Spring

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden. ~ Minnie Aumonier

Wild Arugula

Wild arugula flowering in my garden.

The seed catalogs have been arriving almost daily for weeks; the earth and air are beginning to warm.

Spring is near, or maybe even here, and it’s the time when vegetable gardeners feel as though the year has really started.

The picture to the left is of wild arugula (which I planted several years ago), that reseeds itself and comes back every spring, and finds new places in my yard and garden to call home.

I look at it more than use it. Although, it is fantastic in salads and pasta and bean dishes. This herb when in bloom, draws bees and other pollinators into the garden, so it’s definitely earning its keep.

Spring has a way of making everything seem right with its promise of renewal. As we get closer to spring, you’ll find information here to maybe guide and even inspire your spring food garden.

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Homegrown Tomatoes

April 5, 2013

If you are a fan of tomatoes--the most popular food crop in the home garden, then you ought to grow them at least once so you can know firsthand the joy of an honest, fresh, ripe tomato.

Spring Garden Success

February 15, 2013

Growing your own takes patience and knowledge. You're on your own for the patience, but we can help you with a few tips to supplement your knowledge base.

Plant Sales

February 15, 2013

On March 2, 2013, folks in the Austin, Texas, metro area are in for a treat. Two long- running plant sales are taking place, which gives you a chance to scoop up some healthy organic vegetable and herb transplants for your spring garden. You'll want to arrive early and take a place in line, because the crowds get long.

Prodigious Peppers

August 8, 2012

Throw a party for your pie hole with peerless peppers passionately propagated with your own precious paws. Power to the peppers!

What to Plant Now

April 30, 2011

In May, when the majority of gardeners in states north of the Mason-Dixon line are just planting their spring vegetable gardens, those of us in Texas and points south have been there and done that and have our sights set on summer.

Growing Citrus in the Home Garden

March 19, 2011

The seductive fragrance of the blooms and the promise of aromatic, sweet and tangy fruits entice those of us who live in places not hospitable to growing citrus to try it anyway.

Compost Happens

February 26, 2011

You can easily recreate in your backyard what nature does, well, naturally. By collecting a sufficient volume of organic matter, mixing it together in the proper ratios, and maintaining ample aeration and hydration, you will end up with humus. And humus is absolutely essential to the health of plants and people. It provides nutrition to plant life and plants provide us with, well, everything.