Using The Luna Calendar For Gardeners

By Jannie Vaught For those of us who use a Moon Calendar to garden, January’s new moon will be January 21, 3:55 p.m. Using the Luna Calendar for gardeners. Gardening in harmony with the moon’s phases has been practiced for thousands of years. Farmers determined the best times to plant and harvest their crops. The gravitational pull of the moon affects the ocean tides, and … Continue reading Using The Luna Calendar For Gardeners

Onions Are Here!

By Jannie Vaught At LLano Feed and Supply, onion starts have arrived, The varieties are 1015Y, Yellow Granex, Texas Legend, Sweet Red, White Granex, and White Bermuda. Josh Rhode called to let us know and Hopefully, Leeks will arrive with the next shipment. I have covered the 1015Y in previous columns, Let’s look at the others. The Yellow Granex was developed in Carrizo Texas by … Continue reading Onions Are Here!

In Preparation Of The Freeze

By Jannie Vaught We received a freeze and knowing it was headed our way many of us began the preparation. Even though water pipes were wrapped some had broken pipes inside and outside. And it happened on Christmas there were no stores open. When we are preparing for freezing temperatures it would do us well to have in our preparations items for repair. Needing a … Continue reading In Preparation Of The Freeze

In times Of Changing Weather Patterns

By Jannie Vaught For this gardener, the word is Resilience, the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Indeed that is a quality everyone could bring. This includes our homes, livestock, pets, home power, and automobiles. This list is ever-changing. One thing is for sure. Our parents and grandparents had the ability to dig deep, recover from unknown problems and be better. … Continue reading In times Of Changing Weather Patterns

Questions About Seeds And Germination

By Jannie Vaught There have been some questions coming up about seeds and germination. People thinking the seeds they purchased are not viable. Germination, the sprouting of a seed, spore, or other reproductive body, usually after a period of dormancy. The absorption of water, the passage of time, chilling, warming, oxygen availability and light exposure may all operate in initiating the process. Britannica definition. When … Continue reading Questions About Seeds And Germination

How High Day And Nighttime Temperatures Affect Tomatoes

By Jannie Vaught Using the tomato due to its popularity and my personal keystone plant to evaluate the garden’s condition. Will extreme heat kill my tomatoes? Maybe not. Will heat especially nighttime temperature affect fruit set? Yes. Heat consistently above 90 and nights above 70 will greatly reduce the plant’s ability to flower and pollinate. There is a critical time when the first tomato flowers … Continue reading How High Day And Nighttime Temperatures Affect Tomatoes

The First Day Of Summer Is Almost Here

By Jannie Vaught But the high temperatures we are having feel like it has already arrived. How is the “First” day of summer determined? The timing of the June solstice is not determined by a specific calendar date, but by when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the celestial equator. Therefore, the solstice won’t always occur on the same day. This year 2022 the … Continue reading The First Day Of Summer Is Almost Here

Many Gardeners Grow Herbs

By Jannie Vaught It is either in a specific herb garden or right along with all the vegetables. We often think of basil, chamomile, fennel, catnip, coriander, lavender, mint, summer savory, marjoram, tarragon, oregano, chervil, lovage, parsley, dill, lemongrass, verbena, rosemary, bay, melissa, hyssop, thyme, and the wide variety of sage. Sage is our simple, beautiful, and delicious cultivar today. Salvia Officinalis is one of … Continue reading Many Gardeners Grow Herbs

Our Dry Soil

By Jannie Vaught Our dry soil finally received some much-needed rain which did liven up the gardens, again the heat is on the way and back to the controlled watering. Something I use for dry heat times is growing in semi-shade and full shade. Here are some plants that will thrive in semi-shade. Basil, Cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, eggplant (will be smaller), and … Continue reading Our Dry Soil

Were Are In The Middle Of Spring And “Blooming” Is The Word Of The Day

By Jannie Vaugh The pollen is drifting through the air, we had a wind storm and rain which nourished the gardens causing some damage lower to the ground but some older trees had a natural pruning. As with all spring projects I am behind on everything. The tomatoes need attending and the feeding schedule is a bit off, but “slow and steady gets the job … Continue reading Were Are In The Middle Of Spring And “Blooming” Is The Word Of The Day

The Pecan Is the Texas State Tree And Is Native To 150 Counties

Agri Life Extension, Home Fruit Production-Pecans This reliable source will give you everything needed to grow this magnificent tree. Soil and site requirements, purchasing. Bare root, container and large transplanting. Varieties and a good chart that shows which variety does best in certain areas of Texas. Pollination, early pollen shedding and late shedding varieties. Planting, spacing and training. Pruning mature trees “No Topping!” Fertilization for … Continue reading The Pecan Is the Texas State Tree And Is Native To 150 Counties

Understanding Seed Packets

By Jannie Vaught Pretty pictures with growing information. The pictures are often photos of the “Best” fully-grown vegetable. And when the one you planted didn’t look like that picture you are wondering what happened? Let’s start out with Your growing zone. Most packets will have a small picture of North America with colors going across from top to bottom. Find where you live and there … Continue reading Understanding Seed Packets

It’s Been A Very Interesting Wild Ride With In The Garden

By Jannie Vaught The big question is “When can I plant?” It appears that the old adage of” Wait till Easter to plant the cold-sensitive plants.” might be right !! I even heard a woman who picked up a plant at the local grocery and returned it to its tray, she said I’m waiting till after Easter! With the High Winds we have been having … Continue reading It’s Been A Very Interesting Wild Ride With In The Garden

The Faith of The Humble Mustard Seed

Jannie Vaught Seeds for this gardener have very personal meanings. As a seed grower and a seed saver, I am constantly looking close at many varieties of seeds. And I have a great fondness for seeds that are very tiny. It seems that these tiny bundles of potential hold a big productive plant, producing large tubers or leaves. As a small child, I was given … Continue reading The Faith of The Humble Mustard Seed

From The Remarkable Plants of Texas

  By: Jannie Vaught   As this gardener wanders through the extensive history and availability of the many native plants of Texas, I find some interesting and thought provoking plants. In my list of “Things that make you go hum.” The Common Persimmon is one. Not to be confused with the Texas Persimmon, The little black fruited persimmon. The Common persimmon, Diospyros virginianan L. There are … Continue reading From The Remarkable Plants of Texas