We've been alternating icy cold snaps and just gorgeous stretches, one after the other. It's been lovely. I really enjoy real winter so this way I don't have to feel like I'm missing my beloved Chicago but I mean, who doesn't like a nice 70 degree stroll in the winter sunshine?
Friday, December 6, 2013
Also in life. 2013 has included possibly more difficult moments than any other year - more exhaustion, confusion, despair, frustration, exasperation, guilt, illness and injury, and yes, even anger. But also more happy moments, more daily melt-your-heart cuteness, more first steps first words excitement, more general contentedness and joy than any other year.
So here's to putting beets in your hair and here's to 2013.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tonight was a Thai eggplant stirfry, before that was eggplant and tomatoes over pasta, Indian eggplant and lentils, grilled eggplant and other veggies with couscous or quinoa, grilled eggplant pizza, and the list goes on. IF anyone has a favorite eggplant recipe, I'm all ears.
Last night a freeze was predicted and the low tonight is supposed to be 27, so I have tarps over my plants which still have probably 10 more eggplants in various stages of growth.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Win loves to go to the store now, any store really. Here we are at the garden store, toughing out 104 degrees like a champ. We got a bougainvillea and a bay laurel, and a serrano and chive plant, because they were on sale.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Now that we're back, we're back to working on our house and trying to figure out how to take care of all the things we've recently acquired, like a small fruit orchard and a small person. I got a pruning book from the library so that's my current mission, that and planting a fall garden.
Turns out it's actually kind of fun to be a grown-up old married person!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Even though it's a huge garden I've been kind of disappointed with it, the corn all died before the ears were done filling out and the squash bugs got to all my squash although I did get about 20 crookneck and 10 zucchinis before they died. Winter squash seems to be a bust though. Even the green beans I planted were all vines and no beans. Of course I have tons of tomatoes and I'm happy about that but they have mostly been cherry tomatoes, poor planning on my part. I don't even really like cherry tomatoes. Next year it's all roma and maybe 1 cherry and 1 beefsteak. Since I like to process them, the cherry tomatoes are a pain. I'm finally getting some cucumbers and will try again for beans soon.
In Chicago the growing season was short, but so bountiful. I could go out every day and come back in with armfuls of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, tomatillos, beans and cucumbers. Here is seems like it's more year-round, but one thing at a time. I'm not sure if that's a quirk of my planning or just the weather, but it's awkward to have tons of one thing (tomatoes, cucumbers, beans) and nothing to cook them with. Luckily I have many years ahead of me to work on the plan.
I'm also getting excited about the fall garden, and realizing that while summer is showier, the fall, winter and spring gardens are the ones that really pay off. No need to buy salad greens, carrots, onions, garlic, herbs, green beans or peas ever. I'm going to try again with beets because we love them, we always end up eating the greens but the beets don't grow. I also plan to plant rutabaga.
If any Texas gardeners have tips for getting things to produce at the same time, or have had success growing squash, please speak up!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Never end... but occasionally we complete something that feels significant. We have been in the process of terracing our tiny front yard and building a retaining wall for a while now. Next up is to build a short fence, a walkway to the front door, some kind of sidewalk, and put in plants by the curb...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
With my new job I get home a little earlier and Winters is down to 2 naps a day now, which means that when I get home from work we can actually hang out and do stuff and it's actually kind of fun! We go visit friends, swim, garden and try not to get too many mosquito bites all at once.
He is getting better and better at everything, with his 8 teeth and his little hands that do more or less what he wants them to. It's weird because he's so big and can do so many things, I forget he still can't even crawl and is totally just a baby.