A few (not all) of our harvests over the last week:
We moved into our house in March 2016. Since then, we have been busy as beavers setting up our space. The 1/3-acre yard came with a 100-square foot garden bed, complete with a blackberry bush and an orange tree. All last summer, we thought it was a lime tree. We ate the green fruits quite a few times, and were disappointed in the poor flavor. Then, late in the year, the flesh inside turned orange. I identified them as Rangpur limes. They still weren’t very good. Around October, the whole fruits turned orange, they became juicy and sweet, and we finally realized they were oranges the whole time! There were hardly any fruits left by that point. Whoops! We’ve also planted a fig tree and a pomegranate tree, and we have room for at least two more fruit trees.
We added another 200 square feet in edible garden spaces over the last year, in addition to at least 100 square feet of flower beds. Half of the new vegetable garden space is a raised bed made of cinderblocks. The other half is all pots, more than 20 of them. Some of them are too small for the plants they contain. We plan to convert all the space currently devoted to pots into a new raised bed within the next 6 months. And there will be further expansions. We have so many ideas for converting our lawn to food for us and local wildlife.
We planed this Celeste fig tree in spring 2016 and it's already 8' tall just over a year later! It had 3 figs this year. I spend much of my day in this sunroom, which we use as an office. I have a great view of the hummingbird feeder and its constant visitors from my desk. The cat also enjoys the good bird viewing.
You can grow a lot on 1/3-acre. In south Texas, we have the advantage of year-round gardening. A complete list of what we’re growing this summer is below. In spring, winter, and fall, we are able to grow cooler weather crops like lettuce and other greens, beets, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and peas. Inside, we grow herbs in our Aerogarden, which I wrote about in detail in another post.
Edibles we’re growing outside right now:
My name is Hillary. This blog is about the everyday food I prepare in my kitchen, with tips and recipes for easy, wholesome, and diet friendly meals. I have been chanting "cheese please!" since I was a toddler, although lately I've cut back on dairy.