TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
November 26, 2011
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To accelerate growth and higher production of your winter vegetable crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, onions and others, side-dress plants every 14-21 days with a slow release nitrogen fertilizer consisting of a 19-5-9 analysis at a rate of one-half cup per 10 linear row feet. Water in thoroughly.
Cut asparagus plants to ground level and top-off with four inches of enriched compost. Water the bed once a month, if it doesn’t rain and until spears start appearing.
Newly purchased Poinsettia plants should be kept away from cold or hot drafts, but near a bright sunny window. Water larger plants every other day with around six ice cubes; never let the plants get too dry.
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 http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.