TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
March 31, 2012
- Certain insects are becoming prevalent in the vegetable garden–Colorado potato beetles on Irish potatoes, cabbage loopers on broccoli and cabbage, as well as flea beetles, on eggplant to name a few. Always identify the insect in question first. Iif needed, spray with the most effective, but least toxic, chemical of choice, such as liquid Spinosad.
- Fruit trees need some attention now as they are growing and producing fruit. A regular spray program of fungicides and insecticides will keep your fruit trees healthy. Contact your local Texas AgriLife Extension Service office for guidelines.
- Peppers are vegetables that every gardener should explore. They can be sweet, mild, or hot and often have ornamental value. Plants not only grow in vegetable gardens but also in containers, as an edging in the landscape, or even in hanging baskets.
- For the sweetest corn that you have ever tasted, try planing a few rows of Sweet G-90.
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.