November 29 2008 Timely Tips




November 29, 2008

Visit a Texas certified nursery professional at your favorite nursery or garden center for gift plants and other gardening gift ideas, as well as decorating items for your home.

To accelerate growth and higher production of your winter vegetables crops such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, onions and others, side-dress plants every 14-21 days with a slow release nitrogen fertilizer consisting of a 19-5-9 analysis at a rate of one half cup per 10 linear row feet. Water in thoroughly.

Trees that are planted or relocated now, may not be actively growing on the top, but are getting a properly established root system for better spring growth flushes.

Consider a living Christmas tree like an Aleppo pine, Arizona cypress or Italian Stone pine. All do well in our alkaline soils and they can be moved into the landscape after use. Plant the same as any other tree.

Drain and store garden hoses and watering equipment but don’t put them so far away that you can’t get to them in case you need to do a little watering this winter.

David Rodriguez is the 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

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