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March On The Homestead

Spring comes: the flowers learn their colored shapes.”

–  Maria Konopnicka

March is a busy month in the garden. The weather is changing, the plants are growing, and there are a ton of things to get done in the yard and the garden.

Let’s start with the yard in general and work our way down to the most important spot, the garden.
March is the time to clean things up a bit. Gather up yard debris (fallen limbs, fallen fruit etc.) and get them in the compost pile.  If there is a ton of leaves in the yard there are several approaches to take with them. The first is to run your mulching mower over them and let them work their way into the lawn. This is a great way to add organic matter and save yourself some time raking.  If you don’t want the pesky leaves in the yard, then use the bagging attachment to collect the leaves as you mulch them with the mower.  These ground up leaves can be added to your compost pile and are a great way to add to an existing pile or start a new one. Lastly, you can get out the rake make giant piles of leaves to put into your flowerbeds.  They make a  great mulch with a wonderful natural look.  Old leaves have so many uses around the yard and garden.

March is the time to aerate your yard.  After you have aerated the entire lawn, top dress it with Geo Growers Turf Topper, or Composted cow Manure.  You can have it delivered to your house the day of aeration and spread before you know it.  Why you are at it, get enough Cow or Turkey Compost to top dress your lawn, flowerbeds, and garden beds all at once.
Once your lawn is top dressed, you can consider fertilizing it. Geo Growers carries a full line of organic lawn fertilizers such as Texas Tea or Medina Growin Green that are a great way to get that lawn jump started before the heat sets in.

Do not forget to top dress the flower beds and gardens with compost. You need to do this at least once a year to replace the organic matter that the plants need. Using  compost builds a healthy, fertile soil, adds nutrients and beneficial microorganisms to your soil,  and it improves the tilth of your soil.
Till in any cover crops you put in the garden. Cut them, till them, and let them breakdown for at least two weeks.

Be very mindful of late season freezes and spring winds. Keeping some sort of row/plant covers handy are a must to protect transplants. March 20th may be the last frost date for our region, but Mother Nature does not always stick to the rules.

Seeds to Plant in March:

Vegetables: Beans, Beets, Chard, Peas Radish

Herbs: Chives, Epazote, Milk Thistle

Black-eyed Peas, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Malabar Spinach, Mustard, Pumpkin, New Zealand Spinach, Summer Squash.

Herbs:  Basil.

Annuals:  Castor Bean, Cleome, Cypress Vine, Gomphrena, Gourds, Marigold, Moonflower, Morning Glory, Sunflowers

Plants to Plant in March:

Vegetables: Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Malabar Spinach, Mustard, Peppers, Pumpkin, New Zealand Spinach, Summer Squash, Tomatillos, Tomatoes.

Herbs: Basil, Bergamot, Catmint, Catnip, Chives, Comfrey, Scented Geraniums, Echinacea, Feverfew, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Sorrel, Thyme.

Annuals: Cleome, Coleus, Cosmos, Gourds, Lion’s Tail, Marigold, Nicotiana, Pentas, Zinnias.

Perennials: Blackfoot Daisy, Esperanza, Firebush, Plumbago,

Trees and Shrubs: You can still get away with planting trees and shrubs in the mild March weather. Your trees and shrubs have a better shot being planted now rather in the heat of the summer.

Is It Really Spring?

Is This Really Spring?
6 Tips If We Have a Late Freeze/Frost

The question most asked here at Geo Growers this time of year is: Is it really spring?               As I write this, the temperature is pushing 90 F and looking at the 10 Day Forecast, the meteorologists are predicting high temps to be between 60 F and 80 F, and lows of 40 F to 60 F, which sure feels like spring.

Many plants are blooming – the Redbuds, the mountain laurels, and even blue bonnets. Aren’t these blooms giving us a sign that springtime has arrived?  After all, it’s been warm most of February this year.

It sure seems like spring, but Texas has a way of fooling you, by slipping in a last minute freeze or frost. Our last typical freeze/frost day average in Central Texas is March 11-20, and more often than not, we’ll experience a cold night or two before the end of March. We have in recent years had a cold snap on April 1st. Some more conservative planters won’t plant until April because of this, when they for sure know that it will be an absolutely safe bet to plant.

This article though, is for those gamblers who want to hedge their bet and plant anyway, knowing even though we may get a freeze/frost and will soon or already have planted their tomatoes. So, here are a few tips for the gamblers, should we have this cold night. Hopefully we won’t, but if we do there are a few things we can do to protect our new plants.

These tips are for a light overnight freeze or frost where your plants only need to be protected for a few hours. If we experience an Arctic Cold Front where we get 15 degrees for a couple of days like we did earlier this year, then all bets are off. Spring will have to start all over again. It’s happened before.

So, should we get notice of a drop in temperature into the low 30’s:

1. Dig up your plants and bring them into your house or greenhouse for the night and replant them the next warm day. A little hard to do if you’ve planted a lot already.

2. Water your plants heavily before the cold snap. Water is an excellent insulator and will warm up the plant’s root system. You might get some burn on the leaves (from the freeze) but the plant should survive.

