After a lot of work, we finished putting together our fall garden.
We still have quite a few summer vegetables in the ground: hot peppers (habaneros, jalapenos and serranos), sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange bell peppers), banana peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplants and Malabar spinach.
In addition, we recently planted cucumbers, tomatoes, winter squash, summer squash, carrots, and broccoli.
We plan to plant sweet peas this weekend. Growing vegetables (especially things like sweet peas) in Texas may be tough, but with good timing and hard work, we are able to grow vegetables all year round.
When looking at our backyard garden, it is crazy to see how many things have been reused. I am lucky because my husband, Tai, works in landscaping and irrigation. As a result, he drives around all day doing service calls and often picks up items discarded on the side of the road. When I was little, my dad used to do the same thing. I would get so irritated and embarrassed, but now I understand the social value of this type of behavior. For instance, look at our rabbit hutches:
Tai built them from left over crates, sheet metal and a barbecue pit found on the side of the road.
We also built our tomato supports from fence posts collected from when our neighbors rebuilt their fence:
We just moved the fence posts next to our row of tomatoes. We drilled holes in the posts and draped cotton string every foot. I weave the tomato limbs between the strings so they are held up off the ground.
Tai also has a deal set up with fellow garbage collectors. He trades random metal pieces for iron fence posts. We use these, along with bamboo we harvest from a neighbor’s yard, to hang the netting for beans and crawling spinach:
So many things in our garden come from other people’s trash. It just goes to show so many things people throw away can be used for productive purposes.