The Little Garden 2014

Here we go with Round 3 of the Little Garden.

Our first garden got scorched by the sun, pummeled by hail, and only produced a single salad’s worth of spinach. The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and squash withered and died in the July sun shortly after this photo was taken.

The Little Garden 6.28Last year’s garden had a different fate – but the same result. Instead of getting crushed by hail then scorched by the sun, the Little Garden was destroyed by a one-two punch of tree and dogzillas.  The tree we lost last April too down our chicken wire fence just enough that the dogs could jump it. They ended up digging up every single thing we planted by their roots. Nothing survived.

Little House Big Heart Garden Repair 1

This year is going to be different. We’ve repaired the fencing around the garden, reinstalled the gutter gardens with more screws to hold them against bashing hailstones, and gave the puppies a stern talking to about digging up Mom and Dad’s veggies.

This weekend we took advantage of temps in the mid-70s to get our early spring veggies planted.  We plant according to a guide published by Texas A&M for the North Central Texas region, so everything that went in the ground this weekend was right on time (I know it seems early!).

Garden 2014 3

On the end above we have three rows of broccoli, followed by three rows of baby cauliflower. (We’ve never tried growing these before, so if you have any tips, let us know!) We also have two rows of carrots, beets, and Swiss chard in the center of the garden.

We didn’t hang our gutter garden last year because we had the fence restained, but this year we hung them back up. The top and bottom gutters have spinach planted in them and the middle gutter we’ve sown with arugula.

Garden 2014 4

We’re in for some cool nights in the next week, so here’s hoping all our little baby veggies make it through! If they do, we’ll be having spinach salads by the time we get back from Southeast Asia!

Do you garden? Is it time to plant where you are? What are you planting this year?

4 comments

  1. Kala M. says:

    Years ago when I live in North Dakota my parents had a garden and we grew Broccoli. I don’t remember how well it grew or how much we actually harvested. What I do remember were the white moths. They loved the broccoli and would lay eggs on them which then hatched into little green caterpillars who would try to eat all of the broccoli. Keep an eye out for them. I’m not sure if they are in your area or not.

  2. bekah says:

    Oooh fun! We are just starting our garden…but we cant actually plant outside until late april. We started our tomatoes and some basil, garlic, and peppers in our sunroom though, and then I’ll harden them off when I can get them in the ground. Im excited for our garden this year, we are trying some new stuff (Potatoes!) and I am really hoping to get a decent harvest from it! Last year I only had three tomato plants and still had enough tomatoes to can six pints of tomatoes and six pints of salsa, and I REALLY want to do more this year!

  3. Kim@NewlyWoodwards says:

    I can’t wait to get started – my little calendar is posted and we have a little grow station in our basement. We’re going insane this year and doing a huge plot on our land. Can’t wait.

    I’m hoping you have great luck this year. Sounds like you have everything in order.

    We did broccoli and cauliflower our first year. Our experience was that they really like water.

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