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Just a Moment – Forty-Five

I have beans!  I planted  seeds almost four weeks ago, or was it three?

I planted from two different packages, one dated 2011 and the other 2015 (both  were opened and have been used).  Here’s a picture of the seed packs, which, as you can see, are both supposed to be Blue Lake Bush Beans.  Hah!

 

The front row of beans is from the older pack (less germination rate) and is growing like I would expect.  The back row is from the newer pack (much higher germination  rate) and is definitely not growing like a bush bean.  As you can see, I moved the container over to where I could string some line up and the beans are now wrapping themselves around the string.  I wonder what bean I will end up with.

Just a Moment – Twenty-Nine

Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few to no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.

 Yesterday I brought plants inside in anticipation of impending freezes.  Winter is on its way, so they say.

Inside Plants for the winter

Gardening in Texas

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that our new house has gardening space. So far, my gardening has been rather unproductive. If we had to survive on what I’ve produced, well, let’s just say we’d have been dead long ago!

Last spring was unusually wet, cool, and cloudy (15 inches in May is wet!), so the strawberries planted the last week of April died a moldy, wet death. The summer was conversely hot and dry – we had 1.3 inches of rain from July 4th to the end of September. My tomato plants grew spindly and slowly and were covered with spider mites. In the raised bed that had held the strawberry plants, I planted zucchini, crookneck and patty pan squash, which produced about 5 squash total before the squash vine bore decimated it. At that point, I gave up until fall.

In September I planted spinach, Swiss chard, beets, and lettuce from seed, along with Swiss chard plants and tomato plants. The plants look great, but for various reasons (hot sun, insufficient moisture on the top of the soil, etc.), only a few of the seeds came up. The lettuce looks good, some Swiss chard is trying, and I’m going to replant the spinach and beets this weekend after it gets a bit cooler.

I may actually get a tomato!

Tomato Plants

A tomato

And in the raised bed, I have a beautiful crop of marigolds (along with the Swiss chard and the few straggling spinach seedlings).

marigolds

marigolds

And the butterflies love them!

butterfly

Gardening in a new location is always a challenge and I have a lot to learn about gardening in Texas. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

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