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How Does Your Garden Grow?
KBB's 10th Year
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 • Posted April 7, 2009 10:00 PM

Last Saturday, April 4th, KBB celebrated our 10th year for the Blanco Trash-Off, which is now known as the Great American Clean-Up. I remember the first meeting at the Blanco Bowling Cafe. There were 8-10 women meeting, and then we began working with a jackhammer and chainsaw, cleaning the corners of 3rd and 4th Streets. We’ve had many volunteers come and go during this time. We appreciate all of them. Glen Johnson came back from San Antonio to cook the hot dogs, as he has for so many years. Thanks to everyone that worked.

This ‘Easter Spell’ should be the last freeze for the season. Who dares to explain Texas weather? I know several gardeners that have planted tomatoes. Just keep the covers handy. The ground should be warm enough, soon, to put out all plants except okra and corn.

It’s time to fertilize the lawn and plants, if you haven’t done it yet. If you use chemical fertilizer, it is necessary to water it right away. If you put out organic feed, it isn’t so important to water it so soon, as it is a slow release. I have been using the liquid Hasta Grow lawn, for the past 3 years. That way it is fed and watered at the same time. My lawn is already lush and green. If your soil is very compacted, use Medina Plus soil activator. Spray it on the ground and it will loosen the soil. You may need to do it 2-3 times. Spray and use a cover of compost over the area you are treating.

The high winds and no moisture are drying out the fall and winter annuals. If you will water regularly, mulch and feed with a balanced fertilizer, they should last longer. It will prepare the beds and pots for spring and summer plants, even if you need to remove the spent flowers. If you are ready to take the annuals up, plant Wave Petunias, Mexican Mint Marigolds, Fire bush and Copper plants for a lovely fall color. The nurseries are full of many colors and choices.

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