3. Put blankets, sheets, cardboard boxes inverted buckets or pots over your plants. The idea is to warm up your plants just a few degrees and covering them keeps them warmer.

4. Citrus growers many times will put heaters or smokers in their orchards to add warmth. You’ll have to keep a close watch so you don’t start a fire, of course.

5. Cover your plants with mulch, which warms your plants. Uncover the leaves and stems the next warm day. The mulch will help your plant’s roots stay cooler and retain water longer as spring turns to summer. Mulch is highly recommended by Geo Growers and a good way to hedge your bet.

6. If you have done a lot of planting, covering with a product called Row Cover is a method many farms and larger gardens use to warm their plants as much as 5-10 degrees, which is enough to protect new tender plants. Plastic in sheet form is usually not recommended because it holds moisture on the plant leaves and stems and many times makes it even colder underneath, defeating the purpose and thus more damaging under the plastic sheet. Row Covers are porous and allow plants to breathe.

For more information on Row Covers, Geo Growers can give you more information on the properties of this fabric, which we have in stock in rolls, and it can be cut to your specifications.

Hopefully, we’ll bite the bullet and won’t have to do anything but enjoy our spring, but if we do get a cold snap, these tips should serve the purpose of raising the temperature above the freezing mark just enough to save your new plants.

February On the Homestead

February is only as long as is needed to mass the time until March.
J.R. Stockton
February is a busy month around the Homestead. There is so much to do even if the temperatures are still cold It is a good time to start prepping your garden beds. Build and fill new beds with our Thunder Garden Soil Mix, or revitalize existing beds with 2-3 inches of our Double Thunder Soil, Cow Compost, or Turkey Manure.  You can also add an organic supplement such as Rabbit Farms Minerals Plus or Rabbit Hill Farms Humate.

Whether your bed is new or established, give your plants a boost with Geo Growers Home Brewed Compost Tea and an Archaea  supplement to boost the microbial health of your soil.

Despite the unusually warm weather so far, it is best to resist the temptation to zealously fertilize your lawn. It is best to apply Corn Gluten Meal or a light topping of Geo Grower’s Turf Topper Soil to your Bermuda grass, but avoid the Corn Gluten Meal on your St. Augustine and stick with a light topping of Geo Grower’s Turf Topper Soil. Too much nitrogen in February is not the best thing for the lawn.

Continue to protect tender plants before a freeze.

February also means  it’s time to prune. Start during the middle of February,by  shaping your rose bushes and give them some care  in the form of Turkey Compost or fertilizer.

Prune fruit trees if needed and make sure to paint/seal the prune sites.

Shear hedges to shape. Shear hardy herbs as needed. Oregano, Rosemary, Savory, and Thyme will especially benefit from a late-winter makeover. Cut woody perennials such down to 12” segments. When new growth appears at the base, cut the old stems nearly to the ground to eliminate unsightly dead sticks.

Seeds to Plant this Month:

Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Seed Potatoes, Shallots, Spinach, Turnips.

It is time to start your Tomatoes and Peppers  seeds indoors.

Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Parsley.

Coreopsis, Cosmos, Nasturtium, Sweet Peas.

Plants to Plant this Month:
Artichokes, Asparagus, Asian Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion Sets, Seed Potatoes, Shallot Bulbs, Spinach.

Blackberries, Dewberries, Grapes, Figs, Pears, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Strawberries.

All hardy perennial herbs, such as chives, oregano, and thyme; and cool-season annuals or biennials such as dill, fennel, and parsley.

African Daisy, Alyssum,  Delphinium, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, English Daisy, Larkspur, Lobelia, Petunias, Poppies, Snapdragons, Black Foot Daisy, Four Nerve Daisy, Turk’s Cap, Yarrow.

November on the Homestead

20161117_092851November is in full swing and the weather is trying to make up its mind and that means there is a lot to do this month. Be aware that November 15 the average first frost date, so despite all the warm weather things can still change quickly.

On the Lawn
• Clear up fallen leaves regularly to allow light to the grass.
• A last mowing can be made this month before leaving your lawn for the winter.

In the Flowerbeds

  •  There’s still time to plant spring flowering bulbs for a magnificent start to next years display.
  •  Plant out spring bedding displays of pansies, violas and primulas.
  •  Now is the ideal time to plant a magnolia tree for a beautiful spring display.
  •  Gather up fallen leaves from around the base of rose bushes which suffered from black spot or rust this summer, to reduce the chance of infection next year.
  •  Cut back the yellowing foliage of herbaceous perennials, and lift and divide overcrowded clumps to maintain their vigor.

In the Vegetable Garden

  • Now is a great time to prepare a perennial vegetable bed which can be planted up with asparagus crowns.
  • Still time to sneak in some late garlic
  • Now is an ideal time to invest in mushroom kits It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own mushrooms.
  •  Now is a good time to top dress empty beds with Mushroom or Poultry compost so that it can sit and soak into your beds over the winter months
  •  Build a raised bed to take the bending out of vegetable growing.
  •  Stake top-heavy brassicas and draw up some soil around the base of the stem to prevent wind rocking the plant and causing damage to the roots.

