Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gardening Time!

When driving or walking around town you can see some of the early blooms of spring; Bearded Irises, Daffodils, Bluebonnets, and Mountain Laurel bushes are perfuming the air. Welcome Spring!

You might think that having a lawn is just easier and low maintenance, but if you change your mind or want to try something new, these are some plants you can sow now to get results for this Summer and Fall:

For a flower garden some perennials you can plant now are: Black-Eyed Susans, Asters, Daylilies, Hardy Hibiscus, Lantanas and Purple Coneflowers among others.

If you would like to add some color to your garden, nothing is better than annuals like: Geraniums, Zinnias, Verbenas, Marigolds, and Impatiens.

In case you are more inclined to start a vegetable garden here are some veggies you should plant this Spring: lettuce, radish, spinach and carrots. It might not be too late to start some tomatoes or you can buy the small tomato plants in nurseries.

Will this be your first year trying to start a garden? You might be feeling a little overwhelmed trying to learn gardening techniques, landscaping, and the best plants to choose for your type of soil. Do not get discouraged! Faulk Central Library has a vast collection of books on gardening you can check out! Some recommendations are:

Month-by-Month Gardening in Texas

Herb Gardening in Texas

Texas Home Landscaping

Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas

Texas gardening the natural way : the complete handbook

Garden guide for Austin & vicinity

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