Feb 12, 2019
Last years garden was not a productive one. Because I got my plants out so late in the season, I had a good harvest in the beginning, but shortly after, when the worst of the heat set in, even with adding shading in the afternoon during June and July, my poor plants just didn’t produce as well as the previous years. You live and you learn right?
So this year I’m changing it up after doing a bit of research on new options to try, working more with rotating some of my crops between different garden beds, intercropping, giving core gardening a try, and using square foot gardening to have a more bountiful harvest. Oh and don’t forget companion planting.
Jan 16, 2019
When planning your vegetable garden each year there is one rule to keep in mind in order to ensure each year provides you with a good harvest. That rule is, don’t plant anything from the same family in the same garden bed year after year. Otherwise that wonderful harvest you had one year won’t be so wonderful the next year.
I can give you two really important reasons why this rule is so important. Plants of the same family use the same nutrients in the soil, and are susceptible to the same pests. Keeping this rule in mind each year can help ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need and are a bit harder to find for pests to have their feast.
Oct 2, 2018
This years spring garden was not as successful as the previous years, even with the best planning there are still unexpected setbacks that while annoying, can still be learned from.
I began my spring garden planning in February, figuring out which plants I was going to grow from seed and which ones I would buy from the Houston Garden Center. This year I didn’t need as many plants because some of them successfully wintered over, and others luckily grew back. My Hyssop plants all grew back, which was really great, because every summer I look forward to making my fruit smoothies with the leaves, giving my smoothies a nice minty/licorice flavor. I didn’t get around to making any jam or syrup this year, but I really did enjoy my smoothies. I also had a few pepper plants survive the winter, mostly because they were sheltered on our back porch. My mint in my melon patch took off, so much that I had to prune a lot of it back, and my fennel really grew. It was taller than my PVC trellis that surrounds my melon patch. In the spring it was beautiful, with tons of yellow flowers. I didn’t harvest the fennel, I mostly used it for companion planting to help ward off pests, which seemed to help a lot during the spring.
Sep 13, 2017
Harvey was a very devastating storm. I saw places around me that flooded, which have never flooded before. Even my own neighborhood had water in the streets. Kids were out with their floats swimming when we got a short break from the rain for a bit. Although I wouldn't recommend it. The bayou that surrounds my neighborhood went way, way over its banks, and into the streets.
The weirdest part about Harvey was that areas that have never flooded did, and areas that usually flood, well, some of them didn't. What made this storm such a disaster was due to those areas not being prepared for flooding. Of course no one knew those areas would flood. I watched the news in shock all those days during the storm. Freeways, neighborhoods, businesses, flooded out. Some of those businesses had been around for many years. So much disaster.
Jun 7, 2017
In my previous post " Year Three Expanding Cucumber Variations", I mentioned companion planting. In this post I'm going to explain what companion planting is, and how it can benefit your garden. Companion planting is planting different plants in one area, a garden bed, or a plant pot, in order for those plants to enhance each other's growth, or to help protect each other from various pests.