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May Garden Walkthrough

The May Garden Walkthrough

Here’s the May update on my garden. For those of you just joining the Zone 9 Gardener, I have a 900 square foot garden I grow vegetables in for my family. It consists of several 4×8 foot sections, each devoted to various specific crops. This post is to keep you up to date with what is happening in my garden. The plot is pictured below: My herb garden covers four plots. In plot one, I have stevia, growing well. It’s about two feet tall now. My mint plant, which I planted in a pot to contain it, is trying to[…]

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May Garden Walkthrough

7 Things to do in the May Garden

May is the beginning of the hot summer season in Texas. You have already planted most of what you will by now, and it is time to maintain what you have planted and is growing in your garden. Here are seven things you should do in your May garden. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys[…]

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Growing Onions in South Texas

Onions are a very low maintenance crop for your garden. I usually plant mine in an out-of the-way spot for two reasons: It is a long-season crop, and it is almost a set-and-forget type of crop. However, there are some things  you need to be aware of when growing onions in order to get the best crop. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well[…]

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Tips for Growing Winter Squash

Tips for Growing Winter Squash

What is the difference between Summer and Winter Squash? Mostly the growing time. Both types of squash are planted in early summer; the winter squash takes longer to mature and become fully ripe, about 80-120 days. Winter squash are also tough-skinned. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. For more information, visit my Disclosure[…]

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Growing Tips for Summer Squash

Growing Tips for Summer Squash

When people think of summer squash, they usually think of Zucchini. But there is more to summer squash than Zucchini. Other types of summer squash are: Yellow Squash: yellow, long, some with curved necks Zucchini Squash: Club-shaped, green fruits Pattypan Squash: Small, shaped like small flying saucers with scalloped edges. Colors from green to yellow to white Round Squash: Single-serving sized fruits on compact bushes Tromboncino Squash: Large curved light-green fruit, grows best on a trellis * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you[…]

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April Gardening Tasks

April Gardening Tasks

April is the first month when the garden is actively growing. The cool-season crops should be in the ground and the warm-season crops are almost ready to plant. Everything from here on can be direct-seeded into the ground. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. For more information, visit my Disclosure page. You can[…]

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