Still Time to Plant Okra

Still Time to Plant Okra

Hopefully, you grow a garden or know someone that does.  Hot weather is on its way, but there’s still time to plant Southern peas, sweet potatoes, and okra. Okra is synonymous with Southern culture.  The African name for okra was gumbo and subsequently gave us the...
Mowing Lawns

Mowing Lawns

I may be one of the few folks that enjoy mowing the lawn.  Mowing is perhaps the most common cultural practice performed in most landscapes. When performed properly, mowing is used to maintain a particular turfgrass height and appearance that supports a specific use...
It’s Pea Planting Time

It’s Pea Planting Time

When you say “pea” to most gardeners in the world, they think of green “English” that thrive in cool moist environments.  But to most Texans, a hot weather legume from Africa, more related to beans, is the norm.  Despite what Northerners say about our peas being...
Growing Peppers

Growing Peppers

I’m married to a Cajun, so many meals start out with chopped and sautéed onion and bell pepper. I also love to eat fresh banana peppers with every summertime meal.  Except for a few purple ones, most peppers begin their lives green and ripen to beautiful shades of...
It’s Tomato Planting Time

It’s Tomato Planting Time

If you haven’t planted your tomatoes yet, you’ll want to get it done as soon as possible. Tomatoes are planted from transplants after all danger of frost in the spring. They cannot tolerate frost or freeze and thrive with mild and moderately warm temperatures in...
Plant Your Potatoes Now!

Plant Your Potatoes Now!

When I was a small boy, the elderly Mr. Adams, who lived through the woods and up the hill from our house in Longview, asked me to help him plant his Irish potato crop. I remember how intrigued I was at putting pieces of potatoes into the soft loamy soil. The day we...