G – July Vegetable Gardening

Oh good gracious! Who ever heard of planting vegetables in Texas in July! As ridiculous as that may seem, NOW is the time to begin planting and planning for our fall gardens. Pull out those old, tired, diseased and insect ridden cucumbers, green beans and summer squash to make room for the late summer and fall crops that will begin producing more fresh produce for your table. If you aren’t planning on following up in these areas with watermelon or winter squash, till in some compost and let the area [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:14:45-05:00July 9th, 2019|Monthly Gardening Checklist, Vegetable Gardening|

B – February Gardening Checklist

VEGETABLES: All the crops mentioned in January may be planted in February as well. Onions should be planted before mid-month.  Seed Swiss chard, carrots, turnips and radishes directly into the garden. Cover seedlings during hard freezes. The cool-season greens, lettuce, spinach, mesclun greens and mustard greens should be planted early in the month from seed. Potatoes are usually planted around President’s Day.  Choose varieties such as Kennebec or Red Lasota. Cut seed potatoes into sections with at least one “eye” per section. Lay them out to dry in a shady spot. Shaking [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:14:52-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Monthly Gardening Checklist|

L – December Gardening Checklist

-There’s still time to plant Bluebonnet seeds for spring blooms-as a bonus, plant Larkspur and Poppy seed, too. They will be great deer-resistant color for the spring! -Winterize your lawnmower after you mow your lawn for the last time. Empty the gas tank and run the engine until there is no gas in the lines. Change the oil and take to the repair shop if needed before they get busy! -Sharpen garden tools to prepare for winter pruning and planting. -Pruning of Live Oaks and Red Oaks should take place [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:15:02-05:00December 2nd, 2018|Monthly Gardening Checklist|

K – November Gardening Checklist

NOVEMBER GARDENING CHECKLIST Trees and shrubs:The best planting season for trees and shrubs is now through mid-March. Root systems will establish well in the winter months, requiring less frequent watering than in the spring and summer establishment period. When the heat hits in late spring, your plants will benefit from the “head start” on root establishment! Mulch:Trees and shrubs will benefit from an additional layer of mulch to protect their roots in the winter and to conserve moisture. Pull the mulch away from trunks and stems, as the mulch will [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:15:11-05:00November 22nd, 2018|Monthly Gardening Checklist|

October Gardening Checklist

Vegetables: October is prime planting for many cool-season vegetables. Plant Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, and Cauliflower from transplants. Swiss chard, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Spinach, Collards, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Asian Greens and Spinach may be planted from seed or transplants. Beets, carrots radishes, and cool-season peas such as snap, English and snow peas should be planted directly from seed. Be sure to follow directions on thinning carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce and spinach in order to produce a harvestable crop! October is the best month to plant Garlic from cloves separated from [...]

By |2019-09-30T08:39:11-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Lawn Care, Monthly Gardening Checklist, Vegetable Gardening|

E – May Gardening Checklist

Annuals and Perennials: Remove spent blooms on annuals such as Zinnias, snipping the bloom back to just above the first set of leaves. This process is known as “deadheading”, and if done as soon as blooms begin to fade will encourage repeat blooming. Deadhead Geraniums by bending the flower stalk away from the stem it is growing on. If you have your Geraniums in the sun, it is time to move them to afternoon shade. They will continue blooming all summer if given some shade, occasional pruning and monthly fertilizer. [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:15:25-05:00May 2nd, 2018|Monthly Gardening Checklist|

D – April Checklist

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS: Continue planting warm season annuals and perennials. Work compost into the beds before planting and apply fertilizer such as Ladybug 8-2-4 or MicroLife 6-2-4 after planting.  Water the planting in well. Add large colorful pots of combination plantings to your landscape. Be sure to include tall, medium and trailing plants- also known as “the thriller, the filler and the spiller”!!! Check for insects such as Aphids, Caterpillars and Mealybugs regularly. Use Safer Insecticidal Soap, Organocide 3-in-1 Garden Spray, or Captain Jack’s Dead-bug Brew as organic options, or [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:15:31-05:00April 4th, 2018|Monthly Gardening Checklist|

C – March Gardening Checklist

Annuals and Perennials Now is the time to be planting warm season annuals and perennials. Their root systems will have a chance to become established before the summer heat sets in, and you will not need to hand-water as long as you would if you wait to plant later.  Be ready to protect your newly planted/tender plants with frost cloth just in case we get a late freeze. The average last frost in Burnet County is March 15. Some of my favorite plants to add instant color to the winter-worn [...]

A – JANUARY GARDENING CHECKLIST

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS: Continue watering and fertilizing cool-season annuals to ensure productive flowering.  Use NutriStar Color Star time-release fertilizer once a month for continuous feeding. Pansies are particularly heavy-feeders, and will always respond to fertilization with added blooms. Continue planting pansies, violas, ornamental cabbage and kale, snapdragons, dusty miller and cyclamen (protect cyclamen from freezes). VEGETABLES: If you plan on growing transplants for spring planting, count back 6-8 weeks from the last average frost date to start tomato and pepper seedlings. This is early to mid-January in Central Texas.  Place [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:14:36-05:00January 2nd, 2018|Monthly Gardening Checklist, Trees, Vegetable Gardening|

September Gardening Checklist

  Vegetable Gardens:  If you haven’t already removed your old vegetable plants from spring, now is the time to do so! Compost whatever does not have disease or insects, and discard the rest. This is your “window” to add amendments to your garden! Choose from Happy Frog Soil Conditioner, Coco Loco for raised beds, or Earthworm castings as amendments. The Ground Up product, DS Compost may also be used as an amendment in gardens and other plantings.  Compost will add needed nutrients and texture to your soil, improving moisture holding [...]

By |2019-09-04T21:05:09-05:00September 5th, 2017|Lawn Care, Monthly Gardening Checklist, Vegetable Gardening|

H – August Gardening Checklist

Annuals and perennials: There is still time to plant heat-loving annuals in those bare spots in the landscape. Many of the heat-lovers, such as Vinca, Angelonia and Penta will thrive all the way until frost. Geraniums in pots may be trimmed and fertilized for a fall display of blooms. If you haven’t already, move them to afternoon shade. Some perennials are looking stressed, especially Lantana, which might have Lantana Lacebugs. Now is a good time to cut them back and fertilize them for a spectacular bloom throughout the fall. Don’t [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:28:14-05:00August 1st, 2017|Lawn Care, Monthly Gardening Checklist|

F – June Gardening Checklist

Annuals and Perennials: Some of the best heat-loving annuals are ready to be planted now! Vinca, Angelonia, Penta, Sweet Potato Vine, Coleus, Wax Begonias, Purslane and Portulaca will easily make it through our hot summer with attentive watering and monthly fertilization. Even Geraniums, when moved to dappled shade or part sun will produce abundant blooms all summer if dead-headed and fertilized monthly. Perennials should be establishing well if planted in the spring. If planting now, continue hand-watering daily for at least a few weeks. Watering deeply once or twice a [...]