Of Flowers, Seeds, and Native Plants


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Is the garden always in transition? Sometimes it feels that way. My children have been exploring seeds in the garden. From those that they can eat to those that they just want to plant.


My Katya runs to pick another flower for a passer-by. I wonder how I manage to keep any flowers in the garden. The children have always been friendly to others in my neighborhood, even when they have not been to friendly. Katya decided that the wealth of flowers should be shared. My wife is convinced that this constant picking has led to the plants producing more flowers. I think that there is more to it than that, but deadheading (removing the dead flowers) does help. My only problem with the little girls picking flowers has been their tendency to yank the entire plant out of the ground. The other issue was that I was trying to harvest seeds.
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Carrots, Onions, and Peas in the Winter Garden


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You may not think that gardeners would be planting during this cold snap, but I am.

I am having too much fun watching others cover and uncover their plants. Our temperatures have been going from nearly 80F to 40F on a biweekly basis. I was walking through my local nursery, and mainly I am finding only a few varieties en masse. This is not the time to be considering a new bed for vegetables; is it? With the relative mild Houston winters, we could be planting year round. I spotted onion sets by the door, so I became inspired to expand my vegetable endeavors.
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Greetings

This site came out of my desire to write about my love of gardening, but also to connect it to my knowledge derived from home inspections. That is why I tied it to the home inspection site.If you have questions, you can email them to me (frank at yourhoustonhomeinspector.com). For home inspections, call 713.781.6090.
Happy gardening, Frank

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