Gardening, September 2016

It is The birds are hot, the plants are hot, we're hot. Houston in miserable and we are ready for summer to end, lol. 
Everett is still really into birds. He refills our feeders at least twice a week.

Do your kids have any seed/nut allergies? Be careful with bird seed. A friend of mine has a child with a lot of allergies, including sesame seed, and they have to be super careful to check the ingredients list in case he handles the seed. (Because let's be honest, a toddler wants nothing more than to play in bird seed!!!)

We hung a hummingbird feeder and planted a firebush (popular with hummers and butterflies) to see if we could attract some hummingbirds. We had them within 24 hours! This is all the more amazing because I have since learned that there are hummingbird "seasons" and we just got lucky to catch the end of the fall season. They have a short spring migration through Houston and a longer fall migration. Seriously, good luck!

**When we hung this feeder I was unaware that the red food from the store is bad for the birds. Hummingbird food should be sugar water, that's it. The red dye (which I won't even feed to my kid) and preservatives are unnecessary and harmful, just like they are to humans. It was a powder mix that I had to add to water, exactly the same amount of work to add sugar to water. You may be told that the red dye is needed to attract the birds. Not true. The red on the feeders is enough, and if you just like the look then there are plenty of hummingbird feeders that feature red glass.

1 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar - EASY, and safe for the birds, bees, and butterflies.
I attended a free fall gardening seminar at a local plant nursery. This is seriously my happy place. They have free classes, faery gardens, a tire swing, a chicken coop, and free popsicles. It's magical.

The seminar was so informative! I took a million notes because I'm a big nerd, and I also bought the speaker's co-authored book Southern Kitchen Garden. SUCH a great book for anyone who lives in the south! It's out of print, but it's still available on Amazon and Kindle.
Everett is the official garden waterer. He is very serious about his job. Unfortunately, he sprays the small plants a little too intensely, but I don't have the heart to stop him.

My okra has taken off! It seemed to boom around the same time my tomatoes withered. I looked them up in the Southern Kitchen Garden book and this is the perfect time to plant okra.

We planted kale, broccoli, and cauliflower at the end of the month. We still have okra, eggplant (it's coming back!), and a few herbs including mint, rosemary, and basil.
If you'd like to read more about our garden, just click this image.
Mostly, we've just been doing a lot of this. It's hot y'all!!!

Monthly Updates on Our Backyard Garden:
2016: FIRST / March / April / May / June / July & August / September / October / November / December
2017: January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August / September / October / November / December

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