The Whole Picture Of The Garden

By Jannie Vaught Our gardens are beginning to shape up! Our potatoes have been hilled for the first time, Compost and Phosphorus and Tomato Tone along with some Calcium Nitrate granules all measured and mixed into the compost, wheelbarrow going down the rows and placed at each plant and a handful between for the growing…

The Mid-Shoulder Season

By Jannie Vaught, Planting in mid -season or shoulder season, generally there are 2 garden seasons, but if your are a gardener in a warmer climate with less frost or deep freezing the shoulder or mid-season are very productive. We have annual and perennial plants in our gardens. And many of the annuals are actually…

July In The Garden

  By; Jannie Vaught Well here we are almost at the end of a hot July!  What to do in the garden? Sow seeds: Amaranth, Black eye peas, Corn, Cucumbers, New Zealand spinach, Okra, Pumpkin, Squash (winter and summer). Fruit: Cantaloupe and Watermelon. Herbs: Anise, Basil, Bay Laurel, Catnip, Cumin, Horehound, Lavender, Oregano, Perilla, Rosemary,…

The Topic For Today Is Kitchen Gardens

By Jannie Vaught Marion-Webster definition, a garden in which plants (such as vegetables or herbs) for use in the kitchen are cultivated. Location is an important subject. It is close to the kitchen door.  Some who like to figure measurements say 25 steps away. Or you walk past if from the car to the door.…

Butterflies Need More Than Flowers And Nectar

  By Jannie Vaught Let’s dive a little deeper on this subject. Habitat, his can be a wooded country site or an urban car park. This is determined by the food plant of the caterpillar and the nectar source of the butterfly. Some butterflies are happy with several food sources habitat and breeding areas while…

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…

Rain! A Respite From The Searing Heat

By: Jannie Vaught For this Gardner, it is a big Thank You! The heat did cause some heat issues and with consistent and deep watering most of the garden is still in production, although slowed down or gone off the rails with ripening. I got plums galore and my later ripening peaches have slowed a…

Its All About The Natives

  By: Jannie Vaught As the spring season lengthens and we press on into Summer, this is my intention. Learn more about Texas Native Plants and the big one for this gardener is grasses. The What are they, where are they and are they a help or a problem. As with all big topics, let’s…

As We See Our Garden Growing

By Jannie Vaught   The flowers turning into fruit and vegetables, we will also notice the potential for improvement to next years garden! First, we need to know and understand what we have under our feet. Here is a super easy way to do a home soil texture test for clay, sand, and silt. In…

The Days Of Spring Are filled With Work and Wonder

By Jannie Vaugh Wonder and beauty for all the flowers and garden plants breaking into the sun and the next wonder. I wonder what the wacky weather is going to do now! First, let’s take a look at the Native flowers and grasses that are blooming. For a good reference online go to uswildflowers.com Texas.…

The Winter Chill

weather   By: Jannie Vaught Can you say Burrr? I can and it has taken a large toll on the garden and the creatures that inhabit it. Even my artichokes are looking like they are surrendering to the frozen effect  of winters domain. I have done chop and drop, a simple cut down and leave in…

An Easy Way to Grow Potatoes

By: Jannie Vaught How many ways are there to plant potatoes? Well about as many as you can imagine? Today we will cover planting in barrels, pot’s and bags. For someone with limited space growing potato’s for a few summer meals is possible. First decide the variety you want to grow. Then the way you want…

Knowing When to Feed

  By:Jannie Vaught Late June and we are in full Garden production. We have had some challenges and issues due to the heavy storms and with all that said. What a Beautiful Garden Year! Just a reminder to stay on task with feeding protocols. If your plants are looking tired, they probably are. It takes…

Gardening In A Humid Wet Spring

By: Jannie Vaught June has come in with a lot of growth and heat! The tempature and sun are giving us a really interesting end of spring. With the record breaking amount of storms and flooding rain the result for many gardners are leggy plants. Small or muchy onions and endless pests. This is definitely…

After The Storms

By: Jannie Vaught After all the rain storms, flooding loss and grief, the clean up continues. Now the beautiful abundance has turned into a problem. After moving, weed whacking, pulling weeds, and hauling into a large pile of limbs there is still too much! So today I decided to focus on the raised beds. The grass…

Learning New Ways to Help Natives Plants To Thrive

  By: Jannie Vaught A few Saturdays ago in the afternoon I had the opportunity to sit in on the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas at the Marble Falls Library. The speaker was Hans Landel, Ph.D . Current Interim Invasive Species coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. First of all the…

Garlic, The Easiest Plant To Grow

  By: Jannie Vaught Last fall I wrote about how to plant and grow garlic. One of the easiest crops to grow. Now this week end I harvested my first 2 beds of Chinese pink and by following the organic growing recommendation this is by far the best ever! Big Garlic with long roots and lovely…

Next Season’s Planting

  By: Jannie Vaught This weekend was spent inside planning and plotting next seasons garden plans and as my rain water barrels overflowed,  I was quietly happy. This means more water on the garden a little hail damage but the moisture was worth the concern. Now with this big storm and all the great available nitrogen…