Do you remember how annoyed I was with my garden in February? If not, for full effect, you might glance at my previous post. Half of my veggie beds were almost empty. With winter almost over, I went ahead and sowed some seeds of almost every cool season vegetable that I had. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying.
I'm here to report -- with a big smile -- that it worked! And it worked fast! Endive, spinach, fava beans have shot up. Kale, early and late plantings, has grown generously, my few cabbages are gorgeous, and that one happy bed is producing glorious root vegetables and greens. Oh -- and we have enough lettuces for more than one household's dinner salads. What more could a rookie vegetable gardener hope for?
Herbs are looking pretty spectacular, too. I want more, of course. My current aim is to have a thoroughly Mediterranean garden this summer. Can there ever be too much rosemary, lavender, basil? We already have an olive tree, some citrus, even a fig tree. But herbs -- I want them everywhere.
More soon! Be well and safe. May your garden be a source of peace and pleasure.
I plot and I plan. I work under dangerous conditions. I am frequently under assault. At times, I might drop everything and run for cover. I strive to work towards the greater good.
Gardening in southeast Texas can be brutal. Heat, humidity, and potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes are problems for more than half the year and a dangerous combination in summer. That’s to say nothing of fire ants and other biting, stinging insects. Snakes, too, although they only make a rare appearance in my little garden. Poison ivy and oak are common and birds sow both generously.
Despite some uncomfortable conditions, I feel very protective of the wild in my garden. It’s important to know friend from foe, for example, venomous from nonvenomous snakes. Even then, it’s often not necessary to engage.
As for the bugs, it is not fine with us to hurt the good with the bad. Pesticides are banned. So are herbicides. Our beds, whether food or ornamental, are organic. And while our garden isn’t entirely native, we do have plenty of native plants that please the local wildlife as well as ourselves.
While every garden is different, they all offer challenges, pleasures, time with nature. Much like people, they have their good days and bad days, high seasons and low; and they can all be fun and beautiful if you love them enough.