Growing Your Own Halloween Pumpkins

Growing Your Own Halloween Pumpkins

Nothing says “Fall” like a Pumpkin patch! And if you want to grow your own pumpkins for Halloween, you’d better plant by early summer. Follow this guide for growing huge pumpkins to delight the neighborhood kids! Preparation and Planting: Pumpkins need a site with full sun and good drainage. They take a lot of space: about 200 square feet (20 feet by 10 feet of space) per each plant. You could plant pumpkin after some other early crop has matured, or let the pumpkins take over the summer garden when the spring crops are harvested. Be cautious, as the tendrils[…]

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Tips for Growing the Greatest Okra

Tips for Growing the Greatest Okra

Okra is a hot season crop that grows best in the hot and humid Texas Zone 9 summers. When other plants are wilting or going to seed, Okra is just getting started, and will go strong into the fall months. * 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.[…]

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Tips for Growing Bell Peppers

Tips for Growing Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers are another easy to grow garden crop. Growing Bell Peppers is like growing Tomatoes and Potatoes, in that their growing requirements are similar. Bell Peppers are the second most grown vegetable, behind tomatoes. They come in many sizes, types and heat ranges, to suit any person’s taste. We mainly grow the large green bell peppers for adding into many recipes. * 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[…]

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Growing Eggplant in Texas Zone 9

Growing Eggplant in Texas Zone 9

Eggplants are in the same family as Peppers, Potatoes and Tomatoes. Since they are similar, they share the same growing conditions. If you know how to grow those crops, you can grow beautiful, delicious Eggplants also. But here are some tips if you are not familiar with growing Eggplants: * 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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Gardening in March

The Planting Guide for Gardening in March

March is finally here, and the 15th is the last average frost date in Zone 9! That means gardening in March can begin in earnest! You can now start planting seeds in the ground, instead of indoors under grow lights. * 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. Transplants Whatever you have still growing indoors[…]

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2017 March Garden

State of the March Garden

My 2017 March garden is different than any one I have done before. This year, I am working with plant families and planning on crop rotation in future years. Last year, I learned about companion plants and beneficial insects. This year in the March garden I will put my knowledge into practice. The Garden Layout This year’s garden layout is similar to last year‘s, in that I have small plots dedicated to certain crops. It is different in that I have planned for better water retention, and better use of vertical spaces. This is the plot plan for my 2017[…]

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