Category Archives: Gardening Notes

Gardening Notes for the Month of April

Springtime! Finally azaleas and other spring flowering plants are bursting into their spring glory. This is a perfect time for not only enjoying the fabulous scenery and landscapes in East Texas, but also for getting out into your own yard for planting, cleaning up and creating your own personal paradise. There’s plenty of gardening things to do in the month of April, and here a few items for your list. Upcoming Programs. The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues this month on April 11 with “The Backyard Buffet… Read More →

Get Ready for Azalea Season

Despite the recent cold and cloudy weather slowing down the start of our azalea blooming season, the official Tyler Azalea Trail annual celebration kicks off Sunday, March 22 with a ribbon cutting at the Pyron’s lovely garden on Dobbs Street in Tyler. Some nice sunny and warm days should speed up bud break and the wonderful display, not only on the Tyler Azalea Trail, but all across our region. I have written about azaleas many times before, and why not? Our climate and soils are so well-suited for… Read More →

Don’t Guess – Soil Test

As the gardening season gears up, one of the common questions we get as A&M AgriLife Extension agents is about fertilizing our plants. Vegetables, fruit trees, flowers and lawns all need an adequate amount of nutrients to grow and deliver peak performance. You can have a plant with the best genetics, but if it is “starving”, it will not grow as expected. While we might be able provide generalities about a particular plant’s nutrient needs, we are not going to have a clue about your particular soil’s nutrient… Read More →

By Moon or President’s Day, It’s Time to Plant Potatoes

Whether its according to the phase of the moon, or by George Washington’s birthday, mid -February is time to plant Irish potatoes. The Almanac indicates February 10-17 as moon-favorabile dates for planting potatoes, and those who garden according to the weather say about 4 weeks before average last freeze, both put it about now for potato planting time! Potatoes grow and produce best between 60 and 75 degrees during the day and 45 to 55 degrees at night, which doesn’t happen for very long each spring. Potatoes must… Read More →

Time to Plant Onions

How sweet it is – Noonday Sweet Onions, that is. You don’t have to live in Noonday, Texas to grow your own crop of tasty onions, though. Several factors are involved in producing a successful onion crop. The first factor for success is planting the right varieties. Onion varieties are classified as short-day, long-day and intermediate. Plant the wrong type, and you won’t get a bulb! Short-day onion varieties are the best for our area, although intermediate types will also produce bulbs here in northeast Texas. One of… Read More →

Gardening Tips for February

Although January is over, the cold weather probably is not. Even though the average last freeze of the winter season for our area is around mid-March, there are many things that can or should be done in the home landscape and garden at this time of year and February brings an increased pace of gardening activities. Here are some items for your garden calendar. Educational Programs: The first of 6 East Texas Garden Lecture Series for 2015 begins Saturday, February 7, at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, with… Read More →

Upcoming Educational Programs in Gardening & Horticulture

This is the time of year when the calendar gets 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 and topics in our area that might be of interest to you. The annual all-day East Texas Turfgrass Conference will once again be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

January Gardening Tips

Let me join the chorus to wish you a Happy New Year, and a successful, bountiful and colorful gardening year! It may be cold and miserable sometimes at this time, but January is a month for some important items for the landscape and garden. Starting Transplants: If you want to grow your own transplants, start vegetable and flower seeds indoors right now for planting later this winter and early spring – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, lettuce, parsley, petunias and begonias. Later in January start tomato, pepper and… Read More →