6 things to do in the June garden

6 Things You Must Do in the June Garden

June is an “in-between” month in Texas gardens. The spring garden is about done producing, and the summer garden has been planted and growing. But it is not a time to slack off and become less vigilant. Rather, there are six things you should continue to do in the June garden and through the summer . * 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[…]

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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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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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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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February Garden - Under construction

The February Garden – Under Construction

The February garden in Zone 9 is under construction, in transition from winter to spring. Many crops are still to be planted, but some others are already in the ground and growing. The last frost free date is still ahead in March, so February gardening is about frost-tolerant vegetables. * 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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10 Tips for a More Productive Garden

10 Tips for a More Productive Garden

10 tips for a more productive garden I recently ran across a video I would like to share with you. Although it was filmed in England, the 10 tips it offers are just as applicable to a productive Zone 9 garden. The 10 points made in the film are: 1) Build up your soil over the winter. Adding compost during the winter will allow it to age and allow worms and microbes to break it down so your spring plants can use it easily. It is not a good idea to put compost out just before you plant, because the[…]

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