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How Does Your Garden Grow?
End of the Spring Bloom Season
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 23, 2011 6:35 PM

The tomatoes are finally in the ground. Jimmy Latham gave me several plants that he had raised from seed. He doesn’t know the variety, so it will be an interesting surprise when they ripen. If the wind is a problem for the plants, wrap the bottom of the cage with a thin layer of Gro-cloth several inches up the cage.

The bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush are coming to the end of the spring bloom season. Don’t get into a hurry to mow them down. They must remain ugly until the seeds have completely dried. The bluebonnet seed will turn a dark brown or black before they are ready to throw their seed. They will throw their seed quite a distance; this is the reason you will find bluebonnets in unusual places. Wildflowers and annuals can re-seed themselves if you allow the seed head to die where they are growing. The seed will fall to the soil and germinate the following spring, if there has been enough rain the past fall and winter.

The roses are outstanding this spring. The rose growers don’t have a good explanation for the large blooms and abundance of flowers. Most rose growers haven’t done anything different than in past years. Roses need maintenance, food and water, and being planted in the right place. Visit the entrance of the new Best Western hotel. The flowers are a sight to behold. Check out the knockout roses by the entrance of Vintage Cottage. The knockout rose is a very good plant to use. The colors are red, pink, and yellow. I have a yellow rose that blooms dark yellow and changes to pure white before it has finished blooming. Remember, deer enjoy roses unless you treat them with a repellant.

Yes, web worms and canker worms are here again. If you can reach the webs, cut them out and burn them, or use a long pole to open the web. If you have wasps, they will go in to the webs and kill the worms. For all worm problems, spray with BT (bacillius thurengsis). Follow the directions on the bottle.

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