Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Keeping on keeping on

No real updates on my front. I pulled the cacti inside for the time we were out of town (seems like a good thing since my weather app was telling me there was going to be a freeze in Austin while we were gone). By the time I came back, the fall garden had gotten bigger, though it still seems so compact, and it looks like there was some hail maybe? I don't know--the chard and beets seemed a little beaten down. Most of the plants have gone dormant for the winter (like the lantana and wildflowers), but the shrimp plant was still blooming away and the passion vine looks like it's finally thriving without caterpillars eating all the leaves.

The plan for this weekend is to thin and weed the fall garden, take out all the plants in the spring garden and probably replant it with more fall garden stuffs (beets, chard, spinach, and peas come to mind). And I'm sure the husband can't wait to go suck up all the leaves for mulching purposes. :P

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I am typing this from my phone, so please disregard spelling errors and what not.

The fall garden has made it through our two freezes in the last week, the spring garden, however, did not. This isn't very surprising as I did cover the fall garden with a bed sheet and did no such thing for the spring garden. To be fair, I was going to try to save the black krim tomato, but fate had other plans. Mostly, those other plans involved going to the husband's office holiday party. So, when we got back home it was already 30 degrees outside. And it was alteady obvious the eggplant was done for.

Thankfully, I had decided to save as many tomatoes as possible and pulled the plants the night before the first freeze--just like we used to do in colorado. That is, I pulled up the plants and hung them, root end up, in the garage. So far I've eaten maybe three romatoes from those plants...all of which have been damaged by bugs, but they still had good parts.

I'll post pictures of the hanging tomato plants when I have time.