It’s going to be 78 degrees today (!!)

by Shawnda on March 4, 2013

in Garden

Bees and Blueberries

And it will be 40 tomorrow night. Typical. But then we’ll be done with “winter” weather and it’s all dinner on the patio and backyard strawberries from here until August when the oppressive heat sets in and I wonder why the heck we stayed in Texas when we could have lived somewhere not as Seventh-Circle-of-Hell hot.

But I’ll have plenty of time to complain in August. And right now, I’m far too excited about spring to think about it anymore. So… green stuff and sunshine and bees!

Lady bug and peach blossom

That’s a lady bug. And a peach blossom.

Peach blossom

And less than a week later, that blossom is a baby peach! And when she grows up, she shall be peach cobbler. Or a peach margarita. I’ll support her in whichever delicious path she chooses.

Right now, our garden is shaping up like this:

Patio/Backyard
2 Peaches
Plum
Celeste Fig
Rio Star Grapefruit (pot)
2 Key Lime (1 potted)
Mexican lime
Pomegranate
Meyer Lemon (pot)
Lemon (pot)
4 blueberries

Last year, we had everything in pots except the plum and peaches. That looks like a lot of trees – and it kinda is – but growing citrus in pots is a really great way to maximize garden real estate. They do really well as long as you keep them fertilized and trimmed to a manageable size. And they make your patio look really nice. And when your grapefruit tree blossoms open, they’ll make your patio smell insanely nice.

Grapefruit Blossom

Vegetable garden
In the ground already
Serrano
Jalapeno
Red Bell Pepper
Zucchini
Juliet tomato
9 green beans
~25 strawberries

Strawberry, kale, and plum

Seedlings
Kale
Spinach
Broccoli
Basil (purple and green)
Cilantro
Oregano
Green onions
Eggplant
Tomatillo
2 San Marzano tomato
Yellow Pear tomato
Beefsteak tomato

Grapefruit Tree

I think that’s it… for now. I have my sights set on a Tangerine tree and a 5th garden box for more tomatoes. But those dreams might have to wait another year!

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