Welcome to East Texas Gardening. Here you will find posts of weekly articles devoted to gardening in the northeastern part of Texas, plus links to other blogs and web pages I find interesting which I think you will too.
East Texas is a wonderful place to garden and grow stuff. Unlike most of Texas, we almost have 4 seasons, which increases the types of plants we can grow here. Our soils, rainfall and climate are conducive to growing a wide range of flora. Of course, we have our share of pests, including fungi, bacteria, insects, and critters – especially moles.
Posts include upcoming horticultural events in the region, interesting plants, current pest outbreaks, and other gardening-related stuff I hope you will find useful. Under LINKS, check out my main web page – East Texas Gardening which has many articles on a wide range of topics.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and folks are reminded of the special people in our lives. It should also remind us of a couple of items in our landscape and lawns that may need special attention. Here in Northeast Texas, Valentine’s Day coincides with the ideal time to prune back rose bushes so they will be ready to burst forth with strong growth as the temperatures warm. This is also the time of year to consider whether or not the lawn needs an application of a weed preventer…. Read More →
February brings an increased pace of gardening activities. Even though the average last freeze of the winter season is around mid-March, there are many things that can or should be done in the home landscape and garden. Here are some items for your garden calendar. Rose pruning is a task that is done around mid-February. Valentine’s Day is used as a convenient reminder to cut back your rose bushes to increase their health and productivity. Pruning roses often puzzles folks who are not used to cutting back their… Read More →
One of the more common questions I get at this time of year when everything is dormant is when, and how, to prune various fruiting plants, like peaches, blackberries, figs and blueberries. In general, January and February is an ideal time train and trim most of our orchard fruits. Each type of fruit is trained and maintained differently, and so it is helpful to know some general guidelines for what you are growing. For example, figs are NOT annually pruned to enhance fruit production, whereas peach trees need… Read More →
At this time of year, as our trees and shrubs enter dormancy, homeowners often think about pruning their plants. Improper pruning can destroy in a few minutes the beauty, grace and vigor of a plant that nature has worked for years to create. It is better not to prune at all than to do it incorrectly. Proper pruning of trees and shrubs involves art and skill. The artistic part is to prune plants so the result is pleasing to the eye – a compliment to the yard and… Read More →
This is the time of year that is loaded up with opportunities to sharpen your skills or learn more about gardening, landscaping and related topics. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides a variety of educational programs and topics to the citizens of our great State. Here is a listing of some of the many upcoming programs in the northeast Texas area that might be of interest to you. For more details and other regional educational opportunities, go to the East Texas Gardening web site and the Educational… Read More →
If you have been contemplating walking out your back door and harvesting fresh blueberries, peaches, blackberries, figs, persimmons, or other fruiting delights, now is the time to plan and plant for those future harvests. Nurseries are beginning to receive fresh shipments of fruit, nut and berry plants, ready for planting. Before rushing to make that purchase, you first need to do some homework. Make sure that the fruit type and variety you select will grow and produce for you – and that you are able to provide the… Read More →
For the gardener, winter is a time for reflection on the past year’s successes, failures, and wished-for accomplishments. It is also when we look forward to the return of the balmy days of spring, whose arrival always stirs up a renewed interest in the gardens that surrounds us. When thinking about things we did last year (or in previous years) in our yard or garden, our memory is often not the best record keeper. Exactly where did I plant that special variety of daffodils I bought at the… Read More →
December is turning out to be a cold month this year, but nevertheless gardeners love to be outdoors. It’s a great time of year to do some of the heavy work in the garden as opposed to sweating it up in the heat of summer. Leaves. Don’t put up the mower yet. Not all leaves have blown off the trees. Although turfgrasses have stopped growing, you can use the mower to chop up and recycle the leaves back into the lawn or collect them for mulch or a… Read More →
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