I have come to understand that just because you can, does not mean you should. Should you want to then do it, as it is always good to try. Just keep in mind that it might mean a change, but that change does not have to be a bad endeavor.
Change Can Be Good Right?
"I will grow what I eat," She exclaimed!
It wasn't long before I realized that not all plans work out as planned. I had Googled hours on how to grow vegetables.
I even learned some permaculture principals and by Job I was going to apply as many as my little hands could get her hands on. No small space is going to keep me down. I got this!
I had built worm towers for goodness sake! I touched those red, wiggly, compost worms and fed them weekly!
Surely my plans will turn out!
Then it happened! The hot temperatures of the South Texas kicked in! Many vegetables, no matter how much I watered, could not withstand the temps down here in the valley. I then began to worry I would not be able to grow enough greens for my diet.
Happily...I was so wrong. I soon found a well kept secret.
There are three vegetables/fruit that love the heat. It is Malabar Spinach, Watermelon, Sweet Potato's, and Cucumbers! However the Cucumbers did give up the ghost by the end of June.
I do have to give those awesome Cucumbers a big shout out! They produced mega amounts of Cucumbers and I could not eat them fast enough. I was able to share the abundance with my neighbors and for that I was so thankful.
As you can see from the picture above, I pruned some sweet potato vines. While it looks like a lot, they cooked down quite well. I read where they were edible! You can imagine how happy this made me. The best part of the sweet potato vines is they love the heat. We have got up to 105 degrees and they love it! I water them about every other day.
Please check out the awesome recipe below!
Sweet Potato Leaf Stir-fry
In a wok or fry pan add a little olive oil, peeled and chopped garlic, green onion, one tomato, one small potato, shredded carrot, and began to cook on med to low heat.
Add the stems first and cook about five minutes.
Add sweet potato leaves and they will cook down pretty fast.
You can also add chicken, shrimp, or pork, if you want to add meat.
I believe adding the meat to the pan at first will add flavor.
One of two tsp of Soy sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Transformation Can Be a Good Thing
The bugs do not bother this plant at all! I water every other day. It is a heat loving plant. This by far is one of my favorite plants.
I moved my Cucumber container to the very back with its wooden arbor structure. It made it possible to see the garden to the very back from the porch with out taking up so much room or obstructing the view. This is what I meant about transformation and forever changing.
Some times we have to rethink design.
Recently, after pulling my Cucumber plants, I emptied my composter with all its rich, organic, material to the planter and covered with soil. This soil should be super charged for the new plants in the fall.
I also have many herbs that do beautiful in the heat such as Oregano, Basil, Garlic Chives, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, and Rosemary.
Change can be a good thing, transformation is refreshing at times, if we stay open to new ideas.
On a side note, my husband has been working on his eBay channel on YouTube. We have always had our store RK Treasure Center through eBay, but it had lay dormant for a time. It is now up and running. He is trying his luck on some retail videos.
We both have come to realize, I love my gardening and writing, but do not care for doing videos so much. He loves treasure hunting and marketing his finds via YouTube but he is not so much interesting in the garden.
The best intentions are never wrong, they just may need tweaking at times. I have to admit we have done a lot of tweaking to get where we feel comfortable.
Retirement gave us a clean slate but it took us some time to figure it all out.
So if you get a chance, please check out his new channel. I no longer have my YouTube channel. I just realized I am more of a writer behind the scenes kind of person verses being in the spot light. I have never been a great promoter...so I am humbled that you have even stopped by and read our blog. Thank you!
Until we meet again!
Roy and Kimmie