VOLUME 17, ISSUE 1 • January 7, 2021

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Happy first e-gardens for 2021! Gardening has never been a bigger part of our lives, and I'm going to try my best to make e-gardens more useful than ever before.

In this issue…
Bed preparation to get growing;
How can I prune my shrubs back;
Ornamental cabbage and kale;
This weekend's tasks; and
Transplanting large trees.

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Photo: White ornamental cabbage is striking in winter landscape.


Gardening This Weekend

These are typically our coldest weeks of the year right about now. I scanned the 10-day forecast, and it looks cool but bearable. Let me outline some things you might want to put on your list for the weekend.

Photo: It's time for onions in South Texas gardens. Wait a week or two farther north.


Plant of the Week - January 7, 2021: Ornamental Cabbage, Kale

My Apple phone and iCloud storage package send me periodic "On this day" collections of photos I've taken. This handsome planting of ornamental cabbage popped up last week, so I decided that was my omen. I'll make it our "Plant of the Week."

Photo: Ornamental cabbage found hiding on my iPhone!


Getting Ready to Grow

Interest in home flower and vegetable gardens has never been greater. But success depends on the best possible bed preparation. I'll tell you how!

Photo: It's time to prepare garden soils for early spring.


Question of the Week - Number One: January 7, 2021

"I've let my boxwoods grow too tall (50 inches). Can I cut them back to 30 inches? If so, when and how?"

I'll answer, and I hope it will be helpful.

Photo: Boxwoods (and many other shrubs) outgrow their spaces.


Question of the Week - Number Two: January 7, 2021

"I understand that winter is the time to dig and move trees in my landscape. Do you have any suggestions to improve my odds of success?"

Yes, and I'll give them to you.

Photo: Moving large plants requires patience.


And, in closing…

We're back into the normal routine, so I hope you'll join me on the radio this weekend (pre-empted on KLIF by TCU basketball, but I'll be on my statewide program Saturday 11-noon and on WBAP Sunday morning 8-10).

Gretchen will have podcasts up by Monday evening, and you can catch me in a dozen Texas newspapers, also on my website. My eyes are somewhat better, so I'm going to try a few minutes per day back on Facebook.

In the meantime, please stay safe and wear your mask. Sign up for the vaccine as you are eligible.

Thanks for reading, and…

Happy Gardening!


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