Shifting times.

The obvious, obviously. But also the end of the broccoli, cabbage, and cauli and the start of the beans, squash, and corn.

I hope the Brussels stick around awhile. It’ll depend on the cabbage fly, I imagine.

I forgot when I sowed the potatoes and need to check so I know when to plan their replacements. Anyone remember?

The tunnel behind them is for the melon that still needs to sprout…

I’m not sure why I feel summers here don’t have the varieties winters do. Summers are fine with peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, southern peas, and Malabar spinach. Perhaps it’s the abundance of variety of greens that grow in the winters that feels different.

This mid-season for growing in Central Texas isn’t quite “spring” but will all die off before the dead center of summer. The melons, potatoes, beans, squash, corn, cucumbers, and others will have to run fast to beat the heat and don’t always make it. This is the season I still haven’t learned as intimately as I’d like. The moving target of climate change doesn’t help!


11 comments on “Shifting times.

  1. shoreacres says:

    It was such a shock to me to find how the growing seasons varied here from what I was used to. I grew up in Iowa, where the corn always was hoped to be “knee high by the 4th of July.” Here, there’s often been harvest by that time.

    • plumdirt says:

      Same! It took me years to learn the rhythms, as they sometimes are. And I still get to learn from nature’s surprises each year. I grew up in Oregon and Washington and had friends in farming families (who are now grownup farmers.) I have an annual game with one where I send a picture of a corn field here and she sends one of hers (still sown in winter cover, or perhaps still covered in winter…) and we chuckle.

  2. Tina says:

    Lots and lots and lots of greens in our winters, spring! I’m glad for that as I’m a salad girl. Do you have help from your helpers? (The ‘lil ones!)

    • plumdirt says:

      My eldest might help once every other blue moon unless she’s hunting snails or pest caterpillars, or saving earth worms or lady bugs.

      My younger, on the other hand, is more of a help than some grownups I’ve worked with -ha! He wants to help with everything. He calls it “practicing being farmers” which isn’t far from the truth for us.

      When we do get to a farm someday, my daughter wants the laying hens to be only her work. My son wants to be in charge of the carrots and the blueberries.

      • albert says:

        May you get there in good time. Living on as farm was a dream I lost track of early on, but it’s has been revived– not as a fantasy, but as an overall attitude –mostly by reading and looking (here, for one) and then paying attention outside.

      • plumdirt says:

        If you haven’t read A Very Small Farm, it is one of my favorite books of all time and a great escape to a farm.

      • albert says:

        I made a note for when our library opens again.

      • plumdirt says:

        Have you tried Overdrive? It is a library-friendly audio book option. It lets us get new library books when the library is closed. (As does their e-book collection but I’m not sure how those work without a Kindle.)

      • albert says:

        Great. I’ll try it. Thanks!

  3. Karen says:

    You are going to have a wonderful supply of food for your family and I know you are thankful.

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