Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac

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Texas A&M University Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Gardening - 492 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.” With nearly 20,000 copies sold and now in its second printing, this book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and also soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens—and have fun doing it!
Praise for Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac:
" . . . a must for all Texas gardeners."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
" . . . a comprehensive, fun-to-use guide full of colorful and instructive pages. The helpful boxes, plant lists, charts, sidebars, and tips in the book make it one you can pick up here and there or dive into reading all at once."--Austin American Statesman
“Welsh has packed this month-by-month guide with information. . . .”--Houston Chronicle
". . . a must-have book for gardeners and 'yardeners' packed with useful information. . . a reference book that will be helpful throughout the year, not just in the prime growing seasons.”--Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
“This month-by-month guide provides a wealth of practical advice.”--Publishers Weekly
“I find it easy to appreciate Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac, a new month-to-month illustrated horticultural guide. More than just a how-to-manual, this information-laden compendium earns its title designation as an almanac.”--Texas Gardener's Seeds
Awards:
2008 Silver Award of Achievement for Best Overall Product and Silver Award of Achievement for Graphic Design-Book Category, sponsored by the Garden Writer's Association.
2008 Benjamin Franklin Awards, sponsored by PMA, The Independent Book Publishers Association.
2009 Texas Reference Source Award, sponsored by Texas Library Association Reference Round Table.
 

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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
Expand Gardening to Containers
269
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

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
Irrigation Season Starts In Earnest
235
All Plants Welcome in WaterEfficient Landscapes
247
Lawns Dont Waste Water People Do
253
Dog Days of Summer
261
The Layaway Plan
364
Timely Tips
372
Berry Good Plants
379
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, a professor and associate department head in horticulture for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, served for twenty-one years as the statewide coordinator for the Texas Master Gardener program. A former gardening columnist 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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