A home gardener in Central Texas. Mostly vegetables, some fruit, a few flowers. Organic and sustainable. Feeding my small family, the few bees, the many earth worms, and a small pocket of air in North Austin.
I began gardening in pots on my balcony in the spring of 2007 in Northwest Austin. We had a western facing balcony. Two years in pots, complete with a flower box as a compost bin (it didn’t smell, I swear!) we moved into a townhouse with a small courtyard.
That first year was mostly bust, with the exception of two over-wintered Cherry Chadwicks in pots who grew to more than six feet tall.
I also attempted my first fall garden in that spot, in 2009. Rutabagas, broccoli, and cauliflower starts from the Red Barn Garden center just across the way. In two nights, slugs had taken them to the ground.
At the end of 2010 we purchased a home and before we’d even finished unpacking I had laid out plans for the new garden plot. 5′ x 20′ x 30″ took an hour or three nearly every evening for a month, but it was worth it.
The first spring was tomatoes, peppers, green beans, drying beans, cucumbers, and lettuce. The first fall was over-summered (a Texas balancing act in the worst drought/heat on record) tomatoes and peppers, more green beans, drying beans, greens, and failed cantaloupe.
And here we are, entering the next year with plans of expansion in space and varieties.
It’s been five years since then. We’ve since moved again, that time with a six week old. It takes much more time to accomplish much less when you’re in the thick of raising a family first, and a garden second. Especially with a lot of career thrown in. But the garden grows, the lizards climb, and the fire flies fly.