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I bet a lot of you have become painfully familiar with this instrument right here, the shovel. I hope you have, and that you have made your raised beds such as we talked about a couple of weeks ago. If you need more information on how to do it and what to plant at this time of the year send me that self addressed stamped envelope to The Weekend Gardener Address which is: P.O. Box 380391 Zip Code 78280 (San Antonio, TX) and we'll send that right on out to you.

If you go down to your nursery at this time of year they have transplants, such as broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers and things like that. But they are in these small peat pots so you have to be careful about how you grow them. A lot of people have trouble getting them to live this time of the year so they'll pot them up in a larger pot such as we have here, grow them up to a larger plant such as we have here, and then they are easy to transplant.

One thing that you've got in your local nurseries at this time of year are large tomato plants in four-inch containers. Now the tomatoes cost a little bit more, but they have a larger root system that is easier to establish. One thing that you've got to do is not keep them too wet or too dry at this time of the year and one easy way to do that is use a drip irrigation system. Turn it on, and where these wet spots appear, you want them 36 inches apart, plant these tomatoes in every third wet spot. You can plant them at this time of the year, they will do well and you will have to do that to ensure a bountiful thanksgiving harvest.

This has been Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service the Weekend Gardener.

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