Last of the Warm Season Vegetables

Last of the Warm Season Vegetables

Some of the tomatoes looked like they might come back for the fall season until hurricane Harvey hit—too much water and waterlogged soils did most of them in but the peppers, eggplants and okra have come on strong. Not that there haven’t been problems—root-knot...
Tomato Report 2017

Tomato Report 2017

This has been a good year for tomatoes in South Central Texas. Almost too good —90 plus varieties and tomatoes everywhere. They’re on the cabinets, ice chests, lawn furniture, the kitchen island and the floor in front. If we even see someone that we think we know,...
Pollination and the Spring Garden

Pollination and the Spring Garden

There’s a real push this year to support pollinators in the garden. Where would our gardens be without them? Personally I think most gardeners do this without thinking about it but it’s tempting, for example, to pull out cilantro, mustards, broccoli, fennel, dill,...
Tomato Wind Protection

Tomato Wind Protection

Like most tomato enthusiasts I’m always looking for new places to set out tomato plants. Recently I pruned out some fronds from a Texas Sabal palm. At first I put them on the burn pile-they burn like a torch after they’re dry, but a day later I had an idea they might...
A Hint of Cold Weather

A Hint of Cold Weather

The fall garden season is well under way with a hint of cold weather and backsliding to heat a common challenge. Regardless it’s been a great fall garden season. One thing I confirmed in September/October is that covering transplants (2nd photo) with fiber row cover...