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Planting Spring Bulbs

After a winter of snow, cold temperatures and long nights, we’re all eager for a little sunshine – and a little color. And nothing encourages us to get out and enjoy the advent of spring like brilliant displays of blooming bulbs. Chances are your clients have asked for recommendations, and customers who look beyond the holidays and into the new year will appreciate a good selection of bulbs they can plant now for spring color. But you can help them even further by teaching them to extend the often-brief flowering season with a few easy tricks. Whether they desire basic […]

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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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The Debate About Corn Meal Gluten

I have received e-mails every day now from both  professionals and home owners–about corn gluten meal–To put it down now–or—  to not put it down- and what if it rains real hard after the application— are the  main questions. With corn gluten meal- especially in the Spring- these questions are always looming.  here are the pros and cons–-if the dandelions are blooming then it is time to do it—you have to know that the weeds you see now had to have be controlled last fall- (or if you see them now they weren’t) the whole idea is to put the […]

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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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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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