April Is Full Of Surprises

By Jannie Vaught One day we are running the cooler and in a few days a cold front is dipping into our region and we are back with the heater on. What does this mean for the new plants in the garden? Plants at 39 degrees can feel the chill and will need a cover…

April In The Garden

By Jannie Vaught It is planting time; we had a little cold snap on Easter, but the night temperatures weren’t to the frost. I planted the biggest Tomato starts last weekend, the smaller cherry variety got a promotion to bigger pots until next week and some went into 5 gallon and larger tubs, buckets with…

Wishing You A Wonderful Season Of Spring

If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There are always flowers of hope all around us to reminding us…

Planting By The Signs

By Jannie Vaught This is a practice my Farming Gardening Grandparents did. My Grandfather was also a water dowser using a fresh willow branch that had a Y. He had me walking all over the garden with that branch until it finally went down on its own. And that was a big moment for me.…

Using Epson Salt In The Garden-Myth or Miracle

By Jannie Vaught Don’t let the name scare you this is not table salt which will render soil unusable for years unknown. This is magnesium-sulfate, a micronutrient that plants need to grow stay green and thrive. For pennies on the dollar. There are 2 types. The one you buy at the drug store or an…

Seed Starting Time

By Jannie Vaught What Are the essentials needed for starting seeds indoors? They need a good starting mix, heat, light, and Moisture!!! So you have your table up and ready. Your lights are hung above the table and you have your starting cell trays with bottoms trays that are new or clean and a bottom…

Spring Is On The Way

By Jannie Vaught The early young grasses are showing and the first Bee feeding blossoms the Dandelion are beginning to show. We in central Texas are in Grow Zone 8a with the last frost around mid-march. But my itch to get outside is seriously getting more bothersome by the day. I have learned the lesson…

Spring Is Always A Tumultuous Time For The Garden

. By Jannie Vaught Potatoes and onions have been in, all the favorite tomatoes and peppers are showing flowers and even some fruiting. Then a strong wind comes and whirls it around. Every year there is something to repair. Amongst social distancing and face masks and hand sanitizer, the majority of my day is spent…

Count Down To Spring Has Begun In Earnest

By Jannie Vaught As with all season transitions, it is always tumultuous. That’s a nice word for Stormy! Just when we get the tiller and digging tools ready it comes to a storm, but as a generational farmer and now a gardener it just seems normal. Rush get ready, now wait. And in the waiting…

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…

Natures Celebration of Spring

  By: Jannie Vaught Every spring the wait for the first Blue Bonnet to show is a day for happy celebration! Happy Celebration Everyone their here!! This is the show of natures beauty we have been waiting through all this dreary dark winter. We have a bunch on the corner of our car port and…