Building your own vegetable garden

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

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.

Invasion of the Cicadas

Thankfully the large numbers of cicadas aren’t coming to the Gulf Coast. The only thing we get here is the annual or “dog-day cicadas,” called that because of their emergence every year during the dog days of summer, although all cicadas, whether Brood or Dog-day, emerge in the summer.

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.

Allelopathic Plants: Garden Serial Killers?

It might sound a little like science fiction, but allelopathic plants can kill or suppress the growth of your garden vegetation.

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