Did you know plants have families? We didn’t either when we first started gardening. We won’t get into the science too deeply because it really does go on and on…and on. But knowing your plants and who is in what family makes it easier to lay out your garden beds. Generally speaking you want to plant like minded plants together. Now don’t confuse this with companion planting. While they have some similarities, plant families are more about which plants are related and not just about
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Everyone has a different growing season depending on where they live. You’ll find most seed catalogs mark the growing season by zones. First, find your zone to calculate your growing season. A zone indicates which plants will thrive in your area. Certain plants won’t thrive in a southern heat, so it’s important to know what zone certain plants do well in, so you don’t purchase a plant that can’t grow in your area. In Arkansas, we are in zone 7-8. Which means we have hot,
There are so many plant varieties on the market. Sure, you may know that you want to plant tomatoes, but have you thought about what type of tomato? A beef steak tomato, a roma tomato, variegated, yellow or red are all different plant varieties. And that doesn’t even put a dent in your choices. Each type of plant, whether it’s corn, green beans, squash, etc., all have different plant varieties to choose from. How do you know which plant varieties you need for your garden?
Planning a spring garden can an overwhelming task. Where do you put your garden? How much space do you need? What do you plant? These are all questions we had when we began our garden four years ago. We learn as we go, but if y’all can learn from our mistakes you’ll be ahead of the curve. Whether you have a spring garden or are starting from scratch planning begins now! Every January we get out our notebooks, seed catalogs and look at our plot.
When fall and winter hits, there are a number of ailments that afflict chickens. Chicken combs are easily affected by cold, dry temperatures. Up north, chickens struggle with frostbite on their combs and wattles. Down here in the south, we struggle with frostbite too, but not every winter, as our winters are typically milder. We get snow from time to time, but not every winter. And more often than not, we get ice. Our trees droop from the weight of ice on their branches. The
Ornamental chicken breeds are some of the most beautiful birds. They often have wild colorful plumage and quirky personalities. These chickens are called ornamentals because they often lay small eggs and have a much lower egg-laying rate than typical for chickens. Ornamental chicken breeds are known for having the most froo-froo feathers on the head, feet, and body. They are fun birds to own! These chickens make great pets. Depending on the breed their feathers may not keep them warm in cold climates and so