2013 garden inventory



[warning: picture-heavy post]

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

I am trying, so very hard, to make a garden worthy of the colonies. I have dreams of bean pole tents and sunflower arbors, a bench here or there, and children merrily carrying watering cans through the straw-covered paths.

Too bad I kill 50% of what I plant, am terrified of tomato worms, and forget to weed.

But I try. I’m going to try. This year will be better. I’m turning over a new leaf.

Look! I managed to get fencing up on all four sides, though the fence mocks me. It does. It it neither straight nor plumb, but it keeps the chickens out. ALSO, I did it without the help of Curtis James (and it shows, you say). It saved him a day of measuring and making things perfect. Right now, it works, and that’s all I need.

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One third of the garden is still grass… that far right strip. The strawberry patch will move in there after this year. And that back right post surely is crooked. Wow. But, easily fixed. You can’t see the entrance… did you know it’s hard to take a wide, sweeping photo of fence and dirt? It is. But you enter on the bottom left of the photograph- right before that black tire. It’s an angled entrance. Fancy, I know.


It’s a big year for tomatoeshere at TexasNorth– 12 plants. We are out of salsa, tomato sauce, and crushed tomatoes. There are also 8 plants of cherry/grape tomatoes. Because I cannot help myself. They are so rewarding to grow. Did I mention Curt hates tomatoes? Expect some on your doorstep.


Bell peppers (both green and orange) and some poblano peppers for salsa. Peppers hate me in the garden, so we’ll just see how this plays out. I am determined to win this fight. Rylie loves peppers.


Onions and kale. We’ve never eaten kale before, so that’ll be… awesome. Also, never stored onions before… advice welcome.

bird collage

The SouthEast fence post has a birdhouse on it, and it was quickly inhabited this year by a mamma Chickadee and her eggs. They hatched 2 weeks ago and are doing well.


My berry bushes line the Western border, outside the fence. There are blackberries, yellow raspberries, strawberries, and one lone surviving blueberry plant. The strawberry hill will be moved inside the fence after this harvest, leaving only the bushes on the outside. This will be a big strawberry year for TexasNorth, too, though I doubt my own personal crop will help much. The freezer is completely out of jam and we all know Gus Man can’t eat a sandwich without JULLY.


Alright. We’ve got broccoli (which has never worked for me), and a green bean tent (which I’ve never managed to pick and freeze in time). Worst-case: a play-area for the kids. Best case: a freezer full of green beans. Which reminds me: do you freeze your green beans or can them? 


That’s sweet basil on top, potatoes on the bottom, and cilantro on the right. I’ve never grown cilantro or potatoes before… big learning curve here. When to trim? When to cover? When to pick? How to store? No idea.

Not planted yet: cucumbers, butternut squash, and yellow squash. All of the above was planted last Saturday and I just could not dig another hole to get them in. My legs STILL hurt. Abby is STILL covered in chicken coop shavings. It’s embarrassing. But, I’m purty darn proud of the results. It’s a great garden. Surely I’ll get at least one tomato out of there. The plants cost me $50 total. Not a bad investment at all, I say.

So, uh, wanna come help me weed?  

I’ve got lemonade 🙂


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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), a bloodhound (Hank), 2 barn cats, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

5 responses to “2013 garden inventory

  • Margie

    I’LL TAKE YOUR TOMATOES ANYTIME. Cilantro has never worked for us; it’s the heat or something, and I find it easier to pay .33/bunch at the store, just to have it when I need it. Our rosemary, basil, and parsley are happy, though, which makes me so. Your garden is beautiful; when we meet someday, Elizabeth and Curt can commiserate about those awful tomatoes.

  • Miss Laura

    Fresh Human and I will come help you weed! Especially if there’s lemonade involved. And Romas. We will happily snag any extra Romas you have 🙂

  • adamborzy

    Wow lots of plants there. You will definitely enjoy all of them when it’s harvest time. Good for you.

  • Penny Lloyd-Jones

    Your posts make me slow down and feel restful. They remind my of how I used to feel when I spent time at my grandparent’s farm when I was little. I appreciate your willingness to get messy in the now for a greater purpose later. I would like to do more of that, in theory. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Chad Boss

    Those little identification placards are so, so handy. Enjoy them for about a week. They will grow legs. You will find them in the dryer. My advice: make a map of where things are. Memorize it. Your map will also end up in the dryer.

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