The changing face of Britain’s gardens Is our beloved English rose in peril? Will global greenhouse gases force her to live a cloistered life only in Britain’s greenhouses? How long will she be strong enough to ramble freely? The iconic rose is only one of the many plant species that will be affected by the changing face of Britain’s gardens as they evolve to keep apace of global warming.

Why Vineyard Fencing is Important? Are you still wondering why vineyard fencing is very important when you are farming grapes? Well, there are many things that you need to consider that can help you to realize the successful farming as well as to have the good harvest in the future.

Gardening and Your Health: Protecting Your Knees and Back Many gardening tasks require knee strength and stability,.

How To Choose The Best Perennials For Your Garden Planters Have the best looking planters in your neighborhood! By knowing your climate zone and choosing the right planters, you can have beautiful flowers most of the year round.

Hanging Basket First Aid for a Dried Out Hanging Basket by Jackie Carroll Let's face it: Our houseplants aren't the most important things on our to-do lists, and even the most attentive gardeners will sometimes forget to water the hanging baskets. The good news is that unless the plants are completely dead, they can usually be revived

Could Your Garden Pass A ph Soil Test? How well do you know your soil? It's an important question for the health of the plants in and around your house. Good soil does more than provide a foundation for roots to grab on to. Well-structured soil lets the roots breathe easily, provides the right amount of nutrients and water to the plant, and has the right pH balance for the kind of plants you're trying to grow.

Landscaping to Eliminate Allergenic Mold Spores Thomas Leo Ogren There are many things we can do in our gardens and landscapes to eliminate allergy-causing mold spores. All molds produce tiny reproductive spores and the trick is to find ways to get rid of the molds themselves.

Mix your own soil. Herbs that thrive in Austin soil by Ellen Zimmerman Many herbs thrive in Central Texas. Most love the abundance of sunny days and dry weather so common in the Austin area. Herbs can bring breathtaking beauty to the garden and tasty treats to the table. But don't use the same standards for producing herbs that might be appropriate for the lush herb greens of England or even the garden state of New Jersey..

Garden Map As Designer Monthly tackles the theme of time this month, it's time to take a hard look at your garden and make an honest assessment of the amount of sun your little patch of Eden really gets, as opposed to the amount of sun you would like it get.

Gardening 101 a virtual gardeners' classroom. Your teacher is acclaimed gardener and writer Ann Lovejoy. The columns that follow, which have been running in the P-I nearly a year, are designed to teach you the basics of building a garden from scratch. You can adapt her lessons to big spaces or small.

Fried Green Tomatoes Much success in growing tomatoes can be attributed to use of a few proven techniques. Choosing a variety that has proven to be a true performer in your local area should be top of your list. You can't go wrong asking a local vegetable gardener or someone with a stall at a local farmer's market.

Make a Clock with Flowers Who needs a watch when you can tell time with flowers? No, you don't need to wear a corsage on your wrist. If you plant a flower clock in your yard, you can look out the window and know the hour at almost any time of day.

Fertilizer info that might help some of you with any questions on what to use.

Take Crash Course On Austin Gardening How was gardening in San Jose. CaIif., or Seattle or wherever it was you moved from? Well, it's different here in Austin. Every day. new people arrive in Austin and pick up shovels and hoes to put down roots in their landscapes.

Bluebonnet FAQ

Allergy-Free in The Rose Garden Many people think that allergies are like the weather, there isn't much we can do about it except complain, but that isn't true. The most common allergen is pollen, and this we can largely control.

How to do Bareroot planting Bareroot planting is a great way to get a head start on spring.  You can purchase larger plants for less money, and still enjoy them just the same as if you had spent more money on  container plants.  They do however take a little more care when planting than container grown plants.  Here are a few tips to help your bareroot experience become a pleasant one.

Bulbs Provide Easy Perennial Color Bulbs are some of the easiest of flowers to grow in our landscapes. They provide years of enjoyment and add seasonal beauty like few other plants can. Now is the time to plant bulbs if you want to enjoy the fragrance, color, and beauty of their blooms next spring and summer.

Articles by Skip Richter
Travis County Extension Office

Preparing for the Heat Wave You just can't beat the wonderful weather and temperatures we've had this spring here in the South. In most areas a late frost never arrived to spoil the show and our plants are really growing great. Temperatures are so perfect that even the "fair weather" gardeners are staying busy and active in the garden..

Here's the dirt on Austin soils Some gardeners seem able to make anything grow. Their secret is not a green thumb. It's the right soil. The Austin area is blessed with many wonderful things, but deep and rich native soil is not one of them. The black clays of Pflugerville and many hillsides west of Interstate 35 are dense soils that absorb water slowly and pack tightly, making it tough for plant roots to get a foothold.

Hanging Baskets Made for Shade Hanging baskets provide a great way to add color and interest to our summer landscapes. While there are many great blooming plants for hanging baskets, I like to use hanging baskets in shady areas. Baskets in shade are easy to care for as they don't require nearly as much watering as their sun-drenched counterparts.

Designing an Easy-Care Landscape Spring fever has arrived in the lower south. This wonderful affliction calls to the gardener deep inside everyone, drawing us outdoors to dig and plant. With a little forethought and planning, we can create landscapes that are both beautiful and easy to maintain in the years to come.

