Snow And This And That

By Jannie Vaught A few of this and that, soil carbon indicators, minerals, and planting dates for zone 8A. We have had snow! Now that is a date to remember! With this comes questions about soil, planting times, and when to keep a weather eye out. Let’s look at soil organic matter in the soil.…

Using What We Have At Hand For Our Gardens

By Jannie Vaught Preparation is simply improving fertility in our garden soil. There are tests you can have done, check the Ph. and look closely at the soil for how much clay, sand, and silt. Place a good deep amount of soil in a glass jar filled with water shake and let it settle. You…

A Blessed Fall From The Drought Ridden Summer

By Jannie Vaught This season of fall is turning out to a blessed relief from the drought-ridden summer, and the fall garden is possible the best time to grow in growing zone 8a. As we now have had substantial rain and humidity to revive our native grasses and flower bulbs my fall garden is now…

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 Year of Soil

By: Jannie  Vaught 2015 is the International Year of Soil If you eat and live on planet earth you know without soil, good soil we will cease to do either eat or live. The United Nations has declared it the year of soil, but do we really need the U.N. to tell us to take care…

Planting The Fall Garden

  By Jannie Vaught     Just so you know the first estimated frost date for our county is Nov. 13. Last frost date is March 18. This is an estimate since our weather seems to be changing daily.   For Thanksgiving spinach try this: Spinach has a 6 week duration from seed to plate.…