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Water Conservation Design - March 6th, 2014

How can we maximize rainwater in drought? Landscape architect Kenneth Francis illustrates water management designs from experience in New Mexico and Texas. On tour, Earth Camp fifth-graders at the Becker Elementary Green Classroom teach wise lessons on watershed protection. Pump up those iris blooms with Daphne’s tips on fertilizer. Daphne explains when to fertilize iris for fabulous flowers. Get growing asparagus with John Dromgoole’s tip…

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Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardens - September 5th, 2013

Get growing fall and winter vegetables with tasty tips from Master Gardener Ally Stresing. On tour, meet the next generation of green gardeners at Wells Branch Elementary. Daphne Richards adds homegrown artichokes to the menu, for food, flowers, and perennial attention. John Dromgoole styles up recycled containers with bromeliads, ferns, and dyckias….

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Attracting Bees to Your Yard and Garden

…in the garden area as well as bare land that hasn’t been tilled to provide shelter for brush and ground nesting native bees Plants that Attract Bees and other Pollinators Almond Verbena (Aloysia virgata ) Size: up to 15 feet high, 5 feet or more wide Water requirements: low Bloom: almond-scented white flowers spring to summer Light: full sun to part sun This shrub, native to Argentina, has slightly drooping branches and a flower that wil…

Forever Gardens Drought List

…Parkinsonia aculeate Yellow blooms spring-summer. Bright green, very fine, and almost needle like.  The trunk and branches of this small tree are also bright green. 15X20 Sun  Very airy & soft  looking, but actually thorny. Texas native.  In West Texas, it"s commonly called Palo Verde. Deer resistant…

Perennial Color for Sun and Shade

…ew cultivar is much smaller than original. Deer Resisitant; Butterflies Homestead Verbena – Red Verbena sp Bright red blooms spring – fall. Low growing perennial – can be used as a groundcover. 1′ X 3′+ Full sun to part shade Great perennial that sometimes blooms year long. It does require good drainage to perform well. Will often bloom in Jan/Feb w/ false springs! Deer resistant; Butterflies…

Palate Pleasing Popsicles for Summer Fun

…eat 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…

Tough Plants

All these plants are pretty tough. You won’t have to worry about insects with them. Cast iron plant Wants dry shade (in fact, it’s perfect for that dark shady spot where nothing else will grow) When leaves start to look battered or brownish, cut them to the ground Evergreen, but cut back in spring to encourage new growth Works indoors too Flame acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii) Drought tolerant, doesn’t need a rich soil Deer don’t li…

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…

Tropical Edibles

…er hardy here. Grows to 8 plus feet and can be invasive. Avocado- Persea americana, variety shown is Lila Other varieties for Central Texas include Joey, Pancho, Pryor, Opal, Wilma, and Fantastic. Hardy to 25 young, can take 15 when established. Will need two varieties for pollination. Protect from summer sun when young (can sunscald), but will need full sun afterwards. Growth to 50′ can be controlled by pruning out the top leader (branch)…

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About Central Texas Gardener

…through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. Prior to being hired by iACT in 2008, Spencer served as a host and producer for KLRU-TV, Austin’s Public Television station, for over 25 years. Employed by KLRU from 1982 – 2008, Spencer served as a manager and producer of local and statewide public affairs programs, nationally distributed documentaries on art and architecture, and a wide variety of special projects. Throughout his…