Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring Has Sprung (really early)

Our Louisiana satsuma in bloom
It's time to dust off the shovels and find our gardening gloves (which I badly need to replace). It is already unseasonably warm here in the Houston area. Want a sure-fire way to bring on a freeze? Plant your garden. It's too early, but I thought I would take a chance and get some of my herbs in the ground to give them a head start. I also grabbed a few tomato plants at my favorite gardening place, Nelson Water Gardens. They go fast around here. I'm going to attempt once again to grow tomatoes. It has been such a struggle for the past few years. However, I have a new tool in my arsenal of gardening knowledge. Pine Needle tea! No, no... I'm not serving this at my next party. It's pine leaves steeped in water in a bucket. The acidic tea is a treat for tomato plants (and parsley). I picked up this clever trick at a friend's garden class (thanks Bonnie!). Now to find someone with a pine tree that doesn't mind me coming and raking their yard. Really don't think that will be a problem in this area!
Here is what I have so far...

Large tomato for slicing and cooking

Small sugar tomatoes for salads

Rosemary and Thyme


Bell Pepper


Curley Parsley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful start to a summer garden! What kind of tomatoes do you recommend for central Arkansas?


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