Saturday, May 12, 2012

Spring Garden

Welcome to Garden Week here at OPOD. We kick the week off with this picture of a man in his fine looking garden. The picture was taken in 1939 in Marshall Texas.

So I am curious if we have some avid gardeners out there. I am interested in hearing your plans for a garden.

As for me, I have pretty much given up on an outside garden. It has gotten to where the West Texas summers are so hot and so dry, it is hard to make a garden work. Back in the day, you did not think much about your water bill for a garden, but now days you can get a pretty big water bill pretty easily. Last summer I planted a corn patch, and pretty much had to leave the water running all the time to keep it watered. Even with all the watering, the corn did not make, and even if it had, I could have purchased corn at the farmer's market for less than what my water bill was.

So, this year I am focused on the indoor garden in the greenhouse. I have cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, collards and broccoli producing right now. 

As far as outdoor gardening, I am growing garlic. It pretty much grows wild, and does not need to be watered. Also, I have put in an orchard with about a dozen fruit trees.

OK, now let us know what your garden will look like this year!


  1. use to garden quite a bit. But after 20 plus years of being a resident manager, about the only thing I was allowed to grow was raspberries and rhubarb in a little spot behind the garage. Now I am retired about 1 1/2 years ago, and have my own home and can do some more things.
    But I had both knees replaced, and I can not kneel any more, it has limited me on what I can plant. I did transplant my rhubarb, and it is growing great, anybody want some rhubarb. The raspberries not so great.
    My apple tree had more flower on it than I have ever seen. I picked off the blooms last year, because it was the first year after being transplanted and wanted it to work on its roots instead of fruit.
    I made a nice sized (but not the size I use to have) raised garden/flower bed that my wife is now using.
    I used to have a lattice that I had for my beans, and would plant climbing beans. They were so much easier to pick where they climbed upwards and easy to spot..

    But now I'm like you, the farmers market is so much easier and really cheaper.

    By the way, DO NOT buy any of those topsy turvey tomato plant hangers, What a joke, what a joke.

    So Mr. PJM how is your garden doing this year?

  2. I see you are almost to 2500 registered members, good job.

  3. My mother used to have a huge garden in our back yard when I was little. This was a long time ago.
    She was a member of the depression era and knew the value of producing your own food.
    She really had a green thumb. My Dad and I used to rototill it for her and help with planting.
    Then, my brothers and I would weed and water it for her. (I think she had us do that to keep us out of mischief...)
    She had corn, tomatoes, carrots radishes, peppers and the like.
    It was always fun to go out there and see what was coming in for diner that night.
    When I got older and had my own home, we had a garden but not as grand as my mom's.
    Now I am retired and living down in Florida, and I find the zone/climate conditions very limiting as to what kind of vegetables and such you can grow.
    We have beautiful flowers and my wife has been searching for just the right citrus trees to plant, but so far, no luck.

    I think I will really like watching the pictures from garden Week.

    Thank you Mr. PJM. I like this picture site.


  4. Oh my gosh that poor fellow is dressed warmly for Texas gardening! Now if he was up here in Alberta he may still be a bit chilly! Loved helping in the garden on the farm as a child and would like to put in another raised bed here at this house. Still working on the flowers/landscaping in this neglected 1965 yard. We don't have to worry about the heat here... just the snow up until May. I'm going to enjoy this week too!

  5. My daughter and I just planted the tomatoes and peppers parsley and celery today. The peas are up but not blossoming yet. The brussels sprouts are lovely.

    The potatoes are just fine, however when I came back from my vacation in Florida, I found potato beetles! Time to spray, I also have sawflies on my roses. I use neem oil.

    My rhubarb is going great guns but my strawberry plants all died over the non-winter we had, probably due to all the rain we had from Irene, Lee and the September that had rain every day and the rest of the almost constant rain until it was time to plant, and then true to form the rains all stopped.

    The corn, kohlrabi, carrots, dill and beets have all sprouted.

    We will be planting various sorts of beans next week.

    As you can imagine, the garden keeps us all out of mischief.

  6. In Iowa, my husband and I have a very small yard but I am determined and he is helpful so on the south side, against a cement wall and with an old well that allows us to water, we grow tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, dill weed, green onions, cilantro and a few flowers. We have winter onions and "bunch" onions. In two other patches of earth with some good mid-day sun, we rotate the tomatoes from year to year so as to avoid blight and disease. I plant a couple of pounds of potatoes to harvest 5 or 6 pounds . . . but growing potatoes to me is like performing magic -- pulling a rabbit out of a hat. HOW does that happen? It is like digging for buried treasure! lol but I'm simple and easy to entertain. Otherwise, our lawn is so shady that we grow hostas and columbine, bleeding hearts and coral belles. Silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids in a row.

  7. This was my garden in June 2011.
    It is mulched with litter from the sheep/goat pen and the chicken yard, about 6" deep. This spring I've planted corn, summer and winter squashes, tomatoes, and three kinds of beans. Lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach and beets are more for winter growing here in SoCal.

  8. I garden year round in Bakersfield, CA. It's zone 8-9 so I understand hot and dry conditions. Thankfully, I'm not on a water meter yet. However, I do use drip irrigation. It's so very effiecient.

    My garden has fruit trees (espalier) and citrus trees. Tomatoes, basil, onions, beets, garlic, beans, squash, grapes, boysenberries, and strawberries are going strong now. It does take quite a bit of dedication to grow a garden, but it's my therapy. The most important thing is to start with excellent soil. Next is proper irrigation, then make sure to gorw the right plant(s) in the correct location.

    Feel free to hit my blog for a look see.

  9. Tonia O'UvaldeMay 14, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Gardening in Texas was awful last year with the worse drought in Texas history. But we managed to get lots of peppers and some squash and tomatoes. This year we have chard, tomatoes, green beans, okra, a variety of salad lettuces and a few other things. It's raining as I type this and we got at least three inches of rain last week. Doing good!


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