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Gardening in South Texas

Gardening books & organizations for gardening in the San Antonio area.

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Reduce Your Water Bill & Preserve Our Environment

     Choosing plants that require less water helps our environment and ensures your garden or landscaping stays vibrant even under watering restrictions.

Saving water saves you money on your water bill, but SAWS residential customers can get a little something extra to reward you for water-wise ways. Apply for Watersaver Coupons and Rebates from SAWS. Find all the available coupons and rebates on SAWS' Garden Style San Antonio section.


What is 'Permaculture'?

Permaculture embraces practices and methods to make an endeavor, such as a garden, sustainable for the long-run and as self-sufficient as possible, which saves you time and effort!

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Welcome to Gardening in South Texas

    When searching the catalog use different search terms based on the type of gardening you’re interested in—organic, flower, houseplants, etc.

     In the case of houseplants use “house plants” or “indoor gardening” for best results. Using quotation marks ensures the words are searched as a phrase--rather than unrelated words.

Stage 2 Water Restrictions!

Stage 2 Water Restrictions are now in effect!

A complete listing of instructions and restrictions can be found on the attached flyer or at Here are some highlights:

  • Watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only   from 7-11 a.m. or 7-9 p.m., one day per week, based on the last number of your street address.
  • Watering with drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is permitted any day, but only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.
  • Water waste is prohibited at all times. Water waste includes lawn watering overspray and runoff or failing to repair a controllable leak.
  • All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used.
  • Watering with a hand-held hose is permitted any time and any day.
  • Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited.

Favorite Gardening in South Texas Books

  Going (and Saving!) Green

      You can save money, time and the environment by making a few careful choices. These web sites can help.

Web Sites of Interest

     Gardening from bushes to vegetables.