Garden Update: March

by Texas Homesteader ~

Spring is almost here, y’all! I’ve been planning on and working in my garden already. There are a few things I’m revamping this year. For instance, I recently told you about my excitement over ‘biodegradable weed block‘.

I’ve had a system in place for years for keeping weeds and grass out of my garden’s walkways, but now I actually have something to keep grass & weeds out of the planting rows too. Less weeding? Yes please! Plus it will still help to conserve moisture & also attract earthworms. SCORE! All garden goodness right there!

See what’s going on in our garden this month…

I'm trying some new things in our vegetable garden this year. It promises to save me lots of back-breaking work in the garden. SCORE! #TexasHomesteader

I planted my ‘Indoor Greenhouse‘ a few weeks ago and things are sprouting quite nicely in there right now. Here in Zone 8 our typical last frost is around March 20th. I really want to see how easy it was to plant in my boidegradable weed block. But Mother Nature has other plans, including flirting with freezing again in a few days.

No Pears This Year

Earlier this month my little pear tree was fully bloomed. I was so excited to finally be expecting my very first pear harvest this year. But several rogue freezes that came through ruined that for me. We suffered through 3 nights in a row with temps around 19 degrees, one day never even got above freezing. Guess I’ll have to wait another year before I get to harvest pears. GRRRRR…

Rogue freezing temps ruin my chance at my very first pear harvest this year. #TexasHomesteader

After this next cold snap passes I’ll be ready to tempt fate & plant a few seedlings in the soil. I guess I’ll toss a couple of my corn plants – Cardboard Tube Seed Pot and all – into the ground. Using these cardboard tubes helps the corn get a jump start on growing. The paper tube simply feeds the worms and biodegrades back into the soil.

I'm trying some new things in our vegetable garden this year. It promises to save me lots of back-breaking work in the garden. SCORE! #TexasHomesteader

Sustainable-Material Weed Control

I’ll be redoing my walking rows with more Weed-Block using the feed sacks we have in the shed. I’ll top it with Free Bark Mulch from our county. Then I’ll finish laying my biodegradable weed block in the planting rows and plant right through the paper.

I'm trying some new things in our vegetable garden this year. It promises to save me lots of back-breaking work in the garden. SCORE! #TexasHomesteader

So other than that, it’s still early enough that there’s not much going on in the garden. What about you? Are you planting yet or still in the planning stages?

~TxH~

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19 thoughts on “Garden Update: March

  1. Nancy

    Hey Tammy, I’m not sure if I told you but Kaleigh and I are now in the great state of Wisconsin… I had to laugh at your 19 degrees. I’m sure you heard we had -50. No school for a week…crazy weather, even for here. They do have a thing called Victory Gardens here. They come and build the garden, and put in the organic soil at a cheaper price then you can diy. If you get a chance look it up. So I will be getting one and Kaleigh and I can have more then pot “gardens”. I’m pretty excited, I haven’t had a garden since leaving Texas. I’m already looking at heirloom seeds. We have beets and lettuce so far. And I think I may be back in rhubarn country….yeah! I think carrots are next on the list.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I figure no matter where in the world you live, there’s always somewhere with worse weather than you. In my case I was more distraught at the below-freezing temps for 3 consecutive nights killing any chances of me having a pear harvest (and it DID) I’m dreaming of a pear harvest next year though. I’ve heard of victory gardens and I’m a big fan. Back during WWII it was touted as your patriotic duty to grow a ‘Victory Garden’ to feed your own family so that the country’s resources could go toward the war effort. But I’m loving that there’s an organization in WI that has a turnkey option for its residents. How cool! I know y’all are looking forward to it too. Have fun! ~TxH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Me too Rana. Tomatoes are the jewels of the garden for sure! (Note: Don’t forget to finish your subscription – it’s still in limbo until you respond to the confirmation email) Thanks for entering – good luck! ~TxH~

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  2. One of God's

    No properly ripe homgrown ‘mater needs help although I do love tomato sandwiches, tomato gravy over biscuits, caprese salad and uncooked pasta sauce as well as just a plate of ’em sliced.

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  3. One of God's

    Love signing up for great giveaways. Thanks. This one is great because of the roots in history and heritage as well as necessarily looking forward by growing goodness.

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