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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 6, 2013

Many Blanco County residents suffered major property damage from the last hail and wind storm. Automobiles, window, roofs, trees and garden were beaten down. Many of the gardens will come back out if the plants are trimmed, fertilized and mulched. Many plants will need to be replanted if you can locate transplants.

With the hot weather just around the corner, continue to seed hot weather plants such as okra, southern peas, eggplant, and malabar spinach.

If you want a Fall garden, now is the time to plant winter squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. They should be planted in June or July.

Maintain mulch around trees, fruit trees and shade trees, to keep weeds under control and conserve moisture. Place the mulch 12-14 inches from the trunks of plants, this will help to keep the mowers and string trimmers from damaging the trunks and roots.

This month is last call for trimming Spring bloomers. Wait until winter to trim Summer bloomers.

Fruits and berries are ripening this month. Pick the fruit early in the morning before the fruit is heated by the sun. Keep them in cool shade to maintain freshness.

Be on the lookout for webworms. They should be pruned out of pecan trees and other shade trees. Open the webs with a long pole or saw. Insecticides will not enter the web unless it has been broken open, or try to prune out the limbs that the web is built around. Spray with B.T., Bacillus Thuringiensis, a worm killer.

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