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Planting Begins

September 11, 2014

In light of fall’s arrival, I’m going to start planting again! First, I have to make sure the soil is ready. I typically do this by breaking up the ground with my hands and gardening tools, adding some good soil and compost and then watering consistently. It’s always important to prep the ground before you plant. I like my garden to be truly organic. I use an organic cotton compost and organic soil. It’s really important to me that what we are putting in our mouths doesn’t have pesticides or unnatural chemicals.

Once the ground is prepared, I either purchase seeds if it’s early enough in the season, or seedlings which are young plants ready to be transplanted into your garden. It’s also important to know what’s in season before planting. Texas is so hot, even in the fall, that the climate isn’t right for certain vegetables and flowers. Depending on where you live, research your climate or local nursery to see what grows well in your neck of the woods.


Some of things that will be growing in the Gaines’ garden this fall are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and eventually I’ll plant some lettuce and spinach at the end of this month! Other veggies good for this time of year are beets, collard greens, brussel sprouts, and swiss chard. Since I go to the garden to retreat and unwind, not only do I want to plant food for my family to enjoy, I want it to be pretty and aesthetically pleasing. I also plant certain flowers, depending on the time of year, to enhance the beauty of the garden.


My kids love picking veggies from the garden for different recipes, especially using these cute new Blackboard Crates from my online shop. It’s especially fun when they can taste the fruit of their labor at the dinner table. I’m excited to try some new recipes with our garden veggies this fall! What are you planting this season?

{Photos, veggies & herbs provided by Bonnie’s Greenhouse}

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  • Kathy
    3:37 pm, September 27, 2014
    Hi, I live in the country outside of Wharton, Texas. One of my favorites for fall beauty and flavor is cilantro. By the time it blooms, it has become a small, blowsy bush covered in white flowers! So pretty!!
  • Karin
    12:57 pm, September 22, 2014
    I love your show. It makes my heart happy to watch a show with such genuine people. I love that you two are so obviously a true partnership. I wish more "reality tv" were as "real" as you two. Keep up the great work. I live in Copperas Cove and have visited Waco often, it is so much fun to see familiar places. Can't wait to come see your shop.
  • Helen
    10:09 pm, September 21, 2014
    I've recently discovered ya'll. I'm super proud to be a fellow Texan (Dallas) and that you and Chip are showing America the class, style, and beauty of the Lone Star State. I love your show and your style is amazing! Great success and may the Lord bless all you do.
  • Anne Pottinger
    8:51 pm, September 15, 2014
    I hope you do another workshop! As I was trying to figure out how I could make it to your Oct 30th event (I am a teacher), it got sold out. Darn! Keep up the great, inspirational work. By the way, my daughter is using one of your galvanized small stools at her glass vanity table! Very cool.
  • Patty hart
    6:34 am, September 13, 2014
    Where I live, I have dozens of deer looking for something to nibble on. I love fresh tomatoes (cannot even eat store bought), so I surround them with hot peppers. Jalapeños, habeneros, hot Hungarians, and cayenne peppers, so canning lots of salsa and pepper jellies!
    BTW, look Texas. Got to live near Dallas for the better part of a year. I will end up there again. Great show!
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