Spring to Summer: 5 Ways to Transition Your Texas Garden
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
5d ago
This sunshine is nice, right? Such a welcome relief from the constant deluge. This morning I dedicated a good chunk of time to fertilizing everything. Things actually look pretty good, all things considered. I added a fresh layer of mulch just before the rains came, and that really kept things happy and healthy. The delphiniums and snapdragons are still blooming well, but the foxgloves and poppies are toast and have been pulled to make room for the ‘Indian Summer’ rudbeckia, ‘Mystic Spires’ salvia, and Profusion zinnias to fill out. These three plants will be the foundation of my summer flow ..read more
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Gardening Gifts That Mom Will Love
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
1M ago
Forget giving your mom a bouquet of flowers this year for Mother’s Day (again). Give the gift of garden inspiration instead! Whether she’s a bonafide garden guru or just discovering her green thumb, show your appreciation for her with an expertly-picked gardening gift that will bring her joy all year round. Here are some of my favorite gardening products that I know will make the perfect gift for your plant-minded mom. “Adventures in Eden” Book This is by far one of the most inspiring gardening books that I own. A photographic exploration of some of the most incredible private gardens across ..read more
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New Plant I’m Testing: Kitchen Minis™ Bonsai Basil
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
1M ago
An important part of my work as an educator is the testing and trialing of different plants to assess their performance in our challenging (and unpredictable) North Texas climate. I’m grateful to have relationships with the world’s leading plant breeders, and they generously send me new plants to trial before they hit the market. So, I thought it would be fun to let you in on this “behind the scenes” work, and tell you about what I’m growing. Get to know Bonsai Basil and The Kitchen Miniscollection One of the most exciting plants to arrive on my doorstep this year is the newest addition to the ..read more
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Resilient perennials I’m adding to my new landscape
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by Callie Works-Leary
3M ago
I’m settling in to my new digs. Now comes the hard work of transforming the landscape and establish ing new gardens, slowly but surely. Emphasis on the slowly part. Spring is pretty much here, my garage is full of seedlings, and I have yet to build the beds they need to go into. (Gulp.) Despite all this, I’ve planned it all out in my head and will formalize plant placement on paper soon. The front yard will eventually be a turf-free, mixed planting in the artistic and naturalistic style of Piet Oudolf using native and adapted perennials in combination with annuals that convey that this is, in ..read more
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5 Ways to Enjoy Beautiful Fall Weather in DFW
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
8M ago
There is nothing better than fall in North Texas. Warm, sunny days and cool, crisp evenings are a welcome relief from the triple digit temperatures of late summer. Here are fives ideas for how to take full advantage of this glorious weather. Visit the Farmers Branch Rose Garden. Yes, as the name would suggest, this garden features a large number of rose plants, but it is also home to many beautiful perennials as well. When monarchs are passing through, this is a wonderful place to see them in large numbers. (The garden is open to public and completely free to visit.) Take a “garden research ..read more
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Celebrate National Weed Your Garden Day with These Timely Tips
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
1y ago
It’s National Weed Your Garden Day! To celebrate, here are my best tips for keeping your garden free of weeds…. What exactly is a weed? A “weed” is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, growing where it is not wanted. Weeds are not just wild plants, but also cultivated plants that are growing where they shouldn’t be. Why are weeds a problem? Weeds are unsightly, but they also compete with your existing plants for light, nutrients, and water. They can even harbor damaging pests and diseases. Keeping your garden weed-free is one of the best ways to keep your plants happy and ..read more
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Dallas-Fort Worth Spring Plant Sales for 2023
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by Callie Works-Leary
1y ago
Here is a complete listing of the spring plant sales taking place across North Texas for 2023. If you have a plant sale that you would like to add to the list, please leave a comment with website link below. 2023 Spring Plant Sales in North Texas Listed by date: April 6-8 – Fort Worth Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale Plants available: Full plant list here. Location:  Lot D Parking Lot/Grove, 3408 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Website: https://fwbg.org/calendar-events/signature-events/plant-sales/ April 7-8 Johnson County Master Gardener Plant Sale Plants available: Plant list here. Loc ..read more
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Guide to Growing Cucumbers in North Texas
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
1y ago
I love growing cucumbers, and my pantry is stacked floor to ceiling with pickle jars to prove it! If you’re eager to enjoy a bountiful harvest of fresh, crisp cucumbers from your own garden, I’ve got you covered. Here is a comprehensive guide to growing cucumbers in North Texas. 1. Select the Right Variety When it comes to growing cucumbers in North Texas, it’s essential to choose the right variety. Look for varieties that are small to medium in size and heat tolerant. My favorite varieties to grow include ‘Homemade Pickles’, ‘Green Fingers’, and ‘Marketmore’. I also like experimenting with di ..read more
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Easy Guide to Growing Potatoes in North Texas
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by Callie Works-Leary
1y ago
Growing potatoes at home is easy and fun. In this guide, I’ll teach you the simple techniques for planting potatoes in your North Texas garden. When to plant potatoes in North Texas Mid-February through early March is the best time for planting potatoes in North Texas. This gives potato plants enough time to get established before the intense heat arrives. Where to find “seed” potatoes Seed potatoes are typically available at local independent nurseries at planting time, but call ahead before visiting to verify that they have them in stock. North Haven Gardens stocks a large selection of pota ..read more
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Growing Berries in North Texas: What You Need to Know
The Dallas Garden School
by Callie Works-Leary
1y ago
Many beginner gardeners assume that anything available for purchase at the grocery can be easily grown at home. Strawberries and blueberries are readily available at the grocery year-round, but they are some of the most difficult fruits to grow in North Texas. If berries are on your “must grow” list, here are 7 things you need to know about growing berries successfully in your North Texas backyard. 1. Start with blackberries. Blackberries are the easiest berry to grow in North Texas. They are adapted to a wide range of soil types, and require minimal care other than periodic pruning. Recommend ..read more
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