January 14th, 2012
Grow the tastiest peaches ever with tips on selection, planting, pruning and insects from Texas AgriLife Extension horticulturist Jim Kamas, co-author of Texas Peach Handbook. On tour, visit a food and flower garden inspired by Italy. Daphne Richards explains how dormant oil now can protect your trees from later insects. Pick of the week: homegrown lettuce, an easy one to grow even in containers. Find out how to winterize pond fish and water features with Steve Kainer from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery.
Plant of the Week: Lettuce
Tips of the Week
Look for bare root fruit trees, pecan trees, blackberries, and grapes that will arrive in nurseries soon. Be sure to get those in the ground as soon as possible, so they can get busy making roots before the warm temperatures of spring.
Prune live oak and red oak trees. Cut-off date for cosmetic pruning is Feb. 1 for these trees that are susceptible to oak wilt.
Plant asparagus crowns.
If you have fruit trees, which are annually susceptible to insect and disease problems, you should preventatively spray them with horticultural oil to ensure against future problems.
Plant trees, shrubs, roses, and perennials.
Dig up weeds before they seed.
Remember to water newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials. Winter weather can be very deceptive if we don't have rain.
Fertilize annuals and vegetables.
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Question of the Week
How can we fend off insects from our trees?
Cecilia Neuhaus and Tait Moring Italian garden design
Fruit and nut guide, Texas A&M
Texas Peach Handbook