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Time to Plant Onions

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Its early winter in North Texas and that means it is time to plant onions. Mingos Nursery & Garden Center has fresh onions slips ready to plant.  For 2018 we have Yellow Granex, 1015Y Texas Supersweet, Yellow Bermuda, Ringmaster, Red Candy Apple, Texas Early White, Southern Belle Red, and Red Creole.  Each of these varieties have their own unique flavor and characteristics. Mingos also has all the supplies and information you need to be successful.

When and Where to Plant Onions

Here in North Texas, early winter is the ideal time to plant onions.  In fact, onions are a cool weather crop and will withstand below freezing temperatures.  Like most food crops, onions need to be grown in a sunny place, although a little afternoon shade when the weather turns hot can be helpful especially here in Texas when hot weather tends to show up well before the first day of spring.

Sets, Slips, or Seeds

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Onion Sets

Onions can be planted from sets, slips, or seed. Onion sets are small onion bulbs that have gone dormant.  Slips, also called transplants, are small

bare root onion plants that look much like the green onions or scallions you find in the grocery store.  Onion seeds are usually Plant Onionspurchased in seed packages, but are easy to harvest from onions you do not harvest but allow to flower then turn to seed.

Onions are easy to grow from sets, slips, and seeds, but growing from seed takes the longest and therefore they should be planted earlier than sets or slips. Onion seeds can be found year round.  Onion sets may be available for several months each year but beware of onion sets that are damaged or dried out.  In most areas, onion slips or transplants are only available for a few weeks at the beginning of the growing season.

Planting Onion Seeds

When planting onions from seed, follow the directions on the seed package.  Generally, onion seeds should be planted directly in the garden bed, about 2 inches apart and just barely (¼ inch) covered with soil. Dampen the soil but be careful not to wash the onion seeds away.  A gentle misting with a hose attachment is best.  Onion plants should be thinned to be 3 to 4 inches apart, depending on the variety (the bigger the bulb, the further apart) once the plants have reached 4 or 5 inches.  Thinning larger onion plants can be a problem as their root balls may have grown together.

Planting Onion Sets and Slips

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Onion Slips

Onion sets and slips should be planted no more than one inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart.  Again, the bigger the onion bulb, the further apart the onions should be planted.  Know your variety.  Cover with soil and water thoroughly.

Water and Food

All food crops benefit greatly from being fed and watered properly.  A well prepared garden bed with plenty of composted organic material may not need any extra fertilization.  However, food crops tend to be heavy feeders and can benefit from a boost of nutrition from time to time.  Talk to your nursery about the best feed for your feed crop.

Onions need to be watered at least once a week and they can withstand more dry weather than most garden plants.  Some people swear that growing onions in slightly dry conditions make for a better tasting onion.  I have not tested that theory myself, I am just happy to know that whether my onions have grown in wet years or dry years, the onions have turned out beautifully.

Let Mingos help you with your landscape plans

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Need a landscape plan? Overwhelmed by choices? Have questions? Need friendly and useful advice? Mingos in Aledo on Bankhead can help.

Spring is coming soon! This is a great time to plan your whole landscape or just that new flower bed.  Mingos has the expertise to walk with you through every step of the project.

 

No kink Flexzilla garden hoses are here!

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Flexizilla Garden Hoses

Flexzilla® Garden Hose was engineered with a lightweight Premium Hybrid Polymer to lie flat and eliminate kinking under pressure. It redefines flexibility, making it easy to maneuver around trees, bushes or other obstacles. Zero memory means your sprinkler stays put without twisting. And Flexzilla® Garden Hose doesn’t fight you when you coil it. Plus, with our superior O-ring you get a long-term, leak-free connection at the spigot that outlasts the competition by far. (Limited Lifetime Warranty)

Flexzilla® Garden Hoses Features

  • Less than half the weight of normal water hoses
  • Extreme all weather flexibility (-40° to +140° F)
  • Will not kink under pressure
  • No memory – lays flat
  • Abrasion resistant
  • 150 psi working pressure
  • Custom lengths available

Summer Garden Abundance… What to do with all those veggies?!?

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Tomatoes from the vegetable garden

This is the time of year I just love.  Summer garden abundance fills my kitchen with fresh produce every year. Several times a week I visit the vegetable garden to see what is ready to harvest.  Of course there are other times I am in the garden for maintenance purposes only. A well prepared vegetable garden really should not take a huge amount of time to maintain, just a little weeding (sometimes… sometimes not) the right amount of water, and food. Your vegetable plants are using up a huge amount of nutrients to create healthy produce for you.  Give your food plants a boost with some compost or a quality organic plant food, both of which you can pick up at Mingos Nursery & Garden Center.

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Cucumber vines taking over garden fence.

As happens each year, we have reached that part of the growing season when daily visits to the garden are necessary just to stay on top of vegetable collecting. Ever seen a zucchini grow a foot in a day? OK maybe it wasn’t a foot, maybe it was more.

Right now my cucumber vines are turning out more cucumbers than I can count and the tomatoes are not far behind.  The photo below is a cucumber, not a zucchini but it is nearly 10 inches long.  It was hiding in the vines alone with several over ripe orange cucumbers.

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All those yummy cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and other veggies get shared with neighbors and friends,  However, every year there seems to come a time when people stop answering the door when we knock.  Its like they don’t want to have to say “no” to free, fresh, and homegrown produce so they just don’t answer and hope the wagon moves on by.  And yes, we have often filled our daughter’s little red wagon with produce to share with the neighbors.

So I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes made from our own homegrown vegetables.  Perhaps this will inspire you to start your own garden this fall.  There are a lot of cool weather vegetables that can take you up to the holidays or beyond depending upon your climate.  The time to plan for your fall vegetable garden is now.  If you need help, ideas, or simple encouragement come see us at Mingos Nursery & Garden Center.

In the next day or so I will start posting a few recipes and will add links to them at the bottom of this post.

Roasted Tomatoes is a great recipe for using up extra tomatoes.

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Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Garlic Tomatoes

Marinated Cucumber Salad is a no cook recipe for cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.

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marinated cucumber salad

Marinated Cucumber Salad

Fire Roasted Peppers can be added to so many dishes.

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Fire Roasted Peppers

Fire Roasted Peppers

Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn Recipe

Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn

Tubtrugs

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tubtrugs gardening Mingos

Tubtrugs perfect for working in the garden and harvesting vegetables. Foodgrade plastic and flexibility makes these and essential for all gardening.

Magellan Zinnias

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magellan zinnias

These are Magellan Zinnias.  Are they amazing or what?

Organic and natural garden solutions

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organic natural garden solutions

For all you organic gardeners, Mingos has a large selection of organic and natural garden solutions!  Come see us!

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Ceramic pots have arrived!

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Ceramic Pots Mingos Nursery

Ceramic pots have arrived! We have all the potting soil, mixes, and plants you need to make beautiful displays to last the season.

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All About Onions from Neil Sperry

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all about onions

Did you know that onions are Texas’ leading commercial crop?  They are also very popular in Texas home vegetable gardens – second only to tomatoes.  Learn more about onions and how to grow them in your own backyard in this article by Texas gardening expert, Neil Sperry. read more →

Time for Onions

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Onions Bunch

Onions are in stock at Mingos Nursery & Garden Center!

Only $2.49 for a bunch of 50!  We have several varieties:onion-slips

  • Texas Legend
  • 1015Y Texas SuperSweet
  • Texas Early White
  • Southern Bell Red
  • Yellow Granex
  • White Bermuda Crystal Wax
  • Red Creole

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Aledo, TX 76008
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