Reconciling and regrouping for this next phase Mother Nature has doled out to us, we must move forward in a practical manner. We have this winter to thank for easing the record low lake levels to help Texas' own concerns about drought and water restrictions. This should make us take heed in how we use water in our gardens. Picking the right type of plants for your yard is essential for long term water conservation. Your County Extension Agency has a wealth of knowledge to help you grow what's best for you, your garden and our area lakes.
For North Texans, the garden has been neglected for much longer than usual. Weather usually allows us to begin our pruning & weeding in February and to begin the planting process in early March. This year we have been delayed by late snows, freezes and torrential rains. Of course, at the snap of Mother Nature's fingers we are deep into the heat of the high 80's!
Move forward gardeners with gloved hands, garden forks & pruners! It's time to go with the flow. Accept lower yields in perennials in our gardens this year and choosing wisely to get the most bang for the buck (that would be in water $ too) in new plantings.
Do the best you can with what you have and invest in a few more "garden art" pieces to fill in bare spots. I believe, I will make sure the wild birds have plenty of water in their bird baths and heed restrictions for watering my garden.
I will stick to my plan and not plant a patio garden. There is a growing trend in creating personal urban gardens. My blog partner's husband will likely plant his usual tomatoes, squash & such. It is great to plant, tend & grow something. It is instinctual for many people. A great place for learning about gardening is in a community garden. This gives you a chance to work in a garden, harvest for yourself & local food pantries. Giving your time is priceless.
We all pick where our resources go and hopefully we all work together to conserve our most precious resource -- water!
Your area County Extension Agency has local planting guides. Their job is promote the planting of native grasses, shrubs & trees.
Master Gardeners & garden clubs are a great resource for everything you need to know about smart gardening and conservation. (Don't miss the Collin County Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Sale April 11th!)
County Extension Agency
Fresh & Local Produce Stand of Melissa
McKinney Community Garden
Farmers Market - McKinney