Me and my little princess, aka Young Squish, give our Spring time green thumbs another go.
After a woefully inadequate and painfully unsuccessful effort last year, I decided to take another crack at a small outdoor vegetable garden. This year's version is formally knows as "Avery's Garden" among the inner circles of Cypress Texas' elite; mainly the Daubert household.
In early January last year, I sent a soil sample to Texas A&M's AgriLife Extension Service (you can learn more about them at soiltesting.tamu.edu)... as recommended by Andy Myers of Myers Outdoors and Wildlife Solutions. This man knows what he is talking about and is involved in some really cool projects. Check out Myers Outdoors and Wildlife Solutions on Facebook. For a small fee TAMU tests your soil and provides fertilizer recommendations, specifically tailored to your gumbo, as well as any glaring nutrient deficiencies. I highly recommend doing this, not only because it can help maximize the productivity of your garden, but also because it is kind of fun.
Here in extreme northwest Harris County, spring is (in my humble opinion) springing. This is evident by the pink and purple blossoms on my neighbor's red bud readying to burst out of control; also the weather has entered a definite warming trend. Anyhow, I could have gotten away with a direct sow for most of our veggies two or three weeks ago, but we have nonetheless began germinating our seeds indoors. Again, I mainly do it this way because it is fun and a great way to get the kids involved. It is still cold and wet in early spring, so having the really young ones slopping through the mud does not always make sense. We like to germinate in egg cartons with holes poked in the bottom for drainage and set upon a window ledge that receives lots of natural sunlight. This makes for a very easy way to monitor progress as well as irrigate your seedlings as necessary.
This year's crop consists of organic, heirloom varieties of onions, carrots, collard greens, egg plant and spinach. The seeds were all purchased from Sustainable Seed Co. The jury is still out on how successful a harvest we will be sticking in the fridge this year, but so far so good. We dropped the seeds into a mixture of soil, horse manure and ashes from our fireplace about one week ago, and some of the collards are already starting to sprout. As each little pocket of the egg carton sprouts, we will transplant them to the back yard into a planter box that Avery has taken great interest building. After all, it is HER garden lol. We will be sure to post pics and updates as this thing moves along...
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