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.

Ken

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Updated winter garden


 Howdy Ya'll'

The election is done and so is my winter garden, as far as the plantings.  I still have a few beds to clean out and sow clover in them.

Here's how it looks.  My herbs will get a cold frame when needed.  The New Farmers Almanac is saying a mild winter for us this year.  They're more right than our 'mainstream' weather people.

Here are my large pots to place at the ends of my garden.  i still have to plant two Ginger and two Turmeric when they get here from Hawaii.

Two large pots of Purple Sage in the back and two Oregano in the front

Two large pots of rosemary and a Stevia plant getting ready to flower


My Lemon Grass in a large 3' pot.
Then there is my small pots all in one bed. the little plants sprouting up are clover.
two types of balm, onion chives, garlic chives thyme, marjoram, chamomile, and basil

















lastly my pineapple sage in bloom.  soon yo be trimmed and carrots added

Now for the main beds for the winter.

a nice bed of broccoli. My rabbits just love those big leaves

L to R.  brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and collards

Curley leaf kale sprouting up

nasturtiums just for the bunnies.  flowers go to new moms.
a bed of Chinese cabbage in the front and lettuce in the back
new cabbage and lettuce popping up in the middle of each bed.

have a nice winter!  Ken


Oops, i forgot to add the latest batch of rabbits from last week.  5 American Chinchillas


Sunday, October 23, 2016

spring crop winding down and in with the fall/winter

Howdy y'all,

Its been a while since I posted here.  I didn't even post a summer blog, but still a lot of folks from all over the world are looking at my past blogs.  Thank you.  This years summer crop was a mixed bag.  It got hot early and stayed hot.  My tomatoes did poorly.  My Peppers, peanuts, and egg plants did great.  All my squash got killed by the squash bugs.

So I replanted the squash in late summer and they are doing great!

Here's my pickles in the front and spaghetti squash in the back.  Both have a lot of fruit growing on them.


one of the cute little cuc's

and a spaghetti looking good

it's not summer, but the summer squash is doing good!

stir fry tonight!
here's the butternut doing just fine.


 Now for the winter crops
two varieties of Chinese cabbages. I'll add some from seed soon.

Front to back, 2 Brussel sprouts, 2 cauliflower, 8 collards.

a full bed of broccoli!

Meet Smokie!  He's a new American Chinchilla rabbit.  Ge's in quarantine for a couple more weeks. then i'll introduce him to the ladies.
I also have a bed of lettuces to be put under cold frames as well as the chinese cabbages for when the frost gets here.  It should be a good winter here.  The Farmers Almanac predicts a mild winter here.  When the cold does hit i'll let the squash beds be empty till spring.  
 Ken

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Update!

Howdy!

It's been a while since I've updated my blog.  It's also been a very hot summer with little rain, after the May gully washers, so this years summer garden as a wash.  The best was the potatoes and the tomatoes.  My hot peppers did ok, but the sweet ones did poorly.  Being exhausted making repairs and working in such heat didn't help. The rains have returned, but not near as bad as last May and it's time for the fall planting.

First up replanting some tomatoes!  Sept 2 planting, then came a Beautiful rain!  Several times over the last three weeks!
 The yellow cages are 6 Roma's
Then 2 Brandywine's in the red cages.
The blue cages have sweet millions cherry tomatoes

Lastly the green cages are tomatillos.










                                                                                       

This is todays picture! 21 Sept!

 So the squash bugs got more squash than me.  These are Pumpkins to the left and watermelon to the right.  These were seeded the same time as the tomatoes   Below is today!

The next on the list was the Blackberries.  Our one bright spot as we got over 6 gallons of berries now in the freezer!  They were in need of clearing out the dead canes and the bamboo supports of three years were showing lots of wear.  Out they came and were replaced with steel fence post and coated wire rope.  DW intertwined them and fresh rains from God's heavens did the rest! This was done over the weekend of September 5-6 



Today!  They are filling in nicely on the bottoms with new shoots.
Next on the list for winter work is to fully enclose them in a wood frame with bird netting.  I'll have large doors so I can get in, but not those mocking birds that love them as much as we do.  They'll just have to wait their turn.

Now the other crops,  2 kinds of kale, collards, beets and turnips!  All are up but they're gonna need some thinning as DW sows heavy.  




These two beds are set aside for broccoli in a bed and a half with cauliflower for DW in the back half of the second one.  

These beds, after a little more soil and amendments, are going to be turned into permanent herb beds.  Two kinds of herbs per bed, yet to be determined.  

Lastly on the project is getting my new Slovenian Bee hive ready to migrate my bees in the spring.  I really like this hive, so does Roxy.  
 Two entrances in the front. I'll just use the middle one to help keep the honey in the top part of the hive with the queen excluded in the lower part.
 The back opens up for access to the frames.  Time for a colorful paint job and stand.

Poor Sallie Mae and Roxy is so tired from all these inspection duties.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

After the Storms!

Howdy y'all!

Its been a rough time here in the mini ranch/farm homestead.  At the end of May we got hit with a serious storm with over a week of rain. 11 inches hit here over the week.  The last two days were the worst.  My trees in the back couldn't take it anymore.  The Chinese Elm leaned over and lnaded on the chicken run and my house.  The mesquite tree, with two large trunks snapped and was blown to the side.  Both trunks ended up in the garden with one on top of one of my rabbit hutches.  Here's the after the storm pics.
















DW,  my Son and his girl friend cut the elm down as I was stuck at the Urgent Care where I work.  The trunks on the mesquite was over 12" thick and over 20 high.  Time to call the tree people.  It took them three hours to cut them down and cart them away.  Next came the stump grinder with a beast of a grinder.  Less than an hour later I had two big piles of mulch and holes in the yard to work with.


In the mean time my bunnies no longer had shade.  Oh did I mention the fence?  A big part blew down a couple of days later.  First a few boards to prop it up. Then a few steel post to support it till the insurance comes through and I can get it replaced.

























Oh yea, the rabbits.  The one that caught the tree lost its legs.  The rabbits survived just fine.  Once the tree came off all it really needed was four new legs.  Good for now and secure.  My new hutches are singles and all my doubles will be replaced as they wear out with singles.  Next came some shade from the Texas heat.  I kept them under that mesquite tree for three years now.  Just shade from the tree, electric fans, and ice bottles.
















First I set some steel poles and ran wire rope to support the shade tarps.  They're now in 60% shade.
A recent tropical storm dropped an additional 6" of rain and they held up great.   Now for a tree or two.  I found some Dorsett Apple trees to replace the trees that I lost.  They are a tree that thrives in southeast Texas and may produce as many as two crops a year.  I finally got them in and staked for some support till the roots grow out.




























I have a little room left so I picked up some Mexican Lime trees and planted them in pots so I can move them under the porch during the winter.  DW wanted a couple of ginger plants so I added a pot for them.




The garden took a big hit when the trees fell into it.  I couldn't get into most of it for a week.  Once the tree came off I could see the damage.  I lost about a third of my plants.  The beds survived with minimal damage.  I just need to replace the fence that kept the dawgs and chicken out of the garden.  I'll just replant a little earlier than usual and it'll be good.  Just have to decide what to plant for the Texas summer.  Lets see what the next few weeks brings out.


















Poor Roxy is all worn out.  I agree with her!