August didn’t break records like last year, but it seemed hotter. September will have several weeks of hot weather. Take precautions and water plants regularly, wear sunscreen and a hat, and drink lots of water. There is much to do before fall planting.
Clean the areas around fruit trees. Pick off any fruit that is still hanging on and pick up leftovers and ruined fruit from the ground, under the trees. Mulch the area under the trees to drip line. Don’t prune at this time. If the branches have scale infestation, they can be sprayed with summer oil sprays to prevent the infestation from getting worse. The next spraying will be during the winter.
I have pulled out several tomato plants and cut back a few that I think will continue to make fruit. Adding fertilizer and compost will help. If you still have fruit, you can try it.
Prepare the planting beds by ridding the area of weeds. Place several sheets of newspaper over the weeds, cover with fertilizer and compost, and continue to water it, which will help with the decomposition.
Divide oxalis, iris, daylilies, perennials, daisies, and cannas. Replant in different areas of the yard or divide with friends.
Transplant broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and strawberries. Plant recommended varieties of strawberries, such as Tioga, Chandler, and Sequoia.
Add small amounts of fertilizer to tomatoes, pepper, and eggplant after the plants have marble-sized fruit.
It’s still warm enough to seed Bermuda and buffalo grass. The seed must be kept wet until it germinates. It’s not too early to fertilize lawns with organic fertilizer. If you use chemical, wait until the end of the month. Continue to add water to your landscape an inch a week, unless it rains. It’s time to prepare for the bluebonnets and wildflowers for early spring. Rid the area of weeds and be sure that the seed and soil come in contact. Pray for rain.
I heard of a solution for grasshoppers. I haven’t tried it, but I will. Take liquid sevin, oats and honey, roll it into small balls, and place it around the plants. They eat it and die.
Teachers Attend Recycling Workshop
By Pam Meier
Middle School science teachers, Natalie Jurischk and Pam Meier attended a summer workshop entitled, “School Recycling”. This training session was sponsored by The Capital Area Council of Governments. CAPCOG hosted the workshop for teachers, school administrators, local government staff and others interested in recycling programs in schools. The workshop was held on August 5, 2010, at Bryker Woods Elementary School in Austin. The goal of this training was to give teachers ideas, resources, and curriculum to develop or enhance their school recycling programs.
Our local chapter, Keep Blanco Beautiful, sponsored the two teachers, by generously taking care of the registration fees. Meier and Jurischk are both devoted recyclers who practice “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” in their science classrooms. The goal of the teachers is to educate the students about environmental issues, both through curriculum and by example.
The Texas Education Agency has implemented new standards for science students in the state of Texas, beginning with the 2010-11 school year. The following is included in our middle school curriculum at all grade levels: “the student will practice appropriate use and conservation of resources, including disposal, reuse, or recycling of materials.” Teachers are looking for practical ideas to implement these standards on a school-wide basis.
Our schools are doing a pretty good job recycling some of their garbage. Paper is taken to the Blanco County recycling center, which is located on Jones Avenue in the city of Blanco. By recycling the used paper, the school district is able to decrease the amount of waste going into the landfill. The school cafeterias recycle the large tin cans that they are using. NJHS collects used printer cartridges, turns them in to recycle, and as an added bonus, gets a small amount of money for their club. Individual teachers also recycle certain items in their classroom. Every little bit helps, so let’s all work together to Keep Blanco Beautiful!