One of the great advantages of living on the South Texas Gulf Coast is that we have two growing seasons! It is true that Spring gardens often get burned with summer heat that comes on fast, but Fall gardens can be so rewarding. I planted new tomato plants about a month ago in containers that were shaded part of the day. Now that cooler temperatures have arrived, they are setting fruit. Squash and cucumbers went in a few weeks ago as well. This weekend, I will plant some Kale, collards, bok choy, and lettuces. If we have a typical mild winter, they will still be thriving until next Spring. One year we had an unusual snow day early in December and I have photos of the greens frosted with snow which only seemed to give them second wind! I love planting seeds. When my granddaughters are here, they like to plant their own rows. Our garden may be small, but it adds so much pleasure and of course, good nutritious food for our table. I will add a plug for Baker Creek Heirloom seeeds, my favorite seed catalog. www.rareseeds.com
Maddie and Jordann hunted Easter Eggs this weekend, but they also helped their Dad harvest the late Bok Choy crop in our garden. Now I am hunting recipes to add to our family favorite, Bok Choy salad tossed with sunflower seeds, almonds, and toasted Ramen noodles drizzled with a spicy soy vinaigrette. This is not a vegetable that freezes well, so we will share some as well as having stir fry and trying bok choy kim chee.
This year, the girls have their own vegetable and herb garden at their house so stay tuned for more "girls in the garden" pictures.