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Posted: 1/30/2011 7:39:05 AM EDT
If you've been considering putting in a garden, this is the last weekend to put in onions in the Dallas area. I can't think of anything easier to plant than onions if you're new to the whole gardening idea.

You can also put in potatoes, blackberries, fruit trees, etc.

Wait on tomatoes and peppers.

Next weekend Neil Sperry will have the Texas A&M fruit tree specialist on his radio program with the best varieties to plant in North Texas. It's worth a listen if you're planting. Next Sunday, 9am, WBAP 820 AM.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:51:27 AM EDT
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I usually put my onions in on Valentine's day.  I live down between Beaumont and Houston.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:52:37 AM EDT
[#2]
Tilled part of my garden the other day .
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:04:09 AM EDT
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Tilled part of my garden the other day .


I tilled in 2 wheel barrow loads of horse manure yesterday.  I need about 10 more.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:21:49 AM EDT
[#4]
This is a pretty good guide from TAMU that gives spring and fall planting dates.  http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/earthkind/ekgarden14.html

As with anything else in gardening, your planting dates will vary from year to year.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 9:00:58 AM EDT
[#5]
When is a good time to trim my trees?  I think they are some species of pear tree although they never produce fruit.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:17:51 PM EDT
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I think the time to trim them is in the fall.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:04:54 PM EDT
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When is a good time to trim my trees?  I think they are some species of pear tree although they never produce fruit.


From what I hear, pear is touchy because of a disease called fire blight. I think they're trimmed in the fall, but there's a protocol for cleaning your pruners with a mixture of water and bleach between limbs to minimize disease transfer. Again, I'd refer to to Neil Sperry's book for reference, or Texas A&M's Aggie Horticulture website.

I don't like pear trees period, but 2 out of the last 3 homes I bought had pear trees and half of those died.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:06:26 PM EDT
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Tilled part of my garden the other day .


I tilled in 2 wheel barrow loads of horse manure yesterday.  I need about 10 more.


Don't use horse manure in your gardens!  Unlike cows, horses don't digest the seeds in the plants they are eating.  When you put horse manure in you garden, you are basically putting in every seed that horse ate that day....unless of course you enjoy weeding!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:46:20 PM EDT
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Tilled part of my garden the other day .


I tilled in 2 wheel barrow loads of horse manure yesterday.  I need about 10 more.


Don't use horse manure in your gardens!  Unlike cows, horses don't digest the seeds in the plants they are eating.  When you put horse manure in you garden, you are basically putting in every seed that horse ate that day....unless of course you enjoy weeding!


I use horse manure but it has been composting w\ shredded tree trimmings 9 months to a year
I planned on doubling my garden this year but the tiller just will not start, gonna have to get my bro on that. I actually have garlic and onions in the ground I planted late last fall. The garlic kicked up about a week ago, I think that is going to work good
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:49:11 PM EDT
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Tilled part of my garden the other day .


I tilled in 2 wheel barrow loads of horse manure yesterday.  I need about 10 more.


Don't use horse manure in your gardens!  Unlike cows, horses don't digest the seeds in the plants they are eating.  When you put horse manure in you garden, you are basically putting in every seed that horse ate that day....unless of course you enjoy weeding!


Plastic mulch is my friend.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:05:40 PM EDT
[#11]
What fruit trees do well in this area and where is a good place good place to get them.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:19:44 PM EDT
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What fruit trees do well in this area and where is a good place good place to get them.





Last spring we bought some fruit trees from a local nursery who sells all sorts of trees, plants, etc.

They had plum, peach, pear, apricot, apple, umm, I'm sure there were others, but it was last year when we bought them, and I've drank a beer or two since then.

We bought 2 apple, 2 plum, one peach, and one pear. The pear tree died once the heat of summer rolled in, but the rest of the trees are all doing just fine.

Not sure if I'll have fruit this year or not, but I'll post pics if / when they do.


Gene
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 9:35:36 PM EDT
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When is a good time to trim my trees?  I think they are some species of pear tree although they never produce fruit.


From what I hear, pear is touchy because of a disease called fire blight. I think they're trimmed in the fall, but there's a protocol for cleaning your pruners with a mixture of water and bleach between limbs to minimize disease transfer. Again, I'd refer to to Neil Sperry's book for reference, or Texas A&M's Aggie Horticulture website.

I don't like pear trees period, but 2 out of the last 3 homes I bought had pear trees and half of those died.


Well then they must not be pear trees because they grow wildly.  In fact I think they grew faster after I pruned them.  And I get a lot of the shoots that grow out of the roots.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 5:18:43 AM EDT
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What kind of poop is better ?
Horse , cow or chicken .
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:46:08 AM EDT
[#15]
Chicken is too hot. Either you gotta go real light or compost it first.

I like sheep and goat because it's pre-pelletized.

Rabbit is pelletized too, but I've heard it's kinda like chicken.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 10:15:51 AM EDT
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Chicken is too hot. Either you gotta go real light or compost it first.

I like sheep and goat because it's pre-pelletized.

Rabbit is pelletized too, but I've heard it's kinda like chicken.


I'll use goat then , thanks .

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