Category Archives: Roots

Little Helper

I cannot think of a time when I’m working playing in the garden and these little legs aren’t right there behind me. He knows to put the feed in the bowl and the scratch in the dirt. He is only two, yet knows how to plant seeds. When I need that extra hand to carry […]

a week in the life of a container gardener – mid June, 2013

Saturday, June 8th, 2013: The sun came out! Tropical Storm Andrea took her time blowing through Southwest Florida, and we got a week of straight rain and storms. On Saturday morning, there was blue skies and sunshine, so I took advantage of the good weather and spent a lot of time in the garden. I […]

Proud dad moment

Zoe planted the seed, and for the most part watered when she remembered to ask me. Today, they were finally large enough to let her pick them. I’m happy that she likes to help me in the garden and asks about things.

Taters and remediation

After the whole tire fiasco, my brain had a light build moment and somehow it came up with this growing receptacle from the potatoes. I picked up a 50ft length of metal fence from Lowe’s, and a bale of straw from Marshall Grain and…Presto! I cut the fence to make the diameter around 2.5 ft. […]


I picked up ten pounds of seed potato a few days ago. Half the lot is Kennebec and the other half is Red LaSoda. I took them out the paper sack and placed them flat in the green house. There they will sit for about a week before they get cut into pieces and planted […]

The fall itch

It has been almost two months since the temperatures rose above 100 here in Fort Worth. It has been the same amount of time since I’ve done any extensive work in the garden. The nut sedge has taken over and is nearing a foot tall in some areas. Amazingly, the St. Augustine grass hasn’t done […]

These roots were made for eatin’

I haven’t spent much time in the garden except to pull ripe tomatoes, so I don’t have much to write on. I was half tempted to delay my post again this week and blame it the holiday we had on Monday, just so I could snap a few more pictures tomorrow, but then I realized […]


A few days ago I finally dug up the red potatoes. The tops were droopy and turning brown. I was greeted with gold. This is the first time I’ve grown taters this large. The last few years I’ve grown really crappy sized potatoes, but this was something to finally be proud about. You can see […]

Roots and Wings

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” – Hodding Carter A few weeks ago, my father said something interesting to me. He was peeking out at my container garden and said “It’s like Italy out there- like what your grandparents used to do.” My father […]

Getting to the root of the problem

Roots. I’m not the scholar when it comes to roots. Frankly, I’m probably in the middle school level on my knowledge of roots. When the topic came up this week for us to right about roots I sent out an email hoping we weren’t going to really write about roots. But alas, we are. So […]

The Root of All Things

This week we’re talking about roots and at first I thought about not taking it quite literally but then decided that the biologist in me wanted to be more botanist and I wanted to delve into roots themselves. Now, I’ve had a plethora of biology classes in my life and as with all things we […]