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.
Winter is not the most favorite time of year for most folks when it comes to gardening and enjoying your yard. The bright flowers of summer are a faded memory, fall tree colors have dropped to the ground, and the days grow shorter as we approach the winter solstice, bringing chilly, often damp, cloudy and dreary conditions. Yet, the changing seasons also bring about transformations in the yard and landscape that cannot be appreciated at other times of the year. Now that trees are bare, their interesting branching… Read More →
Although artificial trees have become quite common, having a fresh-cut tree for the holidays is still quite popular. A question we sometimes get is, “What special solution is best for keeping my Christmas tree green?” The answer is – good ol’ plain water! Research done at North Carolina State University a few years ago compared several homemade solutions to plain water. They looked at water only, water plus household bleach, water with aspirin tablets, and water with 7-Up. Nothing was found to work as well as clean, plain… Read More →
While planting pansies and some other cool season annuals in pots, planters and in flower beds recently, I was reminded about nematodes. If you are unfamiliar with nematodes, they are microscopic roundworms that live in the soil. Some nematodes are beneficial, and several are plant pests. The bad types feed on roots and other plant tissues, disrupting normal plant functions. One of the worst ones is called root-knot nematode. I first realized I had nematodes several years ago when I planted tomatoes in what I thought would be… Read More →
This is the time of year to put your flower and vegetable garden to bed, and start getting ready for your spring garden. Now that we’ve had some hard freezes, annual flowers and warm-season vegetables are finished and can be removed from the garden. Cut back browned tops of herbaceous perennials like salvias, phlox, lantana, cuphea, cannas, and others. Chop them up and throw them in the compost pile. I like to leave until spring the dried coneflower seedheads for finches to feed upon. Ornamental grasses can be… Read More →
One of the finest ornamental trees for a home landscape is the Japanese maple. I should probably rephrase that, because there is not just one Japanese maple, but hundreds of different named varieties sporting different growth habits, with varying leaf shapes and colors. Here in East Texas we have all the right conditions to grow these wonderful trees, including acidic soils, abundant rainfall (usually), and four seasons that aid in good fall color changes. The term Japanese maple refers to a very large group of plants belonging mainly… Read More →
Standing in my yard today reminded me of why we typically call this time of year “fall” instead of autumn. Almost with no breeze, elm leaves float down like confetti, requiring yet another sweeping of the walk leading to the front door. But, I’m not complaining. This is a lovely season, with mild weather and beautiful scenes both in landscapes and in the country side as trees begin their transition to winter dormancy. Fall leaf color can vary year to year based on temperature and soil moisture leading… Read More →
Fall is such a wonderful time of the year with the changing of the seasons, perfect temperature to be enjoying working or playing outdoors, and flashes of color we haven’t seen all year. Besides the turning of tree leaves into an array of hues ranging from yellow, orange, red, brown (yes, brown is a color), and everything in between, many flowering plants hit their floral stride at this time of year. Shorter days and long nights trigger plants to flower whose reproductive clocks are triggered by the lengthening… Read More →
Fall is for planting, and that also means opportunities to learn more, and to buy adapted plants at plant sales (and of course, from local independent nurseries and garden centers). Here are a few upcoming events to get on your calendar: September 27: Cherokee County Master Gardeners Annual Fall Plant Sale – 8-2:00; Ruth Nichols Arboretum, 1015 South East Loop 456, Jacksonville October 4: SFA Gardens Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale – 9-2:00; SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches October 7: 1st Tuesday in the… Read More →
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