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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 10:00 PM

Things to do in February: If your roses have thrips and there are ticks in your yard, now is the time to put out Beneficial nematodes; while the insects are still on the ground.

Prune peach and plum trees. Don’t let them grow with a main header, shape the tree like a bowl. It will produce more fruit and is easier to reach. Most peach and plum trees are good for 15-18 years. If it’s time to replace them, be sure they are for the Blanco County area. Pears and apples should not be pruned heavy. Remove broken and crossed limbs. Excessive trimming causes soft wood, which encourages fire blight. Many trees need a pollinator. Check with your nursery person.

Prune fruit and nut trees, grapevines, roses, landscape trees, evergreen trees, and flowering shrubs. Do NOT prune spring blooming plants until they have finished blooming.

February is the month to fertilize healthy trees. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer (4:1:2 ratio). Use 1 pound per inch diameter of tree trunk. Spread over drip zone.

Transplant trees, plants, vines, roses, and evergreen trees while the plants are still dormant.

Set out onion sets and plants; begin seeding radishes. Sow every two weeks, in short rows for succession crops. Plant seed potatoes; cut potatoes in pieces, leaving at least 2 eyes in each piece, dust with sulphur and let set 2-3 days to dry out before planting. Plant about 2” deep.

Continue to fertilize winter blooming plants. Use a plant food for blooming plants.

Continue to water your lawn and plants an inch each week. If the caterpillar are on your lettuce, collards, cauliflower, etc. use Bacilcus thurengsis. Mix with 1 teaspoon of liquid soap to control loopers.

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