Adventures in Texas Gardening

Adventures in Texas Gardening

by Bill Scheick

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Gardening in Texas is not for the faint of heart or weak-willed. Given the remarkable variety of soils, climate ranges, and the obstacles of stifling heat, humidity, and drought, the dedication of so many gardening enthusiasts speaks to the powerful hold plants have over people.

Living and gardening in Central Texas since 1969, Bill Scheick has celebrated successes and analyzed failures. Techniques and plants that worked in one yard did not necessarily work in another just a few miles away. In Adventures in Texas Gardening, Scheick shares, through personal accounts as well as stories from fellow gardeners, big gardening efforts—transforming an entire backyard, dealing with unruly pets and marauding wildlife, and fostering vanishing bees. Attention is also given to other challenges, such as soil erosion and yard contamination.

With a firm understanding of horticulture and a good dose of humor, Scheick offers beginning and experienced gardeners a resource for inspiration, information, and commiseration as they pursue their own gardening adventures in Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623495176
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Series: Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series , #49
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,234,631
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

BILL SCHEICK has written numerous gardening articles for the Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman, Native Plant Society of Texas Newsletter, Tropical Treasures Magazine, and Texas Gardener, where he currently serves as a contributing editor. A professor emeritus of English at the University of Texas at Austin, he gardens in Oak Hill and Fredericksburg.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 When Things Go Sideways 9

Chapter 1 Backyard Upheaval 11

Chapter 2 Going to the Dogs 31

Chapter 3 Free-for-All at the Fig Stop 37

Chapter 4 Incorrigible Banditry 43

Chapter 5 Not Walden Pond 48

Chapter 6 Scandalous Unlawning 55

Chapter 7 Turning Inside Out 67

Part 2 Troweling for Answers 75

Chapter 8 Dad, Can We Grow a Christmas Tree? 77

Chapter 9 How Old Is This Tree? 85

Chapter 10 What Does It Take to Raise Standards? 92

Chapter 11 Where Are My Holly Berries? 98

Chapter 12 Can Dreaded Bolting "Bee" Okay? 108

Chapter 13 How Did Our Bees Get So Blue? 116

Chapter 14 Why Are There Black and Green Flowers? 126

Chapter 15 Is My Contaminated Yard a Lost Cause? 136

Chapter 16 Does the Moon Matter? 144

Part 3 Gardeners Who Shared 155

Chapter 17 Devil Cactus Makes Good 157

Chapter 18 Salvia Fever 164

Chapter 19 Ditching Callas for Daylilies and Irises 171

Chapter 20 Buckwheat to the Rescue 185

Chapter 21 Orchids for Everyone 190

Chapter 22 High-Voltage Violets 196

Acknowledgments 207

Selected Recent Works Cited 209

Index 211


Austin, TX

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