November garden to do list

The HoneyDo Gardening List for November

November is the last month before frost here in Zone 9. The first average frost date is November 15; the last average frost date is December 15. My garden journal says there was a frost on November 13, 2014; I don’t recall it freezing at all last year. That’s Texas weather for you. So, there is about 30 days left in the growing season. Things are slowing down in the garden. The plants I planted in October have sprouted, but are growing slower than I had expected. They are frost-hardy, so I am not worried too much about frosts. My[…]

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Broccoli and-Cauliflower in the fall garden

A Walk in the late October garden

  Once again, walk with me on my monthly garden tour. You can follow along with my plot plan from the post A Tour of my Garden. I am walking through and observing from the gate to the back beds, so you can see how my garden grows (or doesn’t grow, as the case may be). The first herb garden plot has mint, stevia, oregano and lemon basil. The mint is still green, but thinning out. Most of the leaves are at the ends of the now-woody stalks. There is an ant bed in among the mint, putting the lie[…]

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Corn ready for harvest

Tips for Growing Your Best Corn Ever!

Follow these tips to get a great corn harvest! Corn is one of those plants most people imagine when they think of gardening. It is a fast growing plant, and needs special care and attention, but is really worth the effort at the harvest. Preparation for growing corn: To grow the best corn, there needs to be some advance preparation. Think of corn as a big, fast-growing grass plant that needs a lot of nitrogen in the soil to develop its stalk, leaves and ears of corn. To help put nitrogen into the soil, plant a green cover crop in[…]

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Hugelkultur in nature

How and Why you must build a Hügelkultur bed in your garden.

  Do you want a system that reduces your need for constant watering and fertilizing your garden? One that allows you vegetables to grow their best in differing micro climates? This system exists and has been practiced in Europe for generations, and is now making its way into American gardening. “Hügelkultur” is a German word meaning “hill culture,” or “mound culture.” Basically, it is a raised planting bed created by layering wood and other compostable materials under a layer of soil, in which the seeds and seedlings are planted. Hügelkultur mimics the natural cycle of decomposition found on the forest[…]

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Permaculture in nature

How to Use Small-Scale Permaculture Design in the Garden

Permaculture is simplistically looking at gardening from nature’s larger perspective. Look at how nature does things, how everything fits together in a forest or grassland area. Then apply the operating principles you see on a smaller scale to your garden, or even to your landscaping. Permaculture Ethics and Principles The foundational ethics of permaculture are: Earth Care People Care Fair share These ethics lead to the 12 principles of permaculture: Observe and interact Catch and store energy Obtain a yield Apply self-regulation and accept feedback Use and value renewable resources and services Produce no waste Design from patterns to details[…]

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Successsion planting for a larger harvest

How to Double or Triple your Fall Harvest with Succession Planting

Imagine doubling or even tripling your garden harvest without enlarging your garden space. This can be done through succession planting. Succession planting is a way to grow many vegetables, without the disadvantage of having a lot of vegetables maturing all at one time. This is usually considered in the spring garden, and I will come back to it then. But succession planting, as I alluded to in an earlier post, can successfully be done in the fall garden. Remember, in the fall garden, we are working against a deadline of the first fall frost, when the garden, except for a[…]

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