Winter has come to Central Texas! And it's likely that we've seen as much of it as we will see until next year. However, nice and cool weather is still ahead of us, making this a perfect time to evaluate your overall landscape design. Your garden should be mostly dormant.
Take a step back and view your yard from a distance. Do you like what you see? What would you change? As your trees have matured, areas that may have been in the sun just a few years ago may be shaded now. If you plan on selling your home in the future, sharpening up your landscaping will increase your home's curb appeal.
Seeds are slow to sprout in winter, so you can start new plants indoors and transplant them when the weather is consistently warm again. You can follow the guidelines below for what to plant and sow this month:
Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach, Carrots, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Peas (English, Sugar, Snap), Rutabaga, Turnip.
Annuals: Alyssum, Coneflower, Delphinium, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Phlox, Petunia, Snapdragon, Poppies, Sweet Pea.
Vegetables: Artichoks, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Spinach.
Fruits: Apples, Blackberries, Dewberries, Figs, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, Pecans, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Raspberries and Strawberries.
Herbs: Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Sorrel, Thyme.
Annuals: Bluebonnets, Delphinium, Dianthus, Larkspur, Ornamental Cabbage, Pansies, Poppies, Snapdragons, Stock, Sweet Alyssum, Violas.
PRUNE, SPRAY, MAINTAIN
Use this dormant time to thoroughly check your sprinkler system and watering tools. If San Antonio rains are few in January, water your lawns regularly. If a freeze is on it's way, water your more tender plants around the roots, adding mulch if needed, and covering with a sheet to hold a little heat.
This is also your last opportunity to prune fruit trees and other plants. Once the weather warms up and buds begin to appear, it will be too late to prune!