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The Natural Gardener | A Garden Center Tour

One of our favorite nurseries to visit while in the Austin area is The Natural Gardener. It’s on the southwest side of town, tucked away off the main roads heading to Bee Cave and Dripping Springs. It’s full of native plants and all sorts of wonderous plants! Right off the bat we found a hairy […]

Anticipating Fall Vegetable Gardening

Remember the garden looking like this? This was early July. It got much, much worse after that. And this was pretty bad! Needless to say, summer came upon us and we did not keep up with gardening. A few weekends ago we spent some time getting it all weeded and attempting to get new mulch […]

Nyssa aquatica Update

Three years ago we planted a water tupelo on the edge of our pond. It has since thrived and done extremely well in its location. I thought I’d show a little update! As you can see, it has gained a lot of height in the last three years! I can’t wait to see what it […]

Saving Passionfruit Seeds

Back when we lived in Florida I got a few passionfruit from the grocery store once. Being that we started so much from seeds and because we had a natural curiosity to see what would grow, I started the seeds. They did indeed grow and we hand pollinated our vines so we could harvest the […]

Mid-August | Hot but Anticipating Autumn

A few nights ago I decided to finally clean up the potting bench. Up until earlier this summer we had several things growing out over there. With various projects going on around the house and the general busy-ness of the summer, the potting bench got neglected and unwatered. Therefore just about everything on the bench […]

Closing Out July in the Garden

Well, we went from over saturation in the early part of summer to no rain and parched yards for the middle part of summer. I’m not sure when the last day of rain was recorded here. The only good thing about no rain is that the grass isn’t growing as fast. Our ability to keep […]

The Good. The Bad. The Embarassing.

The Good The Bad I might have been on top of the weeds in the flower garden a month ago, but they are trying to topple me now. The Embarassing Um, yeah…this is the vegetable garden. Somewhere in there are leeks, peppers, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, and who knows what else. Oh, I know…weeds!

Late June in the Garden

It’s a little crazy here lately, but I think the video sums things up.

Early June in the Garden

I put together another video for this month. It’s a little more artistic than I usually do. Enjoy!

Early May Garden Tour

Chris got a Go Pro camera at Christmas and hadn’t used it so I asked if I could start playing with it. He bought the head component so I could wear it on my head and out the door I went. Forest had an ear infection so I stayed home with him yesterday and we […]

Nun’s Orchid

A month or so ago we ventured out to our local plant nursery since it was spring and we had a renewed interest in our garden once again. We toured the areas under the shade cloth and spotted a pot of nun’s orchid, Phaius tankervilleae. I had wanted some for awhile, especially since we used […]

April Garden Tour

Wildflowers in the Right-of-Way

Chris worked hard to seed the front right-of-way strip thicker with bluebonnets this year. The two previous years we had used a wildflower mix from Wildseed Farms but we weren’t getting the bluebonnet results we wanted. So this year Chris bought a pound of bluebonnet seeds and the rewards from that have been great. We […]

The Great Carrot Harvest of 2015

When Chris planted carrots back in the fall I don’t think he expected that we’d get the harvest we did a week ago. Even just a few days before he harvested them he was lamenting that he thought they weren’t going to yield the amount he envisioned. The morning of his harvesting he came in […]

We’re Back! Spring Update from Texas!

Phew, it’s been awhile! Chel and I both needed the break and I’m finally feeling like doing some gardening again. It’s a little overwhelming because I definitely don’t have the time I used to dedicate to the yard so I’m having to just let Chris handle a lot of it…well, most of it. But, I’m […]

Trying To Enjoy Summer

But it’s hard when you are 35 weeks pregnant, the temps are hitting the high 90s or 100* daily, and the humidity is out of control. Oh, and you have massive cankles and swollen feet that makes standing uncomfortable. And yet there’s a zillion weeds to pull and squash vine borers to battle. At least […]

Happy Blooms

Tithonia Passiflora ‘incense’ Copper rain lily Clematis texensis Over the last week I pretty much retreated inside every evening, turning my back on the garden somewhat. Of course that’s coming back to bite me in the form of some weeding that needs to be done, but not seeing the garden every day let’s me find […]

Summer in the Veg Garden

While the heat and humidity has become oppressive of late, the vegetable garden is hanging in there. Leeks and garlic were pulled recently leaving some open spots for planting watermelon and pumpkins. The tomatoes are also hanging in there, ripening whatever fruit that is left on their vines. It is far too late—and hot—for any […]

Tomato Season

Arkansas Traveler and Kellogg’s Breakfast Ground Cherries Blue Beauty Black Plum Black Plum Arkansas Traveler Tomato sauce! It’s been a decent tomato season here, though I still feel like we were behind. My brother had a bountiful harvest and put away jars and jars of tomatoes. So far I put away 3 quarts of blanched […]

Good Gardening Reads | Early July Edition

The Smell of Sweet Peas Growing and Harvesting Green Garlic A New Adventure…beekeping! In The Garden…Elizabeth’s Oklahoma garden as it is currently. Belfast Garden Tour #2 The Deeper Politics Of Native Plant Gardens Quicksilver…hydrophobic effects of nasturiums! First Zucchini