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By Douglas F. Welsh

Think of Doug Welsh’s Texas backyard Almanac as an enormous per month calendar for the whole state—a sensible, information-packed, month-by-month advisor for gardeners and “yardeners.” This ebook presents every little thing you must learn about plants and backyard layout; timber, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. it is going to assist you to create attractive, effective, fit gardens and feature enjoyable doing it.

author, educator, and broadcaster Doug Welsh provides a wealth of sensible gardening recommendation during this ebook. Encouraging us to “think like a plant,” Welsh holds pruning college in February, conducts a garden sanatorium in April, builds a perennial backyard in September, and indicates us how one can develop clean greens for Thanksgiving. but this slightly scratches the outside of all that's provided during this finished, fun-to-use advisor. With colourful and instructive illustrations and priceless details bins, plant lists, charts, sidebars, and information, the publication is written within the enticing, conversational sort that anybody who has listened to Welsh’s radio express will recognize.

even if your ardour is roses or eco-friendly beans, wildflowers or timber, interpreting this ebook is like having a private backyard advisor and pal at your part. Doug Welsh’s Texas backyard Almanac will encourage you all year long and make you extra keen than ever to get out into your garden.

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The amount of organic matter in soil can have an immediate effect on a soil’s water-holding capacity (ability) and aeration (pore space). These characteristics are extremely important for garden soils, whether sugary sand or sticky clay. The addition of organic matter can al- most double the water-holding capacity of sandy soils, reducing the need for and the frequency of watering. Water is held in the sandy soil by the water-absorbing organic matter. In clay soils, water-holding capacity is not a limiting factor; lack of aeration is.

Try to water the soil without hitting the leaves. A whitish, powdery covering on leaves, stems, or blooms indicates the presence of the fungus powdery mildew. This disease spreads rapidly when temperatures are above 80°F and humidity is high. Splashing water does not spread prune roses. For modern hybrid roses, before spring growth begins (about February 14 for much of the state). The goal is to prune each bush back to a height of 18 to 24 inches, having only four to six main stems (canes), each facing outward in a different direction so they form a vase shape.

Pollination to correct poor soil. Planting on raised Fruit trees need pollination (male pol- sible way to add some drainage to clay Without sufficient pollination, fruit Unfortunately, not much can be done berms or rows is perhaps the only feasoils. Large raised beds (10 feet by 10 feet), filled with soil amended with organic matter, can be constructed for crops with limited-size root systems, such as peaches, plums, and apples (dwarf varieties are recommended). For- tunately, blackberries, grapes, pears, and figs are less finicky about the soil type in which they are grown.

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