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Wicking beds, sun scald, tomato tasting!

Since I had a tree limbed up last year, the outer edge of our patio is getting too much sun for many plants. One is Cordyline fruticosa, suffering classic signs of sun scald. I’ve sacrificed my “design scheme” for its safety. Already I’d moved agaves and even bougainvillea into shadier depths. Last year, Marissa Garrett | read more →

Gravel in the Garden: Good, Bad & The Ugly

I could sure use about 10 full days to cut back my unruly garden. “Why didn’t I keep this simple?” I ask myself. Enthusiasm to wrangle mountains of out-of-control perennials quickly wanes when Sunday morning heats up faster than neglected noodles on the stove. Even though drought-tough plants are wilting as fast as I am, | read more →

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Tomato Superstars

online premiere: July 21, 2016

original air date: July 23, 2016

Meet some tomatoes that perform like champs and are lip-smackin’ yummy with Bill Adams, former Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Harris County-and author of The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook. On tour, Jay Carpenter feeds his family with water-saving innovative wicking beds. In our extreme heat, plants can get sunburned, too. Daphne explains what happened to a boxwood hedge. Plus, we follow up on Marissa Garrett’s question last summer about sun scald on her agaves. See how she fixed the problem this year. Trisha harvests wild purslane (Portulaca oleracea) for its nutritious benefits and explains how to grow you own.

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July To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.