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   Apr 29

Your Questions About Gardening

Lizzie asks…

How do you take care of outdoor plants in winter?

I am no expert when it comes to gardening. This spring, I accidentally locked myself out of the house and, having nothing better to do till my husband got home and let me in, I went to walmart and bought a bunch of gardening supplies, and planted a flower bed in our front yard. That one bed has progressed into pots, and hanging plants in our front and back yard, and now that cold weather is on its way, I realize that I have no idea how to take care of plants in the winter. Can I just leave them out? will they just die off and come back next spring? I can take my potted ones inside, but what about the ones in beds, are there any precautions I need to take, or will they be ok? We live in south Texas, so it should not get too cold, but it has been known to freeze here. I have various wildflowers and other garden plants in beds, Amaryllis and Calla Lilly, Impatiens, and a small Kumquat tree in pots. Is there any kind of maintenance I need to do to them over the winter?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Kumquat tree needs to be brought in.
Impatients will not tolerant freezing temps. Bring them in or cover with plasitc or sheet during cold temps.
Wildflowers will probably come back in seed form as long as that area gets water.
Calla lilly should be trimmed low….It should sprout out during mid spring.
Amaryllis needs to be brought in or covered.

Susan asks…

What are these seeds in my garden?

I decided to pull out the gardening supplies and do a little makeover to this tiny garden I have at the front of my house. I was pulling out weeds when I saw these small things appear from underneath the soil when I pulled it away. I don’t know anything about seeds, but these looked like tiny onions and when they were bigger they looked like chestnuts. They have a brownish skin and are white underneath.

So are these from actual plants, weeds, or are they more maple trees growing in my garden?

Thank you for your help.

GardenersCardiff answers:

They would be bulbs, corms, or tubers–depending on what the plant is. Plants such as tulip, daffodils, jonquils, lilies and such grow from corms or bulbs. Tubers are such things as elephant ears, canna lilies, day lilies grow tuberously. 100′s and 100′s of very pretty plants grow this way. Maple tree grow off a little winged samivar seed that has a small hard nut on one end and a sheath like a wing on the other. Definitely maple seeds are much smaller than a chestnut.

Sharon asks…

who knows the best websites for info on gardening ????

I’ve started a veggie garden in hopes to be more organic and healthy but it wasn’t working out so well …and then I found a really great store near my house with all great natural supplies. But to my suprise I really started to enjoy doing it again!!!yay!!! the guy told me alot of helpful info and products to use ect… but he also told me to read and do as much research as possible so I want a really great website thats free and choc full of info! anyone know of any? tips are also appreciated:)

GardenersCardiff answers:

We are kind of partial to our website-

http://www.gardening-at-the-crossroads.com/

But there are lots of great websites out there, here are a few-

http://www.best-home-gardening-tips.com/index.html

http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/index.html

http://www.the-organic-gardener.com/index.html

Good Luck and Happy Gardening from Cathy and Neal!

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