We know it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about your garden and what to plant for the spring – even in March! It’s a good time to plant vegetables like brussel sprouts, broccoli, radishes, spinach, and turnips. It’s also a good time for those annuals you see blooming every spring like dianthus, petunias, and alyssum. If you don’t know where to start, start at Painted Flower Farm. Don and his crew at Painted Flower Farm have been in the business for many years and can help you with just about anything related to your garden and yard. They are also a KDB Business Member – Pecan Level for the past four years. Even better, current KDB members receive a 10% discount on purchases!
It’s bluebonnet season! Wait – what? Okay, so you won’t find those lovely patches of Texas’ favorite wildflower blooming just yet. But September is the perfect time to spread bluebonnet seeds.
Use your Texas wildflower seed packet if you’re a KDB Member, and spread the seeds in an area of your yard where they can disperse over time without being mowed. Consult the Texas Department of Transportation website for specific tips on planting bluebonnets.
Curious about why bluebonnets seem to be dwindling in the Denton area? KDB Director Lauren Barker was interviewed last spring over that exact topic! Adding bluebonnets to your yard, and allowing them to reseed each year, will help to establish a healthy Denton bluebonnet population over time.
If you have existing perennial flowers in your garden, consider dividing them this month. Dividing flowers aids their growth process in a number of ways. First, it controls their growth. Flowers that have taken over your garden are less likely to take over after being divided into separate flowerbeds. Second, this process actually revitalizes them for abundant growth in the spring! Struggling plants can produce more blossoms, and will grow stronger come springtime.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual Community Tree Giveaway on October 24 – if you plan on registering for a free tree, you can plant it next month. Registration for the Community Tree Giveaway opens on Monday, September 21. And if you needed another reason to become a KDB member, make note that members can register for a free tree one week earlier, starting Monday, September 14!
Although August can produce some of the hottest temperatures of the summer in Denton, it is also a crucial month for beginning your cold-weather gardening.
Cold-weather veggies include broccoli, radishes, cauliflower, kale, spinach and more. If you want to harvest fresh vegetables for cooking during the winter months, now is the time to plant them!
Irises are dormant now, so this is the best time to plant them. These flowers are hardy growers in North Texas, and are often found surviving in areas where they receive little to no maintenance. Denton soils range from clay to sandy – if you’re soil is heavily clay, add several inches of coarse sand and compost. Irises love sandy loam soil – although they are known to do well without much care, taking the extra step to prepare your soil will ensure their success in your garden.
Want to try growing a pumpkin for Halloween? Pumpkins prefer warmer temperatures, and it can be difficult to time their season just right for harvesting in October. Plant your pumpkin seeds early this month for a shot at a homegrown Halloween pumpkin.
If you planted summer herbs and vegetables, go ahead and harvest them this month.