I love the springtime - even here in West Texas. Or, maybe I should say, especially here in West Texas! After such cold, brown winters (compared to lower Alabama), the green of spring is a welcome sight bringing with it hope and a new beginning. Once the vineyard begins to bud and grow, it seems as though everywhere I look, there is green. The new grapevines (Petit Verdot and Moscato … [Read more...] about Spring Has Sprung!
After moving from LA (lower Alabama) to West Texas, our time has been spent with starting the vineyard for the commercial production of grapes for the Texas wine industry. We now have 20 acres of grapes in the 3rd and 4th leaf. We will be planting 2 1/3 acres more this week. Most of the acreage is under contract and this year's crop is looking good! We have also completed phase 1 of our house … [Read more...] about Modern Pioneer Woman
For an update - see Planting Asparagus Crowns. One of the things I really enjoyed during our years in Switzerland was asparagus. Now, you may be thinking that of all the things to enjoy, why asparagus? In Switzerland, Spargel Zeit (literally "asparagus time" in German) was a festive season. It signaled the beginning of Spring, the time when flowers were beginning to grow and bloom after a long … [Read more...] about Asparagus Bed
When we started the tomato, bell pepper and jalepeno pepper seedlings in egg cartons several weeks ago, I knew transplanting them would be necessary. The young seedlings would not stand a chance if planted directly in the garden with the West Texas wind. Transplanting them into small pots was not an option - I have no space for so many little pots! So, we decided to make a hoop house. If you are … [Read more...] about Homemade Hoop House
One way our family has saved quite a bit of money is to have our own vegetable garden. Not only do we enjoy fresh vegetables throughout the summer but I also freeze vegetables to enjoy in the winter. I am very serious about putting vegetables up in the freezer - we have 3 chest freezers and by this time of year, they are almost empty! So, with the end of last year's bounty almost gone and the … [Read more...] about Garden Seedlings – Time to Start!
Besides being enjoyable, having your own garden is not only economical but also provides your family with a healthy source of fresh vegetables. Our garden spot, pictured above, looks desolate now and the pink flamingos look lonely - but wait until June! While I am not planting yet, we are preparing. Our garden is on part of what once was an 65 acre cotton circle. As a result, our … [Read more...] about Garden Preparation