190. Texas Gardening | Oma Garden


I am thrilled to introduce my guest today because I had a listener who had some questions about gardening in zone 9 in Texas and I reached out to some gardeners in Texas and here is Oma!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in the north central Texas.

Why I’m Oma, everyone calls me that, that was my daughter it was a little ridiculous

I love gardening! I just want to enjoy the natural things in the world!

it’s one of those things


overcome them and actually win

come up with that great crop


Tell me about your first gardening experience?

My great grandparents, they lived in aniline Texas

got off the road

They only had 2 acres full of everything you could think of

I remember a big tree off the back of the watermelon patch. Those melons are about to fall off the vine!

all of us kids to get into

the view of having that

18-19 experimenting

vision of that beautiful field

everything burned

through it all in the east side

in zone 8 or 9

full sun

doesn’t mean the same thing

can fry a plant

all the things I had planted

you kind of have to learn what really works

that was my first take on the north west east sides of my home

did’t deter me

a little more wanting

took such the wrong turn

learn from what

How did you learn how to garden organically?

I used the tier method




my first attempt off the gate

learned things

watching my grandmother

baking soda

orange peels

through things in the whole bed

didn’t necessarily think it was anything special

out in the field with their plants

rows in between

throw their peels in it

do it’s job

the tea bags

coffee grinds

put it in the dirt


without going to the library

some of the other things

not being afraid to try things

vegetables around my flowers

st angelo

didn’t have a lot of space

saw these pictures of rainbow chard

through them in the bed

flowers bring your bees

colors are there

combine and plant together in order to make the beauty of your space

see it

Tell us about something that grew well this year.

I actually had a really good year the best thing that’s taken of is the sweet potatoes

coming up

for another few weeks


love the heat in our area


fought the squash bugs

haven’t seen them

had a really light winter

squash bugs are really everywhere

good batch

count that as a success

tear them down at some point

all of the rain

longer then normal spring period

lord help us right in the 100s in June and July

high 80s spring worked really well this year

southern states


really like the heat

squash vine bores

pumpkins and squash

neem oil works well if you stay at it while their young

keep the plants coated on the base where they go to the ground

before the larvae crawls into the plant

can spray it inside

hallow in the center of them

knocking them out while they

miss that window

diatomaceous earth

trying to catch them like they’re small before they are full grown

some kind of insecticide

first year I’ve tried to go

it’s a challenge

have to stay on them

think like a bug

get down at

Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new?

I want to try BT for the squash as well

Another thing I read about

vertical growing with my cantaloupe

you can do that and it works really well

let it sprawl let

around the plants

I didn’t get my okra around the ground

focused on the corn

still doing well


spring and a fall crop

I don’t have a big spot

I have a quarter acre

how many gardeners would like to have more land

never have enough

use the space that you can

use the spots

pumpkins growing behind a shed

if it gets

those zones that have that heat

sun at the middle of the day

plenty of sun if they are shaded

by the evenings and the mornings

quite a bit of good plants

where you put your stuff

space using your space wisely combining your plants in a tight area

people who live in big cities an have wonderful containers all over

Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season.

my cantaloupes

the animals seem worse this year

right beside the fence

made em vertical on top

they are but they will grow well vertically

put them on

baskets in between

I’ve seen people use that for your cucumbers

hang women’s stockings


wooden fences

hang them in between the slats

they will grow right up the side of them


same concept on there

definitely will grow

ladies don’t have a lot of money

vining growth

will hold

Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden.

Im sure everybody hates weeding.

keeping the weeds out

make sure that you keep your weeding down

combine your plants

perfect balance

how close can put them so they

don’t get the sun

not so close that they can get the air and oxygen

look at my site

fairly close together

room to walk or air

come out across

sun can’t get down by the base of them

throw your sweet potatoes

around your flower beds

let them grow

make a barrier of weed protection all around the base

quite a beautiful way to

three sisters

pumpkins and squash around the corn at the base

corn as the bean poles

don’t have to have as many poles

using your space

makes sure you have

don’t have to do those things that often

even find your own joy

go pull a few weeds as you walk through your yard…

suppresses them weeds are pretty smart

you almost have to hand it to them

they’ll find that patch of light

nothings gonna hold me down

find that piece of sun

plant them together like that

everything is lush but hidden so you don’t have that disease in there

its’ beautiful

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden?

Probably designing the new bed It’s like starting with a new canvas.

kind of sad when august and July come in plants are starting to die

rebirth what can I clean out

what can I put there next year

try to rotate your plants as often as you can

I put

problems with my cantaloupe

unwanted animals

put it some

I just think it’s exciting

where you can move your things

‘never fails

rolling the dice

other years

the bugs new exactly


truth is they’re gonna find them anywhere

its the smell

try to keep them guessing

where did the move this stuff


left your plants


that aspect is fun too

what it’s gonna look like

what you’re gonna pair

what if you move those sunflowers

corn over there with that

move the marigolds

try the squash in another area

rebirth of discovering something

never stops

thinking about your perennials versus your annuals

where are you going to plant those plants that don’t’ change

I have a chair

my basket

is my magazines

let’s try this

take your paper out

put it down and put your plants

What is the best gardening advice you have ever received?

