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Bill’s Organic Garden
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 8, 2011

Well, how much snow did you get? We got 6.5 inches in Oatmeal (just teasing). We received 1+ inch. Whatever amount you did receive, the water content is anywhere from 13% to 16% of the amount of snow depending on the dryness of the snow. Wow, it wasn’t it just a few days ago and it was 80 degrees. Well if you are new to the Texas Hill Country and don’t like the weather at any given moment just wait a short while and the weather will be radically different. That’s the Good and the bad news about our weather.

Bob Rose communicated to me that the typical effects of a La Nina weather pattern will return this Spring with below normal rainfall and a slightly above normal temperatures.

With Easter being late this year the weather predicting patterns will interesting to say the least. Predicting the last freeze is always interesting and this year is really special. Be watchful of all the signs that nature gives us if we just pay attention.

Highland Lakes Lawn and Garden Show

My favorite time of year begins with this show. I know that once again it will be spectacular. It will be at the same location as last year, that being the City of Burnet’s Community center on Jackson Street just east of the Square in Burnet. Mark your calendars for March 26, 2011. It will be a very special event and the Children’s corner is back by popular demand, so bring in your children and let them learn about gardening and nature.

Some February Reminders

Potato planting time is around mid month, between president’s days.

Do you have your onion sets planted yet?

Valentines Day means it is time to prune your roses.

Have you started your tomatoes in the greenhouse yet? Yes it is time and past time if you want to get a jump on Spring. You can plant all of your favorite greens including my personal favorite Spinach and Lettuce

This is our last time to apply Corn Gluten to our lawns to naturally Feed and Weed them. This is the way to get rid of those pesky grass burrs and other weeds in our lawns. Apply Corn Gluten at the rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet with a fertilizer spreader.

It is still time to plant fruit trees or any other trees for that matter.

Warning: Don’t prune your fruit trees till mid to late this month or early March.

Please Don’t Murder the Myrtles

The best way to prune Crepe Myrtles is to not prune. The only time they should be pruned is when they are planted under the eaves of the house or power line. Crepe Myrtles were never meant to be pruned. Instead we are supposed to purchase the correct size. They come in dwarf, medium to tall, always ask the nursery how tall they are going to grow

The Martins are Coming

The Martins are coming the Martins are coming. I know it seems too cold and too early, however, my friend Jim Cox always reminds me that they are coming right around February 15th. So it is certainly time to clean up and clean out their houses, as the scouts will be here shortly.

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

Have questions or comments? Contact Bill Luedecke at The Luedecke Group Realtors, P.O. Box 1632, Bertram, TX. 78605 (no Post Office in Oatmeal) or email For additional gardening web sites, go to his web site; www.TexasLand.Net and click on links.

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