Till Dirt Do Us Part by Teresa Trent
Pecan Bayou #7
Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor.
Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!
Be sure to pick up your copy of Till Dirt Do Us Part while it’s free for the length of Teresa’s Tour!
A Visit from Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, The Happy Hinter from the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series
By Teresa Trent
Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, here, also known as the Happy Hinter to tell you about preparing your garden for a healthy, fruitful summer. In my latest adventure, Till Dirt Do Us Part, I learned a lot about gardening and now I’m happy to share my tips with you.
Get Your Dirt Ready
You want to talk dirt? Do I have a story to tell. You want to till the dirt and remove any rocks and debris. You may need to order more to fill in holes. That’s what I did and was quite surprised by the result.
Get Rid of the Weeds
This is boring work, and something I tend to avoid. Still there is that one three leaf thing with three leaves sets that keeps growing.
Dump Your Coffee Grounds Over the Dirt
The grounds are filled with nitrogen and that will help your plants to grow. You can dump it directly into the soil. I know I’ll have at least one coffee filter full every day. Maybe two when my dad, Judd Kelsey, Lieutenant on the Pecan Bayou Police Force comes over to talk to me about staying out of his crime scenes.
Throw Some Eggshells in the Planting Hole
When you put in a new plant or seed, put in some crushed eggshells. This will help to avoid “blossom end rot” which is the result of a calcium deficiency. After meeting some of the gardeners in the Pecan Bayou Gardening Club, I would have to say, there are a few rotten blossoms in that bunch, and I’m not talking plants anymore.
Garden at Night
That’s what I said. Think about it. You save on water absorption when the sun is not beating down on you. Just make sure you have enough light to see what you are doing. Also, it might be a good idea to warn your neighbors so they won’t think you’re doing the Rear Window thing and burying something other than seeds.
I hope you find something you can use in your own garden from my helpful hints! I also hope you’ll pick up a copy of Till Dirt Do Us Part, the latest installment of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. Be sure to sign up for my author’s newsletter to find out about new releases, days her books are free and coupons. Oh! And The Happy Hinter is on Pinterest!
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About the Author
Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer. She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.