have some hard white spring-wheat seeds
and I want to grow the wheat in a
container on my patio just for
ornamental purposes. I want to know if
the seeds would be winter hardy. I live
in Austin, in zone 8. If I planted them
in the spring, it might get too hot too
early, so I think the winter would be
Solution: Wheat is very cold
hardy. You can plant wheat any time this
fall or early winter. It will mature and
become ready for harvest in the spring.
It would not do well if you waited to
plant it in the spring. It will survive
freezing weather but can be damaged by
very severe weather at the wrong growing
stage (affects seed production).
After reading about a successful Orange
County olive tree study and doing a
little research, I decided to plant an
olive tree. I understand they have
shallow root systems but can’t find out
how invasive or possibly damaging the
roots can be to slabs or sidewalks.
Trees, olive included, should not be
planted close to foundations, driveways
or sidewalks. Estimate what the canopy
of the tree will be at maturity and, if
possible, place the tree where the
mature canopy will be no closer than 5’
from the foundation. Just as important,
olive trees need full sun and good
Where can I find white multiplying onion
bulbs or sets? I planted some last year
that smelled great and multiplied real
well. Can’t find any this year.
Check with your local garden center or
nursery. It may be a matter of timing.
Ask if they can order some for you. We
grew a bunch of multiplying onions we
called gumbo onions a couple of years
ago and shared sets with many of our
readers. I am sure they would be happy
to share some if you could get
connected. Perhaps one of our readers
will respond with a phone number or
Zones for Planting
just received my TG 2016 calendar. I
can’t determine which gardening zone my
county is in. I live on the Marion/Cass
county line. Can you tell me if I am
zone 2, 3 or both?
When folks are so close to the border of
the zones like you are, we suggest going
with the more conservative planting
dates (Zone 2 in your case). If you have
ways to protect your plants from late
freezes, then you may want to use the
Zone 3 planting date.
Sycamore Tree Info
Where can I read about the sycamore
tree? I live in a small condo community
and two years ago the owners planted a
Sycamore tree 3-1/2 feet from my front
sidewalk, and 8-1/2 feet from my home.
It is already an enormous tree. The wind
really bends it over towards my front
door. I am afraid it could someday
damage first the sidewalk, but later my
foundation. I would like to have
information about this to prove to them
that this was a bad choice and possibly
put something else in its place.
Yes, sycamore should never be planted.
Very bad tree, destructive roots, etc.
You can find more information in Howard
Garrett’s Plants for Texas, page 123
under its botanical name, Platanus
Porcupine Grass Source
am trying to locate porcupine grass for
purchase. Any idea where I might find
it? I am currently doing a revamp of
landscaping and requested it, but the
nursery that is doing the job said they
were unable to locate any.
Try Weston Gardens in Fort Worth. They
show it on their website