Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac

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Texas A&M University Press, Nov 21, 2011 - Gardening - 512 pages
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Think of Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac as a giant monthly calendar for the entire state—a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and “yardeners.” This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun doing it.

Writer, educator, and broadcaster Doug Welsh gives a wealth of practical gardening advice in this book. Encouraging us to “think like a plant,” Welsh holds pruning school in February, conducts a lawn clinic in April, builds a perennial garden in September, and shows us how to grow fresh vegetables for Thanksgiving. Yet this barely scratches the surface of all that is offered in this comprehensive, fun-to-use guide. With colorful and instructive illustrations and helpful information boxes, plant lists, charts, sidebars, and tips, the book is written in the engaging, conversational style that anyone who has listened to Welsh’s radio show will recognize.

Whether your passion is roses or green beans, wildflowers or trees, reading this book is like having a personal garden consultant and friend at your side. Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac will inspire you throughout the year and make you more eager than ever to get out into your garden.

 

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Contents

Heading toward Spring
5
for the Garden
15
Thinking Like a Plant
21
Timely Tips
41
Hints of Spring Reminders of Winter
47
MulchLow Tech High Impact
58
Are You Ready to Have an Irrigation System Installed?
65
What They Mean and Why They
80
Vacation TimeWhat about the Plants?
278
Fall Vegetable Gardening Starts Now
285
Hot Hot Hot and Dry Too
293
Preparations for Fall Bloom
306
Timely Tips
331
Cooling Off Maybe?
337
Plant Wildflowers in Fall
357
The Layaway Plan
364

Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs
88
SpringGet Busy
97
Lawn Fertilizing Made Simple
113
Will There Be a Next Generation of Vegetable Gardeners?
119
Gardening with Kids
134
Get MovingLots to Do
143
Fire Ant Management
153
Lawns 101
159
HerbGrowing Hints for Texas
177
Timely Tips
187
Managing Plant Problems
203
Pesticide Safety
213
Timely Tips
221
Welcome to Texas Heat
225
Timely Tips
255
Dog Days of Summer
261
Expand Gardening to Containers
269
Timely Tips
372
Change Is a Good Thing
378
Landscape DesignConcepts Guidelines and Fun Ideas
388
Tell Them before
396
CoolSeason Vegetables in Fall
402
Down Time Not Exactly
407
Cloning Plants through Cuttings
415
Grow Vertical with Vines
421
Timely Tips
428
Holiday Plants
434
Living Christmas Trees
440
Poinsettia Rebloom
447
Design a LowMaintenance Landscape
453
New Years Resolutions for Gardeners and Yardeners
463
Acknowledgments
469
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About the author (2011)

DOUG WELSH is an associate department head in horticulture for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and served for twenty-one years as the statewide coordinator for the Texas Master Gardener program. A former gardening consultant for the San Antonio Express-News, he currently hosts a gardening call-in radio show and provides gardening tips on television each week in the Brazos Valley. He is the author of a book on xeriscaping and coeditor of the Texas Master Gardener Handbook.

 

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