190. Texas Organic Gardening | Oma Garden | Organic Gardener Podcast

Oma Garden Sunflowers


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!

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

My great grandparents, they lived in Abilene, Texas. 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!

Oma Garden Companion Planting

Companion Planting

How did you learn how to garden organically?

I used the tier method

  • trial
  • error
  • research


Oma Garden Texas Garden

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

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

  • squash
  • canteloupe
  • okra

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

  • canteloupes

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Let’s Get to the Root of Things!

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

Im sure everybody hates weeding.

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden?

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

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!

A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?

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



A favorite internet resource?

I really like the home guides


north Texas garden association

things like you’ve got out there

like to do this thing called garden

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

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 

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

Oma's Texas Organic Garden

Do you 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 be frustrating and everything

enjoy it do

About the author, Jackie Marie

I'm an artist and educator. I live at the "Organic Oasis" with my husband Mike where we practice earth friendly techniques in our garden nestled in the mountains of Montana.

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