Sunday, June 7, 2009
Darling nephew and daughter graciously agreed to help me build my vegetable garden. First we started with building raised beds out of cedar, lining with cardboard and darling husband filling them with grass clippings for compost. Later comes the soil from The Natural Gardener. Then we fenced off the area with do-it-yourself fencing. Finally we made a gate. The main critter problems we have in our neighborhood are rabbits and cats. Not the wild rabbits you have in rural areas, since we are in the city, our pest is the next door neighbors pet rabbit they like to let loose and nibble on my ornamental grasses.
My fall planting list includes, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Bioda Di Lyon Swiss Chard, a lettuce mix, Kohlrabi, Sweet Mild Yellow Onion 'Ailsa', 'Pumba' yellow onion, Antohi Romanian Sweet Pepper, Napa Cabbage, Spinach, Soybeans 'Black Jet', Purly Chives, Fortex Snap Pole Bean.
I purchased these seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds out of Winslow, Maine. I decided on these veges after reading Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening by Garrett and Beck. I had no idea Texas has a 10 month growing season. The fallow months are July and August when we only grow mosquitos and fire flies. This book has been very helpful since I am a relative newbie at vegetable gardening. I don't count the times I spent shopping too late in the season at a big box store for gardening supplies, planting poor quality seeds in poor soil. I have always wondered why I could never grow anything. Now I know. I highly recommend this book to any Texas gardener wishing to grow their own food.
I had a stellar crop of lady bugs that laid eggs on my dill plant. They went to town on the aphids on both my beans and my apple trees.
I will keep you posted on my journey to become an urban farmer*