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Crimson Sweet Watermelon

28 Aug

Today is Sunday August 28, 2011, and it’s oppressively hot here.

The DFW area has had 62 days of temperatures over 100 degrees and todays high is forecasted to reach 107, oh joy.  Along with the crazy hot heat we have had very little to no rain. Its’ going to take a hurricane to knock the high pressure front  loose from its iron clad grip it has on Texas. Too bad hurricane Irene choose to hit the Eastern Seaboard and not the Gulf Coast 😦

Never the less I enjoy playing in my gardens and they still nature my soul. So today I got up early to water them and in the process I found myself squishing the mud between my toes, among other more typical gardening activities. Well to be honest I get up early every day, so today was no different. As I was giving them their morning water I noticed that the watermelon plant had two REALLY big melons. They looked ripe so I picked one to check before I picked the other melon since this is the first time I have grown watermelons and I am really not sure how to tell if they are ripe.

I also decided to shoot a video of the crazy watermelon patch that somehow did not get the memo that it’s too hot and dry to be such a strong vibrant plant.

Enjoy

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First Fall Veggies Planted…Praying for Rain

1 Aug

Well today is August 1st which is traditionally when you start planting your fall vegetable garden in North Texas. But with the extreme heat that we’re having (highs predicted this week to be 108) and no relief in sight, I was not sure if I should “plant” or “not plant”.

After much thought and deliberation, I decided to go for it. It might be a mistake but what the heck there only seeds that did not cost much any way. In fact some of the seeds I harvested from last years crops and I can’t save them past one year anyway.

This year when I planed my fall vegetable garden I took the seed packs that I wanted to plant and marked the date they needed to be in the ground, breaking them into 3 groupings (8-1; 8-15, and 9-1). So today I got up bright and early, grabbed the seeds with the Aug 1st date on them and went to work. Lucky for me my beds are not hard which made hoeing and planting a snap.

What did I plant today you asks?

August 1st veggies planted

I planted two rows of: carrots, swiss chard, bush green beans and cilantro. I also supplemented the spring cucumbers (that are still alive) with a few cucumber seeds. I am still on the quest for 1 gal tomatoes, and if don’t find any this week I’ll have to give it up since it will be too late to plant them – wish me luck.

Now all that is needed is to water them daily and make sure a hard crust does not form on the rows, preventing the seeds from breaking through. Well that and to start praying for rain and a break to this excessive heat were having this summer.

How is your garden doing with all of this crazy heat and no rain?

25 Jul

Another day, another 100-degree reading: DFW now at 24th consecutive day and counting OUCH!

Forecasters say this years string of 100-degree days in North Texas is heading to be one of the worst summers EVER. In fact except for 1980 when we had 42 consecutive 100-degree days, looks like this year will come in second.
And to make matters worse Texas A&M  reported:
JUNE
  • The months-long Texas drought is sapping the record books bone dry and is racking up dire statistics that have never been reached since reliable record-keeping was started 116 years ago, according to figures from Texas A&M University researchers.
  • 2011 marked the hottest June ever in Texas with an average of 85.2 degrees, breaking the previous mark of 84.9 set in 1953.
  • June was not only the warmest June in Texas history, it comes in as the fourth warmest month ever, which usually goes to a July or August time period

JULY

  • July 2011 is on track for the second hottest July in the record books
  • North Texas tied the all-time record for highest minimum temperature yesterday (7-25-11), with the low for the day was 85 degrees, tying the all-time record set on Sept. 1, 1939.

“How is your garden doing with all of this crazy heat and no rain?

Mine is not doing so good, it just could not take the 100-degree days and the nights not cooling down, the plants had not time to rest and recover, so today I cleaned out the dead or dying plants.  Now I am looking forward to planting my fall vegetables (my next blog will be on planting your fall vegetable garden).

Check out my before photos and after video.

Tomatoes

Here are some tips to how you can help your garden this summer? 

  • Water 2 times a day
  • Add 3 to 5 inches of mulch, raised beds are particularly vulnerable to drying out in our Texas summer weather.
  • put shade cloth over the more tender plants

Clean-up Day – Texas Hill Country Flower Garden

8 Apr

I have been busy working in my flower beds lately and I wanted to share with you the Before video for my Texas Hill Country Flower Garden.

It will be fun to watch as all the flowers grow and come to life.

Video #1 of Texas Hill Country Flower Garden • Shot April 3, 2011

Just a Little Patch of Dirt

27 Mar

Welcome to My Gardening Video Blog

This year I have decided to chronicle my beloved gardens and share with you the wonder, heart break, and pure joy they provide me. To do this I have created another blog dedicated JUST to my gardens.

After moving to my current home which sits on a gently sloping acre surrounded by majestic post oak tress, singing birds, and the gracefully calming presence of nearby horses, I finally have the space and sunshine that I need for my veggie garden. No more growing veggies in small semi-shaded area of my yard. I finally have a canvas to create and nurture not only veggies, but flowers and herbs too.

Come with me and watch how my gardens grows

 

Video blog #1 • Shot March 6, 2011 • Just a Little Patch of Dirt

 

This first video blog is dedicated to my family and friends back home in St. Louis, who received and unexpected spring snow storm yesterday. Once again reminded me how blessed I am to live in Texas, were spring comes early.

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