Hill Country Garden Show coming up

The annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show will be held Saturday, March 30th at the Burnet Community Center 9-3. There will be demonstrations, many vendors, kids’ corner, many plants, and native and garden supplies.

Let’s Build Raised Beds

Why raised beds you might ask? Here in the Hill country our soils are primarily very alkaline: 8+ on the scale. Raised bed gardening allows us to grow those plants that prefer an acidic pH by creating a proper environment. Raised beds also allow us to garden just about anywhere. They also permit us to keep our garden and flower beds closer to home or in a convenient location for us. And yes, painting the outside for a color theme is fun and vibrant.

When deciding what dimensions, you want to use, make sure that you can reach the center from the edge. (Another lesson we learned the hard way. Now you don’t have to.) With a 2” x 10” x 8’ (redwood, cedar or treated lumber) you can make several variations: 4’ x 8’, 2’x6’, 4’x4’ or a 2’x2’: 1) For a 4’ x 8’, use three boards and cut one in half for the sides. 2) Two boards will build a 2’ x 6’. Cut 2’ off of the 8’ for the 6’, the remaining 2’ work wonderfully for the sides. 3) For a 4’ x 4’ cut two boards in half. 4) And if you would like to put small raised beds around your yard perhaps a color theme in each, one board cut into fourths provides a 2’ x 2’ bed.

The 4’ x 8’ works wonderfully, for instance, for vegetable gardens (make sure you can reach the middle), the 2’ x 6’ giant sunflowers or asparagus, 4’ x 4’ wildflowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, 2’ x 2’ to simply make everything pretty. You can have one raised bed for herbs, one for salad fixins, the options are limitless.

This soil recipe courtesy of John Dromgoole, The Natural Gardener, works wonderfully: 60% top soil, 30% manure compost, 10% granite gravel for the bottom layer (¼ minus size of gravel) = 100% Excellent soil.

Asparagus!!

March is a full month in the garden. Are you ready to plant those asparagus crowns? Dig a hole that is 12” deep for the open pollinated asparagus and 6” deep for one of the Jersey bunch. Put about 1” inch of compost in the hole and toss in a banana peel or two (K=potassium=banana peel). Set the crowns approximately 18” apart with rows 4” apart. Disinfect the newly purchased roots by soaking them in a solution of 1 cup regular bleach to 1 gallon of warm water for 3-4 hours before planting. (This soak also help open their pores.) Put one crown in each hole, spread out the roots, and cover with 2” soil. As it grows, gradually fill up the hole, but don’t cover any foliage. Give your plants 1 to 2 inches of water each week until they become established. After that, don’t bother watering them until drought-like conditions occur.

Start planting

Vegetables: Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers. When planting Pumpkin, Yellow Squash and Watermelon, make sure to leave room for them to wander. Or you can plant your wandering fruits and vegetables in the corner of your garden, so they don’t wander so far. Zucchini plants have such a beautiful bloom (and they don’t wander) that you even use them in your flower beds.

Herbs: Basil, Bay, Caraway, Catnip, chives, Cumin(o), Fennel, Scented Geranium, Horseradish, Lamb’s Ear, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory, Tarragon, and Thyme.

“I’d grow my own food if I could only find bacon seeds” ...anonymous. Since we don’t have bacon seeds yet...

Keep your souls and soles in your garden!
Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1
Have questions or comments? Contact Bill at The Luedecke Group Realtors (512) 577-1463 or email bill@texasland.net. Or contact Martelle Luedecke (512) 769-3179 at luedeckephotography@gmail.com.

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