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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014 9:54 AM

July flew by so quickly. It seems the regular garden chores haven’t been completed. This is the strangest summer, weather-wise, I can remember, but being a gardener we must prepare for the Fall Garden.

Stop pinching mums, asters, blackberry vines, and poinsettias.

Add a healthy layer of compost on your garden beds.

Thin iris plants now, move to other areas of your yard, or share them with special friends.

By the middle of the month, webworms may be a problem, especially in pecan trees. Trim out the affected limbs or spray with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

You still have time to plant green beans, snap beans, lima beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, cantaloupe, squash and tomato plants. Add a handful of rock phosphate in the bottom of the tomato hole. You can plant your transplants of the cole crops, broccoli, turnips, cauliflower.

Toward the last quarter of the moon (17-19) plant seed potatoes. Cut potatoes, making sure each piece has the potato eye, dip pieces in sulphur at least 3 days before planting. This is to allow potatoes to dry before planting or they could rot.

Pinch faded blossoms from crape myrtles but do not cut branches. They may bloom again.

If you plant by the calendar and zones, we are considered to be in zone 3.

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