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.… Read the rest
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.
Each attendee will leave the program with a propagated rose start from the LGMG Demonstration Garden.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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. For example, dwarf forms of yaupon, nandina, juniper, holly, rosemary, germander, red yucca and boxwood make fantastic container plants.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
Roses have basic needs – water, sunshine, nutrients, well-drained soil and a bit of tending to help them maintain an attractive form.
Although heavy pruning is generally left for late winter or early spring, roses benefit from light trimming in fall, especially if they are overgrown. Roses that sport long, heavy or crossing canes may not fare well in winter winds, sleet or snow.… Read the rest
Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present a program on rose cultivation Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hood County Annex I Meeting Room, 1410 W. Pearl St.
During the hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the basics of propagating roses. Each attendee will leave the program with a propagated rose start from the LGMG Demonstration Garden.… Read the rest
Water is definitely our most precious natural resource.
In Hood County we are blessed with a good supply of safe drinking water. Whether it is from a municipal supply or private water wells most of us can enjoy a refreshing drink of water any time we wish without the fear of it being contaminated.
However, there are times in which our water supply can become contaminated by a variety of contaminates.… Read the rest
Have you ever thought about the sex that takes place in your garden?
Let’s clarify that question. Do you ponder the wonders of plant reproduction?
Plant “sex” is extraordinarily varied. Flowering plants strut their stuff to attract pollinators, typically insects, to ensure their ongoing survival. The breeze satisfies other plants. Still others need a little attention from birds or mammals.
Spore and cone-bearing plants, like ferns and pines, reproduce with the help of wind and water.… Read the rest
So few species of common garden plants are sold in garden centers.
The marketplace responds quickly to changing horticultural tastes. Gardeners, however, preserve their favorites from year-to-year by dividing or propagating them and passing them along to friends. Bulbs, perennials, grasses, roses, fruits, vegetables and more are rescued from obscurity each year.
Today, there are several organizations, catalogs and growers dedicated to rediscovering these “heirloom” plants.… Read the rest