Sunday, March 02, 2008

Back On Track

Okay, back on track after another extended lull.

I must say, after a year of experiencing some personal stresses and tragedies, it's good to have the gardening bug back again. And man, I've got it back in a big way.

I'm writing for Dave's Garden on a regular basis, have adopted a second plot in our local community garden and have been planting in, and starting seeds for, my own garden at a crazy pace.

That last venture hasn't been so successful, unfortunately. While Mother Nature treated us to an unusually mild winter this year in North Central Texas (I don't think we ever got below 25°, which is uncommon), I did manage to misfire on the timing of planting some broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage sprouts.

After starting and nurturing them from seed in early February, my beautiful, robust little transplants went in the ground at the community garden last Saturday. I carefully mulched around them, and covered them with hoops and frost cloth. Monday came and brought with it 40mph winds and freezing temperatures - a double whammy that both blew off the frost cloth and froze my babies to the ground.

So, time to start again. I'll be a bit behind, but will graciously and politely ask Mother Nature for spring weather on the cool side. Let's see if she listens.


CanadianGardenJoy said...

I'm just basically PLEADING for any Spring over here ! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi Tamara,
I had the same problem, but in reverse. Must be cause I garden in South Australia!
I had a good lot of seeds emerging and growing healthy (lettuce, cauli, broccoli and cabbage), when we had a sudden really hot spell and most of them keeled over. BTW, these are veggies we plant as winter harvesting crops. The lettuce I grow all year round.
So I've had to start over again too. The only thing that tolerated the heat (over 100F), was the Pak Choy - must be really tough!
We're so desperate for rain here that it's a wonder anything is surviving.
Good luck in your garden :-)

Anonymous said...

It's good to get the gardening feeling again. Sounds like you been busy. I'm new but appreciate a good organic approach. I use to put chemicals all over the place till I killed off all the good bugs. I learned. Now I got good dirt or will have as soon as my new yard is finished.