Spring sprung in the garden early this year, thanks to an incredibly mild winter and all the glorious rain we’ve enjoyed lately in Central Texas. Things are looking good – with a few minor setbacks. This weekend we plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant- a bit late because of SXSW.
Austin weather…what can we say? One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny, the next it’s snowing. The plants are so confused, and gardeners start getting spring fevered a bit too early. Last weekend at the Natural Gardener I saw people buying tomato seedlings! Me, I am patient. My tomatoes never go in the ground until at least St. Patrick’s Day. But Valentine’s Day is another More
Early March is an exciting time in the garden. Spring is in the air, the redbuds are blooming, seedlings are sprouting, perennials returning from their dormant winter. It’s time to harvest and cook the last of the winter crops and revitalize the soil for the new plantings. The last of the broccoli and Brussels sprouts (well, greens really) were processed and cooked in tasty dishes. More
As uneventful as December is in the edible garden, late January and early February are really exciting. It’s time to clean the garden beds, pull all the frozen plants, prune perennial herbs, and get the beds ready for spring planting. Today the garden is looking great, and I feel the promise of spring around the corner. Temperatures are still cool enough for a few winter More
Of course I had to wait until the weather turned scorching to plant the fall garden. It’s taken daily watering and lots of babying, but everyone seems to be doing OK so far. My tomato cuttings didn’t make it, so I had to buy plants. I found Super Fantastic again, and got a Juliet grape tomato also since I hadn’t grown those in a while. More