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Tomato transplants are available at area nurseries. Use selections such as the new Rodeo tomato-Sunbright and other varieties that thrive in our area. Wait until late March to plant tomatoes in the garden, the soil is too cold for good growth. If you want to buy your transplants early when the selection is best, “pot …

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Grass Pallets

This time of the year it is common for us to think about improving our landscapes. It is also a time of the year when new home purchases are common. New home buyers may have a whole landscape to plan and complete. There are several routes available to plan landscape improvements. One desirable option is …

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leaves on a tree

Late fall through early spring is the best time to plant trees and shrubs in South Texas.  The plants have time to develop roots in the cool soil before they face the stress of a hot, dry summer. The process of selecting and planting a tree or shrub is not overly complicated, but it deserves …

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pumpkin

October is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs. Take advantage of sales at area nurseries and the mild weather to plant recommended shade trees and shrubs. Among the recommended shade trees are live oaks, cedar elms, Texas red oaks, Mexican sycamore, Chinese pistache, Mexican white oak, Shumard oak, bur oak, and chinkapin oak.  …

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Firebush plant

  Plant the cole crops and other greens by transplants now. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Swiss chard, collards, are among those available at area nurseries. If the birds are damaging your ripe tomatoes on the vine, try harvesting the fruit early, as soon as it shows a color change from green.  They will ripen …

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Hummingbird

The hot dry summer continues to be tough on gardeners and landscapes.  The extreme weather is also tough on the birds that many gardeners feel are essential parts of the gardening experience. Here are some ideas to help some of our favorite birds be successful and visible in our gardens: Sunflowers Sunflowers love the sun …

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Summer flowers available at Milbergers

It is an especially difficult time with sandburs. If the infested area is not large, pop the plants out of the soil with the tip of your shovel. Bag the plants with their crop of burs for the garbage can. For large area drag a carpet remnant to catch the burs. Apply pre-emergent herbicide for …

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tomato plant

In the July heat it is hard to think about cold weather  but if you have  planted fall tomatoes in past years and failed to harvest ripe fruit before  cold weather  destroyed the plants, you will want to  consider “beating the cold” with the recommendations in this article. By planting now, in July, you can …

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Esperanza with a butterfly

Remove the seedpods from esperanza and poinciana to encourage more blooms all summer. Control fire ants by applying a fast-acting insecticide such as acephate to mounds close to activities. Spread a bait like Amdro over the larger landscape. Use products with the active ingredient spinosad in the vegetable garden. Pick okra when it is small …

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flower pots

  Consider daylilies for your landscape. Look for the large bloomed selections that are blooming right now in yellow, gold, orange and rust. They are showy, drought tolerant, and not fussy about soil. The foliage makes an excellent groundcover unless you have deer in your neighborhood. Daylilies are a favorite deer food. The tomatoes, peppers, …

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