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August In the Garden

August is a month of mixed emotions for most Texas gardeners. It’s really hot and the forecast is for more of the same but we still want to be in our gardens (if only they were air conditioned ). Even though it is really hot and will no doubt continue to be really hot for at least another month (and probably dry too) we are at least closer to cooler weather-right? So—since we have no control over the heat-we can dream of fall and make plans in the AC. This is a great time to think about what your next […]

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Making it pretty in the Shade

Many of you have mostly shade with only a few spots that get some sun during the day. Doing a study of the sun so that you know where these spots are –and what time of day they occur is very important– so that you can target those few precious hours of sun and use them to their fullest potential –and also to make sure that you don’t put plants in those spots that wouldn’t like even a few hours of sun. (If you don’t already know it –the right amount of sun or shade is one of the most […]

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Growing Great Tomatoes 2013

By Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P. A Specialist On Demanding Environments My Grandmother taught me more then anyone about successful gardening and every time I pass her information along it makes me smile. Since her time we have had many new products appear that I have tested and like also—but it always goes back to her sage advise and her basic principles. First of all your gardens should be a pleasure –not a pressure—-You are the boss and with just a little up front troubleshooting you can rule supreme! Always remember that it is easier to prevent a problem then it is […]

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Herbs: Add a little spice to your garden and your life!

Of all the plants that I use in my designs- herbs are by far my favorites. Herbs are not only beautiful plants but they are hard workers too—and tough in our Texas landscapes. Herbs add texture, fragrance, colored foliage and a certain spiciness to the garden. Many herbs are evergreen and some even bloom during the winter months. Most herbs are a companion plant of some sort –keeping food crops, roses, perennials and shrubs healthier just by being planted close to them. Many herbs are culinary and can also spice up our cooking. Crafting is another use for the herbs […]

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Companion Planting: Cool Season Crops

Companion Planting Cool season crops—the plants that draw benefit from each other are within 6 feet of each other. Thyme is planted by the strawberries to attract pollinators (bees) so we will have a lot of strawberries. Lettuce, beets, broccoli and carrots ( round French carrots are best in the ground here) make good friends and don’t share any of the same problems. Butter heads are so cute Leaf lettuce-cut and come again & tasty Radishes like being planted next to carrots and lettuce because they do not share any pests or diseases. Cilantro/ Coriander- repels aphids which are a […]

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