The chicken wire gives support for cucumber.
Tomatoes and cucumbers growing in raised garden bed.
Keren picks a cucumber.
My husband and youngest daughter relaxing near garden.
Last week the city of Cedar Hill had mulch delivered to community garden. I was there to meet a group of volunteers. However, the group rescheduled, but a few other gardeners and I spread some mulch anyway. My daughter and I had a lot fun (as you can see below) on the mulch pile.
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Sweet potatoes, I believe are the perfect food.
I really love sweet potatoes, so I decided to plant them this year instead of the Yukon Gold potatoes I planted last year. I had purchased the Yukon Golds from the garden center, however, this year, I couldn't find sweet potato plants anywhere locally. Sprouts Farmers market sells the best tasting sweet potatoes.
I purchased the potatoes. Then I put them in a bag under my sink so they could sprout. They took longer than I expected to sprout, but once they did, I planted them in the community garden.
See photos below to follow this process.
This is a post I wrote last year but didn't publish. It rained the whole month of May. The vegetables did great last summer.
May 31st. The first day and first Sunday in the month with no rain. It was exciting. We tried to spend all day outside. Later that evening we went to the community garden. I could see the effects of continuous rain with little sunshine.
The potatoes were also flatten and some potatoes were sticking out of the dirt.
Above, the tomatoes had grown so much that they were over shadowing the onions and garlic along the sides of the plots. And the bamboo stakes I had used were overpowered by the wild tomato limbs. Luckily there was some extra wire stored behind the garden shed. We put it around the tomatoes to pull them back inside the plot. Now, hopefully, the onions, garlic and other vegetables will have a chance to get some sunlight.
The following three photos are from one of the other plots in the community garden. I don't think I had ever seen tomatoes like these.
My daughter and I went to the community garden one evening and found this plant next to the swiss chard. I knew that gardeners had been cleaning out their gardens, so I wondered if the Texas wind had blown it into our garden plot. Then I checked Glip, the message board that the garden club uses, and saw a message to me from Mr. Freidell. His family has plot 21, right next to ours.
After some research the garden club members learned that it wasn't a good idea to plant asparagus with other plants. They found a place in another plot to plant all of it.
Here's a link and photo from Kitchen Gardeners International. It has some very good information about asparagus. http://kgi.org/planting-asparagus-crowns
Our community garden started composting a few years ago. However, at one of our monthly meetings, we had a woman who is an employee from Home Depot and former employee Texas A&M speak to us about composting. We learned that we were cold composting, which is basically throwing all our vegetation in a pile and waiting for it to break down, which could take years.
I've chosen to go with the hot method for composting because it's faster. I'm expecting it to take about a month. My daughter and I have layered browns and greens; that is alternating about six inches of things like dead leaves with about six inches of grass clippings, coffee grounds, etc. We will take the temperature of the mixture every couple of days and turn it. Will keep posting until it's completed.
Keren watering each layer of leaves and grass.
I have a weakness for greens, as you can tell.
The leaves of the brussel sprouts cover the tiny cabbage like vegetable growing underneath on its stalk.
a closer look at the young sprouts not ready for harvesting.
Saturday started with hammers, nails and paint at Home Depot. I highly recommend this activity. It's held the first Saturday of each month at Home Depot's across the country. The craft kits are always high quality and fun for kids do. Keren and I met two of her friends from school. After completing their craft, we went to McDonald's and then the garden. It's always so much fun to have kids in the garden. They had some really good questions. The oldest friend was really interested in herbs. I hope she will eventually grow her own.
A job well done.
These are some of the brussel sprouts growing in our garden.
A closer look at the brussel sprouts.
The plants will eventually look like these mature sprouts.
What do you do when it is the day before a major holiday and you just have to have greens to go with dinner? Well, that happened to me the day before Thanksgiving. I had not planned to have greens because I just didn't feel I had the time to prepare them, but I decided it was just a tradition I couldn't part with and a tradition I wanted to pass on to my daughters. So I went to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving and to my surprise, there were no collards greens to be bought. So I went to our garden in the Cedar Hill community garden and got the next best thing, which was Swiss chard. I had planted collards, cabbage, and brussel sprouts, but they were not old enough to cook. The chard had been producing since the summer. I cooked it basically like I would if I cooked braised collards (see pics below). First I sauteed onions, bell pepper, garlic, other typical seasoning and added the swiss chard. The girls liked it very much. They said it tasted like spinach.
Girls gathering with Swiss chard from the garden.
The chard on my kitchen table.
I sautéed onions, garlic and peppers before adding the chard.
Roughly cut chard placed in pot.
I like to use chard when I make frittata. It's one of my favorite things to have for brunch.
If I'm not going to use chard for a few hours, I put in a vase filled with water until I'm ready to cook it.
Welcome to my gardening blog. My father passed to me a love for gardening. I wanted to share this passion with my girls, so they would know the origin of their food. (not the local grocery store). So, I dedicated myself to giving them what my father gave me--- because sometimes we strive so hard to give our children what we didn't have that we fail to give them the treasures that we do possess.