Over the last few days, I noticed some mysterious plants in a place they weren’t supposed to be. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for plant sovereignty. Someone is going to chime in and shake a finger about the value of growing where you’re planted, etc., but I am still pretty sure that these three squash sprouts’ days were numbered as soon as they … Continue reading Attempted Rescue of Stragglers! (aka, High Hopes, Low Expectations)
Hi there, let’s talk about ladybugs for just a minute. (I know, some say ladybird, but Lady Bird around Central Texas means the former first lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson, so ladybug it shall remain) Hang on tight, it’s going to get sciencey for a bit. The scientific name for ladybugs is coccinellidae, which rhymes with…every other Latin name, which usually rhyme with … Continue reading Is that a Ladybug…yet?
Look around in the green outdoors and you might notice just how many flowers there are, twinkling flowers of all sizes and shapes. Next, you might notice that a very large number of those flowers are yellow. Canary, burnt gold, goldenrod or even lemon yellow, they are EVERYWHERE. If the sun really is shining yellow in the sky, then the flowers of so many native … Continue reading Little Yellow Flowers
Last March, I brought home a bucket of wild onions and garlic plants from a seed swap. The person I got them from said they were from the banks of a local creek appropriately named Onion Creek in their honor. No one around here is really sure if they are wild natives or if they came here with a homesteader years ago and have made … Continue reading Garlic Scapes and Layers
For those of you who have been following my salvaged seed potatoes on their journey into great deliciousness, I have an update. Everyone else can catch up with this link to my previous post on being optimistic about what you have (in this case, potatoes), even if it means less than ideal materials. With regular rains and a couple of waterings in between, the last … Continue reading [Potato Update] I Changed Nothing, Everything is Different (aka. Tales of Garden Neglect!)
It is an honor to welcome Stephanie from the garden blog “Learning to Grow in Florida”! Without further ado: Say, “No” to Grass! Let’s talk groundcover. Grass is the usual choice, but why? It’s high maintenance and requires a lot of water to look alive during the dry winters. In the summer it may get more water but can burn up in the heat. In … Continue reading Say, “No” to Grass!
Congratulations! You finally put in the muscle and mental effort to install the garden that you delicately planned out… or you just walked boldly out into the patchy turf grass with a shovel one day and started digging your way to your dreams, carving a tame legacy from the wilderness of your lawn. Either way, your effort is starting to pay off as okra, tomatoes, … Continue reading Abundance Problems: What to do with too much!
Every time the seasons change, the wind blows the trees around, or I set the table for dinner, I start thinking about what I am going to be growing in my garden or on a tree in the backyard the next chance I get. Yet just like a grocery store list, I find myself going blank on what I want to plant when it comes … Continue reading What Will I Plant?