January 12 2008 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY  BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

January 12, 2008

Many of you’ll remember Texas Cooperative Extension as the old Texas Agricultural Extension Service. And yes, they have changed their name going into 2008 and beyond to Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Extension is still part of the educational outreach arm of the Texas A&M University System, reaching all 254 counties in the state of Texas and supported by trained certified volunteers as the Bexar County Master Gardeners. For information about Texas AgriLife Extension may be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_AgriLife_Extension_Service.

This is the best month to plant trees but as with fruit trees, selection of adapted species is critical for long-term success. Select trees for permanence and durability, not just for fast growth. A listing of the best adapted tree species can be obtained from your local county Extension agent’s office or simply go to:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/publications/southcnt.htm.

Bare-root and boxed roses are excellent to plant now if available in your area; otherwise wait to choose from well-rooted containerized plants in late February. Consider selecting Earthkind Roses, they are the most durable and the lowest maintenance roses for the landscape. More information may be found at: http://earthkindroses.tamu.edu/.

A late planting of head cabbage can be done at this time. ‘Cheers’ cabbage is the most reliable selection for this area. More information may be found at:

https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/HomeHort/F1Column/2007%20Articles/Plant%20of%20the%20Week/SEP1%20%27Cheers%27%20Cabbage.htm.

Now is the time to plant onion transplants. If you are having problems finding onion transplants? Consider contacting Dixondale Farms, the largest onion transplant grower in the state at: http://www.dixondalefarms.com.

 

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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