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Monday musings & the purpose of a garden

April 23rd, 2007 at 07:20 am

It was so hot, still, and humid last night that we turned on the central air conditioner. We'd hoped to wait til May but it was ridiculously miserable so we caved in. However, I did turn it off when I went to bed so it didn't run all night. Self-kudos for not being lazy and letting it run the electric bill up too much.

I watered the container planted vegetables and herbs by the house this morning but I need to water the planting tables and get some leaves that I raked into piles into the wheelbarrow and take them to the leaf pyramid (called that because it's so large) out near the garden. Rain is forecasted, though, so I'm holding off in the hopes that nature will do the watering for me. I also plan to transplant more irises.

DH and DS14 are gone on jobs and they'll be gone most of the day, I think, so I'll vacuum, dust, and work on painting more of the bathroom door and frame around it.

Dinner tonight is plannedovers from last night's beef roast and gravy. There wasn't much left but I'm going to cut the beef into small pieces, make more gravy, season it all well and let it simmer awhile and serve it over wild rice with a salad and some Normandy Style vegetables.

Today should be a no spend day for me though DH will spend something while he's out, I'm sure.

While watering this morning, I thought of what DH says about gardens - their entire purpose is to make his tomato plants look good. Wink

Anyway, here are some pics of our container vegetables, taken just a few minutes ago.



The cauliflower is doing very well in the containers we got for .50 each



And the green pepper and carrots are doing very well, too. I think they will need to be moved to a sunnier spot but so far, so good



More green pepper and some zucchini



An upside down tomato, happily hanging off the front porch



More tomatoes, one planted in an old Macintosh computer case



Yet another tomato plant, this one about to produce fruit



And last but not least, squash plants in buckets

Some of the tomato plants have fruit on them and we should have ripe tomatoes very soon!

4 Responses to “Monday musings & the purpose of a garden”

  1. scfr Says:

    They look great!
    Can you garden year-round in Texas?

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Well, winters can be too cold for most gardening but we can usually grow turnips and a few other things until late December and sometimes later. I really want to try to grow tomatoes in the winter but am not sure if I can do that. Even if I can just grow them into late fall, that would be great. Smile

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Have you grown cauliflower before? I'm surprised to see it growing in a place where it is already warm enough for the A.C. Cauliflower has always been a dud for me, both in TN and MO.

    Hey, I'm a gardener, too. My son and husband are also gone. I swept and mopped my floors today, and I've been thinking how I need to paint the bathroom door and jamb. Last nigh I ate left over roast beef, probably will today, too. Twins?

    Oh, in case you did not know, peppers are really perenials and since you have container grown them, you can bring them indoors to save for next year, too. So are tomatoes, but if saving them indoors was actually do-able, I assume we'd hear about it all the time, as tomatoes are the #1 most popular garden produce.

  4. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I haven't grown cauliflower in years but we've had quite a bit of cool weather and so far it's growing well. We'll see what happens.

    Hmmmm, could be we were separated at birth, huh? Wouldn't that be something! Wink
    Yep, I plan to bring the peppers in later this year. I do love green peppers and hope they produce well for me. One of them is actually a purple bell pepper. I just thought that would be a fun novelty - kind of like the Mr. Stripey tomatoes. Smile

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