6 tips to get an early crop of Snow Peas

Delicious Snow peas are one crop that can be started early in the year. But they have a short growing window, and must be planted before most other crops. This guide details the process to prepare, plant and harvest an early crop of snow peas. Be the envy of your gardening friends when you showcase a plate of early spring snow peas. 1. Soil Preparation: Pick a part of the garden that has full to partial sun to grow your peas. Make sure the soil is well-drained and loose. Peas need a trellis to grow on, so put them on[…]

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How to Grow Cowpeas in Texas

How to Grow Cowpeas in Texas

Have you tried to grow Cowpeas? What are Cowpeas? Black-Eyed Peas are just one variety of Cowpea. Southern Peas, Crowder Peas, or Field Peas are other types. Different types of Cowpeas have different looks, tastes and textures. Grow Cowpeas by following this guide, and you can expand your repertore of delicious bean and pea dishes by experimenting with different varieties and 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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8 Tips for Growing a Great Okra Crop

8 Tips for Growing a Great Okra Crop

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. Here are 8 tips for growing a great Okra 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 as single moms and dads, and single[…]

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The June Garden Walk-through

* 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. I have a plot plan if you want to follow along as we walk through the garden. The first four 4×4 foot plots are for herbs. In Plot 1, the Stevia is growing well, it is about 24″ tall now.[…]

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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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The Zone 9 April Planting Guide

April is here!  Time to get the garden in full swing! If you are unsure of what to plant and when, you can use this handy infographic to remind you. Since gardening in Texas Zone 9 can be done year-round, you will need a monthly guide detailing what plants are ready to plant each month. You can plant hot-season crops in the summer, cool-season crops in the fall, and overwintering crops as the frost approaches. No longer does your garden need to be a plant-once-and harvest happening–you can plant and harvest year-round with these helpful guides. To get these guides[…]

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