling sprouts grow into strong plants that will (hopefully) produce a bountiful (or at least beautiful) crop of fruits and veggies.

I officially have dirt beneath my fingernails — and I hope it stays that way for a long time. Because for me there is no better sign that I am working in my garden and yard. I don’t even care that my hands will be perpetually begging for lotion and I won’t be able to grow decent looking fingernails. (That reminds me, too, that it’s about time to get a good pedicure to hide the dirt beneath my toenails!)

Lettuce update: It’s still alive (mostly) although it’s really growing slowly. In the photo with this post, the right side is how the containers look today; left side is from Feb. 14, after a major thinning. Even if it does get big enough to harvest, I’m wondering how it will taste. Is there such a thing as “old” tasting lettuce? 

2015_Day 72: Not giving up on lettuce but …

Lettuce on the left after it was thinned Feb. 14; on the right as it is today.

Lettuce on the left after it was thinned Feb. 14; on the right as it is today.

It will be a month tomorrow since I thinned my lettuce in hopes that the thinning would spur its growth a bit. Since then, the weather has not been all that cooperative, with doses of below-freezing temperatures plus several rounds of freezing rain. Continue reading

2015_Day 68: Lettuce can’t catch a break

After what must have been a lot of rain today.

After what must have been a lot of rain today.

I’m starting to think someone doesn’t want me to be able to grow fresh lettuce. Finally through with freezing rain and ice cold temperatures, I thought the lettuce was over the hardest part. Then I came home from work today. Continue reading

2015_Day 65: No freezing temps in forecast – yay!

Lettuce on left after a good old-fashioned thinning Feb. 14; on right , the lettuce today, after some cold days and nights.

Lettuce on left after a good old-fashioned thinning Feb. 14; on right , the lettuce today, after some cold days and nights.

I think my lettuce might have turned the corner. After what seems like an eternity of freezing cold temps, not to mention ice, the forecast for the next week doesn’t include any freezing temperatures. Continue reading