The Happy Gardener

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

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

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

Soil with benefits: A relationship that really delivers.

We are only a few weeks into our spring seminars, and I’ve been noticing an underlying theme with our speakers. Whether the seminar is about growing tomatoes and other veggies in San Antonio, planting trees or rose care, there is a fact that keeps getting stressed. What you put into your soil directly relates to what you get out of it. The better your soil, the better your fruits. Feed …Read More

Time For Tomatoes, Come And Get ‘Em!

Spring has come early for us San Antonians, and when you’re a gardener, that is some wonderful news. Tomatoes and peppers are flooding our nurseries, and we even have some other early spring veggies filtering in too. This is a perfect time to come pick out your 6 packs or 4 inch tomatoes, repot them in a slightly larger container, and let those roots spread out a little and get …Read More