Blog posts from September 2014

Garden Look Nasty Post-Summer? Yep, Time to Refresh!

Sep 25, 2014

August has a tendency to get nasty with our landscapes. Come September when things start to cool down and we venture back out in to our gardens, it can look less than shiny. So, let's all get out there and start ripping stuff out, ok? It may still be a tad warm, but it is time to start getting cool season vegetable crops into the garden. You should start finding transplants of cole crops like broccoli, cabbage, kale and more at the garden centers now. You can also direct seed lettuce and Fava beans into your garden beds.

But before you get all planting-crazed, let's take a step back and make sure we're boosting the soil before we plant for fall. Now's the time to refresh your beds with organic compost, some humus and composted manures in the vegetable garden. Don't forget that even though you amend the soil, you still need to add in a fertilizer before you plant, especially for veggies. Organic matter has to be broken down my microbes first before nutrients are available to your plants, so don't expect the compost to "fertilize" your new plants right away.
 

Cascabela: A Tropical Texas Beauty!

Sep 17, 2014

I spent some time in South Texas this month and loved being surrounded by all the beautiful tropicals that grow in the area. My favorite? This less-than-common apricot form of Cascabela thevetia. Such a beauty! This plant is related to Oleanders and has similar toxcitiy in all parts of the plant...so no munching...

Plant Irises in Fall for Spring Blooms!

Sep 12, 2014

Oh, I just love irises. It's hard not to love plants that are tough-as-nails in our Dallas gardens and look great. So do you have to wait until spring when irises are blooming to plant them? No way! Fall is a much better time to plant irises and when you're bound to find a better selection of variety in the garden centers or online, especially in bare root form. This fall I'll be adding more 'Orange Glaze' to my garden.

Iris 'Thornbird'

Winning Summer Plant Duo

Sep 8, 2014

It's been hot...dang hot! By this time of year, Texas gardens can look a bit worse for wear. Yet, there are a few plants that seem to soldier through, despite the brutal heat and drought. Here's a shot of a duo that makes me smile every time I look out my living room window...

The Texas sage 'Rio Bravo' is still a baby, yet it blooms its head off everytime humidity increases or we get a bit of rain. The 'Marguerite' sweet potato vine has basically engulfed all the surrounding plants, but makes a lovely foudation for the Texas sage. In fact, the sweet potato vine is basically eating my entire driveway. Yet, August is not a month we complain about plants thriving here in Texas. So go ahead you beast of a vine, swallow my driveway!

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