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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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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Planning the 2017 Gardening Year

Planning the 2017 Gardening Year

Now is the time to get down to business in the garden. We’ve done all the groundwork on getting the garden ready, now we will concentrate on getting seeds into the ground. When to Plant: Get a monthly calendar. Mark the last frost date in the spring (In Zone 9, that is around March 15th) and first frost date in fall (in Zone 9, November 15th). Count back from the first frost date by weeks. Check your seed packages. Some will say ‘plant indoors X weeks before last frost.’ Plant those on the indicated time frame. Some will say ‘plant[…]

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Planning and Planting Your Spring Garden

How to Get a Jump on Your Spring Garden Planning and Planting

It is not too early to start your spring garden planning and planting. I know this is the end of December and beginning of January. But in Zone 9, with year-round gardening, vegetables are still growing from the fall garden, and crops can be readied for spring planting in a few weeks. Pros and Cons of early spring planting Early spring planting has its advantages: * Many cool-weather crops are able to stand a frost or light freeze that would kill other seedlings. * Early spring plantings avoid insect pests that come out later in the spring. You can begin[…]

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