Hobby Greenhouse

INTRODUCTION Although Central Texas lies in an area known to be relatively warm year round, tropical plants intolerant of freezing or near freezing temperatures require winter protection from the various cold fronts that sweep through and drop temperatures below or near freezing for short periods of time. In order to ensure healthy continuation of growth

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Home Landscaping Basics

This page will try to help you think through the process of planning and constructing a home landscape assuming you are willing to do the actual construction of the landscape yourself. It all begins with “paper and pencil”, not plants! You don’t need special landscaping software to draw a design. The front yard landscape design

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NUTRIENTS & pH REQUIREMENTS

All plants in nature or cultivated require Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron plus all the minor elements at varying levels depending on the plant. But, unless the pH of you soil isn’t in the proper range, then various amounts of fertilizer won’t help. So when I say the pH of the soil is

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SELECTED PLANT CULTIVARS

Many commonly used landscape plants in the Central Texas area offer a wide variety of different cultivars that provide different floral colors, plant shapes and sizes, or other features that tend to add much variety to commonly used plants. Use of different plant cultivars provides the opportunity to grow plants that are extremely well adapted

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Mulching Basics

This page discusses the importance of mulching, especially in our warmer Gulf Coast environments and provides a comparison chart of various materials used for mulching purposes. First, some basics. Why mulch?? 1. Water retention – mulching plants is an effective way to hold available moisture in the root zone which in turn helps in conserving

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Container Gardening

One of the trends in gardening and landscaping today is the increasing use of decorative containers. Any object that holds soil in which a plant can be grown is fair game. The benefits of container gardening is offset with challenges as well. This page discusses this aspect of outdoor ornamantal gardening. Benefits and Advangtages Disadvantages

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PLANTS FOR WILDLIFE

Nectar producing flowering plants – attracting all butterflies Abelia, Ageratum, Allysum, Aster, Asclepias (Butterfly Weed), Buddleia, Black-eyed Susan, Buckeye, Lobelia, Cuphea, Clover. Cosmos, Duranta, Frogfruit, Gallardia, Globe Amaranth, Honeysuckle, Lantana, Liatris, Eupetolium (Mist Flower), Morning Glory, Pentas, Phlox, Plumbago, Porterweed, Purple Coneflower, Rainlily, Shrimp Plant, Sunflower, Verbena, Salvia, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Turks Cap, Yellow Bells

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Plants and Trees to Avoid

We see many articles and resources about best and recommended plants to grow in our region, with emphasis on native and adaptive plants well suited to our climate and environment. However, there is a flip side to that coin – plants to avoid for various and very good reasons. First of all, we should avoid

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The importance of soils

Soil is to plants as water is to fish. It is so vital to the very life and well being of the plants you grow. Just like polluted water kills fish, polluted or unhealthy soil can likewise kill the plants that reside in it. It is therefore imperative, that we understand the vital importance of

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