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Front Yard Food Forest & Pruning Prep!

Yep, we’ve gotten a little spoiled over here in Central Texas with recent mild winters. Then, coldest temps since 2011 blasted us out of smug complacency. Despite unexpected brown around my garden, this narcissus cheerfully rises above the flattened. Only time will tell if my firecracker ferns return from the roots. Many people lose native | read more →

Design & Plant Pioneers: Peckerwood & Romantic Courtyard

So, we think our garden is done? Oh, never, since someone is always out there tantalizing us with something new. I’ve been lucky to meet many horticulturists, including Austin’s own Art Petley, who introduced Salvia ‘Silke’s Dream’, a hybrid of Salvia darcyi x Salvia microphylla. He gave a cutting to an Austin grower who passed | read more →

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Ready, Set, Prune!

air date: January 21, 2017

Off with the old and on with the new as we head into late winter cleanup! Julie Clark from Stronger Than Dirt explains how to tidy up for springtime renewal. John picks a few tools to make the pruning job easier. Daphne’s Plant of the Week, drought-tough Yucca pallida, sparks silver even in part shade. And find out why a fungus on a viewer’s cedar elm tree is bad news. On tour, when Ben McConnell and Steph Hengle turned their front yard into food, the neighbors stopped by for dinner! See how permaculture techniques turned rocky land into the Bouldin Food Forest.

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January To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.

Plant of the Week


Yucca Pallida

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