Work Table (with instructions for building your own)

Getting ready for my winter garden construction projects will require me to have a good work table for all my sawing and assembly I am planning.  So, with the deluge of rain we expected this weekend, and not having an opportunity to work in the garden itself, I built a very sturdy, large work table so that I don’t have to use a make-shift setup any time I want to do anything.  That’s just asking for an accident to happen, and I usually draw blood during any of these half-prepared ventures.

Here’s a picture of the work table I built today.  It is adapted from one I’d seen on an internet search that didn’t have any instructions.  It fits my needs perfectly because I built it to the perfect working height for my stature at about 74″ tall.

Here is a link to the instructions I wrote.


Work Table


Winter veggies from seed

This morning, I started three more seedings in my soil flats I cut and saved from the clamshell packaging used by grocery markets to sell fresh produce.

The Tatsoi greens may be too late to get much growth before our first freeze, still perhaps over a month away.

The Kale and Pak Choy should come in just fine, and they have a good chance of surviving well into the mild winters we typically have.  The harshest months are usually mid-December to January, and I have had Kale survive well into the coldest months.  Gotta love Texas weather for gardening!


Napa cabbage

It’s been difficult to find time to post this last week.  I’m a baseball fanatic, particularly a Texas Rangers fan, and we’re in the postseason playoffs.  It hasn’t prevented me from my gardening, but it has kept me off my blog a good bit.

I’ve been experimenting with using butt cuttings from my bought organic produce to see if I can successfully get them to sprout roots before planting them in soil.  I’ve had some success with brussels sprouts and some red onions, but I especially like the way this Napa cabbage is leafing out.


I planted it in soil this morning after letting it sit in water in a sunny window sill for about 10 days.  There are about a dozen roots that have grown some length while sitting in water, so I’m optimistic about this plant taking to soil well.  I have plans in a few weeks to put this in a large container to be a part of my front yard edible plants.  The front yard has usually been reserved for ornamental plants, but I am converting much of it to edibles now.

I love the way nature needs so little work from me to make this happen.

New pleasures in gardening

Since picking up my old gardening routines a few weeks ago, I’ve been working at it steadily.  I had a lot of cleanup to do: weeds, weeds, more weeds, and lots of old vines growing on my fence lines that had died and gone to heaven long ago.  They are now composting, and I need to build another bin this weekend to accommodate more of them from the front yard as well.

It is steady work, and I never have to worry about being laid off or bored.  Doesn’t pay much, though.

I take a few pictures now and then, and when I get a little extra time on weekends, I’ll try to post some of them.  In this short time, the appearance of my backyard has changed, and it’s becoming my favorite hangout again.  If I could only watch the baseball playoffs out there, I’d work into the night.

It has become a stress reliever.  When I get home after my one-hour commute every weekday, I get a kiss from my wife, I give my dogs a couple of treats, and then I change into my grubby clothes and spend at least 30 minutes before cleaning up and starting dinner.  The evenings pass much more pleasantly and without the usual stress of the work week.

Besides stress relief, I have a growing sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  Taking care of the “garden”, in a spiritual sense, always provides an abundance of good feelings, and it leaves some of the unnecessary things, like worries, behind.  There will be enough of those for tomorrow.