Category Archives: Sprouters

in Chel’s garden : March, 2015

Because the sun is direct and the weather is warm, the garden is very, very happy. The plants love the direct, hot sun and the ocassional rain. For some reason a good spring shower makes the plants happier than hose water. It’s like they haven’t been watered in 400 years, even though they get a […]

We’re Back! Spring Update from Texas!

Phew, it’s been awhile! Chel and I both needed the break and I’m finally feeling like doing some gardening again. It’s a little overwhelming because I definitely don’t have the time I used to dedicate to the yard so I’m having to just let Chris handle a lot of it…well, most of it. But, I’m […]


  Sprout is going on a small hiatus until later this fall. Misti’s getting ready for her baby’s arrival, and I (Chel) am riding out the summer. We’ll be back in a few months with some brand new adventures and ideas to share. Have a happy late summer and early fall!

Trying To Enjoy Summer

But it’s hard when you are 35 weeks pregnant, the temps are hitting the high 90s or 100* daily, and the humidity is out of control. Oh, and you have massive cankles and swollen feet that makes standing uncomfortable. And yet there’s a zillion weeds to pull and squash vine borers to battle. At least […]

soggy days…

(If you click the image, you can see it full size. Playing with the panorama setting on my phone a month or so ago…) I was going to go out and snap some photos of the garden on Tuesday, then on Wednesday, then on Thursday, and then on Friday, and then this morning, but it’s […]

Happy Blooms

Tithonia Passiflora ‘incense’ Copper rain lily Clematis texensis Over the last week I pretty much retreated inside every evening, turning my back on the garden somewhat. Of course that’s coming back to bite me in the form of some weeding that needs to be done, but not seeing the garden every day let’s me find […]


When I started gardening a few years ago, it was sort of like a mad scientist’s lab. I pretty much planted anything and everything, despite zone issues, soil and hydration requirements, sun vs. shade, etc. I had no idea what I was doing, so I did whatever I wanted. That first summer was a doozy. Most […]

Summer in the Veg Garden

While the heat and humidity has become oppressive of late, the vegetable garden is hanging in there. Leeks and garlic were pulled recently leaving some open spots for planting watermelon and pumpkins. The tomatoes are also hanging in there, ripening whatever fruit that is left on their vines. It is far too late—and hot—for any […]

summertime blahs

Despite the blue skies in the photo above, the weather here in Southwest Florida has been DREADFUL this week. I always tell people that “summer” is our version of “winter” because it’s a whole lot of extreme temperatures (very hot, as opposed to cold, but some of the plants are just as sensitive to it), dark […]

Tomato Season

Arkansas Traveler and Kellogg’s Breakfast Ground Cherries Blue Beauty Black Plum Black Plum Arkansas Traveler Tomato sauce! It’s been a decent tomato season here, though I still feel like we were behind. My brother had a bountiful harvest and put away jars and jars of tomatoes. So far I put away 3 quarts of blanched […]

gardening and creativity

  After a very slow week in the garden in which I basically spent all my time poking around, yanking mushrooms, repotting plants with drenched soil, and pruning away dead leaves (oh, summer- you can be brutal on the poor plants!) I read this and it reminded me again why I garden: “Gardening is a […]

Good Gardening Reads | Early July Edition

The Smell of Sweet Peas Growing and Harvesting Green Garlic A New Adventure…beekeping! In The Garden…Elizabeth’s Oklahoma garden as it is currently. Belfast Garden Tour #2 The Deeper Politics Of Native Plant Gardens Quicksilver…hydrophobic effects of nasturiums! First Zucchini

Seed Giveaway!

Back in the day, oh 5 or 6 years ago, I tried selling some of my tomato seeds on Etsy. I sold some here and there, mostly enough for me to buy something I wanted on Etsy or another plant. It was nothing of note and never went anywhere. Of course I stopped selling seeds […]

snapshots from around the garden – June, 2014

We had a huge thunderstorm yesterday afternoon and so I didn’t have to water the plants this morning. I used the time to walk around the lanai and take some photos of the garden. View from the far side of the lanai…   Canna about to bloom. Love love love the blossoms on these plants. […]

Good Gardening Reads | Late June Edition

What a beech twig hears Germinating common milkweed Andean Root Vegetables for the Pacific Northwest and Beyond Grilled cantaloupe Plano Water-Wise Landscape Tour Drive-bys Beekeeping: Learning the hard way Farming through the teenage lens A brief romance with a cottage garden

Milkweed Bugs

I can’t remember where we picked up our Asclepias curassivica, aka: scarlet milkweed, but it has thrived in our flower bed this spring. I didn’t even realize it had set seed pods until a week or so ago. As I went over to inspecgt the open seed pods I noticed that the plant was crawling […]

Panaeolus Foenisecii, Toxicodendron Radicans, and Rosa Madame A. Meilland

It appears as if my main role in the garden this summer will be removing mushrooms from the containers. This week I removed about 200 mushrooms (and I’m actually not exaggerating) from my various planters/pots/containers. Some of them pop up just after the rain, but sometimes I’ll just go out there when it’s been dry […]

Death of a Sassafras

About two weeks ago we noticed this sassafrass tree wilting. First it was a few leaves and then one day it was completely wilted. Typically an upland tree, we really didn’t think it was a water related issue especially since we’d had 7 inches of rain the week before. I went ahead and gave it […]

summer seed order

This past week Park Seed was wrapping up its annual “Spring into Summer” sale, and since quantities were dwindling, and I have a few holes in my garden (ie empty pots and extra potting soil), I went ahead and placed a small seed order. Here’s what I got (images courtesy of Park Seed): The one […]

Herb Bed/Perimeter Bed Update

The herb and perimeter beds are proving to go slower than we wanted, mostly because I can’t help as much as I would like, being pregnant as I am currently. It really makes me feel guilty watching Chris do all of the work. However, he’s done an excellent job with the digging and my dad, […]