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Old 02-28-2008, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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Hello again! Here on the west coast we have a really great gardening book called "Sunset Western Gardening Book" which gives recommended plants, pictures, etc for different areas, right down to micro-climate "zones".
Does the Houston area have a similar guide?? When we first moved into our current home 10 years ago, I "ignored" certain recommendations, to my own disappointment, but heeded others, and the recommended plants I DID choose, have survived, and thrived, with little or no effort on my part. So, lesson learned, I want to make sure I choose plants that for lack of a better expression, I will not kill
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Miss Daisy,

Google "Urban Harvest book Houston." They publish a veritable bible for every flower, fruit and vegetable you could possibly grow here. It will have all the information you are looking for including but not limited to when to plant, when to harvest, care and pest prevention. Enjoy.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Most of the Houston area & most of south TX is hardiness zone 9. The extreme northern suburbs + east TX is zone 8. We don't have microclimates like in CA. You can grow almost anything here with the right soil and pest prevention, both big issues. If it means anything, citrus is somewhat common in neighborhoods around here. Oleanders are used here & S. TX for decoration en masse just like in S. Cal/S. FL. Take your chances on the zone 10 stuff, like tropical hibiscus. Those will thrive from spring to fall but winters below 35 or so can permanently kill them off. But on the other hand, a few people successfully grow papaya here.

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Old 02-29-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Miss Daisy,

Google "Urban Harvest book Houston." They publish a veritable bible for every flower, fruit and vegetable you could possibly grow here. It will have all the information you are looking for including but not limited to when to plant, when to harvest, care and pest prevention. Enjoy.
Urban Harvest - Books for Sale (http://www.urbanharvest.org/resources/books.html - broken link)
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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I planted a peach tree about a month ago, June Gold. I've dozens of little green fruits already.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Hopefully the squirrels won't rob you in about 2 months. At our old house, we had a pear tree that was completely stripped before the fruit even matured.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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Hopefully the squirrels won't rob you in about 2 months. At our old house, we had a pear tree that was completely stripped before the fruit even matured.
Benjamin .22 air rifle works great.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Oh we sit on the back patio at night with wine and a BB gun. It's good, clean Texas entertainment. Now all I need is a Bug Zapper and I'll be in heaven.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Hmm, I guess that could work on weekends. Our squirrels were not nocturnal, and would mostly strip us while we were at work. If you walk over to see what's going on, beware because those squirrels will drop water bombs on you from above!

Our most recent problem has been tomato hornworms. Those got so bad last year I'm considering growing tomatoes indoors in a terrarium. Sevin dust works, but I don't know what to think about dusting poison on something I'm going to eventually eat.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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how about haas avacados?

And thanks to all for the recommended book...we will be in Conroe in April wrapping things up for the house. I plan to pick up a copy while I am there.
Are they usually at local bookstores like Borders?

One more question, we plan on planting something along our back fence that will grow somewhat tall, for privacy, what would you recommend?
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