Blog posts categorized as: Time to Plant

Chili Tepin is rockin’ it…

Sep 24, 2013

Now that night temperatures have dropped and it's starting to feel like fall, many summer veggie plants in the garden have started kicking back into gear for fall harvest. Peppers especially move back into high gear right about now, along with summer squash, zucchini and others.

There aren't many perennial veggies we can grow, but the Chili Tepin (and Chile Pequin, which looks very similar)  is one that returns reliably for me in zone 8a. It does go dormant in the winter, then re-emerges in late spring after soils warm. It will even tolerate some shade while still producing prolifically. Plants are also referred to as Chilitepin, Chili Tepin or Bird's Eye Pepper.  Love it!

Chili pequin

It’s Decorative Gourd Time!

Sep 23, 2013

Oh yeah, it's decorative gourd time! And yes, I even color coordinate my gourds to my house, pots, dogs, name it. So I have a color coordination least I admit it!


Video: Black Diamond Crapemyrtles

May 22, 2013

As I get more questions about the new 'Black Diamond' Crapemyrtles and where to buy them, I thought I'd post this video about them from the LSU AgCenter.

Also, you can mail order plants from Plant Me Green and Sooner Plant Farm.  Now, these are brand new plants, so do expect availability to be limited at this stage and don't expect to pay bargain prices!

Cool Ideas for Spring Containers

May 9, 2013

Need some new ideas for your spring and summer containers? How about unique pottery ideas? Check out my recent Gettin' Dirty segment on WFAA's Good Morning Texas show! The beautiful handmade pottery is complements of Redenta's Garden Center in Dallas, Tx.


Great gifts for a gardening mom!

May 8, 2013

Looking for a fun gift for Mother's Day this Sunday? How about getting mom so great gifts for the garden? We all need a fabulous hat to keep the sun at bay...handy garden tools or even a fairy garden! Check out some of my tips for great garen gifts on Good Morning Texas!

It’s Rose Time!

Mar 3, 2013

Ok guys, it's time to get planting! Now is a great time to get roses in the ground in Texas. Independent garden centers should be flush with their new 2013 inventory of rose plants and it will be the best time for you to find those special varieties you may be looking for. Remember, good drainage is key. Amend your soil with organic compost and expanded shale to improve drainage. Fertilize at planting time. It's too late to prune back your roses, at least in the North Texas, DFW area. But you can do some light pruning in August along with another fertilization. You might think I have enough roses...NOPE. I'll be planting six new 'Polka' climbing roses along my West side fence this week. It's ther perfect shade of peach...


Fruit Trees for North Texas & Chilling Hours

Feb 3, 2013

Peaches 2010There is still time to plant fruit trees in North Texas! Make sure you choose varieties that will grow to the proper size for your space, are within a reasonable range for our chilling hours, and make sure you get a cross-pollinator if you need one. Dallas/Ft. Worth zone 8 usually receives between 750-850 chilling hours, but it can vary...some years 600 hours, some years 900 hours. Further north and you'll get more, further south and you'll get less.

Now, as you might know, I'm not a strict rule follower! I think gardening is about experimentation and pushing the boundaries. Each year is a little different and experimentation is how you learn. Each of has a landscape with unique characteristics and micro-climates. Something might just work for you that doesn't for your neighbor.

For example, don't expect to get good production on a sweet cherry here, but you just might get good tart cherries off of a Dwarf 'North Star' cherry. The trick will be keeping it happy in the summer. Some Citrus are not hardy here and must be grown in containers...others, like 'Changsha' tangerine are perfectly hardy outdoors. Plenty of fruit trees can be grown in containers, especially with all the new dwarf selections available. Be reasonable, but don't be afraid to try new things and push the boundaries! Click the link to view North Haven Gardens fruit tree list, with detailed descriptions, chilling hour requirements and pollination info.

Still time to plant onions…get ready to plant potatoes!

Jan 28, 2013

Ok still have time to get those onion slips in the ground. Be sure to look for Short Day or Intermediate varieties at your local garden center. If you don't know what that means, then I suggest you go to an independent garden center that WILL and make sure you get the right type of onion! Also, it's just about time to get started on your potato planting. Haven't built those beds yet? Don't worry, in my recent Good Morning Texas segment, I show Paige and you how to grow potatoes in easy portable fiber pots. Check it out!


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