Spring pruning maintenance schedule Texas

Garden Maintenance Schedule for February and March

*Apply  [Powdered] Corn Gluten Meal at 20 lbs per 1000 sq feet to your lawn and bed area (after it is cleaned up) to control broad leaf weeds—if this is a concern. ( This year you may have already done this) Always remember that  whatever else you are putting down ( soil, compost, mulch etc)–the corn gluten meal must be on top to work. FYI– never trim during rainy weather-it can cause disease in the cuts – trim on dry days — temperatures should be ok for you to be outside — so between 35 degrees  & up while you […]

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tootsie pop + tissue paper = beautiful edible flowers

Valentine’s Project – Tootsie Roll Flowers

I had to share this fun easy ( I just made 10) valentine craft with you-check it out–This would work anytime you need a fun bouquet  for the table or a single flower to give . You just need one piece of tissue paper ( what ever color you want to make the flower) and  one  tootsie pop and something to tie  the paper  around the stick of the tootsie pop with –I used some thin  ribbon-it won’t show Fold one piece of  tissue paper in half and then fold  it in half again-this forms a rectangle-  now cut along the long edge […]

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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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Winter bird feeder on branch

Great Ideas For Keeping The Birds In your Gardens Happy and Healthy

Years ago I purchased a book written by Ann Bradshaw called the Backyard Diner Cookbook and have used and enjoyed it often. The book was being sold to raise money for the On The Wing Again Foundation-a bird rescue and rehabilitation organization.( I can not- at this time find a way to reach Ann or the group—if anyone has information on how to reach Ann or her group please share that information with me –so I can let people know how to help. ) One of the first recipes in the book is called- A Recipe For A Fine Texas […]

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Holiday Decorating with Materials from your Garden

Why run to the grocery store or florist when it’s time to decorate—how about going out into your garden? ( much less stress then Garden Ridge) With a pair of clippers and a little imagination you’ll find a lot of decorating material for your table, your vases, your tree— even your packages. Simple and lovely treasures –and your guests will think you are so clever! It is best to gather after 10AM when the dew droplets have dried up. Don’t forget to take a basket or something to carry all the goodies that you will find while you are there. […]

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