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IT'S SUMMER THANK GOODNESS !

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Well this is the time of your I look forward to summer well more like spring, here in Texas we get a nice season most times it rolls right into summer but it is a few weeks of cool weather followed by spring and the blustery winds of April and May.  I hope it is not too wet but we can also have a lot of showers in this time of year I hope so as if we get cold snaps it just screws up the plants some years I have gotten no figs at all other good years a bumper crop.

Tomorrow I have to prune the grape vines really two runners from each I leave those mains and cut off everything so basically 2 main runners naked as a J-bird as grapes only fruit off "new wood"  I also need to cut out all the previous years canes that gave me blackberries last year the new canes from last year will bloom berries the old canes are dead wood so need to be cut out.  I planted carrots and I had to cover them with sheet plastic to protect them from the snow and ice they are growing well and should be ready in late march and go on through April   If you live in certain zones the day after Good Friday is considered the safe time to start your summer garden but the further north the more possibility of a freak freeze in that case you need to cover your plants with cut out bottom milk jugs ot a visqueen / plastic sheet tenting them so frost or freeze won't kill them in this part of the country we can actually have 2 gardens before ate October if you rip it up and replant instead of nursing along plants that are doomed to die anyway we can also grow seedlings up to replace so you have a jump on the second season.

I am so looking for yellow squash and fresh tomatoes and all the other garden goodies like fresh fried okra. I do not copy what others grow in bulk I have friends that grow water melons corn and a few other items so I don't duplicate I trade.  Just a note for new gardeners don't waste your money on tomato cages buy concrete reinforcement wire 5 foot tall and make your own they last many many years they also do good for running plants like beans and cucumbers etc. they need to be about 16 to 18 inches in diameter and as the tomatoes grow keep the main stalk  in the cage as log as you can my tomatoes grow 3 to 5 foot depending on the specie and the more limbs and stalk in the cage the more fruit it can bear without breaking the limbs and thus killing the plants ability to produce more on that limb, as once the limb breaks over it is like putting a tourniquet on your arm it cuts off the circulation and that part of the limb dies.

certain Berries and grapes are plant once and keep them trimmed at the end of winter and your fruit should come in each year fruit trees usually need freeze protection so pick wisely what will thrive in your area with a minimum of upkeep.   Here Fig trees do well I have a couple of pomegranates a four years and no fruit as of yet maybe this year  they are both 6 foot plus now. 

I always grow Jalapeños Serrano's and birds eye peppers this year is the second for my horseradish  and  I am looking to see how much root it has put on My ginger plants need to re-potted in larger planters I am getting a few 45 gallon nursery tubs as they have outgrown their 55 gallon drum cutoffs I like the scent of fresh ginger leaves.Once I get the horseradish established I intend to replant and let it grow wild along the front fence my elephant garlic and onions are doing ok  just looking for another easy plant to start raising.

 

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