RSSHorticulture Archived

Preparing for the growing season

March 15, 2014
Preparing for the growing season

Siblings (left to right) Lucas Sukampo, Ashley Sukampo and Katelynn Sukampo joined a team of students, teachers and parents at Oak Woods School recently to work in the campus garden. The outdoor learning center was dedicated last May in memory of Kyra Olson, a second grader who passed away in January 2013 after fighting cancer.

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Focus on drought tolerant plants for your spring garden

March 15, 2014

Sad to say, but simply driving over any bridge spanning Lake Granbury will remind you that we are experiencing devastating drought. Although there may be numerous reasons for low lake levels, there is no doubt drought is a key factor.

Seeing sandbars located where boats once cruised should be a wakeup call to all who maintain gardens and landscapes in North Central Texas.

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Celebrate using heritage plants

March 1, 2014

To honor Texas Independence Day, consider planting a heritage garden.

This type of landscape feature incorporates native plants, utilizes historic garden styles and often emulates the surrounding natural topography.

So what are Texas’ historic styles?

Native plant experts Sally and Andy Wasowski believe Spanish-speaking settlers brought their Moorish-influenced garden designs to Texas in the 1600s.

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Spring, bring it on!

March 1, 2014
Spring, bring it on!

What a welcome sign of spring! Bright yellow daffodils are beginning to emerge from our cold, dry winter landscape. These beauties are adding sunny splashes of color to the lawn at the Langdon Center on East Pearl Street.

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Handy gardeners start with seeds

February 15, 2014
Handy gardeners start with seeds

Attractive and enthralling seed packets promise gardening success in 60-120 days. Flowers, vines, veggies and herbs grow and mature in the blink of an eye. What fun!

While a few plants, such as sunflowers, are famously easy to grow from seed, the reality of starting plants from seeds is more complicated than seed packets indicate, especially if started indoors.

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Tend the cool-season garden

February 1, 2014

Although this is winter, the garden beckons. New plantings of cool-season vegetables may now be started, perennials need tending and annuals require fertilizer.

It’s time to brave the cold and grab a spade!

Start your vegetable garden by removing winter debris, adding compost to the soil and making repairs or adjustments to your irrigation system, which should consist of drip hoses to maximize water efficiency and minimize diseases.

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Learn to propagate roses at annex

February 1, 2014
Learn to propagate roses at annex

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present an educational program on rose cultivation Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in County Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

During the hands-on workshop, “Earth Kind Roses – Care & Propagation,” attendees will learn the basics of tending and propagating roses.

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Help gardens survive record cold

December 21, 2013

Yes we should have, could have, would have … but probably did not. Many of us were caught by surprise when record cold weather struck earlier this month. It’s likely we did not protect our gardens adequately.

The extent of the damage depends upon the species, position of the plant in the landscape, moisture level of the soil and the presence of certain weather elements such as harsh wind, ice accumulation and number of days below freezing.

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Design container gardens for Hood County winters

December 7, 2013
Design container gardens for Hood County winters

If the thought of leaving your colorful containers bare during cool weather gives you the chills, take heart.

In Texas, many plants fare well when overwintered in pots, provided they are given a bit of protection in frigid temperatures.

The trick to container gardening in cold weather is selecting plants with attractive foliage in addition to cool season flowers.

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Plant bulbs now for showy spring

November 23, 2013

Plant bulbs now for showy spring

In the Lone Star State, durable plants abound.

Many are bulbous, such as iris, daylily, cannas, daffodil and grape hyacinth. Fall is the best season to plant many common bulbs. To best enjoy these tough beauties, learn a few bulb basics, such as:

Technically, bulbs are underground structures that contain the nutrients that plants need to sprout and flower.

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