Texas A&M expert offers tips for adding color to the winter garden

Are you searching to add a pop of coloration to your pots or beds all through the winter season? Annuals stay their full existence cycle — from germination to seed — in just one growing season. Their only objective is to produce bouquets till they die, and this motivation equates to prolific flowering for an extended time.

They are the “Fast & Furious” of our flowering friends.

Deadheading selected annuals can prolong seed manufacturing right until later on in the period. At the time seed occurs, some could self-sow and save you the issues of planting up coming 12 months.

Annuals can impart a short-term coloration scheme, fill in bare spots, or add coloration to herb and vegetable gardens. The very best portion: they fulfill our have to have for quick gratification.

On the other hand, all annuals are not developed equivalent, and specified vegetation desire awesome winters, some favor very hot summers, and other folks drop somewhere in amongst. Awesome period annuals you could look at now: pansies, lobelia, dianthus, petunias, alyssum, nasturtiums, and snapdragons.

Fertilize annuals with a well balanced soluble fertilizer each and every 3-6 weeks. A lot more rare, but deep watering is superior than regular, mild watering.

Perennials and grasses: Cut back again prior to new progress appears, but you may well want to wait around a short bit to see how this month’s temperature will go. If we get an additional freeze, the past year’s advancement provides the plant some safety.

The exception is if the delicate tissue has turned mushy or slimy, then very clear that out.

Divide summer months and fall flowering perennials. This will give their roots adequate time to create before the heat of the summer time.

As soon as the threat of frost is in excess of, your holiday break amaryllis can come across a dwelling in a sunny spot in the back garden. Don’t forget to preserve the top rated inch of the bulb over the soil and mulch. Cut the pale flowering stem but depart the leaves to develop.

Trees and shrubs: Plant and transplant. Cooler weather lets roots to proven. Prune roses about Valentine’s Day. Finish pruning fruit trees nonetheless, citrus normally involve minimum pruning.

Freeze protection:
Look at for freeze and frost warnings. Carry on to h2o just before expected freezes. Frost cloths are helpful to have all over with out getting to rummage as a result of your closet. Some are even on show on checkout at your local backyard garden heart. Address or shift crops for overnight defense but keep in mind to take away the masking through the day.

Grass: Apply pre-emergent herbicide if there was a weed challenge very last yr. Fertilizing will appear later on in spring.

Mulch and soil: Get ready beds for spring planting. Include compost to health supplement nutrition and organic subject to the soil.

Exam your soil if you did not do so in the fall at Soiltesting.tamu.edu. This is also the time that farmers get their soil tested, so your outcomes could have a slight delay.

If you do not have 3-4 inches of mulch down, now is a excellent time to incorporate it. It assists reduce the extended checklist of spring chores later and will give you a head start off at blocking weeds.

Are you looking at generating a far more walkable pathway through your vegetable backyard? How about a mulch pathway? It tackles weeds and it feels wonderful to stroll on, in particular if you have knee or leg agony.

Vegetable garden

Plant by the conclude of February in Harris County, except if if not pointed out.

Transplants: Artichoke and asparagus dormant crowns, broccoli and Brussel sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage (until eventually mid-March), cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, bulbing onions (until finally mid-February), English and snap peas (until eventually mid-February).

Sow seeds: Beets, carrots, Swiss chard, (till April), lettuce, mustard (February-March), Irish potatoes (slice parts), radish (February-March), spinach, turnips.

You could come across tomatoes for sale right now. It is an quick way to get fruit before in the season, but be confident to not plant in the floor right until the likelihood of frost is in excess of. They will be weakened by minimal temps.