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Rocky3
Austin, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #7209493

I'd like like to hear more from gardeners in this area. For example, your favorite adapted plants

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #7209679

Hello Rocky, you could post this question on the Texas forum and probably get lots of replies.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/region_tx/all/
patillogirl
Lipan, TX

October 26, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #7209966

thanks for the link frostweed. I am in the southern portion of north central TX and will be interested in reading things that apply to TX.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #7210054

You are welcome, the Texas forum is very informative and a lot of fun.
RoseFella
Victoria, TX

October 26, 2009
4:33 PM

Post #7210154

When growing up on a family farm (the good ol' days) in Lavaca County, TX, zone 8b 1 1/2 hrs south of Austin, my dad and other farmers would plant nitrogen-setting legume cover crops for the winter and then plow these under in time to plant corn, cotton and other crops. These would do wonders providing nitrogen ,organic matter and improved soil tilth as clovers can have deep roots which help loosen the soil.
http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010139fieldcroproots/010139ch14.html
I recall Austrian Wonder peas which could be plowed under earlier for earlier crops such as corn. Sweet clover and Huban clover would be turned under later with cotton and later hay forage crops planted. A seed innoculant is usually vital to improve N2 setting.
I have had sweet corn stalks 12 foot tall with huge ears following use of Huban clover in the garden.


BennysPlace
Beverly Hills, CA

November 7, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #7250504

Hi there RoseFella,

I would have loved to grow up on a farm. The practice of cover crops has been around a very long time. I would love to see 12 foot corn stalks! Do you have any photos?

Blessings to all,
Ben

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