Galveston Gardens, Organic Gardening

Fall Gardening Prep List

It may be hot now, but fall is closer than you think!  That makes me very happy!  Fall is the best time to begin a garden.  Below is a check list that I use during this time of year.  Most of the annuals are shrinking from the heat and its time to begin to think… Continue reading Fall Gardening Prep List

Homesteading

One. Last. Time…

Old Timers around my part of the country refer to what is called "Good Friday Gardens"  because they never put out warm season crops such as tomatoes before Good Friday- the Friday before Easter Sunday.  Here is why- 9 times out of 10 we will get a freeze or at least very close to freezing… Continue reading One. Last. Time…

Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Grasshoppers & NOLO Bait

I once read in a gardening book that grasshoppers are usually present but don't do much in the way of damage.  I thought, "You have got to be kidding!  There is a place on earth where grasshoppers don't do damage?!"  If there is a place- it is certainly not in Texas.  Here, grasshoppers give a… Continue reading Grasshoppers & NOLO Bait

Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Just To Be Straight With You..

If you are growing your own greens, such as Kale, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Or Chard, I am going to level with you- at some point you are going to find a worm in your pot.  No matter how many times you wash them and how thoroughly you pick over the greens at some point… Continue reading Just To Be Straight With You..

Organic Gardening, Random Thoughts

Ahh, The Rain

As I write tonight, the thunder is rolling and the rain is falling.  Such a beautiful sound and the scent of rain in the air is just delicious. How grateful I am to have the rain to water all that has been planted.  Lately( like since Saturday), we have been having typical Texas weather- hot… Continue reading Ahh, The Rain

Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Snakes & Smoke & All Of That…

The morning dawned cold (for Texas) and I thought it would be so nice to start a fire in the wood burning stove so the kids could wake to a cozy family room and have a warm spot to cuddle by.  I am not sure what happened, but instead of being woke up gently with… Continue reading Snakes & Smoke & All Of That…

Family Fun, Homesteading, Random Thoughts

Effie The Pig

Around the farm, we love all of our animals but the pigs have probably made their way to the top of our favorites list.  Our first pig was Sir Francis Bacon, he was so smart and good tempered that we couldn't help but love him.  Several pigs of come and gone (and filled the freezer… Continue reading Effie The Pig

Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Choosing Seedlings

Each year I encounter folks who want to know why their seedling died or simply state the "I cannot grow anything". I hate hear these words!  The main reason that people fail at gardening is not because they can not grow things or that they are lacking in ability, it is because they start with… Continue reading Choosing Seedlings

Herbs, Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Garden Boxes Rock- Again

For everyone who has thought of growing their own vegetables, flower gardening, or raising herbs, the garden box is a great way to go. With the garden box the soil is easy to amend, the plants are easy to care for and the beds are defined clearly. There are several ways to build a garden… Continue reading Garden Boxes Rock- Again

Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Peter Peppers- A Garden Favorite

Late this past spring while buying herbs from a grower, I picked up a couple of plants called "Peter Peppers".  I brought them home and planted them, really too late for planting, but they were free and I thought I had nothing to lose.  I am so glad I did, these turned out to be… Continue reading Peter Peppers- A Garden Favorite