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, August 20, 2013

Starting the second season

Howdy all!

One of the nice things about living in SE Texas is that we have a long growing season.  My tomato's gave it up in the near 100 degree heat, so out they went.  In went beans, cow peas, pintos, black, and red beans.  Down the middle went some melons and squash.  Cantaloupe, spaghetti squash, summer squash, and zucchini.

My Herb bed, some doing real good and some getting better.
My Black Berry bed with Strawberries underneath.  Next year will be awesome!

My peppers didn't so much as die in the heat as I have more than I could use.
I'll plant onions in one half, and Garlic in the other half for the winter soon.

I added some new rabbits and got rid of the old. I still have a male New Zealand, but i'm just fattening him up.  When my first American Chinchilla gives birth he's dinner.  The American Chinchilla is a large breed meat and fur rabbit that is rare since the fur industry died back.  I now have 4 does and one buck.  All but one doe is registered.  Her babies will be for meat and the others for sale.

My rabbit hutches under my mesquite tree.  Fans removed due to rain on the way.

Granite, my buck.




And now the rain barrel project.  I've built a stand that will hold 4, 55 gl rain barrels.  My plan is for all of them to be open top blue barrels.  There is a lid that I can remove, so I can dip out water if I need and for ease of cleaning out as needed.  I'll channel the water in with pvc piping on the top to get the water in and the same on the bottom to get it out.  That will have to wait as its fixin to rain so I put a temp in to fill the one barrel to see how long it will take to fill.
A quarter of an inch of rain took 15 min to fill one barrel.


  1. Love it! I can't believe how great it looks. I just got our beds cleaned out. The only thing that made it through the heat were the cayenne peppers and the Tabasco peppers.

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