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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Easter
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 21, 2009 10:00 PM

Easter was special. All of my children and grandchildren came to Blanco from Canada, Houston, and Austin for the weekend. Then we had wonderful rain; about 2 1/2 inches. Now it’s time to get serious about gardening.

I’ve moved my plants outside for the last time. If it freezes again, they’ll just freeze!

Normally, you will need to repot the houseplants. Cut them back, feed them, add new soil and usually move the plant into a size larger pot.

Have you fertilized the lawn, trees, and shrubs? Cut the lawn short the first time, fertilize, and raise the blade again. If you have uneven areas in the lawn, add compost and a light layer of good soil. Don’t cover more than a 1/4” deep or it will smother the grass. Let the grass grow through and add more soil as needed to level the area.

For Summer color, in the sun plant: lantana, penta, purslane, moss rose, marigold, cleome, copper plant, zinnias and firebush. For shade: impatiens, caladiums, begonias, nicitionia (tobacco plant) and coleous. For tropicals: mandavilla, alamanda, crotons, bouganvillia, hibiscus and Mexican Heather.

Plant warm season vegetables, such as: peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, corn and melon.

Be on the lookout for Cankerworms. The small worms will be hanging from the branches by a thin web, thrips on roses, aphids and cabbage loopers.

The hummingbirds are back. Plant bright tubular flowers to attract more birds and butterflies.

I received a call from David Key of Tree Tops Ranch to tell me he had sighted a Yellow Cheeked Warbler in his Louquat tree and a Yellow Throated Woodpecker in another area of the ranch.

Spring is here. Stop long enough to enjoy it.

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