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…

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 First Day Of Winter Is Here

By Jannie Vaught  As this gardener walks the outside it sure feels like the arrival has been early. Yes, it is cold and as many of you already know the seed catalogs are arriving. So it begins. The planning and selection. First, we get that excited exhilaration of the new items and the great pictures.…

Two Very Different Plants

By Jannie Vaught Cowpen Daisy and These are two of the many items on my list of learning more about. Went to Texas A&M Uvalde extension online. Cowpen Daisy, aka, Golden crown-beard, Family: Asteraceae. Annual, Origin: Native. Season: Warm. Cowpen Daisy can be found in various disturbed soils of the Edwards Plateau And the South…

Leaving the Leaves

  By Jannie Vaught, If anyone is paying attention and you noticed a difference in the cold temperatures that have arrived, then you are like me scrambling for the door to bring in houseplants, dig and re-pot herbs and tender plants that you want to keep and in general covering your outside faucets and pipes.…

Have You Noticed The Crape Myrtles Are Blooming?

By Jannie Vaught Lagerstroemia! Commonly known as crape myrtle or crepe myrtle. Is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees. From the Indian subcontinent. And they grow excellent here in the South. Known for their beautiful summer flowers and mottled peeling bark. All species are woody in nature, they…

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…

The Heat Is On!

By: Jannie Vaught   When the temperatures soar to 101 and above the possibility of garden plant loss is high! It takes a dedicated garden nerd to be up with the sunrise and start watering and putting up shade cloth. With the intense sunshine the plants wilt in a hurry and if they what I…

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…

Early Summer Check List

By: Jannie Vaught This morning I ventured into the garden for the first time in two day’s, due to heavy storms. Believe me I was so thrilled at what met me at the gate. Everything is proceeding abundantly now we just need some sun to get the ripening process going! I have plumbs to pick ,…

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…

How About A Conversation About Energy Cleansing

By: Jannie Vaught Smudging , Clearing negative energy Limpias are some of the names this is called. But the intention is all the same. Clear the stuffy negative feeling out to the great beyond so it can compost. Yes all of the energy’s have a cycle in nature. When I am in my garden I never…

Just A Reminder

By: Jannie Vaught The weather is great for gardening now. Warm day’s with cool nights and possible rain! It can’t get any better. Outside the neighborhood was out digging and mowing and planting. Then the reminder came in that I gave myself last year at this time. Don’t plant to soon! Last year the excitement…

Planting In Spring For Fall

By: Jannie Vaught Gardening is always 2 seasons ahead. We need to think 2 seasons ahead to be in a natural flow of plants and their seasons. Lets think about perennial wildflowers. These can thrive in a broad range of environments. Some of these will bloom the first year. all others will root and develop over…