Well, here goes….I am really unsure about how to do things here on Garden tenders yet, so I hope I do this right & put it in the right format. I love COLEUS & am trying to gather as many different varieties as I can this summer. I love the pops of color that they add to the shade beds. This 1st pic is of a variety named ALABAMA This next one is called PINEAPPLE This one is RED RUFFLES This is RAINBOW MIX This is STAINED GLASS This is RED KONG This is WIZARD MIX I don̵...
2 feet of rain in September, followed by 8 weeks drought in spring with 30C+ temps ( 90F+) followed by too much rain and a flood from the same storm which is (still) dumping on the Aussies got things off to a strange start but the combination of the moisture and heat and long days has brought things right in a hurry. The corn is knee high by 4th of Jan so we must be on schedule! and there is a veritable food forest thing happening. Here you can see the corn in the forefront, the sorghu...
Well, I let June finish and July slip by without updating this, so things have grown a bit since last time I was here, especially the gourds. The “fancy mix” ones on the back trellis were doing so well I had to extend the trellises up some and remove two of the plants (that I expected to do). Got these former arch pieces for free from a garage sale when I bought something else; all I did was ask, “what were those things?” Gourd flower and a bee doing thei...
Another vegetable we’ve been harvesting for a while: Si Gua. And of course there is always more don gua, Seven more to come. Just hope the frost stays away a few more weeks…
The red broom corn ( sorghum bicolor) has matured and the seed heads are now a brilliant reddish color ( as advertised). I didn’t really know how it goes from plant to broom so I looked it up and here is what I found out:When the seed peduncles ( isn’t that a fun word?) begin to turn from a yellowish color to a light green color then the seed heads should be cut off. Now, isn’t that strange? Normally things go from green to yellow in the fall. Nope these go gr...
To begin, I am in no way a pro in hydroponics. A search for a how to video on youtube showed many ways to grow your own veggies hydroponically. I decided to try the bucket bubbler type of hydro system. It uses a grey or black bucket a lid, 12” piece of 3/4 pvc, end cap, air pump for a fish aquarium, air stone, 1/4” tubing, and a small grow basket or I used a gardening runoff grate cap for a four” pipe.I will take pics of the build process and hopefully inspire others to try ...
Finally spring has come!My seedlings will be moving to their new homes soon (although not as soon as I would have liked, spring has not been overly warm here yet). I will be getting the patio cleaned off as soon as it stops raining outside. My entire patio garden is getting an overhaul this year in the hopes that we will be to use the patio instead of just having it be essentially a greenhouse like it was last year. I didn’t mind so much, but my husband would like to be able to use the ...
We had some surprisingly nasty cold weather (in the low 20s several nights in a row) the last couple of weeks of October, and though covered, it finished off my basil, legumes and tomatoes. Still had plenty of basil and tomatoes that I could have harvested too, so that really bummed me out, man. I did get to make a triple batch of pesto before it hit, but that was for and event – didn’t get a chance to make any to freeze for later use or gifts.The tomatoes were coming in fine just before the ...
Here are a few pictures of bai cai (literally white cabage, aka napa cabbage) Kohlrabi and some other mystery vegetable (I am serious, no clue what this is) The pictures are a 1.5 weeks old, simply did not find the time to post them earlier.We’ll probably dig up a few sweet potatoes this coming weekend and plant these vegetables. Chris
It’s been an unusually cold winter and a long spring here in TX. Average last frost is March 15 but this year we had the last frost late Feb. if I recall correctly. It is the buy time of the year; most vegetables are translated in the yard and we see the first flowers.What’s new this year as compared to last year? increased the garden by a fair amount by taking out more lawn had the trees trimmed to get more sun bought rain water barrels planted more pepper seeds, plant...
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