The saying is “everything is bigger in Texas,” and one thing that I am now 110% sure of, is that with a bigger Texas garden comes bigger Texas weeds. After fighting the weeds for 4 1/2 months already this year, this past weekend we designated a work day, and tried to get these weeds under control for the last time. We used a multi-step process, and we have high hopes that with all the pieces working together, we will once and for all be able to knock-out these weeds for the summer.
Step one was to cut down the weeds in the aisle, as short as possible. Then we went through and showered with vinegar. I just used the cheap stuff from any grocery store, which is around $2 per gallon, with 5% acidity. Once the vinegar had dried and killed the remaining weeds, we put a layer of newspaper or a layer of TOMS shoe boxes (both printed with soy ink.) I can’t even explain how super excited to find a way to re-purpose all of the shoe boxes that from orders I had fulfilled this year from my Etsy store.
Once the paper and boxes were down we wetted them down with the hose to make sure they did not blow away, and then covered with a layer or beautiful straw.
I have never had to do any weed control outside of regular weeding of the beds and maybe a little mulch here and there, so this is all uncharted territory for me. I am hoping, hoping, HOPING, that this will get the weeds under control once and for all for the summer of 2012!
Today marks the first day of harvest over at garden plot #2. In the past weeks we have gotten a few radishes, but nothing substantial like today. I went with the intention of only picking some peas, but I came home with peas, lettuce, and a BUNCH of radishes.
The pea vines are looking fantastic, and gave me a pretty good harvest for the first picking of the season.
I wandered over to the salad row, which holds lettuce, radishes, onions, chives, and carrots. I checked in on my radishes last week and they were ready to pick, but I knew we had a busy week ahead of us with my mother-in-law in town, which means very few meals at home. I left the radishes in the ground for an extra week…and they grew ten times larger!
I did have a few normal size radishes.
And a lot of GIANT radishes. I kept the “normal” size radishes in this photo so you could get some perspective on how ridiculous these radishes are.
These things are seriously the size of potatoes, and much bigger than my hand!
I had my doubts on if they would even be edible, but I cut into one and snacked away this afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised. The pack a pretty good amount of heat, but they are tasty. Good thing I was also able to pull up a head of lettuce, because it looks like we are going to be eating lots of radishes this week…starting with a big ol’ salad!
Ooh La La! Garden plot #2 is looking NICE.
The green beans look awesome. The peas are already waist high and the corn is just below knee height. All my peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes are in the ground, and the radishes are popping up faster that we can eat them.
On Sunday I talked the Hubs into heading over to plot #2 to help me lay the rest of the drip tape. Laying drip tape is one of those jobs that takes about 1/3 of the time if you have a helper, so I was over the moon to have a spare pair of hands.
I promise that the peppers perked right up after they had a big ol’ drink of water!