Early March Update

growth

After a week of sunny but chilly weather, and then a weekend of rain, the garden is showing signs of action once again. The mint and watermelon are sprouting (perhaps some summery mojito is in order, some time around June), and elsewhere the soil is looking moist and rich. With the new plants’ arrival come the birds, returning to the yard like it’s a family reunion. A bright and chirpy pair of cardinals has re-emerged, much to the delight of my cat, who watches them get within feet of the screen door with demonstrable intrigue (the poofy tail reveals all). I would like to put up a bat house next, but that project will most likely have to wait until next pay-day.

Early January Update

winter

Well, traveling for two weeks has taken its toll on the garden. It must’ve frozen outside a few times while I was away, because only the lettuce survived. I’ll have to replant in the next few weeks, but in the meantime it’s sad to see my friends had suffered because of my negligence. But I guess the same would’ve happened in the wild, so I can’t be too down about it. Maybe one year I’ll build a greenhouse.

Mid-November Update

lettuce

The weather finally turned, and chilly mornings and evenings mean happy lettuce. The one pictured above was planted as a seedling; others planted from seed are peeking out and stretching now that the air is crisp. For my part, it’s nice not to have to water twice a day (or more), and having my morning coffee outside is now a viable option. I’m still putting the spent grounds in the garden (you can see the darker patches near the plant above), and hopefully after a winter of decomposing leaves and coffee, the soil will be softer and more diverse for next Spring.

Late October Update

pumpkins

The little pumpkin plants are growing, but many perils await. I’m trying to cover the vines with dirt and coffee grounds, to protect against vine borers. Hopefully the shade from the wildflowers nearby will keep them safe from the mid-day sun, which is still blazing despite it being a few days until November. Maybe I’ll be able to give people pumpkins as Christmas presents?

Mid-October Update

pepper

Finally, a sweet pepper! Let’s see if it gets big enough to eat. The temperature swings as of late (90s in the day, 60s at night) have probably confused many of the older plants, while the younger ones (spinach, pumpkin, lettuce, et al.) are happy just to be getting daylight and water.

Early October Update

aloe

Well the aloe is doing well. And so are the mosquitos; I can’t go a single watering without being bitten at least once. I think it may be time to invest in a bat house, since putting on bug spray every day doesn’t sound too appealing (or healthy). So far in my yard I have seen: possums, owls, toads, and house cats, nocturnal-animal-wise; it would be nice to add some bats.