The one thing I really missed in this summers garden is lettuce and spinach. They just don’t like the southern Texas heat….neither do I, but at least I can go back inside to an air conditioned house.
Now that the weather has cooled down here, the lettuce is flourishing in the garden.
This fall we have had a lot of visitors and we have another friend staying with us for a few months until he gets settled into a new job in our area and finds a place to live. I have found, rather quickly, that we are eating the lettuce faster than it is growing so I have planted another whole bed to make up for it.
The second bed of lettuce is just popping up, but I am happy to wait for it to grow. I have also planted more spinach and will happily wait for it too.
The cabbage is growing nicely. I really love watching things develop out there in the garden. I am amazed at the changes I can see out there every day, every week, every month. I have grown things in the past, but since we moved to Texas I have the time, the space and more desire to grow more and more of our food. Each year and season I learn more and am able to fit more and more into the fenced garden area. I am even going outside the fenced garden area and planting things amongst the herbs and flower in other gardens around the back yard. Each season, I want more space to grow food, so I find a way.
We have to deal with a lot of deer that live in our area. Our back yard is fenced, but if they really want to, they can just effortlessly hop right over it. We did have to fix the fence in two areas when we first bought the house and that really made a difference with the deer. There is now only one time of year I find deer in the back yard – RIGHT NOW! Rutting season. Those girls are on the run and don’t think twice about hopping our fence to get away from the buck that is chasing them.
I am happy the lettuce is in the fenced garden.