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Preparing Your Garden



Well, you know, I know that a lot of people think that it's still winter. Isn't it? It just turned winter a few days ago. This is called the winter garden area of Texas, so we never stop gardening here. The important thing at this time of year is to get rid of all the dead, disease, non-producing stuff, plow up your garden, till up your garden, dig up your garden whenever you have an opportunity, when the soil is dry enough that it won't cake or we may get into a rainy spring and you won't get it tilled.

Then, right now, you can go ahead and put in some spinach, which you can buy as transplants, the Texas A&M recommended spinach, or you can put in cabbage or broccoli, maybe even the snow crown cauliflower for some spring production of those cold tolerant crops. Get the rest of your garden ready because we are going to be planting potatoes here soon, and onions here within the next week or two, and you need to get your garden ready to go. Put about 2-3 pounds per 100 square feet of some type of slow release fertilizer, like 19-5-9 and you will be ready to plant and start growing a great spring garden. If you can get your tiller started.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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