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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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Texas Getting Started Guide - November 7th, 2013

Are you new to gardening, just new to Texas, or looking for new drought-tough plants? Horticulturist Mary Irish puts us on the right path with her latest book, Texas Getting Started Guide. Daphne’s Plant of the Week is creeping germander, a silvery groundcover that stands up to water restrictions! Problems in your new raised vegetable bed? Get her easy fix. Wrap up you holiday gift list with John Dromgoole’s tips on forcing indoor bu…

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Garden Maintenance 101 - January 18th, 2014

Designer Ginger Hudson spares us mistakes from tools to plants with interactive how-to for every season in her iBook, A Guide to Landscape Maintenance for Central Texas Gardens. On tour in Hutto, home of the hippos, Donna and Mike Fowler spark a family creative co-op of art, food, wildlife and fun. Daphne multi-tasks hair clips to control unruly vines. Her Plant of the Week, ornamental kale, chases off the winter blues. John Dromgoole shows how…

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Growing Olive Trees - October 31st, 2013

What’s really in your olive oil? Meet John Gambini from Texas Hill Country Olive Company, who grows organic olive trees and presses pure oil. On tour in Dripping Springs, Carla Jean Oldenkamp grows organic good eats for all, including the chickens in her Zen Hen House. Daphne flavors things up with homegrown dill. Plus, find out why your xeric plants rotted in recent rains. John divides nursery chard transplants for more “yums”…

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Mosquito Control Tips

by John Dromgoole Find breeding places and empty water. Check gutters, patio furniture, potted plant containers. Anywhere that collects even a few drops of water encourages breeding. Products to help control Mosquito Bits and Mosquito Dunks. They contain Bti (Bacillus thuringienis israelensis) that will not hurt beneficial wildlife, pets, or you. Throw a few bits up into gutters or wherever water collects. YardSafe Insect repellent granul…

Potting mix for cactus plants, sedums and other succulents

by John Dromgoole In the ground or in containers, they require perfect drainage to avoid rot. For ground plants, amend with gritty material like decomposed granite and compost. You can also add expanded shale or basalt and minerals like lava sand. If you’re potting up new plants, select a new pot just slightly larger than the one it came in. In the ground or in a container, avoid planting too deeply. Container mix for succulents 1 1/2 parts…

Winter Maintenance of Fruit Trees

…to kill insect eggs and overwintering insects, including scale. Wettable sulfur: Spray to control fungus, bacteria and some insects. Actinovate: fungicide Serenade Disease Control: fungicide Organocide 3 in 1 multipurpose: controls soft bodied insects, prevents fungal diseases like black spot and powdery mildew. To control plum curculios on plums, peaches and other fruit Clean up debris! This includes any fruit that fall…

Vegetables in Containers

by John Dromgoole From Renee’s Seeds (other companies may have different names-look for “container,” “baby,” “miniature”, etc. Baby Napa Cabbage ‘Little Jade’ Cutting Lettuce ‘Sea of Red’ Container Chard ‘Pot of Gold’ Container Cucumber ‘Bush Slicer’ Baby Leaf Lettuce Heirloom Cutting Mix Container Lettuce ‘Garden Babies Butterhead’ Container Babies ‘Sweetie Baby Romaine’ Corn ‘Tom Thumb’ Container options EarthBox Bosmere sa…

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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…

Sneaking into summer

…m Central Texas Gardener’s Facebook page, some of our friends fondly refer to Althea as the “granny plant.” We all agree that we need a good granny now and then!  I still have some of the lavender ones that came with my 1950s house. It’s a great adaptable accent or deciduous companion in an evergreen natural screen. Another passalong is from Daphne herself, when she was trialing Peter’s Purple monarda. Hummingbirds and butterflies, here the…