Summer Has Arrived With All The Fun Of This Season

By Jannie Vaugh Time for vacation, family meals and gatherings and of course the gardens are in full production. Tomatoes, Peppers and basil to name a few. The corn is tasseled and the pollen is falling on the silk it won’t be long for corn harvest. During this heat-soaked busy time it is where you…

June Veggies To Plant With Seeds

By Jannie Vaught Here we go: Cantaloup, Warm Greens, Okra, Peas Southern, Pumpkin, also if the vine borers got your squash, re-plant at the end of June first of July. Things to transplant Sweet potato slips. Flowers for this month. Mexican heather, Marigold, Flowering balsam, Lantana. Impatience, Nicotina, Periwinkle, Verbina, Hamelia, Begonia, Salvia, Purslane, Zinnias,…

The Drought and Heat

By Jannie Vaught The heavy drought and extreme heat have all but finished the tomatoes! But, with daily watering and when I see them in this extremely stressed condition. It appears that they are showing me they are in need of this sooner. If you grow Heritage tomatoes Indeterminant variety they will continue to produce…

Cover Crops

By Jannie Vaught, Lets have a closer look at when, why and what to plant. Definition: A cover crop is a crop of a specific plant that is grown primarily for the benefit of soil other than crop yield. Cover crops are primarily used to suppress weeds, manage soil erosion, help build soil fertility and…

July In The Garden

  By; Jannie Vaught Well here we are almost at the end of a hot July!  What to do in the garden? Sow seeds: Amaranth, Black eye peas, Corn, Cucumbers, New Zealand spinach, Okra, Pumpkin, Squash (winter and summer). Fruit: Cantaloupe and Watermelon. Herbs: Anise, Basil, Bay Laurel, Catnip, Cumin, Horehound, Lavender, Oregano, Perilla, Rosemary,…

Summer Is Fully Here

By Jannie Vaught All the ups and downs of the season have made for a very off the chart growing season. I do use growing guides for zone 8a and some of the days to ripen are either early or still hanging on for that bright sunshine to build their sugars and turn that lovely…

Happy Summer

By Jannie Vaught With this season arrives all the issues of heat, bugs, and water. Let’s remember some basics, if possible cover tender plants with shade cloth or ahead of time plant where it has a little shade from larger plants or a tree, Water consistently and check soil by digging a little hole to…

For Many Of Us, The Heat Is On

By Jannie Vaught  So suddenly that it caught many of us off guard. When the intense sun and heat bears down on tender leaves you get what looks like a blow torch has scorched them. I went out the next morning and was suddenly snapped into the reality that yes it’s Hot! I trimmed the…

The Uninspired Garden

By Jannie Vaught Just when your garden is struggling and your enthusiasm is at an all-time low, something or someone steps into your path and shares with you something that sets that spark a light. This happened this Saturday at our LLano farmers market. Elizabeth Mcmahon “Beth” horticulture county extension agent for Gilespie county, regularly…

A Gardens Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

By Jannie Vaught There is a saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and never is it truer than in natures garden. Some like ordered rows and clear lines of plants and some prefer natures tumble of flowers native grasses and low growing ground cover. And some of us like a little of…

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…

Cucumbers The Mighty Vegetable

  By: Jannie Vaught The first day of summer arrived with a bang! The storm was a hit and run. We had been out doing the weekly mow–ugh– and rushed inside to get cover. Welcome summer. This may be the beginning of another interesting season. This week cucumbers seem to be the topic. This is the…

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 ,…