Tis the Season

Tis the Season

After teaching about growing your own sweet potato slips recently, I realized that I need to do a better job of explaining seasonality and adaptation in growing plants. In that case, I was talking about the difference in “Irish potatoes” and sweet potatoes. Irish...
Periwinkle Blight

Periwinkle Blight

Periwinkle blight (aerial phytophthora) is caused by the fungus Phytophthora parasitica.  It’s the number one disease problem for annual vinca or periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) and can persist in the soil for several years.  Sadly, it’s almost always caused by folks...
Pollinator Program

Pollinator Program

“Houston, we have a pollinator problem.”  And since we, as humans, are 100% of the problem and we, as gardeners, are fully complicit; it’s our duty and obligation to do something about it.  And when I say “we,” I certainly include “me,” because I’ve done my damaging...
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...
Growing with the Flow

Growing with the Flow

I’m sad to say that thanks to school, work, and life, my spring gardening season was pretty much a no go. All I managed to get planted was a bed of Irish potatoes and a few cucumbers. There will be no Sweet G-90 corn on the Grant table this year.  Greg passed...
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...