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February 2013
Wabash Antiques & Feed Newsletter
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February Lecture
Bare Root
Tips
March Lecture
Community
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Welcome to Wabash's newsletter. Please share the newsletter with your friends who have an interest in organic gardening, natural pet products and unique gifts. We will keep you abreast of upcoming events, new product arrivals and seasonal vegetables and flowers. We hope you enjoy it and stop by and visit soon.
 
Spring Veggie Garden
by Dianne Norman  
Saturday, February 16, 2013
1:30-3:30 p.m. 
 
Don't be late in preparing your garden beds for spring. Dianne will discuss planting seeds including beets, bok choy, lettuce, and swiss chard. Also learn about protecting your tomato plants. We have all the materials to have a great garden. Questions are welcome. Instructor: Dianne Norman owns her own Wholesale Nursery, is a Texas Master Gardener and had one of the first Organic Subscription Farms in the Coastal area.
 

Bare Roots and Fruit Trees

 

Make a long-term investment in your property that is as beautiful as it is functional. Wabash is your source of a variety of fruit trees such as peach, apple, fig, and an array of citrus. Most of our trees are sold in pots and others are sold as "Bare Root," a plant harvested in its dormant state so that it may be easily transplanted. In either case, the trees are simple to transplant, and will make great additions to your orchard or edible backyard.

 

To ensure success of your trees, there are a few measures that we suggest. For a healthy root system upon transplant we recommend using a beneficial inoculant. Inoculating inspires an active colony of beneficial microbes, creating the living soil system the healthy trees desire. This will be effective on all of our bare roots with the exception of blueberries. A Wabash gardener will be glad to assist you in the proper applications of all of our products.


February Gardening Tips

 

February is here, which means the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The national weather service predicts that the end of cold weather may have already come for Houstonians. This means we can begin our spring plants, prune back plants on which we expect growth, and begin to prepare the soil for fertilization. Just to play on the safe side, be prepared to cover any outdoor beds with frost cover or a blanket if we near a surprise freeze, also, keeping fragile spring seedlings and transplants in pots for another couple weeks will allow you to bring them inside in case of a cold front.

 

What can we grow?

  • Maintain the winter greens with appropriate shade and ventilation. Continually harvest and you may have a chance to keep you salad bowl full all the way up to summer
  • Sow lettuce, beets, mustard, and kohlrabi seeds.
  • Set out broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and onion transplants.
  • Plant herbs such as dill, fennel, rosemary, thyme, cilantro
  • We just got our first batch of peppers in! Varieties include: Pepperoncini, Purple Beauty, California Wonder, Golden Treasure, Italian Marconi, Mohawk, Chile Anaheim,
    and Nu-Nex Joe E. Parker.
  • Tomato of varying types and maturities keep rolling in so visit the store and adopt a few. Join the discussion on Facebook about the best tomatoes to grow and eat. 

An Organic Evening Featuring 
Howard Garrett and John Ferguson
Friday, March 15, 2013
6:30-9:00 p.m.

 

Howard Garrett, is a landscape architect, certified arborist, broadcaster, writer, and a leader in the natural-organic marketplace. He provides consulting on natural-organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control, and green living.

John Ferguson is a soil scientist and organic specialist who founded Nature's Way Resources, a greater Houston area composting, mulch, and recycling company that specializes in high quality compost, mulch, and soil mixes.

Howard and John are co-authors of the book Organic Management for the Professional. Copies of this insightful book for both professionals and gardening enthusiasts will be on hand and available for autographing.

Space is limited. Stay tuned for more details.

Backyard Chicken Ordinance News

 

Some find the organic gardening and homesteading movement to be a resistance to the modern sway of life in our country. Exciting as resistance may be, true victory is found in harmony.

 

Recently, The City of Houston has been working with Hens for Houston, BARC, and Houston citizens to revise the near century old ordinances on raising chickens in the city. This productive discourse of the citizens with the city government is pertinent to the Wabash customer, particularly the distance restrictions and chicken compost regulations. The current law states that chickens must be 100 feet away from the closest neighbor. The secondary aspect that is seen as unwise and outdated is the classification of chicken poop as hazardous waste, rather than what it really is, a high nitrogen addition to your compost cycle. Wabash supports any revision to the ordinance that further enables a citizen to enjoy the companionship, eggs, and garden aide that is backyard chicken raising.

 

The active citizens and prospective hen owners can follow the progress of the ordinance online.
 
Field Trips                              

Many consider Wabash a great place to spend a sunday afternoon with the family. We always welcome field trips and outings, many of our customers talk about "growing up with Wabash." Stop by this month and see the most recent members of our wild family, and maybe adopt one for your own homestead. Our kittens, puppies, and our new ducklings await your visit.

Betty Heacker
Wabash Antiques & Feed