This month’s featured gardener is Corbin Janner. Corbin is an outstanding young gardener who loves to grow vegetables. He is the only 13-year-old I know who also grows hay to support his own herd of cattle and goats. He also raises chickens and guineas. Corbin farms, ranches and gardens on a Washington County farm that has been in his family for 123 years. We first met Corbin when he was in my wife’s second grade class. Corbin is just one of three outstanding children that have been parented by Gil and Michelle Janner. The Janner’s have a deep love of the land and they have instilled this love, and a respect for the value of hard work, in each their children. When Corbin is not busy helping run his family’s farm and cattle business, he helps Sally and I keep up our gardens and landscape. He is an outstanding young man and I am thrilled to share his garden with you.
Janner Farm Brenham, TX
TOTAL YEARS AT THIS LOCATION:
8 years for me, 123 for my family
FAVORITE THING TO GROW:
Yellow Squash and Zucchini
TOUGHEST THING TO GROW:
SOIL PREP TIP:
Till, till, till and mix in lots of composted chicken manure
Grasshoppers and birds
BEST GARDENING ADVICE:
Invest in a good hula hoe and feed with Miracle Gro twive a month
BEST BUG CONTROL TIP:
For grasshoppers I have guineas and our dog scares away lots of the birds. For tougher pests I will occasionally use Sevin dust
DO YOU PRESERVE HARVEST?
No, we eat what we can and sell the rest.
FUNNY GARDEN STORY:
I am currently growing a volunteer squash plant that came up in this year’s garden. Evidently the seed was the result of a yellow squash/zucchini cross. It produces funny looking yellow and green squash that we call “squashini”. It tastes pretty good!