Texas bluebonnets

Planting Texas Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets grow best in soils that are alkaline, moderate in fertility, and most important of all, well drained. Full sun is also required for best growth. Seed may be planted September 1 through December 15, however, for best results, plant seeds no later than mid-November. This allows seed time to germinate and grow throughout the winter months, during which time a heavy root system and a sturdy plant is developed to produce an abundance of spring flowers. Seeds Bluebonnets produce large, hard-coated seeds that may cause them to have a low germination rate the first year or two. As the […]

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Companion planting cabbages and marigolds

Getting the Most Out of Your Garden: Companion Planting

Companion planting is a skill that I was taught by my maternal Grandmother who raised me. It is not new to older gardeners and has been taught in universities to food crop growers for decades. I’ve always used the skill in my organic ornamental designs as well. * The art of good companion planting is very important to the success of my organic program that I teach in my classes. Strong Scented Repellant Plants——Any plant that has a strong scent will repel bad bugs [bugs that eat plants]. Many herbs fall into this category. Below I have listed some of […]

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Square foot gardening Texas

My Approach to Gardening by the Square Foot

I do recommend that you refer to The Square Foot Gardening Book by Mel Bartholomew for good information on how many of each plant to place in a square foot area and some good set up ideas for vertical frames and covering cool season plants. His plant by plant info is general enough that it is ok too- I do not use the same mix that he recommends in his book for my square foot garden ( I have tried it and it isn’t bad but it is hard to mix by yourself and not my favorite)– I prefer to […]

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winter pruning with shears

Question of the Week: Winter Pruning

Question of the week — How far back do I prune my knock out roses and the salvia greggi for the winter?  Also, the plant behind my pond I believe is a papyrus plant…. do I need to trim that back too? how about my grasses-should I cut them now? Here is the best answer that I can give Angie and all of you– about waiting to trim before Valentine’s Day or after each year–    I know that the weather is nice–BUT—  It is best to wait until  after Valentines day to  prune–the reason is –you can have warm weather  ( usually […]

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Daffodils yellow and white

Spring Bulbs For Your Gardens

By Lucy Harrell T. C. N. P. A Specialist on Demanding Environments I am going to start this article by saying that my knowledge of bulbs is limited to only the very easiest absolutely perennial bulbs. I am too lazy to plant a whole lot of something that won’t come back every year or needs fussing with—so I am assuming that you are too— however if you want to experiment with other bulbs- by all means–go for it –and tell me if you find a really good one to add to my nice & easy Spring Bulb list. You may […]

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