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.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

We got Quail!

I finally got my quail pens done.  So today we went to Katy Mills area west of Houston and picked up some quail.

 These are Pharaoh Quail, genus Coturnix coturnix.   This is a male that Lori is holding with the OMG look.  Ok, she would never say OMG but you get the point.

I have been working on their pen for a while.  I built a breeder pen and a growing pen.  Both pens are 6' by 6'.  The top is divided into four pens that will hold three females and one male.  The bottom is divided into two pens to hold the quail that I'm growing to eat.  

The breeders will soon be laying eggs for me to eat or hatch in a incubator.  When filled I will have a total of 12 females and 4 males from four different sources for biodiversity.  The extras will soon be in my freezer.  They are four week old right now and are mature at eight weeks.  Now I have meat, potatoes, and veggies growing.  Time for dinner!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Just a couple of weeks later

Wow, what a difference a couple of weeks make.  The garden is growing great.  I'm harvesting radishes and broccoli.   The blackberries and my citrus trees are in bloom.  Strawberries are blooming and being harvested too.  My tomatoes and peppers are fruiting and blooming all over.  look like a good crop so far.  Here's the pics.

Our new Kumquat tree waiting to be planted.

Mexican Heather waiting to be planted with Lori's mini rose that's slumming outside in the nice sunshine.