July 8 2006 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY

BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

July 8, 2006

  • Give special attention to water requirement of leafy garden plants such as caladiums, coleus and elephant ears during hot, sunny periods. Mulch heavily with organic hardwood mulch.
  • Caladiums can be fertilized now with a 19-5-9 fertilizer at a rate of 1 lb. per 100 sq. feet of flower bed, watered in thoroughly.
  • Start over in the vegetable garden. Plant heat setting tomatoes now for the fall harvest. Consider tomato selections such as ‘Solar Fire’ and ‘Sun Master’.
  • Consider installing a drip irrigation system in your vegetable and flower gardens to make watering more efficient and less time-consuming.
  • For a lovely unusual tropical blooming plant, consider growing Plumerias. They have gorgeous blooms throughout the hot summer time.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension 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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