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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…