In the few years that we have lived in the Houston, Texas area, I’ve realized that rainy season here is a little different than SW Florida. When I lived in Florida, you could expect an afternoon thunderstorm almost every day in the summer. In SE Texas, the rainy days seem to start later in the year but go through a lot of the Fall season.
Our boys started school last week and this week, with our oldest starting kindergarten and the youngest his second year of preschool. And with the start of school came the daily rain! Of course, it makes pickup not so fun, but the grass and the plants are loving it. And, our bank account, too, because we aren’t having to go water the plants from the hose.
I didn’t take a photo, but for now we are keeping the small gardens that the boys tend to empty. The Fall planting season will start in a month or two and we may try something there again.
Our planter that used to be just the vegetables, but is now a mix of everything, seems to be doing well with all of this rain. We know from experience that the mint really likes the water. We harvested quite a bit of it a week ago and it’s almost fully grown back in since then.
Most of our onions didn’t grow, but we pulled one a few weeks ago that was ready. For now, I just keep using the stalk on the onions for garnishing our meals when it’s appropriate for the recipe. Our pepper plants are growing and starting to have flowers and show signs of producing. I planted an assortment of seeds there, so I’m curious to see which color peppers will grow!
This is the first time we’ve tried to grow watermelon, so we aren’t completely sure what we are doing. It’s growing a lot, and is almost a foot deep of vines on top of vines on top of more vines. Anytime there’s a runner trying to escape the area we pile it back on top. There have been a lot of flowers, but no melons that we can see yet.
Whether it’s the rain or the slightly less scorching temperatures lately, the spider grass is happy and we have a lot of the pretty purple flowers out there. I’m glad those are adding a little color, because the canna lilies aren’t blooming much this year.
Our banana trees are getting huge again! There are many little pups growing, and some of these are pups from the others that have grown over the summer. So far, as much as I can tell, we don’t have any banana pods growing yet like we did last year. But my father-in-law just text us last night that they have some growing on their tree, so maybe we will have one soon!
Although it’s not the right time of year for the blackberry bush to produce, it’s still growing exponentially out there. The branches are almost as thick as my fingers, maybe even bigger, and it’s starting to fill out really well. This winter they will both be two years old, which is supposedly when they start bearing fruit. Now we just need to figure out a way to keep the birds and squirrels off before we harvest when the time comes.
Our tomato plants weren’t growing well, so those got pulled up last weekend. We still haven’t figured out what to plant on that side of the yard, because nothing seems to grow well there. I’m not sure if the soil is different, or the amount of sun, or drainage, or something else entirely, but all the plants seem to grow but never produce.
The hanging plants that we had sitting on the pergola for a few weeks were replanted and moved to the front of the house. They seem to be doing well out there and liking their new home. I was going to bring those inside, but we may leave them until the weather gets to cool and we have to bring them in.
Everything in the front yard is thriving at the moment. Last year we bought some begonias for the flower bed and they never did well. We didn’t realize they would come back and probably destroyed the ones in the very front when we changed the bushes in that bed. But the ones in the smaller bed that wouldn’t have been disturbed grew back and fuller than before! I love the contrasting green colors out there, especially against the red-brown bricks.
Inside, all of our plants are growing well. The herbs are starting to fill in a bit more and I can probably start using some of them in the kitchen soon. Our aloe plants are growing in thick, and the hanging plant in the dining room has grown a lot, too. A few of the branches have gotten so long I have to fold it over the top because I don’t want our cat to be able to reach them.
So, even though we aren’t harvesting much to use in the kitchen right now, all of our plants seem to be thriving.
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