Garden Update

It would sound like I’m an ungrateful shrew if I complained because Vince “helped” in the garden while I was in Missouri and pulled up all of my artichoke plants so we won’t talk about that. I won’t mention that it takes at least 2 years for them to grow before producing and I had been babying and pampering them and was so proud of all the artichokes they produced in the spring. I had cut them back because I read if you cut them back, you may get a fall crop so, in his defense, they did look like a dead stem sticking out of the ground. He feels bad (I hope). What’s gone is gone. I’ll get more next year and try again.

This weekend we picked the last watermelon, pulled up the last of the onions, spread lots of rabbit and chicken poop and began preparing for a fall garden.

I was ever so pleasantly surprised to see that since I cut back the asparagus in the middle of last week, it’s producing again. In fact,we had asparagus for dinner last night. Vince said “Does this mean we will have asparagus every night now til Christmas?” and I said “If we’re lucky” but I wanted to say “Yes! And we might have been having artichokes too!” but I didn’t say that.

Fall Garden

Fall Garden

The plan for now is to plant onions and garlic in this spot. Maybe there’s room for carrots or beets there too. I’ll have to see how much garlic I ordered and how many onion sets end up coming home with me.

In the fall garden, in addition to garlic, onions, carrots and beets, I hope to plant lettuce, cabbage, kale,  and whatever else might grow here.

Grass Burs

Grass Burs

No doubt there will be a huge crop of grass burs too. These are the ones that made it back from the garden to the porch and all I had done was walk into the very entrance of the garden to turn off a water hose. They’re in the rugs in the house. They’re in our clothes. They’re in my yarn. These little rascals could be what causes me to give up gardening and become a couch potato!

Update on a Few More Trees

We now have 8 Meyer Lemon trees and one Key Lime, all in pots so they can be moved into the greenhouse when it’s cold.

Key Lime Tree

Key Lime Tree

My little Key Lime has a ton of limes and has decided to break out in full bloom again.  Since it will reside in the greenhouse all winter, I have hope that these blooms will be able to develop into limes . . eventually.

Lemon Trees

Lemon Trees

None of my lemon trees are loaded with lemons but they all have a few. Last year, one lemon tree had a dozen lemons on it. I’m not sure that any of them have more than six lemons this year. Knock on wood .. but so far, the grasshoppers have not bothered the lemon or lime trees this year.

Chinquapin

Chinquapin

It was back in February when I found chinquapin “trees”.  They arrived as 12″ minimum leafless, lifeless looking bare root seedlings. I planted them in three separate pots, I babied them all spring and not a single one showed any sign of life so I stuck the pots aside, thinking they were dead. In mid-May, I dug out my receipt and planned to return them for a refund or replacement and never got around to it. The very end of June, I planned to dump them, rinse all the dirt off and return the bare roots and lo and behold . . all three of them had sprouted but were spindly little twigs but we went ahead and planted them the first weekend in July and look at them now. This is actually the smallest one but I was taking pictures with the wind blowing and the other two were blurry.

I doubt we have any chinquapins next year but maybe by 2017 we can have a few.

Our One Jujube

We planted our one jujube in 2012 and it was merely a twig! We had looked all over the place for jujube trees and couldn’t find any locally, most online are outrageously expensive and we were about to give up finding one when a blog reader put me in contact with a guy in CA who sold me one. I wish we had bought a dozen!

It arrived as a bare root plant and we kept it in the well house for most of the winter, bringing it out on sunny days to get some light. We planted it in the spring and it was probably about 12″ tall. 

Jujube

Jujube

Today, it’s taller than I am . . my guess is it’s about 5-1/2′ tall. Each of the previous years, it’s produced three jujubes. They’re about the size of a cherry and have a seed about the same size as the cherry seed so we have not been feasting on jujubes.

Tonight we were out looking at the trees and something has been eating one of the three!

Jujube

Jujube

The jujube are drought, deer and pest resistant but maybe no one anticipated the ferocity of Texas bugs. I know I didn’t!  So . . 1 jujube for the bugs, 1 for Judy and 1 for Vince and since they were golden, they were ready to eat and eat them we did. 

As I was walking away, I looked back at the other side of the tree and there were more jujubes! There must be a dozen smaller ones! I was so excited. They have plenty of time to get ripe before we have a frost. Our patience has paid off . . instead of three, it’s going to make probably close to 20 this year. We’re going to seriously look for more jujube plants to plant either in the fall or spring . . whenever we can find them.