NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2002
Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Garden Checklist for
Dr. William C. Welch, Landscape Horticulturist
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- Place orders for seeds this month so you will have them available when you are ready to plant. Also by ordering early you will be sure to get the varieties you want. Store in a closed container in the lower part of your refrigerator until time to plant.
- Evergreen plants frequently suffer from lack of moisture during those occasional winter dry periods that occur in Texas. Adequate soil moisture provides the best protection you can give your plants against winter cold injury.
- Now is an ideal time to plant pansies. Select a sunny site having well prepared soil.
- Plant pansies, calendulas, flowering kale, snapdragons, stock, sweet alyssum and larkspur for early spring color. It is best to use started plants at this time. Select short, stocky plants with good green color.
- Clean, repair and oil garden tools and equipment. A coat of linseed oil on wooden handles will help preserve the wood.
- Drain the gasoline from power tools and run the engine until fuel in the system is used.
- November through February is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. In the Panhandle planting is often delayed until February or early March.
- Protect tender plants by covering with structures made of wood frames and covered with clear plastic film. If a severe freeze is predicted use an outdoor type extension cord and a lightbulb placed under the cover. It will usually provide sufficient heat to protect the plants if the cover is well constructed.
- Christmas poinsettias will soon be available. Donít be misled by the scare stories about the poisonous qualities of these beautiful plants. Plant scientists at Ohio State University have proven through extensive testing that they are not poisonous. There is, however, the possibility that some individuals may be allergic to certain plants including the poinsettia. (See accompanying story in this issue of Horticulture Update)
- Bare spots under trees or other heavily shaded areas? Consider using shade tolerant ground cover in those areas. English ivy, Algerian ivy, Monkey grass, liriope, or vinca are excellent choices.
- Continue planting spring flowering wildflowers in early November: bluebonnets, Drummond phlox, rudbeckia and coreopsis can still be sown.
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