So it has taken me a few years to realize something about gardening during the Texas summer: DON’T do it. Â (Same goes for camping .) Â Yes, I’ve been behaving as though I still live up north, I admit it.
My big gardening project this year was to build up a bed along the south side of our house.
I finally bought seeds & starts that actually have a chance of growing in this climate, rather than Â basing my purchases on the catalog’s pretty pictures and hopeful descriptions. Â So spring was a very successful season.
Aaaaand then the gardenÂ succumbsÂ Â to summer. Â The bugs invade, the mold sweeps in, the heat scorches. Â It’s a losing battle that we’re not actually supposed to be fighting.
So I’ve mulched the plants and stepped back. Â I’ll water enough to keep them alive until the fall, when I’ll probably get a bumper crop. Â Then I can begin the second gardening season in earnest. Â How great is it that we get fresh produce through winter? Â It almost makes up for living on the surface of the sun for 4 months of the year.