Hey Y’all! So I haven’t blogged for over a year! It’s crazy. I hardly know where to begin! There’s so much to say and so much to share, so let’s just jump right in and pick up where we left off, shall we?
It was a long, hot and dry Summer in 2014 with temps in the 100’s, no rainfall for at least a month and we were running out of our collected rain water. I shared with you some cool Raised Bed Gardens from Hometalk and lessons learned from my first Spring garden. It was a successful garden and I was quite pleased overall.
What I hadn’t shared with you is that I soon would be joining the Gonzales Master Gardeners that September. The classes were awesome, taught by some of the most passionate and knowledgable people from our community and all over Texas! The volunteer work was fun and exciting! These folks are the best of the best! I’ve made many new friends, learned a lot and love the feeling I get from volunteering!
I must send a shout out and huge THANK YOU to a commenter and friend ( cuz I consider you all my friends) Barbara from Missouri whom brought it to my attention about the State Master Gardening program. After reading this post, she felt like sharing this information with me and I am so glad she did!I had never heard of the program and did not realize that most counties offer this program through their county extension services. I checked into it and found they were beginning new classes starting September, 2014. So I applied, sent in my tuition fee and graduated from the class in May of 2015! I am proud to say, I am an Texas Master Gardener! WOOHOO! That being said, I must also say that I am, in No way a “know it all” when it comes to gardening but I have definitely learned so much and will continue to do so. This has changed my life for the better. Missouri Barb I hope you read this post, thanks to you I will struggle a little less and am much more confident in my knowledge of gardening!
So let’s get down to business.
My Spring 2015 garden was my best yet! I’m going to try to keep this post short and sweet so I will only show the results for now, later I will share how I got there and some gardening tips I have learned from my experiences along the way. So let’s check out some of my favorite pic’s from the garden.
This photo was taken in May 2015
Isn’t this an awesome view of the garden!
I love seeing the squash, bell peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes all in one shot!
I felt like I was walking through a jungle!
And another shot just because…
These are green beans covering the right side of the trellis and cuc’s to the left of the trellis and jalapeno peppers in the lower bed.
Here are the cucumbers vining down the trellis and taking over an empty bed and another view of the jalapeno peppers!
This is Oscar Okra, (looking all majestic like)I wish I had got a photo of the main stem (trunk) to show you . It measured 2 1/2″ in diameter.
This okra grew more like a tree! Notice it towering above the tomatoes on the left side of the garden in the photo below.
This is what the garden looked like in July 2015 (after Master Gardener classes)
The cucumbers and squash were done, and the tomatoes were near the end but still looks much better than the photo below.
Now remember this from my last post.
This was taken in June 2014 (before Master Gardener classes) pretty wimpy in comparison huh?
A mornings harvest!
And another day’s harvest!
Every morning I’d gather another load like this, I had so much I even sold some at the Gonzales Farmers Market!
These are Moon flowers (bush form) When I planted them I thought they would be vines.
I wanted them to vine on the fence but to my surprise they turned out to be bushes!
I love white flowers and theses are huge! They bloom open at night and close during the day, hence the name, Moon flower.
My Roses bloomed well all year, they are twice the size now and are still blooming, in January!
Okay, so I said I would try to keep this short, guess I got a little carried away.
Just one more cuz I think this little guy is so darn cute! sshhh! don’t tell him I said that, he’s a gargoyle, he’s supposed to scare off the critters!LOL’s
Please leave a comment, I ‘d love to hear from you and share your gardening experiences!
Tell me how you found this post, are you a follower? Email?Facebook?Pinterest?Hometalk? another blogger’s link up party? Search Engine?
Thank you so much!