Gardening in North Central Texas is enough to make you throw away your trowel. Our summers are hot enough for a blast furnace. Our winter chill can freeze pipes and coat trees with ice. We’re pummeled with spring storms and hail, but when we most need the rain, not a cloud is on the horizon. Dallas’ unforgiving black clay forms clods hard as rocks and is so alkaline, its pH is off the chart.
DALLAS GARDEN BUZZ shares our journey through the triumphs and missteps of gardening in our North Texas heat, clay soil, limited water, and high alkalinity. In the world of gardening, there is always a story to be told and sage advice to share. As we dig, trim, harvest, and cook, we’ll give you the best information we can gather from our “hands on” work in The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills, a Research, Education and Demonstration garden at 11001 Midway Road in Dallas.
DALLAS GARDEN BUZZ is written by Dallas County Master Gardeners, volunteers trained by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.