Monthly Archives: February 2016

Springtime Planting Info


If you are looking for information on what to plant in your garden plot this spring, check out this list provided by Jane Malin!

  • Anytime Jan-Mar: Seeds: radishes, lettuce, arugula, multiplying/bunching onion, endive, horseradish, mizuna (Japanese mustard)
  • January: Tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds indoors; sugar snaps, carrots, tatsoi (spinach mustard) in garden
  • February: Seed: Swiss chard, radish and daikon, parsley, dill, fennel, oregano
    • Prepare garden: Transplant tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings when have 2 sets of true leaves
  • Late Feb/Early March: Tomato plants, pepper plants (daily highs 70-75 F)
    • Dill, fennel & cilantro are companion plants that attract predator insects
  • Late March/early April: Seeds – cucumber, cantaloupe/melon, squash, watermelon
    • Plants – sage and thyme
  • Late April/May/June: yard long bean seeds, basil seeds
  • May/June: Eggplant plants, Seeds – okra, cucuzza/zucchini/summer squash

Thanks for this great planing info Jane!

We’ve been busy in the garden! February Work Days

The February Garden Workdays were very successful!

On February 6th, Emily and her husband, Scott, refurbished plots 1 & 2 (blueberry bushes) by removing the old wood box and replacing it with concrete blocks.  It was hard work but very much worth the effort.  Special thanks to Nathan for helping them haul the blocks!

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February 13th, regular monthly workday.

Thanks to twelve hard-working volunteers, six yards of soil was moved and beds were prepared for spring planting. Those determined workers were George, Nathan, Jeff, Paul, Ivar, Jane and David, Ana and Avery, Gillian and Oliver, and Emily. We really appreciate their willingness to push wheelbarrows, pull weeds and get the grass roots out before the new soil was dumped. Five beds are now ready to plant! The special engineering award goes to the Harvard-Yale team of David and Ivar for reinstalling the bean tents. All but two of the beds have been converted from wood to concrete blocks and cap blocks will be installed soon. Watch for spring flowers! Beds are still available. If you’re interested, please contact Nathan at

Photos of Feb 13th work day

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Blog by Nathan & Emily, Photos by Nathan


Upcoming Green Thumb Lectures in Clear Lake Area

Hi Everyone,

Did you know that the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Harris County Master Gardeners host a series of lectures about garden topics right here in the Clear Lake Area? These FREE lectures are held at the Freeman Branch Library every 3rd Thursday of the month. The Freeman Library is located here: 16616 Diana Lane • Houston, TX 77062  (see map)

Here is the upcoming 2016 Schedule:

  • January 21 – Soils and Compost
  • February 18 – Spring Vegetable Gardening
  • March 17 – Raised Beds and Low-Volume Irrigation
  • April 21 – Herbs – Growing and Using
  • May 19 – Plants of the Bible
  • June 16 – Propagation and Seed Saving
  • July 21 – Fall Vegetables
  • August 18 – Container Gardening
  • September 15 – Decorate Your Garden
  • October 20 – Fruit Trees, Planting and Care

Space is limited so registration is recommended. Please Call 281.855.5600.

For additional information about their other events, plant sales and open gardens, please visit the Harris County Master Gardeners website.