roritx said:Nothing freaks Texans out more than the sighting of a single snowflake
Hahaha, it’s true! We hardly ever get snow so it is kind of a big deal. We get forecasts and maybes and tiny bits of snow that melt, and we feel left out when everybody else is busting out the tire chains and snow gear. Weathermen leap at the chance to forecast snow even when it is unlikely and it gets disheartening, especially after coming back from living in northern Japan where we did get real storms to the point of actually, physically being snowed in. These tiny storms are no fun!
Damn it. Finally got bitten by the frost.
I let my guard down because none of the promised freezes or cold spells remotely harmed my plants and I got sick of the guys on the radio freaking out about “Icepocalypse 2013” when nothing was icy, and of me busting my ass to prepare for frost that never happened. Texans often get too excited about a little cold because it’s so unusual around here. So I didn’t cover my poor plants while I was away most of the week doing volunteer stuff. Now there’s a lot of shriveled leaves on the peppers, some of the young plants didn’t make it and just about everything has gotten severely droopy. Fucking stupid, listening to news anchors crying wolf all the time. Shoulda just looked on the internet. Well I brought in the surviving wilty herbs so hopefully they’ll bounce back.
Protip: If you are going to talk shit about me behind my back, you should probably not do it in front of my sister.
tropicalhomestead said: Beautiful! Your chard makes me jealous. I’ve re-planted twice and all I get are stringy weak floppy things about 2 inches long, then they just stop growing. (Maybe it’s too warm here?) Thanks for sharing. :-)
Thank you so much! I was a bit ashamed to post such tiny pictures but I try to keep the garden updates going for future reference.
And as for the Swiss chard, well, my chard has lived through a long 100+ degree Texas summer so if that’s not too hot I hate to imagine how hot it is for you! I started it during the fall last year so it had a chance to get established, but even our fall easily gets in the 80s and 90s. I wonder if they really like something in my soil? For me, their odd taste gets unpleasantly strong when they are big anyway so I don’t feel like you’re missing out on too much. I just eat the little tasty leaves and leave some of the big ones to keep the plant alive.
I asked my partner if there was anything to add and got “You must water your chard daily and love it. Love your chard!” as a response. So there’s that XD