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Tree Problems - January 5th, 2013

Consulting arborist Don Gardner explains why trees suffer and die in drought and how to save them. On tour, Annie Gillespie salvages an uncomfortable slope for gardens and family. Get Daphne’s tips to care for wintering bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers. Her pick of week is winter edibles to tuck into perennial beds. John Dromgoole shows how to prevent insects and disease on fruit trees….

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Palate Pleasing Popsicles for Summer Fun

…reat way to use up that last bit of melon. Add a few sprigs of peppermint to really brighten the flavor or try a sprig of cinnamon basil in the mix. 2 cups seeded watermelon, cut into chunks ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh mint or basil (Key lime basil is a favorite for this.) 2 tablespoons organic sugar, honey or agave nectar (or to taste) Place all ingredients in the blender and blend u…

Seeds Versus Transplants

How do you decide when to plant seeds or transplants? Seeds are cheaper to buy and there is a wide selection of plant varieties to choose from especially when you order from catalogs and online. The seed packet will be the best source of information about how and when to plant the seeds. Beans and radishes germinate quickly and form roots quickly, so don’t require the extra work of starting them indoors. Some plants don’t really like…

Cover Crops for Winter Gardens

Trisha Shirey Why seed cover crops in winter? Nourish fallow gardens to improve soil for summer crops. Cover the ground to prevent weeds. Prevent erosion. Encourage earthworms and beneficial soil organisms. Control root knot nematodes. Plant several weeks before first frost to establish. No need to fertilize. Remove summer garden debris and loosen soil. To protect the seeds from birds, cover with row cover until seeds germinate. COVER CROP OPT…

How Not to Kill Your Trees Pt. 2

…with the mower or trimmer. This is especially important for fruit trees, young trees, and soft trunk trees like crepe myrtles. Don‘t install raised bed gardens around the trunks of the trees. Most of the roots are in the top 12 to 18 inches and the increased moisture, compaction and lack of air flow will decay the trunk and eventually kill the tree. It may take several years for the damage to appear, so no one ever thinks the raised bed actually…

How Not to Kill Your Trees

Trees are our most important landscape elements and can add to the value of our homes. Many of the problems that trees have are a result of human error, not nature. Here are some mistakes to avoid that will kill your trees. Avoid planting trees too close together or too near the house. Plant most large trees no closer than 10 to 12 feet from the house. If an oak tree is going to be 40 feet in diameter at mature size, it should be 20 feet from…

Cucumber growing

by Trisha Shirey Cucumbers are pretty easy to grow. They do have very long vines, so you’ll want to have a sturdy trellis for them. I find that they do really well on my 4 x 4 livestock panel fencing mounted on T-posts. The cucumbers climb up with their own tendrils. But there are space saver types, cucumbers that you can grow in containers. Look for bush varieties in your growing area. Cucumbers want sun and warm, fertile soil to grow. Start s…