Square foot gardening Texas

My Approach to Gardening by the Square Foot

I do recommend that you refer to The Square Foot Gardening Book by Mel Bartholomew for good information on how many of each plant to place in a square foot area and some good set up ideas for vertical frames and covering cool season plants. His plant by plant info is general enough that it is ok too- I do not use the same mix that he recommends in his book for my square foot garden ( I have tried it and it isn’t bad but it is hard to mix by yourself and not my favorite)– I prefer to […]

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Watering Can in Garden

The Guide to Proper Watering

Watering Test This test is for overhead systems only— not drip irrigation, soaker hoses, etc-for those systems you  will need to water and then check and see if you have actually gotten the soil wet down to 6 inches in the ground. For Overhead (traditional systems) You will need—10 small cans-or like- with an inch marked inside with a marker – be sure it is easy to see [cat food cans-tuna cans–anything ] A bundle of landscape flags [ optional if you want to  write on them and mark  dry or wet spots for the sprinkler guy)]—they are wires with […]

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mole

Mole Control– and Other Strange Critters

Yesterday I had a very full day–I realized the evening before that I have had a mole running amok through my north flower beds–the little critter had  tunneled up under my cone flowers and other perennials-leaving their roots pushed up into the hot air and they looked pretty damaged as a result–I had two choices–trap / kill  the varmint-or spray to repel it for a few weeks–believe it or not the spray is longer lasting control because if you have a mole–then you have a welcoming habitat-and as soon as others realize that  there is an opening–they will come in and claim the […]

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