What can I eat from my garden today? What’s coming soon?

My garden started last Fall. I have some plants that still are doing well, in spite of the two freezes they went through. Now that it is Spring, I am replanting. There are many more plants in the ground now (or seeds at least). They won’t be up for a little while longer. Eventually, I hope to have a much larger selection always available to my kitchen, either in my garden ready to be picked or preserved from earlier harvests. However, here is what I have in my personal ‘produce store’ today. Everything but one or two items in all of the below three lists are organic, mostly heirloom too.

Red Russian Kale, Lacinto Kale, Even’ Star Champion Collards, Cardinale Lettuce, Deer Tongue Lettuce, Forellenschluss Lettuce, Red Velvet Lettuce, Grandpa Admire’s Butterhead Lettuce, Reine de Glaces Lettuce, Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage, Red Giant Mustard, & Moss Curled Parsley. (and five different green bean varieties in bags in the freezer, from last Fall’s harvest)

Planted but not ready to harvest yet, I have…Pac Choi, Carnival Blend Carrots, Danvers Carrots, Purple Pod Pole Beans, Hidatsa Shield Figure Beans, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, Provider Beans, Good Mother Stallard Beans, Arugula, Cherry Belle Radishes, Mizuna Mustard, Valencia Tomatoes, Brandywine Tomatoes, Ailsa Craig Onions, Bloomsdale Spinach, Detroit Dark Red Beets, Greek Yevani Basil, Granma Einck’s Dill, Common English Thyme, Cinnamon Basil, Common Oregano, Marjoram, Jolly Jester Marigolds (not to eat), English Lavender, Bouquet Dill, Common Chives, Sweet Marjoram, Garden Broadleaf Sage, Prairie Coneflower Echinacea, & Elves Blend Sunflowers.

Still to be planted…Rhubarb Swiss Chard, Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard, Red Burgandy Okra, Purple Top White Globe Turnip, Black Beauty Zucchini Summer Squash, Marketmore Cucumber, California Wonder Sweet Pepper, Sugar Snap Peas, Ace Bush Tomato, Calypso Beans, Listada de Gandia Eggplant, British Wonder Pea, Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash, Napolean Sweet Pepper, Sunberries, Sultan’s Green Crescent Bean, Galeux d’Eysines Squash, Ireland Creek Annie Beans, Bushy Cucumber, Aurora Pepper, Golden Midget Watermelon, Snow Fancy Pickling Cucumber, Black Mountain Watermelon, Ashworth Yellow Sweet Corn, Eden’s Gem Melons, Petit Gris Melons, Double Yield Cucumber.

I am behind on my planting, as usual. However, here in my part of Texas, we have very long growing seasons. So, as long as I protect my crops from the Summer heat down the road. I should be fine; though I may be a little sore before it’s all done.

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Getting my feet soiled.

Here is the site we chose for our new larger garden. It gets good sun and is bordered on two sides by trees, providing a nice shaded area for sitting. The soil is fairly rich. There is a gentle slope, but not too much.

site for big garden plot

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So, here is the garden plot for which I paid a local to plow up for me. I have made the leap from my two backyard four feet by four feet raised beds that I started last Spring. They did fairly well, considering I had not gardened before, not counting a little help I gave my mom when I was a child. I am an ambitious gardener. I now have a garden plot of sixty feet by forty-five feet on the family acres. Since I got it going heading into this Fall, it is not fully up and running.

Another early photo…

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Our Original Square Foot Garden

Here are some photos of our first garden, a small square foot garden in our backyard.

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bush beans

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greenbeans

Pacing Myself

Patience is a virtue, but procrastination is a vice. I working at a measured pace, partly due to time constrainsts, partly due to the weather.

 

Another threatening cold last night. I covered the little plants again. It least it is easy to do, since they are in a four foot square box. Tonight’s cold should be the last of the season. I’ll plant more in a day or two.

 

I dug the post holes and cemented in three of the four required posts for my children’s soon-to-be treehouse. That’s a chore, but worth the effort.

 

Cleared out the leaves that had been hiding under the bushes and in the back of the beds. I still have quite a list of backyard work: sand the deck, trim the hedges, put in more soil for planting, transplant a crape myrtle, build a new sandbox (part of the treehouse), finish the treehouse, more gardening, more gardening, more gardening, move the compost pile, and a flagstone patio and bench between a couple of trees, build planter boxes for herbs on the side of the house, and on, and on…This is fun.

Ordered Some Seeds from FreedomSeeds.org

I just ordered seeds from FreedomSeeds.org for the first time. Mailing the check, so I’ll be patient to get them. I have already planted seeds that I got from the local organic store, Green Mama’s. This’ll be the first of many orders from them, as I want to further their cause as well as obtain seeds to grow and to store.

Rain Today, But a Big Work Day Tomorrow

It rained heavily today, not that I am complaining. I like the rain, and the soil needed it. It was soaked by the time I got home from work, also still drizzling some. So, no work in the garden or yard today.

 

Tomorrow is a different story. I am buying lumber to make my kids a new treehouse. While at the hardware store, I plan on scouting for anything I can get away with purchasing for the garden (and to increase the garden size). I may get more seeds (though I am leaning toward getting most of my future seeds online). After I talk over the garden/yard layout plans with my wife, I’ll be getting more good soil/compost to build up a few areas of the yard, maybe add a row of new planting beds along the back fence.

 

Since watching the Dervaes family’s video clip from the documentary, I am envisioning how I can slowly transform my backyard into a gardening oasis.

A Little More Garden Work

Today was not quite as productive as I had planned. We had to forego some of the garden/yard work to take a trip down to La Madeline to get my wife’s (mine too) favorite coffee beans-french roast. I did do so more planting as the sun was setting and the cool breeze was coming in. Got the last squares of the first 4×4 square planted. We’ll plant the other one in the next few days. My oldest son thinks we should plant that square with flowers. I’m not against that, but I was hoping to get more edibles planted. I suppose we could plant some of the edible varieties of flowers, roses for example. Still, I can’t fault him for his appreciation of beauty at only four years of age.

Garden Beginnings

We worked in the yard this evening, my wife, kids, and I. Finally got all of the leaves up. Cleaned up the overflow from the roughly made compost pile I started a little while back. Trying to whip it into shape. Moved some things around to make room for new plantings over the next couple of weeks. Started clearing the beds. Added soil to the second four foot square-square foot garden plot-elevated with a decent soil mix to start out my first year gardening at home (since I was a kid). I haven’t found coarse vermiculite locally and didn’t get around to ordering it off the web. So, I started with an 80% compost 20% manure mix (all organic); I couldn’t use much of the yard’s existing soil, since my neighborhood was built by throwing an extremely thin layer of cheap topsoil over a rocky mess. I may have the garden soil too ‘burning’, but it seems to be ok so far. We planted seven plants (squares) a week ago, all with heirloom non-gmo organic seeds. All but two are sprouting now. I am hopeful. We’ll plant more tomorrow.