October 3 2009 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

October 3, 2009

With this cooler weather, start putting out young immature transplants of fall and winter seasonal color. Select plants which are not in full bloom, but are healthy, full and slightly budded. This type of transplant will establish much better and will bloom more successfully. Flowering annuals that can be transplanted now include alyssum, asters, calendula, dianthus (pinks), flowering cabbage and kale, pansies, petunias, phlox, Shasta daisies, snapdragons, stock, and cyclamen.

White early Creole and Late Italian Pink garlic sets should be planted with each cloves basal end down an inch deep and spaced three to six inches apart. When the plant leaves turn yellow and the flower head starts breaking apart, it is time to harvest around late May through June.

Cucumber, squash and many similar type vegetables containing seeds should be harvested at a young semi-immature size for best tasting qualities.

There is still time to add to your winter vegetable garden. Beets, Chinese cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, mustard, parsley, garden peas, spinach, radishes, and turnips just to name a few

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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