I’ve always loved gardening and some of my favorite summer time memories from my childhood were spent in my grandparents garden.
Their garden was extensive and full of green beans, turnips, cucumbers, beets, onions, squash, cantaloupe, watermelons, peppers, black-eyed peas, greens, and of course tomatoes. We would spend early mornings canning, pickling, making jellies, salsa, garden vegetable soup and putting away as much as we could. While the afternoons spent shelling black-eyed peas by the bucket full while sitting under the air conditioner were always a treat.
I have my own little garden now. It’s small and doesn’t compare to my Papa’s garden but it’s enough for me. Here is a little look at what’s growing in my little Texas Garden this year….
We’ve had a ton of rain this spring and I’ve got blackberries galore. Yesterday I picked 5 cups of blackberries…. I see a Texas Blackberry Cobbler in my future 🙂
We’ve planted lots of peppers like Hot Banana Peppers, Thai Chiles, Serrano Peppers, and of course Jalapeños. These cute little Jalapeños were the first peppers to appear.
No Texas garden is complete without tomatoes. This variety is the Patio Tomato plant and I’ve found they do best in my garden boxes and pots. Is there anything better that a tomato right off the vine?
I don’t know if it’s true or not but the past two years I’ve planted cilantro all around my tomato plants and I haven’t had any of those pesky FAT GREEN HORNED tomato worms. They say you either love cilantro or hate it… they must hate it!
New to the garden this year is this happy little (well he’s not so little anymore!) Tomatillo plant… I hope we will soon be making some tasty salsa verde together!!
Another new addition to the garden is my strawberry patch.
This box was the former residence of my Sweet Basil and some still reside here with the strawberries… Strawberry-Basil can’t be a bad combination right?
I love when my garden surprises me with a little treat…
We haven’t had many strawberries yet this year and most of the ones we’ve had are pretty small, but I’m hopeful more to come soon.
Does anyone have any great strawberry growing tips? Also, a massive clan of Fire Ants have decided to make my strawberry box their home too and they’ve been helping themselves to my berries. Is there anything I can putout to get ride of them that will not poison the fruit?
As for the rest of my sweet basil… He’s moved to a big terra-cotta pot now.
My kitchen herb garden box has exploded this year….
Now time to take in the first big harvest of the summer 🙂