Your Quick Guide to Growing Watermelons

Your Quick Guide to Growing Watermelons

  Growing Watermelons is another great summer crop in Texas! Watermelons can be grown in large or small spaces, in long growing seasons or short. The ones that take a larger space are sprawling varieties, such as Sugar Baby or Yellow Doll. The melons with smaller space requirements are bush varieties, such as Garden Baby Hybrid or Bush Jubilee. These I’ve mentioned produce fruit in 65-70 days. Examples of the long-season varieties are Cobb Gem, Rattlesnake or Charleston. These melons are larger, and take longer to mature, about 85-100 days. Melons do well in Texas Zone 9, with its high[…]

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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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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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Things to do to prepare the January garden

Things to Do to Prepare the January Garden

For Zone 9 gardeners, now is the time to prepare the January garden. Time to get everything ready for spring. There are things you can do in the garden when it is warm, and things you can do indoors when it is cold like it is today (32 degrees at 10:30 in the morning here). Planning next year’s garden: Look back over your garden notes for things to improve or change. Are there areas of standing water to fill in, or areas that need improved drainage? Can you grow water-loving plants there? Were there areas in your garden that were[…]

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State of the January garden

State of the January Garden

There doesn’t seem to be much growing in the January garden. No surprise there. This is the first year I’ve tried a fall garden, so I didn’t have much of an idea of what to plant. Beginning the walk through with the herb garden, the only thing in bed 1 is the scraggly mint plant with its ant bed, and a full plot of oregano. I’m planning on getting some Mint cuttings from the plant, then get rid of the ant bed in that spot. The Mint should grow readily from the cuttings. Mint is invasive, spreading from runners. I[…]

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Planning your 2017 Garden, part 3 - What type of garden to plant?

Planning Your 2017 Garden, Part 3 – the Pros and Cons of 4 Garden Types

What type of garden? A garden is a garden, you say. Yes, but there are all types of gardens. Here I will list four common garden types and some pros and cons of each to aid you in your garden planning. Container Garden A container garden is ideal for gardeners that can only devote small spaces to gardening. Balconies of apartments, or townhomes with limited backyards come to mind. Someone with no garden space, but a large patio might use container gardening. In container gardening, plants are grown in containers of various sizes, depending on the root structure of the[…]

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