For This gardener It Is A Hurry Up And Wait Month

Jannie Vaught

With really wanting to get all my garden plots tilled, fed and ready to go. Onions are in and now potatoes are in the ready. The table and grow lights are going up this week, the soil is sterilized and the trays are cleaned. Get out the seeds and the garden planner and let the seeding begin. For this gardener, it’s a task that fills me up with happy anticipation. But I seem to have narrowed it down as to what is being planted this season. This year Through the inspiration of a seed company Sow True Seed I have launched “Grow a Row for the Hungry”. You will be seeing more flyers and inspiration. It is a simple task. Plan and grow an extra row for those our neighbors who cant grow and are in need of Fresh grown vegetables and fruits. We are then expanding our community of friends, family, neighbors. Yes, we will sell at the farmers market and we will also give to those who are in need. As gardeners, we are a community of those who Care For the Earth, Care for the People and Care for the Future.

The Three Ethics of Permaculture (permanent agriculture). As you plan this garden for 2019, add a row for the hungry. For us here in LLano our LLano Library and Back to Basics education has helped me launch this. A big Thank You to Tommie Myers. And for anyone who feels a tug in their heart to Plant a Row I say go for it.

What better way to build a healthy community than to be a giving part. Onto a different subject, I have been studying our unique Central Texas Bioregion. We are in the Llano Uplift and the Edwards Plateau. Here are some definitions.

Llano Uplift, A-basin; in some places, it is 1000 feet below the level of the surrounding limestone escarpment. It gets its name from the granite mass that is exposed in the basin, granite that has been dated at billion years old. Upland soils are shallow, reddish brown, stony, sandy loams over granite. Characteristics rolling to hilly terrain, Enchanted Rock and other granite domes found here. Edwards Plateau and Llano uplift “Hill Country”. High flat land (plateau) eroded into hilly terrain. Many springs and seep canyons. Underground lakes in the Edwards Aquifer area. Caves, Average regional rainfall 15 to 34 inches. We live here in Llano county in growing zone 8a. Now we have some definitions of our Bioregion and we can start finding the native trees, brush, grasses and flowers and when we put this all together we have that “Aw HAaw” moment when we see the bigger picture of how this is working together.

Growing green with Jannie