Food Gardening Journal: Baby steps to becoming (food) self-sufficient, P1

TWO WEEKS LATER

My startup vegetable garden 2 weeks later (after planting and until end of April)

OLD BERRY ROOTS FROM WI

I somewhat developed an affinity for strawberries. When we left WI and moved to Texas, I took some bare roots of my old strawberry plants and planted them in the grow bags in the middle of May. My Wisconsin strawberries went through a lot of stress like the drastic change in the weather and the 20-hour transport drive in the trailer from Wisconsin to Texas. I was a bit skeptical if they would still grow.

MY GARDEN IN THE MID-SUMMER

This was how my vegetable garden looked in the mid-summer or technically the first days of summer around June. Seeds that I planted in the dirt were about an inch high, while those from kitchen scraps were about 3-5 inches.

Celery from scrap
Pineapple from scrap
Spring onion from scrap
Sweet pepper and Rhubarb about an inch, Bean pods about 2 inches
Eggplant about an Inch
Swiss Chard about an Inch. Green beans 2-3 inches
Hot Pepper spouted an Inch
Sweet potato spreading like crazy
Lettuce was taking its sweet time

STILL THRIVING IN THE PEAK SUMMER

It is the middle of July, and it is indeed humid and hot in Texas. I couldn’t believe this week’s outdoor temperature was in 3 digits; 104F to 109F the highest recorded so far. Everyone in this town was hiding from the sun; plants were wilting very fast; and the garden ground had deepening cracks.

This time, I started watering my veggies twice a day – early morning around 7-8am and early night around 6-7pm. I even moved all the pots from the middle of the yard to the side of the fence closer to the house to give the plants more shade time.

Despite the heat, my veggies are thriving in foliage. I already harvested basil, rosemary, spring onions and pepper leaves to use for cooking. I’ve seen only a couple of strawberries but they dried out faster. I didn’t expect berries this year since it’s a June-bearing variety and will not produce until next Spring.

Basil
Rosemary
Pineapple
Eggplant
Hot pepper
Red bean pod
Rhubarb
Sweet potato
Swiss chard
Strawberries
My June-bearing variety, no fruit until next Spring

Food Gardening Journal, P2 – UPDATES COMING SOON !!!

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