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LCRA Gives City, KBB 50 Trees
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 28, 2009 10:00 PM

Several weeks ago, LCRA gave the city and Keep Blanco Beautiful 50 trees; 40 crape myrtles and 10 oak trees, Burr oak and Mexican oak. We have found homes for them. Many of the trees are blooming now. The first year is the most stressful, for the trees and the owners. They must be watered regularly and fertilized. After the first year, they will become established.

You can see them blooming on 281 at Fishbecks, the Exxon Truck Stop, Sunset Restaurant, Richard and Bonnie Palmer’s, Charlie Wolf’s, plus others. On 4th Street, they are blooming at the post office, First Baptist Church, Granberg Riverside Auction and Millie Jones, CPA.

We are grateful to the homeowners, business owners and KBB volunteers who helped to plant and water them.

It would also be nice to be recognized for our colorful crape myrtles, as well as lavender.

A word of caution to all gardeners. Your Tetanus shots should be up to date and you should wear gloves when working with the soil. Bacteria infections are easy to acquire. Wash your hands with a good soap, and treat any cuts.

When the tops of your onions fall over in late July and August, it’s time to pull them out. Cut off the tops or braid them and hang to dry in a cool, dry place. You may do the same thing for the garlic.

You still have time to plant blackeye peas for a Fall crop. Due to the heat, peas planted in July and August mature faster than early Spring plantings. Check for maturity dates before planting. The varities will vary from 60-90 days to maturity. Planting peas (cream, blackeye and purple hull) bring back many childhood memories. In the early Spring, we ate green beans and new potatoes. In the late Summer, it was peas, cornbread, fresh corn, cucumbers and fresh tomatoes. If you were visiting relatives, you would know what would be on the table.

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