January 30 2010 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY  BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

January 30, 2010

When selecting roses to fill bare spots in the garden, look for ones designated as Earth-Kind. They have been given this title because they are low maintenance, easy to take care of and are wonderful bloomers. Recognized varieties include Belinda’s Dream and Knockout.

Spray a selective grass herbicide in bluebonnet and wildflower patches to eliminate cool season grasses. Always follow label instructions.

Start planting Irish potatoes such as White Kennebec and Red La Soda. Dig a trench one foot deep and set potato pieces containing one or more eyes every foot apart. Fill the trench half way with enriched composted soil and keep filling as the stems emerge leaving about two inches above the soil.

Replenish bird-feeders often as well as provide a source of fresh water.

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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