Beyond The 10

Jannie Vaught As we plan and design our soon to be spring gardens why not think and plan for some new and varied plants to try. When we step into the average grocery store there are approximately 10 vegetables that are almost always available. For some larger grocery or specialty stores, you can purchase a…

Butterfly The Canary In The Coal Mine

By Jannie Vaught The National Butterfly Center in Mission Texas is a 100-acre wildlife center and native species botanical garden dedicated to the conservation and study of butterflies. Since many butterfly plants support bees also. Take a moment and go to their web site. www. nationalbutterflycenter.org. for all the latest and up to date information…

It is Onion And Leek Time!

By Jannie Vaught Yes, if you find your gardening duties are slow now it just got busy. The onion starts are in the feed stores. Here in central Texas, it is Short Day onions that do best (11 to 12 hour day lengths). Here are some that grow well here. Yellow: Chula Vista, Cougar, Jaguar,…

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…

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…