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Bill's Organic Garden – It’s Time
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013

Yes, it’s time to brew and steep the Cedar Tea and begin to take a teaspoon to a tablespoon each morning in order to keep the effects of Cedar Fever at bay. Those Ashe Junipers (Cedar Trees) are just about to explode their pollen. The recent cold and wet weather postponed the Cedar Fever season for a couple of weeks. Now the weatherman is predicting back to warmer weather that will bring forth the pollen that creates havoc with all of us who are allergic to the Cedar pollen. Please remember to check with your doctor before partaking for the first time in case you have a particularly high allergic reaction rate to this pesky pollen. As I write this the cold has returned and the pollen is already registering on the allergy alerts on the weather news.

The Best Seed Catalog Ever

We have all received those beautiful plant catalogs in the mail and ordered even more catalogs each year in search of the seeds and plants that will bring us the joy of growing and harvesting our favorite plants and vegetables. This year I received a catalog like none other, it is called “The Whole Seed Catalog” from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. It is huge, containing some 353 colorful pages offering seeds from all over the world along with articles covering all sorts of seeds, agriculture and gardening ideas from around the world. Their web site is www.rareseeds.com, and telephone number 417-924-8917. If I were you I would call or click and order one. This is a classic and will be added to my already outrageous collection of gardening books, catalogs and articles.

Christmas Trees

If you are going to have a real Christmas tree this year, think about getting one of the varieties that grow in your part of Texas so that you will have pleasure in December and a tree to plant in your backyard come January. Ask the nursery for the ones that grow well in your area. There are about four or five that have been acclimated to our Texas Hill Country. They make great trees for the birds and landscape. By the way it is a Christmas tree not a holiday tree. Remember the Reason for the season is Jesus Christ.

Pruning

Even though some of us have had freezes already, we continue to have record high temperatures and high temperature times are not the time to prune Live Oak trees. Pruning has everything to do with the weather and temperatures not the time of year. The time to prune Live Oaks is when the temperature is really cold. Warning: Always clean the saw blades with a substance such as Lysol or its equivalent. I put a solution of Lysol and water in a five-gallon bucket and run the chainsaw in it for a few seconds before going on to the next tree. 2nd WARNING: Now is not the time to prune fruit trees; fruit tree pruning time comes later. Stay tuned, I will let you know when.

December Duties

Now is the time to plant those bulbs that we put in the refrigerators back in September. Be sure to add compost to all your garden and flowerbeds while preparing for Winter planting or early Spring planting. When adding compost (not mulch) remember that a little goes a long way. You only need approximately one inch of the organic gold spread evenly in the bed you are working. I like the cool weather (a relative term here in the Hill Country of Texas) flowers like pansies (faceless are my favorites), violas, stock, snapdragons, etc. Using these little gems to add a splash of color to a rather stark Winter landscape is always a welcome.

Till Next Month!

Keep your souls and your soles in your garden!

Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1

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