Friday, November 30, 2012

Local Restaurant Series with Yard to Table



Dirtiest Husband in the World owns a business putting in organic vegetable gardens. He works on lots of interesting projects at homes, small farms, schools, non-profits and community gardens. (He was even asked to stage a vegetable garden for a film!)

I really love good eats, so it is no coincidence that my favorite gardens are located at local, award- winning restaurants. You know a chef is serious about fresh, organic food when they have their own garden on the premises.

For the month of December, I am going to spot light some of these local Yard to Table restaurant gardens and give you an insider tour. Some you may have seen before and some are hidden gardens just for the cooks. Welcome to the local restaurant garden series!

It is amazing how he can turn this:

 into a flourishing food garden. Come explore with us!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Asparagus




I am not sure what I thought asparagus would look like growing out of the ground. I guess I never gave it much thought. Every time I see our overgrown asparagus patch, I am surprised at the sight of it. The purple sprouts look so exactly like the stems you can purchase in the store with soft lovely ferns all around it.

Have you tried growing asparagus? You can buy the crowns at the nursery. They look like bulbs. You need three years to get a good crop but it is a perennial and can continue producing for 15 years! Boy howdy. Perennial veggies are the way to go.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Herbs

 

This is the week everyone is cooking up a storm. It's a great time to think about your very own herb garden. It is so delightful (and cheap!) to cut your own fresh herbs from the garden.
Sage on the front walkway
Rosemary
I feel so French when I traipse out into the garden with some shears to cut some fresh herbs for cooking. We have had a lot of success with herbs here in South Texas. You can plant them during most months of the year. Plant them fancy with an herb spiral
 or pop some in between your traditional flower gardens
 
 or you know, in a rock. Most herbs need really good drainage so a hole in a giant rock is just right.


 Herbs are just delicious flowers. I think they go anywhere.

Monday, November 19, 2012

What's Kickin on the Urban Farm?

The sweetest sweet peppers I have ever tasted.

Green Beans

Sugar Snaps

Determination

Captives

Brassicas

Arugula

Dinner Salad

Satsuma Oranges

Sowing San Antonio: November


Hi fall gardening friends! Looking for what you can plant in your South Central Texas vegetable garden in November?

Glad you asked- right now you can plant:

Garlic
Greens: spinach, lettuce, arugula
Radishes
Onions

The weather is amazing! Happy gardening. 



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Butterfly Shouter


 


Every year, we anxiously look forward to the international butterfly migration that flies through San Antonio around mid-October. The sky is filled with 100's of butterflies turning the garden into an orange and black dreamland. This year we waited..and waited... and waited. One day, we saw three Monarchs. Dirtiest Kid has been asking me to look into what part of the country the butterflies are in now and when they are coming to San Antonio. I had been dragging my feet on this research project because I didn't want to tell her we missed it. Or rather that those three we saw were it.
Get it girl!
This year is going down as one of the worst in record for the butterfly migration because of a series of unfortunate events such as the early arrival of a hot Summer, pesticide spraying for West Nile in the migration path, severe drought and logging in their Mexican home base forest. The good news is that logging has been halted and it is now a protected zone. It makes me terribly sad to miss the butterflies this year, although some monarchs may still be safely emerging from your San Antonio garden through November.  What can we all do to help them on their journey in the future?

 Those in Dallas, Austin, The Hill Country and San Antonio have an important job to do! By growing butterfly gardens organically you can help protect the Monarchs for future generations. Plus the wonder of a child a person watching a caterpillar turn to butterfly right before your very eyes cannot be overstated. Here's a great run-down on choosing milkweed plants for your butterfly garden in Texas.