One of the concerns about edible landscaping is that if you eat your edibles, you’ll lose your landscape! That’s a valid concern. So here at the Edible Landscape of Raincatcher’s garden, we have pictorial proof to poof away your fears! We planted our circle of greens in our shade bed about two months ago from 6-inch transplants. The bunnies in our neighborhood really liked the swiss chard, so we added a little fence to discourage their visits.
There’s going to be a talk on Edible Landscaping at 11001 Midway Road on Thursday, June 28 at the June Master Gardener meeting. Lecture starts at noon. Come join us and see our edible landscape in person. Or stop by any Tuesday morning, we’ll be out there, harvesting our greens.
Like the title of the book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, I could say all the plants I really need to know came from Master Gardeners. For example, these beautiful poppies.
Load up on information about poppies. Remember to sow seeds in the fall.
First of all, I need to confess this is not my farm and these are not my pictures or Starla’s.
Patti Brewer from the Master Gardener class of 2012 took these pictures and runs the family farm pictured below with her husband and family.
Patti, where is this crazy beautiful place?
The farm is in Lone Camp, Palo Pinto county, Texas. Palo Pinto county is the beginning of the northern hill country. I am not sure of our farm’s exact date of purchase but my mom who was born there would be 100 years old this year. Land was purchased at different times and some of it was owned by my great grandparents. Some of the land was partitioned to their sons and daughters including my grandfather.
Your farm is meaningful to your family but also important in terms of habitat. Who shares your farm?
Wild life on this farm include turkey, dove, deer, aoudad-or Barbary sheep, coyotes, cotton tail rabbits, roadrunners, hawks, buzzards and skunks. Of course, we have rattlesnakes and copperheads.We occasionally see horned toad lizards and have a decades old hill of red ants that stretches as wide as my outstretched arms reach. Red ants are #1 on the diet for horned toads. We have Texas spiny lizards too. Birds we see are hummers, house wrens, cardinals, blue jays,tufted titmouses, chickadees, meadowlarks, whippoorwills, and owls. We have once or twice seen painted buntings. In the area are habitats of golden cheeked warblers, an endangered bird.
What about the wildflowers. We are drinking them in!!! Just gorgeous!
These pictures are from March/April 2017, when we had a trifecta of blooms at one time.
Our annual plant sale will be held in conjunction with the April 26, 2018 meeting of the Dallas
County Master Gardener Association. Before the meeting: 10:00 – 11:30 After the meeting:
1:00 – 2:00
Come shop the great variety of plants we have to offer!! We have divided our perennials,
potted volunteers, started seeds, taken cuttings, dug bulbs..
We have herbs, succulents,
bulbs, houseplants, Louisiana iris, annuals, perennials, natives and adapted plants as well as
ornamental plant markers and other garden items.
Don’t forget our tomato and pepper plants, ready to go home with you!
Cash or Check preferred….Credit Cards accepted
11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas
Several weeks ago I was the fly on the wall listening to the greats of our garden map out future garden beds.
As you know from our last post, our 3 trial beds will have Celebrity tomatoes. One bed will be fertilized with chemical fertilizer, one with organic and one will receive compost. Tomatoes will be weighed and plants measured to determine which method of fertilization is best.
Jim has started Black Krim and Purple Cherokee Tomatoes by seed.
We will also grow San Marzano tomatoes at Linda’s suggestion. These are the only tomatoes we will grow without a cage. Linda had great success letting her San Marzano sprawl across her garden bed rather than being contained in a cage. Linda says the thick cover of the plant kept the squirrels away. Really, Linda? I am going to give that a try.
Pepper plants will be in #3. Poblano, Serranos, Hot Boss Big Man and Sweet Gypsy are on our list. Sue savored the Sweet Gypsy peppers. And yes, Hot Big Boss Man is the name of a hybrid pepper, a cross between an ancho and poblano. More info here.
Cucumbers and Eggplant to be planted later in bed #5 and notice long beans will also have a home there.
Contender and Goldmine beans will be planted April 1st.
Okra will be planted in 6 when the onions and garlic are pulled.
Blackeyed peas will grow on a trellis all summer says Dorothy.
We are out of room! What about pumpkins you say? Jim suggested planting them around the fig tree in the field.
If you need a vegetable planting guide, here are two we have relied on:
Be sure to tap our new Master Gardener website for a wealth of information.
Plot Plan by Dorothy Shockley
Every year at Raincatcher’s Garden we have had a bumper crop of tomatoes. Not so last year. Not enough water and too much fertilizer caused the problem. Well, we are not going to duplicate that this year.
Jeff Raska, our horticulture program assistant, has put the “R” back in our Research, Education, and Demo title. We are embarking on tomato trials with the goal of higher and better tomato production. Jeff reminds us that his tomato plants at his home produce 40 pounds of tomatoes per plant. Ok, Jeff! Game on!
Fertilization Comparison Study 2018
Week 1-March 20, 2018
Bed #9- Compost
Week 1 – 1 Tbsp Epsom salts, 1 cup Miracle-Gro Compost (1-0-0)
Week 2 – Plant tomatoes
Week 8 – 1 cup Miracle-Gro Compost (1-0-0)
Week 16 – 1 cup Miracle-Gro Compost (1-0-0)
Bed #1- Organic Fertilizer
Week 1 – 1 Tbsp Epsom salts, 1 Tbsp Blood Meal (12-0-0), 2 Tbsp Dr Earth (4-6-3)
Week 2 – Plant tomatoes
Week 8 – 1 Tbsp Bone Meal (6-9-0), 2 Tbsp Dr Earth (4-6-3)
Week 16 – 1 Tbsp Bone Meal (6-9-0), 2 Tbsp Dr Earth (4-6-3)
Bed #2- Chemical Fertilizer
Week 1 – 1 Tbsp Epsom salts, 1 Tbsp Vigoro, Tomato & Vegetable (12-10-5)
Week 2 – Plant tomatoes
Week 8 – 1 Tbsp Vigoro,Bold Flowers (15-30-15)
Week 16 – 1 Tbsp Vigoro, Bold Flowers (15-30-15)
Celebrity tomatoes characteristics: All-American Winner Selection, 7 oz, determinate, harvest 70 days. Tom Wilten calls Celebrity the preeminent mid-sized tomato.
Fertlization Comparison study write up by Jim Dempsey.
Picture by Starla Willis
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