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How Does Your Garden Grow?
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 16, 2008 10:00 PM

Christmas is only a few days away. Have you been enjoying the season?

How about that snow? Only in Texas can one garden in 81 degree weather one day and wake to snow the next morning. It’s too bad that it wasn’t enough to help with the needed moisture, but it was special.

If you haven’t finished your shopping, remember gardening books, house plants, pots, yard art, gloves, gardening tools or a gift certificate for landscape plants or several hours of labor. These items are always appreciated by your gardening friends.

December and January are the time to spray fruit and nut trees plus many woody shrubs, with a dormant oil for Scale insects. Neem is a good organic insecticide.

If your lawn needs some help, add a fine layer of Compost. You may need to fertilize first with an organic fertilizer before spreading the Compost. Organic fertilizer may be used any time of the year. If the lawn is unleveled, add one or two inches of soil. If you have Bermuda grass, wait until the growing season to add the soil. Bermuda doesn’t grow in the winter. You will have mud when it gets wet until the spring growing season.

Words of Wisdom from The Texas Gardener:

Replenish organic matter regularly, plant recommended varieties, plant at the right time, visit the garden often to check for pests, be ruthless with insects, don’t let them take over, use the least toxic pesticide. If you can’t grow green beans, you might want to consider another hobby.

Our large, white deer is still missing from the Bindsiel Park. If you see one running around town, please send him back to the park It took me three hours to put white lights on him. Thanks.

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