Roots, My Favorite Vegetable To Grow

  By Jannie Vaught Yams, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, carrot, yucca, kohlrabi, onion. garlic, celery root (celeriac), horseradish, daikon, turmeric, jicama, Jerusalem artichoke, radish, ginger are all considered roots. Because root vegetables grow underground they absorb a great number of nutrients. Botany distinguishes true roots such as (tap root and tuberous roots) from non- food…

The Uninspired Garden

By Jannie Vaught Just when your garden is struggling and your enthusiasm is at an all-time low, something or someone steps into your path and shares with you something that sets that spark a light. This happened this Saturday at our LLano farmers market. Elizabeth Mcmahon “Beth” horticulture county extension agent for Gilespie county, regularly…

A Gardens Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

By Jannie Vaught There is a saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and never is it truer than in natures garden. Some like ordered rows and clear lines of plants and some prefer natures tumble of flowers native grasses and low growing ground cover. And some of us like a little of…

Lettuce Talk About The Multitasking Plant, Lettuce

  By: Jannie Vaught It is an annual plant in the Daisy family Asteraceae. Grown for its leaves and sometimes seeds and stems. According to the USDA, Americans eat about 33 pounds each per year. For many years iceberg was the favorite at the dinner table, but has declined in favor of Romain and Green…

How Long Does It Take To Grow Tomatoes?

By Jannie Vaught This is the big question most gardeners get, and it is simply the fact that after the winter and a slow spring we are hungry for a homegrown tomato. Here are some numbers, and they also can vary due to soil temperatures and when they were planted in the garden. After you…

Watermelon, A Treat For Long Days

By: Jannie Vaught With the garden fully planted and the job of setting watering systems and repairing sprinklers the only thought in my mind as I plant and dig is “Watermelon.” Citrullus lanatus is a scrambling and trailing vine in the flowering plant family Cucurbitaceae. The species long thought to originate in South Africa. Although…

From The Remarkable Plants of Texas

  By: Jannie Vaught   As this gardener wanders through the extensive history and availability of the many native plants of Texas, I find some interesting and thought provoking plants. In my list of “Things that make you go hum.” The Common Persimmon is one. Not to be confused with the Texas Persimmon, The little black…