VOLUME 15, ISSUE 12 • March 21, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


This week's e-gardens broadstrokes some of the most popular topics in Texas gardening.

In this issue…
• Success with tomatoes;
• Proper mowing heights;
• Japanese maples - everyone's favorites;
• This weekend's tasks; and
• How to be a Texas Gardener (Steven Chamblee).

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Photo: Plant up a pot of petunias today, Peter Piper.


Gardening This Weekend

I hope you've had a lot of time to spend outdoors this beautiful week. Let's look toward what lies ahead.

Photo: It's a great time to plant petunias for a spotlight of color.


Views As My Wife Sees Them

Japanese maples are some of the most eye-catching trees we grow here in Texas. Just ask my wife. I'll tell you our story, and I'll tell you if they're suited to your landscape. Click through for details.

Photo: New growth of Japanese maple in the Sperry landscape.


Native Son: March 21, 2019

My good friend Steven Chamblee shares his pointers on what it takes to be a real gardener here in the Lone Star State. He has a lot of wisdom to share.

Photo: Our buddy, Steven Chamblee.


Question of the Week: March 21, 2019

"Why don't my tomatoes set fruit?"

Simple question. Several possible answers. I'll go through them. See my list.

Photo: Tomatoes from a prior year in the Sperry home garden.


Choose the Best Mowing Height

If you want to keep your turf healthy and vigorous, mow it at the correct height. This is the right time to get that started. Take a quick look at my suggested mowing heights.

Photo: Well-tended lawn provides perfect setting to a lovely home.


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Until next week, thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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