Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Peek into My Garden: March 2016

There really isn't much to show in my garden yet, but the budding of branches, the rapid growth of lilies and tulips pushing determinedly through the soil, and the promise of patches of mint give me a feeling of unshakeable hope. I like to take pictures at this time of year to remind me in the months to come of how quickly something can change.

These guys came in much earlier this year, as did everything. Wake up earth! Spring is here.

We planted these fruit trees last year (golden delicious and Fuji apple, and Honeysweet and Olympic Giant pear), and know it will still be a few years before we see fruit, but the buds are exciting nonetheless.

Empty beds, waiting to be prepared and sown.

And new leaves on our blackberry bushes.

Do you have a garden? What's growing in yours?


  1. I love it that your raised beds double as dump-truck sites in winter!

    We've got a few new trees (okay, nine of them) planted this year, and three raised beds. They're scattered all around the backyard as we learn which spot is best for growing which plants in the relentless Central Texas sun.

    We chose what to grow this year based on price and the recommendations for the new-to-us humid subtropical climate: Tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, beets, kale, leeks, and tri-color carrots because even though carrots are cheap to buy, these are prettier!

    Best of luck, and I'm looking forward to seeing how your garden grows!

    1. Central Texas . . . I used to go to school there (A&M) and lived and worked in Bryan/College Station, so I can definitely understand the heat. :) You should try growing basil and eggplant too if you like them, and Swiss chard should grow really well there too. We get pretty hot summers here in Kansas, and even in triple digits the chard hangs in there. I bet your carrots will be beautiful!

  2. Small world - My husband and I met at A&M, and our son will be a freshman there in the fall:)

    A few years ago we were given a tangelo tree, which we planted in the back yard at the edge of our garden. The first year we actually got about 5 or so fruit from it; they weren't great-tasting but we were excited nonetheless. The next year there were possibly 20 tangelos, and this fall we got about 40 tangelos that were absolutely delicious. Right now it's blooming and the bees are loving it. The aroma is amazing too. If all of those flowers actually produce tangelos we'll be wondering how to preserve all of the goodness. It's so exciting! (We planted tomatoes, green beans, sweet peas, okra, and onions - everything has sprouted and now it's just a matter of patiently waiting.)

    1. That is a small world! My sister and her husband met at A&M too (Fish Camp). I would love for my kids to go there one day - it is really a great school!

      I was just saying to my son the other day that I wish we could grow citrus in our climate, but it just gets too cold in the winter. It really is exciting when you see the blossoms and especially your fruit increase over time. I hope our trees are successful too. We do have to deal with a bit of an accidental pruning problem right now with 3 little boys who like to use our baby trees as goal posts for soccer right now :).


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