You  know it has to be

it’s all about balance

being perfect

little bit of bug

non beneficial insects

lady bugs come after the aphids



scary sometimes

sign of a good garden


see the ladybugs


insects that are good for your garden



soap and water is an amazing thing you can use with your plants


washing them with soap and water

really freaking out on them

leave it alone for a few days

can also hurt your lady bugs

dries out their coat like the other insects


maybe you have a balance problem

within the next week

there was a buffet in the garden

I thin I had every ladybug on my plants

I kind of learn from that

don’t stress out so much

Oma Garden's Pick Ax

A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be?

I have a pickax but it’s the most rugged piece of a tool

I have had it since I was like 19


our macaroni days

can only afford

dollar bag of seeds

one pick ax

I would use that to weed

to plow the art

put up

felt a little bit rich

if I had to choose

antique looking

I’ve probably left it out in the rain

that one thing

that’s always been their

I told OPA the other day

A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?

I love using the tomatillos! My tomatillos rock this year!

through the summer heat

that good of a result


put them in the perfect spot

Ill just move them

they just worked

nothing as good as taking your tomato

peppers over your grill

good green salsa with our

fresh off the vine vegetables

A favorite internet resource?


I really like the home guides

sfa stuff?

often seed them


north Texas garden association

things like you’ve got out there

like to do this thing called garden

search for things



little items all kinds of info on them

magnitude of things

started seeing them show up in site

little quick

3-4 paragraphs

organic gardening

plants and flowers



kind of really easy read

A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can recommend?

I had to really think about that

I’m probably the OCD grabber

I;ll grab everything

small books Ive found over the years

go back to consistently

novice gardener


beginning gardeners

learn about gardening

605 Secrets For A Beautiful, Bountiful Organic Garden: Insider Secrets From A Gardening Superstar by Sierra Bright

605 Secrets For A Beautiful, Bountiful Organic Garden: Insider Secrets From A Gardening Superstar 

by Sierra Bright

handbook with literally


paragraphs items

baking soda


epson salt

early gardeners

starting to try to understand the different things

not too long

200 pages

fairly quickly

there’s something in there I thought I saw

forgot I can try that again

have it on hand if you need it

companion planting

the vegetable guide

James Paris


have them on your phone

different companions plants

what plants work well

promote your beneficial insects

taste better

grow stronger

have on hand to

when your doing your planning

can I not plant this with it

what am I limited to

or if I put these together

in m perennials

more them around

thing about it

your not supposed to put tomatoes with our potatoes

call the same bug

not that they same bug

give it another

be aware of that’s what your doing

made that fora

through he sweet potatoes

try to show up an try to eat them

both happy and growing well

more about space and knowledge

problem with

past that and work

It depends

out in west Texas

more problems with snakes

don’t want to not have snakes

Texas has a lot of rat snakes

they do what they’re called

kind of a good thing

draw them to them

keep them out

if they have a rattle

don’t go near them

I’m not sure what snakes she’s fighting

make sure you don’t have wood piles

deliberately draw snakes have a home away from where you want to be

types of bugs as well

giving a spot to draw them away

fennel instead of dill

pile of something that they would naturally nest in that

if you find one

don’t touch

what kind of snakes

what she has around her

does she have a lot of straw

perfect place to hide and shade and moisture

what else can you

there has never been a cuter enemy

just go away

we just moved to our current location

literally be conventions of squirrels

they didn’t touch it

get to this house

one tree

more spaces for things

won’t get out of my stuff

100 squirrels

Final question-

if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the environment either in your local area or on a national or global scale?

I think that

I just recently just took

I just graduated from college

little slow on the uptake

but it finally happened

very last class that I took was biology


found more joy in parts of that class

when it came to the environment

it’s unbelievable the damage that things like pesticides

smogs and emissions in our sky then we caused

it was more eye opening

when you really stop and look in the smog in the air turns into the acid rain


run off in the rivers and waters

fish that you eat


world called life

opened my eyes

the importance of trying to garden organically

what your creating and growing

how you’re doing it

you can use things and tools that will help keep the world safe

a little shocked

about some of the things

I thought this

Do u have an inspiration tip or quote to help motivate our listeners to reach into that dirt and start their own garden?

I think the best thing is

always try something

don’t be afraid to try something different

don’t be afraid to combine


you might have the perfect shade loving

gardening is a lot like art

what can you match and what can you pair

beauty is breathtaking

don’t be afraid to try something different

don’t be afraid to combine

can get beautiful results combining vegetables and daisies

can e frustrating and everything

enjoy it do

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