For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Jun 29

Your Questions About Gardening

Susan asks…

I live in Texas what gardening zone is that?

I live near Austin Texas and would like to start gardening but I’m not sure what gardening zone I am in

GardenersCardiff answers:

You are in Growing Zone 8 if you are near Austin, TX. If you want to type in your own zip code to find your zone click here and us the zone finder in the upper left on the webpage.

Ken asks…

Why is Halifax NS half a gardening zone milder than Kingston Ontario?

Rhodos will grow in Halifax but not in Kingston, Ontario. Southern Ontario seems milder than Halifax yet Halifax is doomed to be half a gardening zone better.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Probably because Halifax and NS is situated close to the Gulf Stream.

May be the soil pH is incapable of supporting Rhododendrons.
They being an ericacious plant require acidic soils, below a pH4.

As I am located in Old Scotia [Scotland] I do not have any real experience on Ontario soils or climate.

Daniel asks…

I live in Gardening Zone 5. Can you tell me the best time to trim my cedars?

GardenersCardiff answers:

The only time I wouldn’t is from about Aug. 1st. – Christmas. Any other time is fine. They will store winter hardiness by processes going on in the foliage in late summer- fall. Also, pruning encourages carbohydrates upward into the top of the plant. Plants going into winter need to be moving carbohydrates downward into the roots.

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