Cover Crops

By Jannie Vaught, Lets have a closer look at when, why and what to plant. Definition: A cover crop is a crop of a specific plant that is grown primarily for the benefit of soil other than crop yield. Cover crops are primarily used to suppress weeds, manage soil erosion, help build soil fertility and…

Starting On The Fall Season Garden

  By Jannie Vaught Yes, it is July and a stormy one at that with high wind and cloudy skies that are turning our spring summer gardens into a mess! But after the downed limbs are removed and the tomatoes righted were are in a good place to prepare for the fall garden. The rotation…

Summer Is Fully Here

By Jannie Vaught All the ups and downs of the season have made for a very off the chart growing season. I do use growing guides for zone 8a and some of the days to ripen are either early or still hanging on for that bright sunshine to build their sugars and turn that lovely…

Happy Summer

By Jannie Vaught With this season arrives all the issues of heat, bugs, and water. Let’s remember some basics, if possible cover tender plants with shade cloth or ahead of time plant where it has a little shade from larger plants or a tree, Water consistently and check soil by digging a little hole to…

Another Great Day In The Garden

By Jannie Vaught After the devastating storms, the cleanup and restorative care have begun.  We as gardeners lost gardens, trees and a full seasons work. But nature is resilient and through the cleanup, there were survivors. Plumbs that stayed on the trees, corn that was still good even though it was blown over and yes,…

Trimming Back What The Frost Got

By Jannie Vaught So many gardens were severely frost bitten, or should I say froze to death, that my message box became full in one day! What do I do and will it survive? If any tender vegetables were out it probably will not be a good producer if it survives. Even my hardy winter…

This Is The Time Of Year We Look Forward To

Jannie Vaught Most of the stone fruit trees are budding and many in flower. The Blue Bonnets are showing with their bright blue sparkles. I didn’t realize how color hungry I had become, then the first flowers and the Bonnets show and I think I’ve been living in black and white. I have 2 subjects…

Onions, The Fruit Of The Gods It Is Said

By Jannie Vaught For this gardener, it is the first to plant in January through February and the reason we prepared our soil and it is now ready to receive the starts. Your Local Feed stores have them in now. For our growing area, they are Short Day onions. LLano Feed and Supply in LLano…