Gardening in West Texas. What a job. How will your plants survive when its 105 degrees, when it hasn’t rained in two months and the wind is blowing 40 miles per hour. As Master Gardeners we all try different methods. Raised beds, trellising, adding compost, eggshells, coffee grounds. In the last few years several of us have become fans of the Keyhole Garden. It does not require that you get down on the ground or even bend over. It is a no-dig design in a 6’ in diameter round bed. As the picture shows, an overhead view of this type of raised bed would look like a large keyhole in a circular plot with easy access to the center basket where manure, vegetable scraps, paper and othRead More
Carol Siddall, Master Gardener Have you ever tried lights in your garden? This would be a fun thing to think about during our winter months when the garden is not requiring our attention. I use lights in my garden, and it gives a magical feeling to my garden at night. I have a chandelier that is on a timer over my water feature. It gives me a feeling of comfort to look out and see my garden in a different light.
- Allen Smith says to not go overboard with your lighting. He says you want to create a safe, soothing, and subtly lit atmosphere. You don't want to have so many lights that you feel it is still daylight out.
This is article that was written and published a couple of years ago.
By Debbie Roland, Compost SpecialistCompanion planting is a good way to increase the flavor or deter pests. Here are a few examples of how and what to plant together. Beans and peas increase nitrogen in soil and can be sown for harvest or as a cover crop. Don’t pull the plants out when the season is over, simply dig them back into the soil to replace nitrogen. Swiss chard, kale, lettuce and spinach all require extra nitrogen and can be planted with beans and peas. Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives repel cabbage worms and aphids. They can be Read More
John and Shirley Kelley Winter is a great time to start planning your landscape for a nice water feature. A water feature can be a small urn or fountain, a water garden with a waterfall, fish & plants. A water feature can be a great asset to any home. It makes a great gathering spot when having a party or friends over. It can add value to your property, compliment any landscape, and reduce your lawn maintenance. But you are saying to yourself that takes too much water! Not really. It takes less water for a water garden in a year than it does to maintain a lawn. Ponds need to be installed in the right place. To be considered: Child safety (only 24" deep), the availability of utRead More
Geriann Green-MASTER GARDENER Everyone who grows roses is probably wondering what they can do now to prepare roses for a healthy beautiful year. It begins with proper pruning at the proper time. February and early March in West Texas are the best times to prune most varieties of roses. But be sure to wait until the last hard freeze has passed. Before starting, make sure your tools are sharp. Dull tools may cause tears and rips in the stems. It is also important that tools be disinfected either with bleach water or a disinfecting spray between each rose. There are several different varieties of roses and each will appreciate being pruned differently. The early blooming ClimbersRead More
Carol Siddall, Master Gardener This time of year is a good time to think about preparing our beds for spring planting. If you have never had your soil tested, this might be a good time to do so. You can go to the AgriLife office in Odessa, 1010 E. 8th, or Midland, 2445 E. Highway 80, to pick up a soil testing kit. There are instructions on the kit on how to do it complete with mailing instructions. They will email you back the results in about a week if you choose that route. Or you can also go to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will give instructions also. There is a $10 charge for a routine analysis. After you have found out the state of your soil, there are some basic practices tRead More