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Solarize Your Garden

Solarize Your Garden

Solarizine your garden to get rid of pests, disease and weeds. It's easy and inexpensive to do, and it can sincrease your yield at your next planting

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What the heck is pH

What the heck is pH

pH is an abbreviation for “power of hydrogen” where “p” is short for the German word for power (potenz), and H is the element symbol for hydrogen. Why a Danish scientist used a German word is Greek to me, but he was a scientist, and I’m not, so I’ll just go with the flow. The H is capitalized because it is standard to capitalize element symbols. So now you understand about as much as I do.

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A pocket prairie in the middle of town

A pocket prairie in the middle of town

It's easy to build a pocket prairie. Get a list of native plants (your state Native Pant Society should be able to sulpply you with one.

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Building your own vegetable garden

Building your own vegetable garden can be as simple as mnailing a few boards together.

small sprout growing in soil in nature

Nutrients Plants Require

. There was a time when just slamming a tomato seedling into the ground was all we needed to know. Perhaps we threw in a little fertilizer and maybe some bone meal, and everything was good to go.

July Garden Chores

Planting summer vegetables, taking care of parched perennial and annual flowers, paying special attention to your lawn and taking care of yourself during the stifling July heat should leave you with plenty to do.

What the Heck is pH?

pH is an abbreviation for “power of hydrogen” where “p” is short for the German word for power (potenz), and H is the element symbol for hydrogen. Why a Danish scientist used a German word is Greek to me, but he was a scientist, and I’m not, so I’ll just go with the flow. The H is capitalized because it is standard to capitalize element symbols. So now you understand about as much as I do.

Soil: A Living Layer of Earth

Good healthy plants can fend off disease and destructive insects. The absence of these microorganisms and larger organisms such as earthworms, result in compacted, lifeless soil. Lifeless soil, of course, cannot sustain life.

Your Lawn Loves Low Nitrogen Fertilizer

Your lawn loves low nitrogen (N), low phosphorus (P), and low potassium (K) fertilizer. It also likes organic fertilizer or urea-based fertilizers, not nitrate-based fertilizers. Why? Well, let’s look at the nature of lawns, especially warm-season grasses like St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia.

Try “No-Till” in your vegetable garden

Soil scientists now realize that tilling interferes with the soil’s complicated relationship and the micro-organisms that keep the ground healthy and productive. Tilling also compacts the soil, brings long-dormant weed seeds to the surface sale, and adds to erosion.

July Garden Chores

With all the crazy weather we had in June, it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen this month. I must admit that tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and beans did extraordinarily well. And, despite the presence of the squash vine borer, unaffected squash produced substantially. Predictions can be wrong As for July, the Old Farmer’s Almanac…

Cowpeas? Southern Peas? Or Just good eating?

As a legume, they put a considerable supply of nitrogen back into the soil. That makes these peas an excellent rotation crop to plant between spring and fall gardens. Drought-resistance and low water requirements make it an ideal crop for our hot Gulf Coast summers.

Tomato Growing tips

Just about every vegetable gardener along the Gulf Coast has tomatoes coming into fruition in April. Here are some helpful hints for you. Prune your plants I don’t mean just prune the suckers on your indeterminate tomatoes. Tomatoes, like its sister plant, potatoes, can form roots anywhere along its stem. See the little hairs on…

Soil-The Living Layer of Earth

All these creatures and entities are involved in the tremendous work of decomposing everything in their sight, and reducing these to their basic elements of carbon, nitrogen and other necessary nutrients into a material that plant roots can take up and provide to the rest of the plant.

Making Your Soil Fertile

I definitely prefer organic methods. I make my own compost- although I can never make enough to meet my needs. I do buy a lot, but I purchase it from local organic compost manufacturers. You can find a local organic composter near your area here.

Which turf grass is best

here are over 5,000,000 acres of turf grass grown along the Gulf Coast. All are warm-season turf grass, each with its own characteristics and its own pros and cons. Others, like buffalo grass – although considered a warm-season grass – do not do well in Gulf Coast lawns. There are, however, three types of grass which grow reasonably well here.

The only garden tools you absolutely need to get the job done.

I’ve got a lot of gardening tools. Hand rakes, and four of five different shovels and spades, several types of pruners, a couple of pruning saws, as well as a bow crosscut, three or four hoes, some long- and short- handle weeders, dibbles, a ton of hand tools, and a plethora of other instruments.

Plant tomatoes soon!

The USDA tells us that the “average” date of the last frost here is around February 27. It also reports that we are “almost” assured that we will receive no frost between March 20 and November 1, making the frost-free growing season around 270 days.

Beware the attack of the winter lawn weeds

But weeds are ornery and persistent. Even in the most well-cared-for lawn, it’s probable that a few plantains and thistles are going to pop up. While “manufactured” herbicides may not be the best choice, there are a few products available to the environmentally conscious homeowner.

Soil: A Living Layer of Earth

Good healthy plants can fend off disease and destructive insects. The absence of these microorganisms and larger organisms such as earthworms, result in compacted, lifeless soil. Lifeless soil, of course, cannot sustain life.

Chores for December

Garden chores for December have always been an interesting time for those of us who live on the Gulf Coast. We’ve felt temperatures in the 80s on Christmas Day. And we’ve faced blistering cold fronts as wsell. So calculating what needs to be done in the garden now is difficult.

dark purple tulip flowers

November Garden Chores

Now is a great time to plant bulbs for spring blooms.  Some include: paperwhites, Spanish bluebells, tulips, yellow spider lilies, Chinese ground orchid, Byzantine gladiolus, Bearded irises, daylilies, oxalis, rain lilies, spider lilies, Louisiana iris, and African iris.

Is Late October – Early November too late to plant Brassicas in Gulf Coast gardens?

For cabbage, days to harvest from the time we plant the seedlings are around 90 days. Brussels sprouts take between 90-100 days, and broccoli takes between 60 to 80 days. The difference in the time spreads indicates different varieties. So, if planted now, none will be mature before the first frost.

assorted vegetable lot

September Gardening Chores

Hooray. August is finally gone and it’s now time to start thinking about September gardening chores. Not that the hot and dry days are gone – we’ll probably be experiencing more of them during this month. But the good news is that we can start planting some vegetables.

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