By the time summer gets into full swing we are in a routine of “picking the garden” this is the time when we reap what we sow. This time of year is a much more laid back slower paced kind of time. We do a lot of playing in the back yard, eating lots of fresh vegetables and a lot of fresh pico de gallo! There is nothing quite like eating fresh vegetables straight from your very own garden. We always have plenty to share, and the chickens are more than willing to eat up what’s left.
I have heard from so many that want to start their own garden. This is so exciting to me. The hard work pays off in a different way, than say a hard day of work at the office. The rewards you see and eat far out weigh the amount of work put into it.
“Andy and I have the most fun and relaxing time when we are in the garden together. There is a peace that comes along with that time.”
As the temps rise and the days get longer we like to get to work in the garden either early morning (coffee in the garden is heavenly) or late in the evening. During the hot time of the day we just let those flowers and veggies do their growing. With the recent crazy weather we have had here in Texas, it brings me back to the reality, not all flowers or crops will survive. We always have some kind of loss in the garden. That is why it is so important to plant several varieties.
Having our granddaughter Jane be here so often with us and being able to share the garden with her has been a joy I never knew I needed. She is learning to stay in the rows and when it is time to “pick” the flowers.
I talk about this a lot, but don’t be overwhelmed about the size of your garden. Start small, next year add some more area. And raised beds are a great way to garden on a smaller scale. I have never had a raised bed garden, I think because my husband enjoys tilling so much. I do have my herbs in a raised bed, for easy access.
In our next issue I will talk a lot about Fall gardening. It’s quickly becoming my favorite time to garden. So many things will grow here in our area in the Fall. So be sure to check out my next article, and be prepared to get busy!