Stacking Functions In The Permaculture Garden Homestead

By Jannie Vaught What is the definition of permaculture? Originally the word “Permaculture” was the combination of two words “permanent and “agriculture”. Two Australian men named Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term in the 1970’s. It is an agriculture philosophy that allows us to use the resources that we have around us to the fullest potential. The principles of permaculture are. Observe and … Continue reading Stacking Functions In The Permaculture Garden Homestead

We Are Moving Into That Summer Season Of Gulf Storms And Intense Heat

By Jannie Vaught A real roller coaster ride for those who garden. One day you’re in a cloudy sky with tolerable humidity and garden tending is moving along. Then it so hot you’re out very early with the soaker hoses going and hand watering the fruit trees so they can finish their fruit cycle. I am not a climatologist, just a very dedicated weather observer. … Continue reading We Are Moving Into That Summer Season Of Gulf Storms And Intense Heat

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 will see the impact of watering and intense sun. Consistent … Continue reading Summer Has Arrived With All The Fun Of This Season

This Year The First Day of Summer Came On Sunday, June 20

By Jannie Vaught With all the very stormy Spring we are having and all the up and down temperatures I am looking forward to Summer. We need sunshine to ripen the tomatoes and kick start the lagging flowering. It is just an unusual weather year. This week I would like to bring up some issues I am having this season with insects. Cabbage moths and … Continue reading This Year The First Day of Summer Came On Sunday, June 20

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, Petunias, Pentas, Gomphrena, Cosmos, Cleome, Coreopsis, Dusty Miller, Coleus, Aster, … Continue reading June Veggies To Plant With Seeds

With More Spring Showers Again The Gardening Learning Curve Is Underway

By Jannie Vaught Not being used to such a wet season after the debilitating freeze there are new chapters of observation and working with nature. At this time of year, I begin seed saving from the winter lettuce. These plants stood through the freeze and I did a little trial and covered a portion with frost cloth and some I left open to the weather. … Continue reading With More Spring Showers Again The Gardening Learning Curve Is Underway

This Spring Has Been Challenging And At The Same Time Abundant

By Jannie Vaught Although the gardens are slower than normal the fruit and nuts trees are hanging full. And when the sunshine breaks through the cloud cover it will be a garden extravaganza! I am referring to this season as my adapting to the weather experience. Every day is a new learning column in my personal book of how to garden. I would like to … Continue reading This Spring Has Been Challenging And At The Same Time Abundant

A Large Part Of Growing Food Is In Preserving Your Crops

By Jannie Vaught From Fruit to Vegetables the lasting result is a pantry full of healthy preserved food. About this time of the growing season, I am taking stock of what I am going to need in a few months. My preserving methods are easy. I can tomatoes and all the stone fruit according to the USDA food safety and use the Blue Ball canning … Continue reading A Large Part Of Growing Food Is In Preserving Your Crops

Growing Food As Medicine

By Jannie Vaught “Let food be your medicine let medicine be your food” A famous quote that has stood the test of time by the Greek physician Hippocrates. Regenerative agriculture has many layers of the health of the soil, and the learning just keeps going. A book to have in your gardening library is “From Dirt to Soil, One family’s journey into regenerative agriculture “by … Continue reading Growing Food As Medicine

What To Plant In April

By Jannie Vaugh Beans, snap, and lima. Cantaloupe, Swiss Chard, Collards seeds or transplants, cucumber, eggplant, greens cool season, Okra first of April, mustard to end of March, April peas English and snap through July, peas southern now through the end of May. Peppers transplants now through May, Sweet potato slips now through the end of June. Summer squash now to the second week of … Continue reading What To Plant In April

It’s officially Spring And There Is A Large Interest In Gardening

By Jannie Vaught With the past year of empty shelves and higher prices for just about everything. Many are returning to the “Victory Garden”. With this has come shortages of seeds, transplants, and the products needed to start seeds under lights. Seedling trays, Grow lights, and even seed and potting soil. Some are purchasing large amounts of bulk seeds for storage. When you purchase and … Continue reading It’s officially Spring And There Is A Large Interest In Gardening

For Many Of Us The Freeze Clean-Up Is Still Underway

By Jannie Vaught After many loads of frozen cacti, century plants, and tree damage trimmings it appears to be almost at a finish. I need some time for the garden. But this brings me to a question so many of us have. After the freeze with freeze broken pipes, pumps and wells frozen and for many the loss of electric power, how can we prepare … Continue reading For Many Of Us The Freeze Clean-Up Is Still Underway