Last year the Austin Wine Merchant asked us to finish their Fall Edible Landscape. They have ample space to grow food, and wanted their landscape to be 100% edible. They had started, and just wanted us to complete the planting, which we did. This year, they asked us to plant the whole landscape. We amended the soil with Natural Gardener Hill Country Garden Soil and Turkey Compost, tilled it and cleaned out old roots and weeds. While we were working, the chef from Bess Bistro next to Austin Wine Merchant, came down to see what all we intended to plant. Bess uses produce from the garden when they can on their menu.
The portion of the garden to the West of the parking lot next to the Austin Wine Merchant was seeded with Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Mesclun Greens, Asian Salad Mix and Arugula.
I checked on the garden yesterday, and was amazed that after 3 days much of the lettuce seeds were already up.
Along the back of the parking lot, we seeded for Cilantro, planted a couple of Cilantro plants, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, and Rosemary. The basil and chives last year were still going strong so we left them.
We planted Broccoli and Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, two types of Cauliflower, and Kale transplants, and also seeded for Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard.
To our good fortune, when I went back to take these pictures after we planted the garden, it began to rain. It has rained for the last 2 days, giving this garden a wonderful boost. I will go back and fill in gaps in the seeding over the next few days and will continue to take photos as the garden emerges. The goal is to fill every available spot with food crops.
I am a long time patron of the Austin Wine Merchant, and love doing this garden project for them. I love that when I go to shop there, I can see the results of our efforts in the garden, and vice versa, when I go to check on the garden, I can pick up a bottle of wine. Two of my favorite things, in one spot.
The Austin Wine Merchant – 512 W. Sixth Street, Austin, Texas http://www.theaustinwinemerchant.com