Category: Vegetables

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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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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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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Pepper Ring

Large-scale vegetable growers use long rows for efficiency but those of us with smaller plots can try other ideas. Here’s a “pepper ring” plan that can make watering, feeding, and picking easy. You’ll need one 5-gallon plastic bucket (some call them pickle buckets) for irrigation, plus an extra for watering/mixing fertilizer. For the “irrigation” bucket, … […]

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Onions

PLANT ONIONS IN JANUARY! Small onion transplants can grow very well in northeast Texas soils and are hardyin cool temperatures well below freezing. Varieties to consider for the East Texasarea are the short day varieties which include Texas 1015Y (Texas SuperSweet),Grano 502, Yellow Granex, White Granex and White Bermuda. Onion “sets” ortransplants can be purchased … […]

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Gardening in East Texas

If you’ve moved here recently from quite far North and you like to grow vegetables, then you are in for a treat. No more waiting until Memorial Day to plant your tomatoes, beans and squash. You won’t have to worry about your corn being “knee high by the 4th of July”, because you’ll be eating … […]

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Leafy Greens

Many leafy vegetables and herbs such as lettuce, spinach and parsley can be planted now (January) from seeds or transplants. Be sure to check the seed packet planting date. The cost of a seed packet is minimal and seeds will be better acclimated to the weather and soil conditions from the onset. Transplants, on the … […]

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Jerusalem Artichoke

Contrary to popular belief, a Jerusalem artichoke didn’t originate in Jerusalem and isn’t an artichoke. It is actually a sunchoke – a native American plant related to the sunflower. The Italians found the plant here and took it back to Italy, where they named it girasole (Italian for sunflower) artichoke. The Italian girasole was later … […]

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