Other Assorted Chores:

  •  Wash, dry and store any used pots, seed trays and containers to remove overwintering pests and diseases that may infect your plants next year.
  •  Make sure gardening tools are cleaned of soil and debris.
  •  Clean out your seed stocks.
  •  Insulate taps and pipework with foam lagging to prevent damage caused by freezing weather conditions.
  •  Move container grown specimen plants to a sheltered spot in the garden to protect them from strong winds, heavy rain and frosts.
  • Raise potted plants off the ground to prevent them becoming waterlogged.
  • Build a new compost heap. Cover compost heaps with an old piece of carpet to keep the warmth in and maintain favorable decomposition conditions.
  • Keep on top of weeds while they are still in active growth. Dig over the soil on a dry day when the ground is not too wet. Incorporate plenty of organic matter such as spent compost, manure or mushroom compost.
  •  Move deciduous trees and shrubs while they are dormant.
  •  Prune deciduous shrubs and trees.
  • Plant evergreen shrubs and conifers.
  •  Take hardwood cuttings of deciduous shrubs and trees and place them in a sheltered spot outdoors or in the cold frame to take root.
  • Take root cuttings from fleshy rooted herbaceous perennial plants to increase your stock. Place them in a cold frame or in a cold greenhouse to root.
  •  As the weather grows colder make sure bird feeders and bird tables are topped up with food.

Discount Saturday



!  Discount Days-Saturdays for Retail Customers !

Geo Growers is excited to announce that every Saturday in August is Discount Day in the soils yard.  On August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th Geo Growers will be offering discount pricing on bulk soil yard sales including Custom Soil Blends, Compost, Mulches, Sand, Gravel & Foundation Materials.



*Does not include Bag-it-Yourself, Thunderhead Potting Soils or Store Products.
*Valid on drive up purchases only.
*Not available on deliveries
*While supplies last with no rain checks








Wednesday Is Plant DAY!!

And I mean it.20160525_104845
It is Wednesday and it is Plant day, all in one day.
All in one place.
All in the Geo Growers’ Shade House!


All plants arriving today were 1 gallon
All want to go home with you.

Almond Verbena
Nazareth Sage
Incense Passion Vine

Come get them while they still have that new plant smell.

Thursday Plant Day!!!


The sun is shining and the heat is on. That means it is summer time and PLANT TIME here at Geo Growers. Come visit our updated and renovated Shade House to see what is growing for you.

Just arrived and ready to plant.

All in 4 inch pots
All Organic.

Curly Parsley
Bay Laurel

Green Malabar Spinach
Red Malabar Spinach
Crookneck Squash

Red Carpet Sedum
Red Bird Plant

1 Gallon Pots

Allspice Bush
Almond Verbena
Nazareth Sage
Gregg’s Mist Flower
Gogi Berry

5 gallon pots
Bay Laurel


Friday Plant Day????

Okay, I know it is a bit strange that Friday is Plant Day around here instead of Wednesday, but the truth is that we have been BUSY!!!!shadehouse
The sun is shining, the dirt is flying, and the plants are arriving, but it took a day or two for us to catch our breath and let you know what is here for your garden.

So start your weekend off the right way by stopping by the Geo Grower’s shade house and getting those extra things you need for the vegetable or herb garden.

All in 4 inch pots
All are Organic

Garlic Chives
Variegated Pineapple Mint
Hot & Spicy Oregano
Sweet Marjoram
Creeping Thyme
Lemon Variegated Thyme
Mexican Feather Grass

All in 4 inch pots
All are Organic

Charentais Melon
Honeydew Melon
Burgundy Okra
Orange Bell Pepper
Habanero Pepper
Shishito Pepper
Orange Glow Watermelon
Sugar Baby Watermelon

4 inch pots
Purple Gomphrena
Carmine Gomphrena
Lilac Gomphrena
Red Gomphrena

1 Gallon pots
Mexican Hummingbird Bush
Texas Everbearing Fig
Goji Berry

Lions, Tigers, and PLANTS

Okay, well maybe there aren’t Lions and Tigers, but I can promise that there are newshadehouse plants in the Geo Growers Shade House.

Please DO NOT Forget that there are probably a few great plants left over from last week, so stop on in and get what you need.

All come in 4 inch pots.
All are organic.

Lemon Verbena
Rober’s Lemon Rose Scented Geranium

All come in 4 inch pots.
All are organic.

Bush Pickle Cucumbers
Assorted Melons
Clemson Spineless Okra
Mixed Bell Peppers
Red Baron Bell Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers
Much Nacho Jalapeno Peppers
TAM Jalapeno Peppers
Sweet Banana Peppers
Green Malabar Spinach
Tropic Tomato (Heat Tolerant)
Orange Glo Watermelon

These are 1 gallon pots.

Gregg’s Blue Mist Flower
Dwarf Myrtle
Blue Classic Passion Vine