The weather may have changed more in the past three weeks than the wardrobe of an Oscar’s host, but spring is in full swing here in San Antonio. Two clear ways to tell despite the changes from cool afternoons to warm mornings to rainstorms: 1. The bluebonnets have been blooming along the side of the highway and 2.I’ve been sneezing everyday for the past month (thanks a lot, oak count).
Despite the sneezes that continue to interrupt my days, I love this time of year in Texas. This is some of the best weather to go for a walk with Wrigley, eat outside, try to get rid of my sock tan from our day at Enchanted Rock with the youth group, and do yard work. We’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible lately since we know that the 90 degree weather is inevitable and will be driving us back indoors (I don’t get along with humidity).
To get ready for spring, Chip spent some time working on the lawn. It had gotten a little dry and light in color during the winter, so he spent a few weekends fertilizing the front and backyard. Let me just say that I now want us to fertilize once a month (even though I know that’s completely not possible). It turned our lawn so green and helped the grass really spread in the front yard. Chip also used some beneficial nematodes based on a recommendation from a church friend. I’m still not exactly sure what they are or what they do, but it really helped some of the brown patches we had in the back so those little nematodes are welcome whenever :) Great work, Chip!
We’ve also spent a couple of weekends working on the garden. We had done some initial work a while ago to clean out the dead plants and get some of the really rocky dirt out, but (according to Chip) we still had more work to do before planting new stuff. What was this work? Oh, just back-breaking shoveling. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but it does not discredit how sore my back was the next two days. We shoveled out about a four-inch layer of dirt on the veggie side of the garden and then replaced it with some organic soil from Garden-Ville (I shopped for plants while Chip took care of loading up the dirt in his truck). With that, I was finally able to plant – new tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, basil, cilantro, mint, cantaloupe (which will need to be replaced since Chessie accidentally destroyed them), and strawberries. Not going to lie, I’m really excited about those strawberries! We also got some new flowers to plant, but overall the soil on that side of the garden was fairly decent so we left it as-is (and I really just didn’t want to use a shovel any longer).
So far, everything seems to be growing alright. We’re already seeing some little tomatoes and strawberries, so I’m trying really hard not to get overly excited and over-water everything like I typically do. I love my plants and tend to drown them. Oops.
We still have lots of work we want to do in the backyard, like take care of the patio floor, get a new table out there, finally do the garden path, get some cute outdoor lighting and plant along the back fence line of our yard. We’ll see how much we actually get done this spring ;)