Friday, September 23, 2016
Our first full fledged gardening attempt was a success this year. We planted potatoes, flowers, herbs, snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers. We hardly had to do anything thanks to so much rain. My dad helped us put in a rain barrel (and gutters). I only had to water the garden beds twice by faucet in a four month span (!!). I was so happy.
We got a lot of produce out of our three beds for a few months, but everything started to shrivel up by the beginning of August. We had a lot of rain sometime during the month though and we're back with at least a few things growing again. Sweet potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, leeks, and plenty of herbs. My favorite thing growing might actually be the lemongrass. My mother-in-law gave me a piece of lemongrass that rooted, we planted it, and this thing has thrived! It's huge! I'm so stoked to walk outside and get fresh herbs and in particular ones that aren't always available (and are pricy).
We planted dahlia bulbs in February, not really knowing how well they'd grow in Austin, but for months we had tons of flowers. They're so beautiful. Being able to cut fresh flowers from your backyard is on my top ten list of things that make me happiest. At one point the bushes were producing so many flowers that I started making bouquets for friends.