Last weekend, I spent a little quality time in the backyard, de”winter”izing the garden. Because it was 80+ outside and minus one more late season cold snap that I know is coming, Texas is surely finished with “winter.” But in true Texas fashion, that last cold snap will be during Spring Break. (Sorry, kids.)
Our garden is composed of four 4×4 raised beds, 3 large fruit trees planted against the back fence (plum, white peach, something else peach), and a collection of in-ground and potted plants (citrus do well in pots, if you’re short on real estate) around the pool: blueberries, key lime, lime, meyer lemon, lemon, pomegranate, Rio Star grapefruit, and fig. The avocado tree, it did not survive transplanting after The Great Back Patio Dig of 2012.
This is our 3rd spring here and our 3rd spring garden so we don’t have any big changes planned… except I’d like to add a 5th raised bed. We had such awesome production out of a beast mode San Marzano tomato plant last year that I want to squeeze in another two. Those tomatoes make the world’s very best marinara sauce. And I would like an entire freezer full of it. Forever and ever.
What are you guys planting this year? This is what we have for our boxes:
Last Year’s Leftover Plants
Serrano (quite possibly the most prolific pepper plant in the history of the world)
Strawberries (we have an entire box devoted to strawberries… and 2 large planters devoted to the runner plants I transplanted for giving away)
This Year’s Seedlings
Tomatoes (yellow pear, cherry, beef steak, and San Marzano)