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.
Last 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.
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!).
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.
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?