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Not only is the garden rewarding when the crop starts coming in but growing fruits and vegetables without pesticides or commercial fertilizers make them very healthy.

Living in the country and having a tractor we grow a 40-50' by 80-100' garden, which produces more food than we can consume in one year so we share what is left-over.

The seeds we plant are heirloom or organic so we save the seeds each year for the next planting season. Not only does that save you money but your produce will be better tasting and the plants will be heartier.

In order to save time and water we use 3/4" PVC in our cages and hills with holes drilled into the area we want watered.
For corn, okra, beans, broccoli, cabbage, etc we use rows with furrows in three segments to make watering simpler.

In West Texas we get 3 growing seasons.
In the Spring we plant our root crops and cool weather crops: such as turnips, spinach, carrots, winter squash, broccoli, cabbage, onions, brussels sprouts, etc.
Our Summer crop consists of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, zucchini, corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, okra, beans, etc.
The Fall crop is a repeat of the Spring crop less the onions.

The fact we have our own wells makes it affordable to water. People living in the city who pay for water often have to plant smaller areas. By knowing how, what and when to plant you can lower your food costs by hundreds of dollars a year. In smaller planting areas many people use 5 gallon buckets, pots and planter boxes for gardening.

Our garden time is over until next April. During this time we will be working with you on preparing your garden for the coming season.

We look forward to hearing your ideas or questions on our Forum.


Left pic: shows watermelon and cantaloupe vines. We grow them in hills so the water goes around them and soaks upward. Figure 10 foot diameter for each hill.
Middle pic: A 37 pound red black diamond watermelon. Black diamonds average 25 to 45 pounds. And will produce 4-6 melons per vine.
Right pic: 31 pound black diamond yellow meat.

Broccoli

Left pic: Broccoli ready for harvesting. These are grown on furrows and will keep producing if picked frequently.
Middle pic: Cages and watering system for tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers eggplants etc. to protect young plants from harsh West Texas winds. We cover cages with plastic. As the plant roots and begins to mature we remove the plastic. Watering time for 16 cages 5-7 minutes.
Right pic: Yellow squash. These can be grown in or outside of a cage. In a small garden 2 plants will produce more than enough squash.


Left pic: Butternut Squash can be kept up to 10 months by dipping them in bleach water. Leave 1 inch of stem, store in pantry on cardboard do not stack. Need 10-12 feet diameter growing space. Heavy producer.
Middle pic: Heirloom Columbus Pumpkin generation of seeds date back to Christopher Columbus. Was a large source of food for many of the pilgrims. Need 10-12 foot growing space.
Right pic: Front row cabbage, produces one sometimes 2 heads per plant. Second row white onions. We grow 200+ per year, those we don't eat fresh we freeze for cooking, such as in stews. Back row broccoli. All these are grown on furrowed rows.


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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds