I love my fence panel arches. They’re better than any tomato cage I’ve ever used and they make harvesting cucumbers a snap. They don’t get blown over by the wind or pulled down by the weight of the plants they’re supporting. Once the plants reach the top they become cool, shady tunnels that offer respite from the hot summer sun.
The plants that I’ve found best suited to growing on arches are vining types of tomatoes, all types of cucumbers, winter squash, gourds, and vining flowers. Some types of tomatoes (I’m looking at you, Husky Red Cherries!) are too short and brittle to successfully weave through the wire.
Some of the tomato plants are five feet tall. They’re starting to be unruly. I spend a good twenty minutes every day, just tying and bullying them into some semblance of order. The cucumbers have a similar problem, they’re grabbing ahold of anything that sits still long enough and taking off in directions I never intended. I untwist their little tendrils and coax them in to their designated area.
And it’s all because of the rain. We’ve had enough that I haven’t had to water more than a handful of times in the last three months, but not so much that everything is a soggy mess. Thank you, Mother Nature, for making my life a little easier this year.
Springtime in Texas never lasts as long as I’d like before the long hot summer. This year is no exception. It’s heating up and the thunderstorms are rolling in every few days.
The upside of that is that the garden is growing like crazy. Sometimes it feels like I can sit and watch the plants grow.
The garden is taking up a big chunk of my time these days. The weeds are growing like, well weeds. The tomatoes and cucumbers need to be coaxed to grow up the trellises. It’s almost time to pull out the lettuce.
On top of the garden there’s animals to deal with. This isn’t even most of the animals, only the ones that I managed to get pictures of.
I love that Mother’s Day is in the spring. It means that I almost always get garden stuff as gifts. This year it was the soil to fill my new beds, plants, and a new arch for two of the other beds.
My wonderful husband kept all of the munchkins entertained while I slipped out to the garden to get some pictures. I love seeing so many little tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers on the plants and knowing that I’ll get to pick them soon.
After taking pictures it was time to start getting ready for our neighbors up the road to come hang out. Mike went and got some meat for the inaugural run of his new smoker, the kids did some chores, and I made some salads and herb rubs. Once they got here we had a great time, including some time spent throwing rocks into our little pond.
We’ve had a rainy week here in Central Texas. So far we’ve gotten 4 1/2 inches, with more to come tonight and tomorrow. Everything is lush and green and there are tons of wildflowers. Here are some pictures.
We have been having a typical spring here in Central Texas. One day it’s 60° and the next it’s 80° , first rainy and then sunny. Luckily we haven’t had any more freezes and most of the plants that got a little frozen around the edges have recovered nicely. Here are some pictures from this weekend.
It’s almost a full week past our local average freeze date, but Mother Nature doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo.
The combination of a cold front and cloudless skies made for a potential garden disaster. After checking the forecast at 11 last night I grabbed an armful of old sheets and asked Mike to help me cover the tomato and pepper plants. With the sheets and a few stakes we got everything covered and then crossed our fingers.
This morning it was 32° and there were ice crystals on everything.
I was dreading pulling back one of the sheets, sure that all of my happy little tomato plants would be dead. But no, they weren’t! A few leaves were wilted, leaves that had been touching the sheets, but the plants were all alive!
Thankfully this is likely the last cold weather we’ll get this year.