Spring is just around the corner here in central Texas, and it is time to get the Lost Valley Gardens nursery and plant production operation back into action. Our landscaping business has been steady, even through the winter. Ron has been working on a deck for the past few months. That project continues to go well, and pictures will be forthcoming shortly. Meanwhile, here are a few photos of what we have growing here in our gardens at the end of January, and the new seed starting setup that I will be using to propogate plants this spring.
There are still a few hardy plants growing in my herb bed just outside the kitchen on the west side of the house. These plants were covered in ice for several days during the ice storm that we sustained several weeks ago, but they were not damaged at all. In the back of the bed I have kale, fennel, thyme, clinatro and dill. In front of those herbs I have arugula and lettuce, and there are several mealy blue sage plants and a yarrow that are still hanging on since last spring.
The greens beds are still thriving. The bed pictured above has spinach, chinese cabbage, red ursa kale, mustard greens, and red cabbage plants that were planted last December.
It’s time to get my early spring seeds germinating, and I just received my new seed germinating setup. With Ron’s help, I got it set up today. I also purchased a new type of seed starting tray that will enable me to start alot more plants at one time, and is designed to allow for quick and easy transplanting. I will provide more details about this setup, and how well it is working, in the days to come.
Check the Lost Valley Gardens home page soon to see the varieties of flowers, herbs, and vegetables that I have selected to start this spring. There are some new and exciting varieties such as the pink Laura Bush petunia, that I am looking forward to testing in our gardens this year.