Category Archives: Gardening Notes

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 →

2015 Gardening Suggestions

Happy Gardening New Year! Here’s hoping your garden grows great, and the grass gets greener but grows more slowly. What is New Years without resolutions to improve or do better? Setting goals is always a good thing, even if we stumble and not carry through all the way. Here are a few items you could choose from to add to your list of resolutions, for a greener  (or more colorful) 2015. Dress up the front of your home with a fresh planting. Even a small project can have… Read More →

Solving Wind, Sound, Visual Problems with Plants

A cold, blustery winter wind can make a chilly day very miserable. In heavily wooded areas the effects of wind are minimized by the trees, and in cities buildings affect the wind. But larger suburban and rural properties often have wide open spaces where the wind can race unfettered to infiltrate homes with cold air. A well-designed windbreak can reduce the chilling effects of winter winds. A windbreak, or a hedgerow of shrubs and trees, can also be used to buffer unwanted noises and screen unsightly views. A… Read More →

The Winter Landscape

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 →