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Monday, February 25, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Here I am with our onion harvest in May 2012!
I live in central Texas where it is possible to garden pretty much 365 days of the year (smiling broadly as I write this). My husband and I have had a garden the last 14 or so years and I have slowly been working on my front yard landscaping as time and budget allow.

We are working towards the goal of our garden supplying the majority of the fruit and vegetables we consume. My husband has more time than I do to work in the garden right now and has been planting tons of items. We do the planning together and I assist with weeding, watering, and harvesting.

Late fall harvest of okra, green peppers, tomatoes, Chinese long beans, and chard. 

Currently we are growing: potatoes, turnips, beets, radishes, Oregon peas (edible pod pea), yellow and white onions, Romaine lettuce, asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, green onions, a variety of peppers, cherry and Roma tomatoes, fennel, red cabbage, and regular cabbage. We plant our onions in December and when we begin harvesting in May they are softball sized!

My hubby, Joe, pulling onions.

In two weeks we will be able to plant Chinese long beans! These beans are really long-last season I measured one at 22 inches long! We save and dry some of the mature bean pods to have seed for the next season. These beans are great producers and grow from spring until the first frost.

Chinese long beans! I don't have to pick many  to have plenty for our evening meal!

By the time we have spring in full swing, we will also have planted tomatillos, watermelon, cantaloupe, yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, pattypan squash, a variety of herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil, mint), and probably at least one new fruit tree (last year we planted dwarf pomengranates and two pear trees in the front yard).

I will continue with gardening info and updates because I love gardening. Tell me, how does your garden grow?


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Janette! It is definitely an area where there is always more to learn.

  2. You go Holly ! Love it :) I am excited to have some tomatoes and peppers again soon. I started blogging recently about eating healthy and how to use things like greens from the garden that are unfamiliar to many. Bok Choy being one that I like to sample at the Farmer's Market to get people to taste the white crisp part raw dipped in hummus. :) Many are surprised at how good it is and many say it is better than celery. What is fun too is that it is a super nourishing veggie high in calcium. Happy Gardening !

    1. What you are doing is so inspiring! I plan to get to the farmer's market to visit soon!