Category: Veggies & Herbs

Spring Vegetables

If you haven’t tilled your garden and added compost or manure yet, it’s time to get it done. And, if you haven’t tested your soil in awhile, it would be a good idea to get a soil test done through the Smith County Extension office (535-0885). Soil in East Texas tends to be acid, so … […]

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Soil Temperature And Spring Planting

For optimum growth, all transplants and seeds need to be planted within a certain soil temperature range. Along with your calendar, a soil thermometer will help determine the proper planting time. Planting too early, before the soil has had time to warm up, can lead to seed rot, slowed germination, poor growth and disease. For … […]

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Growing Herbs in the Shade

Harvests from a herb garden can certainly be a grand addition when cooking. Growing herb plants also adds color, form, foliage, and scent to the landscape. The Mediterranean region, with its bright sun, is the natural habitat of many common herbs. So it’s not surprising that most herbs grow best in a sunny, well-drained site … […]

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Lettuce and Spinach

A few years ago, when we had our “snow day” of winter, I quickly became anxious to go outdoors, feeling that I had been snowbound for days instead of one morning. I chose to make a visit to a garden center. Actually, I found a great project that I could do indoors since any outside … […]

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Rosemary

  “ARP” ROSEMARY, AN ALL-WEATHER HERB Newcomers to the area may not be aware that Arp, a small town in Smith County, has lent its name to a particularly hardy strain of herbgarden favorite, rosemary. Though northeast Texas generally has relatively mild winters, long-time residents recall a particularly harsh winter in the early 1980s. Temperatures … […]

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Growing Red Potatoes

As a novice in the world of composting vegetative kitchen waste, I quickly dug a 6 to 8 inch deep hole in my garden and dumped in peels, cores, rinds and leaves, covering all with soil. In about a month something green was sprouting in this otherwise barren plot. Being the product of an Iowa … […]

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Prevent Melon Splitting

What causes the blossom end of nearly mature cantaloupes to split open? What can we do to prevent it? A long period of dry weather followed by lots of rain can cause slowly developing fruit to put on a big growth spurt that could cause splitting. This can be prevented by keeping the soil evenly … […]

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Potpourri Garden

Herbs are grown for many reasons besides culinary purposes. If one has ever had a desire to make their own potpourri, a small herb garden can be designed and filled with fragrance and the necessary flowers and foliage. Roses are an essential part of this garden because their petals form the base of most mixtures. … […]

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Tomatoes

TOMATOES ‘TIL FROST If you want home-grown tomatoes all fall and your spring planting normally wears out too soon, consider planting more tomatoes in July. Plant them deeply, keep them well-watered and mulched, and provide some shade till the new plants are established enough to withstand our intense Texas sun. Tomatoes love the heat and … […]

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Easy Tomato Fertilizer

The tomato is the most popular of all the garden vegetables and is grown in about 92 percent of home gardens. One method to try for increasing your tomato yield was developed by Dr. Sam Contner at Texas A&M University called “the Texas pot method.” Prepare and fertilize your soil as usual. Before planting, soak … […]

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