Radish Stew

A Central Texas Gardening Journal

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wren's Nest

The exterior of the nest has large leaves and sticks filling in all the openings. The interior appears to be fine and smooth. I can observe a wren coming and going, but I can't really see inside. We'll hide and watch.

Friday, March 25, 2011


I read a suggestion in Real Vegetarian Thai by Nancie McDermott to put lemongrass in water to grow roots. I bought a bundle of 5 lemongrass stalks at the Asian market for about $1.00. I then left them in a little water in the kitchen for about 6 weeks. Of the 5, only 2 have roots now and one has a tiny new stalk. So, I planted those two in a pot. I just reread the information in the book, and the author had suggested buying nice fresh lemongrass, which these weren't. She also said to cut the stalks to a length of 5" which of course I did not do. Maybe I would have better success if I read the information more carefully. I am happy, though. I now have lemongrass growing!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Line Up

I collect plastic chairs from around the garden to shade the transplants. It works!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Have you ever seen this - Part 2

I carefully pulled the tomato sprouts from their home. They looked like tiny spirals. I very carefully planted them in a reused tofu bin with holes poked in the bottom. The teeny tiny sprouts didn't really have any leaves. They have started growing and showing their baby leaves. the plant at the very bottom left looks like a speck in this picture, but today it is growing a real tomato leaf. Wonders never cease!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Have you ever seen this?

This tomato, the last from the fall harvest, has been sitting in the kitchen window for months. I noticed some spots and extracted the peel. Sprouts! 


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

So quiet!

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The sun is shining today. The garden is so quiet. What is missing?

Oh! The Cedar Wax wings are gone. Now that they have disappeared I realize that I was enjoying the sounds they make. Chatter: they talk to each other constantly while waiting to take turns at the cedar trees. Whoosh: they fly in smaller groups to the tree by the garden. Clatter: the birds shake the branches of the tree as they feed and many seeds hit the ground with a clatter. Then Whoosh: together they fly back over my head to the cottonwood tree to await their next turn.