Best of Texas Backyard Habitat

For this Earth Day 2010, I am making a commitment to get my backyard certified as a Best of Texas Backyard Habitat.

Thankfully, I have about .8 acre, so it will be relatively easy to meet the requirements of the certification program.

What do I need to incorporate?  Well, there’s a list of things you need.

  • An obviously native plant habitat. Volunteers will not count plants to see if you have a majority of native plants. If there are more than two plants listed in the Invasive Exotic Species section of this webpage, we will reserve the right to deny certification as a Best of Texas Backyard Habitat.

Spring To-Do List Heats Up

My list of projects for this spring is starting to get going.  In a few weeks, my area will be at its average date of last frost (March 15 or s0) so I need to have my vegetable garden ready for planting.  That means I need to have the area fenced to keep the rabbits out.  It’s nice and toasty this week (in the 60’s), so I think I’m going to get that fence installed.  A few wooden posts, steel t-posts to supplement, and rabbit fencing.  I plan on installing a pair of gates since it’s a big garden, too.  Once that is done, I can get to planting some woody species…I absolutely want some blackberries.  Maybe some raspberries, too.

2010 Vegetables Cont’d

I finally planted the rest of my vegetables today. Due to budgetary issues, the wife didn’t want me buying more seed starting gear…I had to make due with what I had. I had some extra starter discs, but I didn’t have a tray to put them in. So I improvised. I’m not using the lid on my big tray anymore, because the plants are too tall. So that top became the bottom for my other veggies.

More seeds!

Vegetable and Herb Garden 2010

I tried to start a vegetable garden last year and I had all my seeds started…until I got leukemia. When that happened, the whole project halted. I had tilled the garden, fertilized with horse manure, and all that. But being in a coma for a month dampens the ability to work on such a project.

I’m trying again this year…with some improvements. Last year, I just put my seeds in an eastern window. That was grossly insufficient. They came up spindly and weak. This year, I built a growing rack to hang grow lights on. It’s allowing me to start more seeds, as well as give them a better start.