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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Hot Weather
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 2, 2009 10:00 PM

Are you enjoying the fruits of your labor? The hot weather has caused the lack of fruit set on many of the tomatoes and other vegetables. It became too hot, too soon. They should be more productive these next few weeks. Continue to fertilize and water regularly. We planted Moss Rose, Purslane, Blue Daze and Dalburg Daisy in the pots near the City Hall and east side. They should be rooted in time for the Lavender Festival.

If you are into organic gardening or just like to play in the dirt, you will enjoy hearing Malcolm Beck at 3:30pm on Sunday, June 14 in the courthouse. He and his wife, Delphine, are the previous owners of Gardenville products. His knowledge and expertise in soil conservation and gardening has made him a favorite speaker and author. I will have the privilege of introducing him.

Web worms are appearing in the pecan trees in Bindsiel Park. Have you checked your trees? If you can’t cut it out, take a long pole and break the web open. The birds, wasps, etc., will take care of the worms. Spray the webs with BT worm killer. You will need to add dish soap to the mixture to help break the web. The web worms attack many trees.

Spray your plants with liquid Seaweed to help control spider mites or control them with a labeled miticide. Always read the labels. Spray every week to 10 days to control the problem.

Plant shrubs, trees, flowers and grass sod this time of the month, but know they will need to be watered for the first year until they are established. June is usually the last month that I do major planting, until September. July and August, you just try to keep them growing. Check pots and planters that hold water to eliminate mosquitos. Plant okra, southern peas, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Seed direct for Fall crops of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

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