The Garden Academy

Gardening in the coastal South

Welcome to the Academy!

I garden on the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas - The Third Coast of the United States.  If you are new to the Third Coast, it can be a bit of an adjustment.  It’s a great place to garden, but it certainly has its challenges.  They say that if you can learn to garden here, you can garden almost anywhere.

The Garden Academy information is centered around the climate in Zones 9a & 9b and reaches northward to Zone 8 and southward to Zone 10.   However, a lot of what is offered here is based on techniques more than zones.  Many gardeners will find things that they can add to their own garden knowledge base with a few adaptations for climate.

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How to use this site

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We throw in a little nature, recipes, garden art, and pets (since we garden with them daily).

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Planning & Preparation (Go to Main)
Bed Preparation
    Soil Tests - Do you really need them?
    Raised Beds
    No-Till Gardening
        Lasagna Gardening
        Mulch Gardening

Soils & Fertility
    Compost Tea
    Alfalfa Tea

Site Analysis 
    DIY Survey and Drawing Tools

Edible Gardening (Go to Main)
Monthly Task Lists
Self-Watering Containers
Fruits Main Page
    Chill Hours
    How to Plant Fruits
    Growing Guides for Fruits    
Vegetable Main Page
    Crop Rotation
    Growing Guide for Veggies
    Growing Veggies in the Shade

Ornamental Gardening (Go to Main)
    Cool Weather Annuals
    Lawn Care


Manage & Maintain (Go to Main)
Pests & Diseases
    Fire Ants
    Managing Ants in the Gardens
Pruning & Training
Managing Water
    Low Volume Irrigation
    Rainwater Harvesting
Lawn Care
Seed Saving

Propagation (Go to Main)

Grafting Avocados

Homesteading & Lifestyle (Go to Main)
    Bee Friendly Gardening
    Frameless Comb
    Rescue Frames - Fix broken comb fast
Urban Chickens & the Lawn
Why Organic?

Random Things (Go to Main)
Garden Art
Links I Like
Pollinator or Pollinizer? 
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