December 30 2006 Timely Tips





December 30, 2006

  • Prepare in advance for your spring garden. Look at specialty garden catalogs and order early for the spring. While reading mail-order seed catalogs, remember we live in Zone 8, and our soils are alkaline with very hot and dry summers.
  • Now is a great time to build walkways, retaining walls and raised beds. Use compost enriched soils instead of heavy top soils when filling beds.
  • December through February is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. This includes fruit and pecan trees, grapes and berries. Visit the Bexar County website at this link for the best recommended varieties for Central/South Texas at
  • Drain and store garden hoses and watering equipment in a readily accessible location. The lawn and plants may need water during prolonged dry spell.
  • Get cold frames ready for seedling flowering and vegetable spring transplants.
  • Make your mind up to be a more vigilant gardener in 2007. Be a horticultural teacher; give the gift of gardening to a child in 2007.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at

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