Lettuce Varieties

The Battle in the Garden

There is a battle going on underneath the calm exterior of your garden. In the air, on the plants and underground, a silent war is raging. There are allies and there are enemies, and there are neutral parties that are friendly to one side or the other. This is the world of companion planting. Most gardeners think of companion plants as those that help each other out, such as Eggplant and Peppers. However, there are also plants that should not be planted together, because they inhibit each others growth. Examples of these types of plants are garlic and beans or[…]

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My September garden

State of the Garden, September 2016

This is a monthly update on my garden, as of September, 2016. For a garden layout to follow along, see my previous post. As I walk through the garden, in my first herb bed the Salvia is blooming, but also seems to be drying out.  It grows upright when young, but then lays down on the ground, taking up about a 24″ square space, and about 24″ tall. The Mint is beginning to turn woody. It has an ant bed under it–I guess it is a falsehood that mint repels ants. The Oregano is spreading out; it now covers another 24″[…]

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2016 garden plot plan

A Tour of My Garden

Like I said before, my garden is about 900 square feet, or 28 feet by 33 feet. It didn’t start out that way, so don’t let that scare you.  I started in the early 1990’s with a 5 foot by 8 foot space on the north side of my house.  It grew larger each year, and when we moved to my current 1 acre homestead, I staked out the 30×30 foot area. Even then, I only cultivated less than half that space in the beginning, and changed the layout from year to year. Your garden can be whatever size suits you,[…]

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Green Bell Peppers

About the Zone 9 Gardener Blog

The Zone 9 Gardener is about gardening in hot and humid Texas Zone 9.      There are lots of blogs and gardening websites, but many of them do not relate to this area. Either they start the planting season too late, or give up on gardening too early; gardening in south Texas can be a year-round effort.      This blog will focus specifically on Zone 9 and year-round gardening. Since I actively cultivate a 900 square-foot garden, I have the experience to tell you when to plant what, and how to care for your plantings so that you get the[…]

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