Just get out and do it.

Welcome to my blog, Garden for Your Life! This site will be mostly about my garden, but you can build one just like it in your back yard too. It can be bigger or smaller, just get out and do it. You can do it for fun. Your can do it for your health. You can do it for fresh food in these troubled times. The point is to get out and do it for whatever reason that you need.

Over time I will cover topics like canning and preserving your harvest, soil and beds, bugs, what to plant and when, and much more.

I've been working on this garden on mine and improving on it for over five years now. I will continue doing that for many more. You can too, just get out and do it.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring has sprung!

Howdy Y'all

Spring, with spring showers, has indeed sprung in SE Texas.  It made some difficulty in getting the garden in, but the plants have loved it!  I use the Mel's mix from Square Foot Gardening as my base.  My rabbits provide the manure for fertilizer in the mix.  Between that and natural water from the sky, well just look at my potatoes.

I planted them the first week of march and on 12 march they were all up.  Its now the 24th of March.

Yellow Kennebec in the back half and Red Pontiac in the other half.

I grew Kale over the winter that I kept under a cold frame.  Mostly for my Rabbits for fresh greens. They just loved it.  I've had four litters so far.

Our Herbs are kept in pots and most were put in the blackberry bed and then wrapped in plastic for the winter.  The blackberries are blooming real well and I'm looking forward to a large crop.  Bird netting to keep the Mocking birds out is in the near future.

My garlic was planted last fall and over wintered without a cold frame.  It survived quite well and looks great.  White in the front and red in the back

I have six Roma tomatoes planted, yellow cages, and two slicing, and two cherry tomatoes in the back bed.  One red and one yellow pear.

I planted them last week and they've doubled in size already.  My peppers are large Bell peppers in the back bed and hot peppers in the from with two tomatillos too.

The chickweed grew wild in the bed so I left it.  My chickens and rabbits nibbled on it all winter as supplemental feed.  Just cut a bunch and throw it into their run and watch them come running!

These two back beds have corn planted in them.  Silver Queen in the front bed and Golden Bantum in the back.  A few are starting to peak out.

This bed is overwintered Dill that exploded after the cold frame came off and the weather warmed up.  In front is just planted seeds of summer squash.

This bed has red and yellow onions planted.  They got a little beaten down from the heavy rains, but they are recovering.  

My bees survived very well and I need to build a larger hive for them.  That's next for this week to get done.  With all the rain my water barrels are full and ready to help make my garden bloom!

Thats all for now.  Looking forward to a great year.  Its going to be 80 today, so out with the sun tea!
Take it easy,   Ken

Saturday, April 26, 2014

It's all growing!

Well so far so good! My garden is all in, except the sweet potatoes, and growing great!  Those beds with very little showing are now covered.  Time to trim my trees and mulch the beds with them.  Here's the pics!

Leaf crops for the bunnies to the right and left.  turnip, collards, kale, and mustard.  In the back summer squash and spaghetti squash.  Those squash doubled in size over the last couple of days.

I just love the roma tomato's.  

Lots of berries on my blackberries

18 green peppers setting fruit!

My potatoes are racing my beans down the middle for the sky.  Some of the beans in the far bed are picking up the pace.  Just beans in my sweet potato bed.  Burpee can't look at real time conditions and send the dang things.

My black and copper Marans chillin after grazing through the grass.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New season!

Howdy y'all

Well a new spring season of planting has begun here on SE Texas.  I'm in the process of amending all my beds to include Mel's mix from Square Foot Gardening.  So far I've finished 5 and a half beds.  The other half of the bed is a permanent herb bed so I can't do much with that one since its already planted with herbs.  My two other long beds have onions/garlic in one and veggies in the other.  both will be harvested next week and finished with Mel's mix.  Next I'll be making two 8 foot beds next to the gate.  All told I'll have 400 square feet of gardens!  I'm loving it, but tired.

Well, here's the pictures of what's going on around here.

A big 12 foot bed of Green peppers.

My Potato and bean beds.  The two far beds will have potatoes with beans
down the middle.  The other two beds will have Sweet Potatoes.

Hot Peppers!  L > R  Jalapeño, Cayenne, and Serrano!

Onions and Garlic.

Winter veggies for the rabbits.  Ready to clean out and redo.  This will
be my Roma tomato bed this year.  

My rain water bins.  275 gallons each.

Got a few Babies!

Pepper Had 10! of these cuties.  5 weeks old here.

Lori just loves holding them. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

winter garden update.

Howdy all!

It's been a while so here's an update on my garden.

Here's my leaf veggies!  At the far end, lettuce, red and green with napa cabbage.  the front half has carrots, radishes, and two kinds of Kale.  the second half is for the rabbits and the love it.

Onions and Garlic, still green in spite of a few cold snaps

Cauliflowers for DW

very tasty broccoli

Our herb bed doing well

My cold frames off so I can water

And in place for tonights cold snap