Category Archives: Spring Planting

Be Sure You Are Growing the Proper Onion

Here in Texas, SHORT day onions are the proper onions to grow.  Short day onions will bulb here where the days are shorter than in the north.  Northerners grow long day onions.  There is also an Intermediate onion for central states. This is the bag of onion bulbs that Atwoods sold me.  I closely examined the label, but nowhere did it state whether these were long or short day onions.  I figured that surely the garden supply buyer for a big outfit like Atwoods would have a basic understanding Read more [...]

e Burgess.com Replacement Shipment

I am not very pleased with the plants that I purchased from Burgess (eburgess.com) last spring, 2015.  The shipment was several months late.  When the plants finally arrived, they were in poor condition and past prime spring planting time.  Most of them died, so I took Burgess up on their replacement warranty.  This is the replacement order they sent.  The fir trees you see are Colorado Blue Spruce.  The 3 Spruce in the original order were DOA on arrival, as was much of the shipment.  These Read more [...]

Dying Peppers Update

In an earlier post I described how the excessively wet spring has devastated my pepper plants. These are a few of my sweet peppers.  Although it is sort of hard to see, notice that the leaves are turning brown and dying.  The bottom leaves are dying and falling off.  The cucumbers behind the peppers are happy.  Peppers need it hot and dry.  These peppers should be full and bushy and full of blooms by this time.  Total devastation. This pic shows tall pepper plants whose bottom leaves have Read more [...]

Overview Time

Time for another overview of my garden: This shot shows all 6 long beds - 3 are straight in front.  To the left is my new garden shed.  The area around the shed in in the process of being developed.  I plan to plant about 4 more blueberry plants and many wild black berry bushes in the area this side of the white shed. This front bed has hot peppers on the left side of the raised cattle panel and summer squash on the right side.  Directly under the panel, winter squash is growing.  This bed Read more [...]

Morning Glories In Full Bloom In The Cooler Fall

These morning glories slowly and steadily grew their vines throughout the summer.  They didn't set many flowers in the Spring because with our move, I was so late in getting them planted.  However, with the cooler Fall temperatures, they are now in full bloom.  Just a half dozen vines yield dozens of beautiful blue blooms every morning. Closeup - notice the blooms ready to flower the next day: Each bloom area has at least half a dozen blooms that mature one or 2 at a time. Beautiful blooms!  Read more [...]

A Selection of Winter Squash

With the move this past spring, as previously noted, all of my garden was planted at least a month late, including some winter squash. The top left is one of only 2 Seminole Pumpkins that I harvested.  They grew wonderfully the last growing season of my old home.  I purchased new heirloom Seminole Pumpkin seed from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange this fall.  I like them.  They are a nice single serving size squash with a nice long stem.  Oh, Next spring. . .   Can't hardly wait . . . . . Read more [...]

Stunted Squash Plants

This spring, with the new garden not being finished on time, I planted my crops at least a month late, and some plants, like this zucchini, were planted weeks later.    The zucchini that I planted 'only' a month late grew into very large, healthy plants.  This even later zuch, along with all the yellow summer squash that I planted even later, never fully grew.   Interestingly, all of these super-late squash were stunted.   This 8 Ball did grow big enough to produce at least one fruit.  Look Read more [...]

Overview – From July 10

This is the middle walkway between the 2 long rows of raised beds.  The beds are 5 feet wide and 16 feet long - to accommodate the 16' cattle panels.  I planned to plant climbing plants - mostly beans, squash and cucumbers - under the cattle panels on both sides of the bed and plant other things along the outer 2 feet of each long side.  I planted these squash so that they could grow down into the 4' aisle between the beds.  In the very front, left you can see a long vine growing along the outside Read more [...]

Basil And Squash Overview

The plants on the left side of the pic of the first bed are Basil. I start Basil from seed each year, with occasionally buying a pack of another variety of basil. Most of the seeds that I started from last year are 'regular' Basil. This year I bought a pack of Globe Basil seeds - those plants grow somewhat slower, but are very interesting. They do indeed grow in a round ball and the leaves are smaller. Hopefully they won't cross with my 'regular Basil' for next year. Under the raised cattle panel, Read more [...]