VOLUME 16, ISSUE 1 • January 2, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


As we open a new gardening year we're also nearing the start of the 5th year of this weekly format of e-gardens. I hope you've found it useful and enjoyable.

In this issue…
• A great source of info on fruit and pecans;
• Please don't top your crape myrtles;
• This week's checklist of activities;
• Why daffodils are already sprouting; and
• What to do with browned Asian jasmine.

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Photo: It's time to plan and plant your home fruit orchard.


Looking for Info on Fruit Crops?

There is a treasure trove of information for would-be Texas home orchardists waiting at your fingertips. I keep one particular website bookmarked on my computer. If you want to grow fruit and pecans, this is the one you need to see.

Photo: Fruit-planting season is at hand.


Please, Texas! Stop Topping!

There is no justification for topping a crape myrtle. Ever! Can I be any more blunt? Yet tens of thousands of plants are about to be violated again. If you care about beauty… Please read what I've prepared for you here.

Photo: "Stop," indeed. This is horrible!


Gardening This Weekend: January 2, 2020

We turn the page to a new gardening year. It’s amazing how many things are waiting to be done. I’ve made a list of the most critical ones. Maybe you can check them off this weekend. Click through to see them.

Photo: It's time to plant, feed pinks.


Question of the Week: January 2, 2020 - Number One

"My Asian jasmine turned brown with those first really cold nights back in November. Should I trim it to make it look better?"

I'll have my answer. Click through to read it.

Photo: Cold did this to Asian jasmine in the northern half of Texas.


Question of the Week: January 2, 2020 - Number Two

"My daffodils have already started sprouting. What should I do?"

I'll have the answer. Click through to see it.

Photo: Daffodils should be blooming in 6-8 weeks. Yikes! That's not far away.


And, in closing…

That's our cartful of information for this week's e-gardens, but I'm already assembling ideas for next week.

I hope this will be a really successful gardening year at your place, and I hope we'll have the chance to be a big part of it.

Again, if you enjoy e-gardens, take a little time to let your friends know. And equally important, please take a moment to thank our advertisers. They're the ones who make it all possible.

I'll be live on the radio this weekend, and I certainly hope you'll join me.

Until then…

Happy New Year, and happy gardening!


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