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gardengirl (Maggie Tate)

Member since: January 26, 2009


Austin, Tx 78732
USDA hardiness zone 8B


Maggie Tate

Member since:

January 26, 2009

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Texas Coast Beach House

About me

I love to grow veggies and native plants.

Current project

Planting veggies, mulching, the spring cut and weeding the lawn.

Type of gardener


Favorite garden activity

Eating the produce, and truly, weeding.

garden wall

Good Evening, <br/> <br/>Thank you for answering my question on when to grow. I am very new to gardening. I know that you mentioned the last frost date. I googled it and came up with this, but I am not sure what it means? <br/> <br/>Frost Dates &gt; Beverly, MA 01915 <br/>Last Frost Date (2013): 5/16 <br/> <br/>First Frost Date (2013): 9/29 <br/> <br/>Average Growing Season: &gt;142 days <br/> <br/>USDA Hardiness Zone: 6A <br/> <br/>Also, I went online and looked up zoning for my area, but there are multiples. I love in Beverly MA. <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>I guess I am very confused. I know what I want to do, I even got starter kits for many herbs, tomatoes and peppers, but I am not sure when to start them. It says for the peppers, tomatoes and parsley to start 10 weeks early from May. So I should start those now, right?
brianmalaquias commented on 02/27/13
Sorry for the delay! Yes, start those seeds :) Your last frost date is 5/16, so that means you can safely set out the plants at that point without worrying that you will lose them to a cold snap. You may be able to set them out a little before but it can be risky and you might have to cover them to protect if there is a light freeze.
gardengirl replied: on 03/21/13
Good luck getting your seeds in! Do you use a heat mat to help germinate them?
gardengirl commented on 02/19/11
I guess I am spoiled in Louisiana. I have eight acres to choose from. My biggest problem is the trees. I have about 150 oak trees to dodge. I hope to get my seeds all in cell packs before I leave Sunday. I think I can get my garden beds finished when I get back and get my corn in the ground. I look forward to seeing your garden. You can grow a ton in an 8x11 area.
photoclark commented on 02/19/11
So how big a garden do you guys have? I have rekindled my vegetable gardening spark this year. I have tilled a 30x50 that i am going to put in sweet corn. i am working on another huge bed for my other plants. It will be tough as I travel for my real job a lot, but I am putting in auto timers and soaker hose to help while I am gone. I would love to see photos when you get it planted.
photoclark commented on 02/19/11
It's not nearly that big! We live on a hill and have to have Ft Knox to keep the squirrels and their wild compadres out. So, it's about 8 X 11 with a little pathway in the middle. Totally enclosed. If I had to rely on my garden for food, i would starve! I have photos documenting the process of remaking it. It's basically finished but there's some clean up work to do and I haven't taken the final photo yet. I hope to get an entry about the redoing the structure in the next few days. Stay tuned!
gardengirl replied: on 02/19/11
Hey, <br/>Thanks for commenting on my photos. I grew up about two hours from Austin in a little town called San Saba. I went over to the area this summer and fall, and it has really been hit with the &quot;dry&quot;. If you ever go by that way, you should meander through the Mill Pond Park. My uncle is the head groundsman there and he has done a lot of hardscaping and planting. tells a ittle about the history of the park. It was originally established to help water the founder&#x27;s garden.
photoclark commented on 02/18/11
Hi! Thanks for the note about San Saba - yes, the "dry" has been terrible. Mill Pond Park sounds lovely and what an interesting story about how it started. Thanks!
gardengirl replied: on 02/18/11
Hi! <br/>Posted my pic of the remains of the mighty red oak! Hope you enjoy it!
safeharbor commented on 05/24/10
Terrific - I will check it out!
gardengirl replied: on 05/24/10
In responce to your message, and question about my profile pic. I didn&#x27;t make it. Found the picture and it reminded me of one I had years ago. I just love it.
Karen Phipps commented on 04/17/10
Thanks! It's a great picture!
gardengirl replied: on 04/19/10
I&#x27;m digging your blog! Keep it coming.
in the weeds commented on 03/05/10
You are too kind! :)
gardengirl replied: on 03/05/10
Hi, just checking you out !! thanks for commenting on my blog and making me feel welcome. <br/> <br/>Karman
Karman commented on 02/24/10
You are welcome!!
gardengirl replied: on 02/24/10
Hello, in answer to your question the wire cage lifts off. It is a bit large but we live on four acres and the bunnies are wild! Hence prison for my veggies..ha! So far the weeds have been hiding and I can water and fertilize without taking it off, but I do have help if needed. Have you heard of planting alfalfa to keep the bugs away? I planted seeds, recommended by one of our farmers market vendors. I will keep you all posted if it works. He said the good bugs/bad bugs fight it out on this grass. When it gets tall , cut it back and start again. Sounds to simple..... being a first time veggie gardner I am trying anything. I am like a sponge right now learning all that I can. Thanks for your comment.
Thyme commented on 11/03/09
sorry for the previous epistle length message, but plants get me excited ;-)
cajunbarry commented on 07/16/09
Hey GG, <br/> Glad you like the pic. I planted the individual plants myself at the Stratford Drive home three years ago. Sedums and Graptopetalums are so easy to grow here. I collected some small-leaved sedums on old riverside drive years ago that I call &quot;Old Riverside&quot; stonecrop. The problem with that one is it tends to &quot;migrate&quot; away from where it is planted and finally poops out. Another part of that garden has a maidenhair-plugged honeycomb rock wall. It is in the shade and has a constant veil of water bathing it. <br/> I am presently planting a wall at an estate on Lake Austin with lots of sedums, a few vines and maidenhair ferns. I should have good pics of that once we are finished and it bounds... <br/> It looks like you, &quot;in the weeds&quot; and I need to start an Austin Dig The Dirt community, no? <br/>I live in the newly labeled SoLa District of Austin, which used to be called &quot;Bubbaland&quot;...someone needs to keep the torch burning for old weird 78704 ;-) <br/> I&#x27;ll tell ya, hot peppers are booking right now in this heat, tomatoes...not so much. It is interesting to see true survival plants in this Hades-ish heat such as Leucophyllums, which you very well know. I have seen burned mature yuccas, agaves and cacti -- now you know that&#x27;s HOT. I am vowing to get out of the heat by noon as a daily rule... <br/>
cajunbarry commented on 07/16/09
I love the pic. Do you have any gallery pictures yet?
in the weeds commented on 06/04/09