February 20 2010 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY  BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

February 20, 2010

The spring vegetable garden will be underway soon. Evaluate successes and failures from the fall and winter plantings. Gardening should be fun as well as a learning experience, especially when children are involved.

Add blackberries to your fruit garden. Varieties include Kiowa, Brazos and Rosborough. For thorn less selections, try Arapaho and Navaho. Remember that last years new growth will be this years fruiting wood that is removed once harvesting is completed.

Supplement feed fall planted strawberries once with one pound of Texas greensand acidifier per 15 linear row feet and every third week with a 4-2-3 fertilizer analysis. Such essential nutrition will provide you with one pint of berries per plant from April through mid-May.

Harvest broccoli florets and freeze what you can’t use. If cool weather continues, broccoli will continue to produce. Leave a few plants to enjoy their wonderful dainty yellow blossoms which attract beneficial insects like bees.

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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