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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Posted January 10, 2013 4:43 PM

Happy New Year! We have been greeted with REAL Texas weather this year. It makes it difficult to have good days to work outside, but it will happen.

If you purchased a living Christmas tree to use inside this year, it is time to move it outside. Either plant it in the ground or use it as a patio tree. Keep it damp but not soggy. Add 2–3 inches of mulch around the tree.

If you received a plant for Christmas or purchased one, remove the foil from the pot, set it in the sink, run water through it, and let it drain. Place it back into the container. Set the plant in the brightest light available. Check it every 3-4 days for water. Check with your finger. If it is dry to the second knuckle, it needs to be watered. Feed at least every other week during winter. Potted plants need to be fed more often during the summer months and growing season.

K.B.B. is in the process of removing Christmas decorations from the Pecan Bottom and Bindseil Park. We added to the decorations this past season, so there is much more to remove. If the weather permits, we were working on Tuesday, January 8. We will work until the parks have been restored to normal. There will also be frozen plants to remove, new plantings, fertilizing and mulch to spread.

When you begin to cut down frozen plants, especially perennials, check how low the stems are dead (soft). Cut the stems below the soft portion and cover with mulch. This will help protect the plant roots from freezing. More plants will return the following spring.

Now is the time to do heavy pruning on hedges and shrubs. Prepare garden beds for Spring planting. There is still time for cool weather plants. Check with the nursery for transplants and fruit trees that are available.

Call Judy at 830-833-5663 or Retta at 830-833-4729 if you need information or if you have time to work with us.

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