Have you started planning your spring garden yet? Now is the time to plant your cool-season vegetable seeds or plant starts like lettuce, radishes, spinach, chard, turnips, carrots & beets directly into your garden rows. Try to plant 2-4 weeks before the last frost date which is usually early to mid March in Texas. Don’t forget about your potato seeds and onion sets too, remember to plant those before Valentine’s Day.
Keep an eye out for insects and diseases on your nut and fruit trees. Spraying is important for a successful crop. You can use Horticulture Oil (Dormant Oil) to spray fruit and pecan trees. For a bug and disease free season, follow the Texas Cooperative Extension Spray Guide. http://rains.agrilife.org/files/2011/03/fruit-and-nut-spray-schdule.pdf
Watch out for aphids and caterpillars on cool-season vegetables. You can slow or stop aphids with insectidical soap and caterpillars with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis).
Soil Conditions vary throughout the Metroplex and are not suited for planting. Consider constructing a raised bed for long-term garden. Raised beds can range in height a few inches to several feet. Usually, beds less than 6″ in height do not drain well. To learn more about constructing your own raised garden bed, click here.
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