VOLUME 16, ISSUE 8 • February 20, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


You gotta love Texas! It's cold one day, then warm, then cold once again. And it's cold in the Panhandle and hot in the Valley, all on the same day. Out of all that, I get to try to write a meaningful e-gardens for you. But I think we've accomplished it!

In this issue…
• The best unheard-of plant;
• It's pre-emergent time;
• When will the freezes have passed?
• Gardening activities this weekend; and
• Steven Chamblee is finally speechless!

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Photo: Italian jasmine is a gently arching shrub for the home garden.


Pre-emergent Time is Here

All you have to have is a couple of days of warm weather any time after the first of the New Year and people will be asking if it's time to apply pre-emergent weedkiller granules. Well. This year has been amazing. I'll share the details.

Photo: These are the enemies, and pre-emergents can stop them before they get started.


Native Son: Big Ideas, Bad Ideas, and Little Red Wagons

Something happened to Steven recently that made him slap his knee and say, "Wall, dang!" You're not gonna believe it.

Photo: Our buddy Steven Chamblee.


Plant of the Week - Italian jasmine: February 20, 2020

I'm out on thin ice on this one, folks. It's certainly not common in Texas nurseries, but it ought to be. Maybe you and I can change it. I'll tell you about this great shrub and why it's one of my favorites.

Photo: Italian jasmine in the Sperry home gardens.


Gardening This Weekend

It's looking like things are going to stay comparatively cool over the next week or so across much of the state. Let's factor that into this week's list of assignments.

Photo: Good peaches require care starting now.


Question of the Week: February 20, 2020

"Neil, how will I know when it's safe to plant my frost-sensitive flowers and vegetables?"

I'll give you the honest answer. Then I'll give you the practical answer.

Photo: Late frost won't hurt mondograss, but it would be death to tomatoes.


And, in closing…

Hopefully e-gardens has excited and stimulated you, maybe even educated you a little. Steven, Gretchen and I have enjoyed preparing it for you.

Between now and next Thursday when we bring you the final edition for this month, here's hoping we'll meet up on Facebook, on the radio, through one or more of my podcasts, at my website or in church this Sunday.

On a personal note: I just heard from my editor at the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Beginning tomorrow (Friday, February 21), my column that has run in their paper since 1976 will be moving to the Friday edition. Please watch for me there!

Until next week, thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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