Spring Garden After The Storm

Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
In February we experienced a historical snow storm with temperatures dipping below zero. We were so concerned that some of our trees and other planting's might not come back in the spring. Our electric grid in Texas failed and we were without electric power for over 12 hours at a time. It was a long week, but thankfully we did not have the damage that some encountered. We were checking our trees and plants almost daily to see if they would have any sign of life and or new buds. We were so grateful when we began to see signs of life and new growth. We have now broke new ground for a garden extension and are beginning our spring plantings.
The Garden Gate
Snow Storm 2021
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
About half of the snow had melted when I was finally brave enough to go out and take a few photos. It sure was cold!
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
We grow Collard Greens year round, this Collard plant is about 3 years old and it actually made it through the storm. It is putting on new growth and I will soon have a pot of Collards cooking. These were mighty strong plants.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
The tops of the Rosemary are dead, but the bottom near the root is starting to green up. We will not prune the Rosemary until it has put on a lot more green. I was so excited to see the plants had survived the below zero temperatures.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Another concern I had were the wood ferns around the base of my Angel. As you can see they turned really brown and some of the foliage died. However we see new green coming everyday. I am often times asked how tall my Angel is, she is 5 feet tall.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Of course we were concerned about our rose gardens and some of the show roses we have, oh my the new growth on the rose bushes never looked so good!
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
It is clear that this classic antique wild rose bush will be back, it is just covered in new growth and buds.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Beautiful new bloom buds on the Bradford Pear Trees, we are thrilled to see these little blooms.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Best of all, the little Humming Birds nest is still in tack and awaits their spring arrival.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We have been told by our local Master Gardeners and our local Extension Service to hold off on all spring pruning until we can determine just exactly what plants have survived the storm. So far it looks like we have been very lucky as it would seem at this time our damage will be minimal.
Now Its Planting Time!

Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
My husband Leonard is breaking the ground for a new garden extension for more row corps. He has officially retired now so I will have a lot more garden help to manage the row corps. 
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
We are also extending the row crop area in the Up Stairs Garden, which will make 3 garden area's to grow wonderful vegetables! We will have the Patio and Herb Garden, Patio Row Garden, and The Up Stairs Garden.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
After the ground has been worked with our homemade compost
we are then ready to make our rows and plant. We are planting yellow onion bulbs which seem to keep after harvest longer than the white for us. We plant the onion bulbs about 2 to 6 inches apart, setting the point end up, making sure not to put more than an inch of soil on top. If the onion bulbs are planted to deep it could affect the bulb development. We will plant some closer and pull them for fresh green onions leaving the others to grow to maturity. We will re-visit the onion patch as the gowning season progresses.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Our seed potatoes were cut into sections, placed on a tray and left in the open air for 5 days before planting. This allows the potato to form a protection around the cut.
Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
We have planted the potatoes about 6 inches deep with the green tuber up or some people call it the eye. As the potato begins to come through the soil then we will begin to hill the dirt around the base of the plant. We will re-visit the potato patch as the plants began to progress.

We are getting ready to plant, peas, green beans, corn, okra, black eyed peas, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and peppers. Followed by many herbs. Soon it will be back to the garden we love!


Spring Garden After The Storm at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thanks so much for stopping by for a garden tour today. We are so excited to share our garden adventures with you and hope you will come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Comments

  1. So glad to hear that everything is bouncing back after the snow!

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  2. I lived getting a tour of your garden after our snow and freezing temperatures. Everything is looking so good, and Leonard is busy!!! Your angel is absolutely so beautiful, Miz Helen. What a perfect addition to your garden.

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  3. Isn't amazing how resilient the plants are? We have a lot of blooms right now and it is such a wonderful sight! It is great to see your update and how y'all have made it through.
    Take care,
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

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  5. Happy Spring and good luck with your garden. You will have to share pictures when it starts to grow and produce new veggies and flowers. Thanks for visiting with us each week. #HomeMattersParty

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  6. I was so sorry to see you all going through that storm, but I'm so encouraged by the wonderful recovery your garden is making, Miz Helen. It's fantastic Leonard is expanding the garden as well. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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