August 1, 2015
Why are my container-grown cucumbers short and teardrop shaped, and why are the lower leaves turning yellow, then brown, and then dying off?
The teardrop shaped cucumbers result from poor... More ›
June 1, 2015
Why are the leaves on the bottoms of my tomato plants turning yellow?
1. It could be that the plants are getting too much water. This was a common result with the wonderful rains received... More ›
May 1, 2015
How do I get rid of fire ants in my garden? What should I do if I have fire ants in my compost pile?
While most types of ants are harmless and even beneficial, the fire ant is a well-known... More ›
April 1, 2015
For complete instructions, you simply must read All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, or Google square foot gardening. A typical square foot garden is 4’ x 4’, allowing for 16 square feet of gardening space. Your 4’ x 4’ box can be... More ›
March 1, 2015
How do I rid my yard of grass burs?
Grass burs (or sand burs) are summer annual grassy weeds that start germinating in late spring and continue germinating until late summer or early fall. The weed will continue to grow until the first freeze.
Grass... More ›
February 2, 2015
My major pruning dates are Valentine’s Day (or a couple of weeks thereafter) and Labor Day, with the spring pruning being heavier than the fall pruning. Pruning improves air circulation, helps... More ›
January 1, 2015
Deer are beautiful to watch, but they can do a great deal of damage to a garden. In fact, a deer eats approximately 6 to 10 pounds of forage per day. They are particularly attracted to smooth,... More ›
December 1, 2014
Should I prune my oak trees? I am concerned about oak wilt.
Of course you will want to prune your oak trees for all of the reasons that people prune trees: the limbs are threatening to... More ›
November 1, 2014
Does asparagus grow well in south central Texas?
Yes, it does, but it is a process.
You should purchase crowns (one-year old root systems) when they become available in your local nursery,... More ›
October 1, 2014
Why doesn’t my Christmas cactus bloom?
You may not be giving it the right amount of water. Christmas cactus is a tropical cactus, not a desert cactus. If the soil is allowed to dry out... More ›
April 1, 2014
Q: I know that you should apply spring fertilizer to your lawn after you’ve mowed the grass twice to make sure that it is actively growing and ready to use the fertilizer. However, I’m not sure how much to apply. I’ve been hearing about the overuse... More ›
March 1, 2014
Q: I want to plant tomatillos. What should I know about them?
A: You probably have to buy the tomatillo or husk tomato (Physalis ixocarpa) by seed. There are lots of varieties available, such as Cape Gooseberry, Mayan Husk Tomato, and Rendidora.... More ›
February 1, 2014
Q: I’d like to give my sweetheart something unusual yet related to gardening for Valentine’s Day. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Seed potatoes are traditionally planted February 14, so... More ›
January 1, 2014
Q: I always receive a poinsettia or a Christmas cactus or an amaryllis for Christmas. What do I do with them after Christmas?
A: They can be replanted for next year.
The potted poinsettia... More ›
December 1, 2013
Q: I've been cleaning my vegetable garden and pulled up my okra plants. Their roots were just covered with root knot nematodes. I am really surprised because I planted that bed with Elbon... More ›
November 1, 2013
Q: My oxblood lilies have finished blooming and I now have big clumps of leaves. When can I move them to different spots in the yard?
A: Judy Barrett, in her November Homegrown newsletter,... More ›
October 1, 2013
Q: I have goldenrod growing at the back of my garden and I'm worried about what my neighbors might say because of its bad reputation. Should I pull it out?
A: Definitely not. I too have... More ›
September 6, 2013
Q: Can I plant vegetables in pots? I don't have much of a yard and the soil is too hard to dig.
A: Vegetables do fine in pots. A large pot of lettuce or spinach by your back door close... More ›
August 1, 2013
Q: I am planning on planting a couple of shade trees in the fall. How do I know what kind is best for this area?
A: Now is a wonderful time to drive around and look at which trees are... More ›
July 1, 2013
Q: Some of the leaves on my red oak are skeletonized -- the green tissue is gone and the veins remain with kind of a brown part of the leaf remaining. What did it and what do I need to do now?
A: Skeletonizers can be caterpillars or slug sawflies.... More ›