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The Happy Gardener

Raising caterpillars and butterflies: A newbies experience!

I’ve embarked on a new adventure and frankly, it is taking over my life. I went to one seminar, Monarch Tagging and Releasing with Drake White (The Nectar Bar), and took one trip to visit Laura Jarvis’s (our event coordinator) backyard butterfly oasis back in October and I was hooked. I wanted to have caterpillars crawling all over my hands! I wanted to see the magical transformation from caterpillar to …Read More

Success Is In Site: Get the most out of your raised garden.

I feel it. Do you feel it? Although there may be a smattering of cold days here and there, the sun is making itself known. I’ve already seen new growth pushing up from the ground on many of my perennials. The birds have an extra little peep in their chirps, and a few butterflies have already come sniffing around believing their nectar sources should be in bloom already. Spring wants …Read More

How goes the resolutions?

We’re coming round to the end of January and this is usually the time that some of us (ok, I mean me) ditch the resolutions and fall back into our (meaning, my) old habits. I think it is because we tend to make broad, general resolutions rather than specific ones; at least that’s what I do. In the past I’ve pledged to “be healthier”, “read more”, or “be more organized”. …Read More

Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs Inside For Cheerful Color

This is the time of year I usually start shifting my interests towards my surroundings inside. It seems as soon as Daylight Savings Time arrives, I start thinking about what I can do inside my home to brighten things up when the dark of night starts creeping in earlier. I’m a sunshine kind of girl and when the time change takes away my light, I tend to get a little …Read More

Butterfly Field Trip

October was an amazing month for butterflies! Whether it was the hordes of Snout Nose butterflies we tried in vain to avoid greeting with our windshields, or the masses of Queens visiting before the Monarchs flew in, there really wasn’t a day that didn’t provide some type of butterfly sighting. I said goodbye to the peak butterfly migration month this past Monday when I took a little butterfly appreciation field …Read More

Climb Aboard The Sprouting Train!

Have you jumped on board the sprouting train? It seems like every page you turn in a health magazine these days features a recipe or photo including these tiny seeds or legumes waving their little “tails” at you. Sprouting is the process of soaking seeds, legumes, grain or nuts, to pull it out of dormancy and into a “live” plant. But instead of planting those seeds, you eat them up …Read More

Seed Bombs: A Wildflower Party

It’s fall in San Antonio but if you were new to the city and had to spend any time outside recently, you just might call me a liar. The sun still blazes, but every now and then a cool morning greets us, and we just may dip below 85 for the highest temp of the day. We know it’s still warm, but we still bring in all your fall favorites …Read More

Vegetable Harvesting: How Long Do I Gotta Wait?

How Long Do I Gotta Wait? It doesn’t really matter which growing season it is, it seems to happen in both. We add our compost, till our soil, buy our seeds and veggies, plant them up and then…….wait. We water faithfully, check to make sure our veggies are getting adequate light, and then…..wait. We add a little fertilizer to get them going and some active soil microbes into the mix, …Read More

Don’t let those Bonus Bucks go to waste!

It happens. Every year. The wailing drifts up to the computer office from the downstairs register. The sound is so sorrowful, gut wrenching, and there is not a thing I can do about it. I peek over the railing and see the wide-eyed surprise first, then the confusion, the anger, and finally the resigned sadness. It’s the moment when a few of our dear customers realize they missed out on the month …Read More

Plumbagos are plumbeautiful!

This blog will not be an impartial blog and I don’t have any problems not apologizing for it. I will be telling you all about my absolute favorite plant here at the nursery. My favorite plants usually have mostly to do with a few tried and true factors. They must be easy to take care of, they must be sweet on my water bill, and they must come back and …Read More

Vermicompost part two: Building my bed

Last month, in part one of this series of blogs about worm composting, I tried to get you excited about entertaining the thought of becoming friends with worms. It was a little introduction to vermicomposting based on the seminar we had with Kyle Harrell from Texas Red Worms. If you missed the first blog, Vermicomposting: Opening My Own Can Of Worms,  go back and take a second to read about …Read More

Vermicompost part one: Opening up my own can of worms.

I went to the Worm Composting seminar featuring Kyle Harrell from Texas Red Worms a few weeks ago to take some pictures for our website. I didn’t know what to expect at a seminar about worm composting and I had no idea I would become hooked on this method in a matter of 60 minutes. Not only does Kyle reel you in with his obvious passion for vermicomposting, but the …Read More

It’s raining, it’s pouring, my peppers look so boring!

This spring has sure been a wet one! Last spring I tried to battle growing tomatoes against the cloudy, wet weather and failed miserably. The sun didn’t come out long enough in between to help me to avoid the fatal blight disease that crept its way up my plants and demolished them. I didn’t bother planting them this year, and opted instead to fill my garden with all sorts of peppers …Read More

Getting Back To The Roots!

Well, well, well. Here I am following up about a month later on the status of those cuttings I decided to try and root a few different ways. If you haven’t had the chance to read about how I tried root cuttings and air layering to create new plants, you can go to the following link, A CUT ABOVE THE REST: PROPAGATING YOUR PLANTS. Now I have to preface this follow up …Read More

A Cut Above The Rest: Propagating Your Plants

Looks like spring is deciding to be a bit wet this year, isn’t it? There is both good and bad that comes along with this type of weather. The good is that we are getting free water for our newly planted vegetables, flowers and turfs. The bad news is that when we have a string of rainy, cloudy days with warmer weather, fungus is more likely to visit us. We …Read More

Planting, Harvesting, and Enjoying

Good spring to you! We are in it now. Most of us here in San Antonio have tilled and amended the soil and plopped in some veggies. Some of us even gambled a bit and planted really early. Anyone else have a basil plant that got a little shriveled because the nights were still too cold a few weeks ago? Or did anyone else find yourself pacing at the window biting …Read More

Perennials and annuals: A revolving door of color.

Well, it is officially here. This past Sunday, on March 20th, 2016, the first official day of spring arrived. I know, we all felt it well before Sunday, but with the passing of the official date we begin to slowly let out our breath in relief that it is likely we have passed the threat of any more freezes. Although, not to be a Debbie Downer, we have gotten bit …Read More