April 30 2011 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

April 30, 2011

Drought preparation is a pro-active way to make every drop of water count in our urban landscapes. Steps and guidelines may be found on the Aggie Horticulture website at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.

You can still plant new shrubs and trees if they are container grown. Use generous amounts of mulch on the surface over the root area, and water as the soil dries; usually about once or twice per week through the hot summer. Visit the Bexar county website at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/HomeHort/F4Best/BexarBestindex.htm for recommended varieties for our area.

Successes or challenges with your spring vegetable garden should correspond with keeping a journal with notes to track the history for improvements next spring or this fall.

Fertilize garden tomatoes when the first fruits set by applying one half cup of 19-5-9 slow release granulated fertilizer on the outskirts of each tomato cage every third week.

David Rodriguez is the County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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