May 15 2010 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY  BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

May 15, 2010

Perennial selections in nurseries are excellent. Choose vigorous summer and fall blooming plants such as the newest Texas Superstar plant, yellow Thyrallis.

Onions are ready to be harvested when the tops fall over. Place the bulbs on the ground for a day or two to harden off.

Keeping spent blooms cut will make the garden look better, reduce thrips and improve the growth of the bush. If one is short of time, simply snapping off the faded bloom at the peduncle is quite acceptable. It may even make for better growth of young plants.

For highest quality, harvest crookneck, zucchini and other summer squash when they are immature and tender.

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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