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Creative Gardening with Recycled Finds

William Glenn from Garden-Ville grabs our imagination with repurposed finds that are inexpensive and fun. On tour, Paul Lofton relied on ingenuity, instead of cash, to turn grass into delightful garden destinations. Celebrate Lady Bird with Daphne’s Plant of the Week: Texas Superstar ‘Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue’ bluebonnet. If it’s time to cut back your too-woody thyme, Daphne shows us how. Eric Pedley from East Austin Succulents propagates succulents for a wealth of free plants.

Originally aired November 16th, 2013 (Rebroadcast December 19th, 2013)

Plant of the Week: Bluebonnet ‘Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue’


Tips of the Week

  • Replenish mulch or any that washed away in heavy rain. Plants that go dormant in winter or are not native to our area can use extra insulation this winter. Remember: don't pile mulch directly against the base of a plant.
  • Get your row cover out to protect vegetable gardens, cold-sensitive succulents or small citrus if you're in a cold microclimate. Avoid using plastic to protect them.
  • Prune oak trees that are susceptible to oak wilt, like live oak and red oaks. Do paint the wounds.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and cold-hardy perennials. Remember to water them deeply.
  • Plant perennials that bloom in spring, like coneflower, columbine, penstemon, yarrow, Indian blanket, winecup and skullcap.
  • Plant winter annuals, like pansy, viola, calendula, stock, alyssum and dianthus.
  • Continue planting lettuce, carrots, radish, broccoli, kale, and other winter crops that you'll find in local nurseries.
  • If you're bringing plants indoors or to a greenhouse, drench with a botanical soap and inspect for any insects that may come along.

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Question of the Week

My thyme is really woody. What can I do?

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