Category: Seasonal Gardening Prep

Fall Garden Chores

In Texas with its lovely fall weather, it is hard to think of preparing our flower beds and garden for winter. However, it is easier to start now than doing it on a cold day or even trying to do in spring when you are wanting to plant. Having an established plan will make gardening … […]

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Winter Maintenance

After dividing spring-flowering perennials and planting spring bulbs, it is time to consider garden maintenance. Some gardeners may choose to plant pansies for winter color, but others may allow their beds to rest. Many find winter brown a restful color for the landscape, its appearance in harmony with the fallen leaves and sculptures presented by … […]

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Spring Mulching Tips

Re-mulching your flowerbeds is an important operation that should be done every spring. First remove any grass or weeds that have crept into your planting beds. Then till existing mulch into the soil (or work in with a gardening fork) to help loosen the soil around your plants and enable water and nutrients to penetrate. … […]

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Spring Flowers

Some favorite old-fashioned annuals should be planting in December or January for spring flowers. Scatter seeds of larkspur, cornflowers and poppies in prepared beds. Rake lightly, scatter the seeds, lightly cover, and then water gently. After the seedlings appear and have true leaves, thin to 4-6 inches apart and water again. Another favorite annual is … […]

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Spring Cleanup

With daffodils just breaking ground, it is time for spring clean-up and bed maintenance. Clean-up, easier to accomplish before perennials emerge, is essential for health and appearance of the beds. Fall leaves and debris give an open invitation for over-wintering pests and diseases. Preventing a problem is easier than trying to cure one. The tools … […]

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October Gardening Tasks

Cut back perennial herbs to encourage well branched growth next year. A plant or two of parsley taken from the garden will do well in a sunny window. Chives, sage and thyme will also do well. To save caladium tubers, dig them up late this month. Allow to dry completely and store in vermiculite or … […]

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November Checklist

NOVEMBER CHECKLIST Flower Beds:  Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Work bulb fertilizer into the soil at recommended rates. Sow seeds now of Poppies, bachelor’s button, larkspur, sweet peas and other winter annuals. You will be rewarded next spring.  Cut mums back to within a few inches of the ground after they … […]

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Fall Planting

Fall Planting is Best…But Why? The soil is warm and roots begin to grow really fast. Because we have warm winters, roots grow all winter. We get more rain (usually) in winter and the moisture is stored in the soil. The first days of early spring (sometimes late winter) top growth begins. By late spring, … […]

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Early Soil Preparation

Proper early soil preparation provides the basis for good seed germination, plant growth, and a happy, successful gardener. Soil pH measures the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Most plants require a soil pH between 5.5 to 7.0. If soil pH is abnormal, the health of the plant is affected. A normal pH ensures the … […]

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Fall Soil Preparation

Great soil is easy to recognize. It is dark and loose, almost fluffy in texture with a rich earthy smell. Soil can be improved the lazy way: with mulch. At this time of year, the best mulch to use is leaves. Do not use them whole. They can compact and form a water barrier. Run … […]

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