The trial and tribulations of growing veggies, herbs, fruit trees and other plants in Austin, TX - Hays Co. We grow in containers and raised beds, and utilize a rain water catchment system for watering our fruits and vegetables. See how we grow our veggies for our health and for fun.
A new cold front
We have a new cold front coming in. I was out at a lesson, and in the time it took me for my lesson the temperature dropped a good 10 degrees. Withing a short while after that the wind picked up. We've gone from 68 to 42 in about two hours. They are saying tonight will get cold - down to about 32. Tomorrow daytime will be mid 50's, but tomorrow evening will be about 29. Then Saturday night should be even lower - 24 degrees at night. The days will stay somewhat moderate, but the nights should be cold for the next few evenings. By a week from now the evenings should be above freezing. We'll see what happens.
This is just the way winter works here in central Texas.
Yes, its over 100 degrees here. If you're wondering why you haven't heard from me its because not much is happening in the yard. We've been hovering in the high 90's with the nights barely lowering to the mid 70's, and the yard is just trying to stay alive. We've lost the squash plants, and the peas and bean plants. Its just too hot. But the carrots are staying alive, and the swiss chard is hanging on.
We also realized we had one other funny problem. As you might recall my DS took ill about 9 months ago. We had a friend helping in the yard. For the winter we had closed off water valves so they didn't freeze. Well we forgot to turn some of them on. We recently spent some time going thru the watering system and finally go everything turned back on. Which was good to do as its been simply hot. So hopefully we won't lose much of anything. We have had to make some replacements. The soaker hose in the yard died - actually it broke. And some of the water heads…
I got a new garden toy. I got a smoker/grill, and yes my husband put it together. I had to help as it really is a two person job. Here's what I got:
I picked it up at Home Depot. Its small, since I don't cook for large crowds, and it was inexpensive, since its for me to learn. I'm glad I went this way.
Things I've learned so far:
You will go thru more charcoal briquets than you think. I lot more! I did chicken thighs last night and it took me quick a while (over 2 hours) since I didn't use enough briquets. I added more briquets every 30 minutes, so I went thru a lot of them. Also, its helpful to figure out an easier way to add briquets. I found a small pail that I used to scoop the briquets from the bag into the side box. But it took so long I actually had to finish the thighs inside on the stove. But they still came out well.If you get an inexpensive grill/smoker, don't use wood - use briquets. I put soaked wood chips and that was fine. But I put in some dry wo…
We've had rain off and on for the past two weeks. Its been nice. Its been just a couple days of rain last week, and we've had rain off and on this week. Here, we've had just less than an inch, though other areas have had flash flooding and hail. But the plants love it.
Right now everything is growing well, plants are lush, trees are growing, grass is green, and the four legged lawnmowers, aka deer, are fat and sassy. I bet we'll have quite a few young ones this year.
Right now in the garden we have pretty much everything coming up well. The only problem we've had is bugs eating the collard greens. Other than that the peas are coming up, we've been getting asparagus, even the apple trees have apples already. With the warm spring we've had I'm not surprised at how things are growing. The concern is how warm will summer be and will it arrive early? We'll have to wait to find that one out.