If you have put off planting roses because you either think they are too much trouble or you don't care for the look of a formal rose garden, then I have some great news for you. Roses are for everyone, everywhere.

Fall Color Southern Style Dogwood is one of the great plants for dependable early fall color in the south. Each fall a glorious spectrum of colors blankets hardwood trees across the country. In Colorado, the gold of aspens catch the eye. In the Midwest and New England, sugar maples are among the most stunning of trees with their brilliant red/orange and yellow hues.

Environmentally Smart Lawn Care
All land drains to some body of water. We can all learn how to maintain beautiful lawns and gardens while avoiding needless damage to the environment. There is a debate here in the south over the role lawns should play in the future of our landscapes. Some say turfgrass is environmentally unsound and should be minimized or eliminated.

Peppers Remain a "Hot" Gardening Trend The small, fiery hot fruits of chili pequin peppers are quite ornamental. They are prized by birds and thus often come up wild in the lower south.Peppers Remain a "Hot" Gardening Trend. Peter Piper was definitely ahead of his time. Peppers are still the trendy veggies that you must have for your garden to be…well, to be "cool."

Some gardeners seem able to make anything grow. Their secret is not a green thumb. It's the right soil.

Fall is for Propagating Plant Plant propagation is fun and easy, despite the mystery and air of difficulty that often shroud the simple truth. I have learned that the complicated science of plant propagation can be simplified down to a few easy techniques that anyone can use to successfully multiply their plants with a high percentage of success.

Containers for Color I love growing foliage and flowering plants in containers. Containers are a great way to add instant color and pizzazz to the landscape, and they provide people with limited space a chance to garden. Your porch, patio, balcony, or driveway can go from drab to dazzling with the addition of flowering containers.

In My Garden - Making a Home for Houseplants Dwarf forms of English ivy make an excellent, fast-growing houseplant. The term "houseplant" is really somewhat misleading. No plants are "native" to the house. Most so-called houseplants are native to the understory layers of tropical rain forests, where they thrive in the moist, humid, low-light environment.

Summer Dreams of Gardening I was watching a gardening TV show the other day based on the idea that a crew can come in to someone's yard and build an instant garden while the owners step out for a day. They leave their tired old lot in the hands of the miracle workers and return to a dazzling new showplace.

The Quiet of a Southern Summer Now is the part of the year we refer to as the summer dormant season down here in the South. All but our southern heat-tolerant plants are dormant. That even includes most gardeners! When things really heat up, we limit gardening to early morning and early evening hours.

Watering Wisdom Rising temperatures mean our gardens are getting thirsty. Thankfully we've had plenty of rain lately in Texas, delaying the inevitable dance of the hoses I do every summer in my yard and garden. Dragging hoses is great exercise and offers hours of quiet, mindless opportunities to contemplate life or just daydream.

Summer-Tough Flowers and Veggies Our southern gardens are once again in transition. The first transition was when danger of frost passed and we began to plant warm-season veggies and flowers. Now the weather is moving from warm to hot. That means the cool-season plantings such as broccoli are almost all done and wimpier warm-season flowers such as Dianthus and petunias will soon look like they were blasted with a welding torch.

Pining for Vines I've become partial to vines in recent years. Last year we planted a number of vines along fences, over arbors, and even as container plants. Vines add a third dimension to the garden, providing overhead and vertical interest. It seems to me that vertical structures are underutilized in our southern gardens. Our hot sunny summers should guarantee that an arbor, vertical pillars with vines, or climbing roses would be an integral element of most landscapes, but I see few of them.

Preparing for the Heat Wave You just can't beat the wonderful weather and temperatures we've had this spring here in the South. In most areas a late frost never arrived to spoil the show and our plants are really growing great. Temperatures are so perfect that even the "fair weather" gardeners are staying busy and active in the garden.

Patrolling for Pests: This is the best time of year to be strolling through the garden. Everything is growing like crazy and the temperatures are absolutely fabulous. I was out examining the plants the other day and noticed the tomatoes are already blooming and the squash is not too far behind.

Look for an affordable professional pest control company in your area!

We've been enjoying the spring rains this week, although at times they may get to be too much of a good thing. Gardeners who did not plant in raised beds often find frequent rainfall turns the garden into a swamp.

So Many Bloomin' Things To Do These warm spring days are really great for gardening. Our plants are in high gear during this transition from winter to summer in the south. Cool-season plants love it because it is not too hot, but it's warm enough for warm-season plants to really take off. This makes for our busiest season.

Patience and the Spring Gardener Spring is the season for gardeners! Can't you feel the fever of gardening as it runs rampant through your town or county (or parish for you Louisiana gardeners!)? We all love to garden but this time of year even our not-so-dedicated neighbors get into the act, even if it is just to buy a sack of fertilizer to green up the lawn.

The Real Dirt on Gardening This past week we took advantage of the great weather to get out in the garden and build a few more raised beds. We had a sunny spot where I wanted to add some vegetable beds, so we worked in some compost and turned the soil.

Bugs We are in the late-summer-to-early-fall season when bugs seem to proliferate in our landscapes and gardens.

Strawberry Next to the computer I have a picture of our strawberry patch from a few years ago. My youngest daughter is perusing a nearby peach tree, inspecting the crop of fruit.