We have had a TON of rain over the last week or so, making my new herbs and vegetables quite happy.
(I’ve been checking my toes, daily, to make sure they are not webbing!)
Apparently, our part of Texas is predicted to have an unusually wet April and May.
Not a bad thing, as we are still recovering from a drought.
(I’ll try to remember, fondly, the rain, come June, July and August…)
As you can see, above, the rain has compacted the dirt and allowed the, uh, numerous rocks to be revealed.
(We used some extra dirt we had out at the ranch (apparently rocky dirt), but made sure to amend it with plenty of mushroom compost.)
The plants don’t seem bothered by the little rocks, so I guess I’ll quit worrying about it.
(It’s just not as pretty as clean dirt.)
Above: purple pole beans–can’t remember their name!–watermelon (or cantaloupe, maybe), and bush beans.
(If I find that I have super, great success with any particular veggie, I’ll be sure to list the names and varieties in a later post.)
Both vegetables and herbs appear to be sprouting and growing well.
Oh, goodness, you have no idea how happy that makes my heart.
I am always so hopeful and excited at this stage of the game.
Over in the large garden plot, the corn and Kentucky Wonder pole beans are also beginning to stretch upward.
(I used the little orange flags to help me keep track of where I planted seeds–they’re a cheap and convenient way to warn me not to walk on the baby seeds and seedlings.)
I have watermelons, cantaloupe, squash, and some tomato plants in this big garden plot.
Oh, and if my watermelons produce as I hope they will, I will be able to provide the world with watermelons all summer long!
(I may have overdone it with the watermelons…once they start growing and spreading, I’ll take pictures…I’m scared they may take over our backyard and pasture…)
(We’ll be in trouble if the cows and Abner, our donkey, eat watermelons!)
Marigolds are supposed to be excellent companion plants for all veggies.
They’re heat tolerant, once established, which we need here in Texas.
Plus, they add color and attract pollinators.
Who knew having a garden could bring such joy?
It’s not too late to plant a few seeds in some dirt, y’all!
I promise you, you will not regret it.
Right now, I’m seeing green!!
And, new growth!
And, right now, I see lots and lots of potential!!
While I claim the garden as my own, I have to give a shout-out to my main squeeze, ThrillCam.
Right now, he has supported my crazy idea to plant a rather large (for us, anyway) garden in our backyard.
(Unfortunately, I may not have chosen the very best location, as it took a TRACTOR to drill holes for the fence posts!)
Sing with me, “SOLID! SOLID AS A ROCK!…”
Even my youngest punk got in on the action:
It was short-lived, but I give him an A+ for effort!
(I’d never seen such a tool before! Apparently you slam it down to chisel the rock. I know this because I watched and observed. I’m good at that, watching and observing.)
ThrillCam even hauled over some hay bales for my homemade compost heap. (The hay is supposed to slowly break down along with the veggies and dirt to make yummy compost…eventually…next year.)
Right now, the weather is fantastic and it’s a pleasure to get out there and pull weeds, to get dirty.
Right now, the plants are happy and healthy, not withered and shriveling from the horrid Texas heat.
Right now, I look quite successful in my gardening adventures!
I’ll keep you posted.