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.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Garden update.

Howdy all,

Time for a garden update.  Mostly good and a little bad.  First the bad.  All my corn is gone.  A fierce rain storm knocked it all flat!  I guess I didn't have the Texas rainstorm variety planted.  Come on three inches of rain in a storm is normal here!  So out it came and I replanted the beans that I had mixed in.  The rest of my garden did great!  Here's the pics of my garden as well as some of the other plants around my house.

First the black berries.

Getting ripe now as I picked about twenty yesterday!  Sorry birds, but those are mine!  The birds get the blue berries and the wild black berries.

Speaking of blueberries!
They are ripening nicely after the rain.  I'm still letting them just grow for a couple of years before I net them in.  Its off to the pick your own farm next week for me.  The same for peaches as I don't have any of those trees.

I expect some bananas this year as the frost wasn't bad enough to knock them back.  These herbs are over twelve feet tall.  This will also be their last year here.  I plan to redo my garden this fall and winter and they will be in the way.  Sacrificed for progress!  I just don't have the room for them and they don't produce that much so out they will go!

Next up?  Peppers!  Both my sweet green and my hot peppers are being harvested.  I have two beds of sweet peppers and a small bed with Hungarian hot wax peppers and hot red peppers. 

OMG!  Have my Tomato's gone crazy!  Three crowded beds of roma's and one with cherry, pear, and tomatillos!  Its a crush and will be difficult to harvest, but i will enjoy doing it!

My strawberry patch has recovered nicely too!  Big and sweet.


And lastly, for the edibles, a nice cucumber plant full of future pickles.

 Now lets look at some of the other plants around my house that I use to block the hot Texas sun.  I have a major south exposure.  If I did nothing it would look like my neighbors with a nice high cooling bill. 

First I planted Chaste trees mixed with Knockout roses under the window.  The thorns on the roses will deter thieves!

On the back half I have Star Jasmine growing, but no picture, sorry.  I do have a couple of trees!   A nice mesquite that shades my quail coop and a chinese elm.

In the front I have two nice mesquites to replace the trees knocked over by hurricane Ike.

Lastly the front.  Its covered with a couple of nice Cape Honeysuckles!  When they bloom the hummingbirds are in heaven.

Thanks for viewing


UPDATE of update!  Here's today's harvest.  A whole bunch of large green peppers, two big handfuls of hot peppers and tomato's  and enough cucumbers for about three quarts of dill pickles!

ken ;-)


  1. Would you share your recipe for pickles please?

    1. Yep, give me till tomorrow as I'm at work till late tonight.

  2. Wow. Your place looks great! I need time to read back over your blog because we are going to be gardening in Louisiana and I think the temperatures are probably close to the same.

    Great harvest, too. Congratulations!

    Found you by a comment on Community Chickens. Think I'll follow along for a while.

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you and welcome. Glad you like my site. I made it to show that even witha small yard you can grow good food. That harvest was from about four days ago. Today's harvest was twice as large! My wife and I will be busy processing the next couple if days! I see a few jars of dill pickles and lots of chopped green peppers frozen for stewed tomatoes later.