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Backyard Butterflies

Meet backyard butterflies and how to keep them around with tips from Geyata Ajilvsgi, author of Butterfly Gardening for Texas. On tour, see how Anne Bellomy swapped lawn for wildlife habitat in a small in-town yard. We’re losing trees by the thousands! John Dromgoole demonstrates watering tools to give your trees the deep drink they need.

Originally aired December 7th, 2013 (Rebroadcast December 7th, 2013)

Plant of the Week: Lindheimer’s muhly

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Tips of the Week

  • Plant wildflower seeds, like bluebonnets, Mexican blanket, and more. Be sure to water regularly if fall and winter rains don’t arrive.
  • Plant perennials, including grasses, columbines, coneflowers, penstemons and others that you’ll find at your local nurseries. It’s easier to establish this fall while temperatures are cooler.
  • Avoid planting tropical plants as we get closer to the first frost dates.
  • From seed or transplants (or a combination): Plant lettuce, mache, Swiss chard, radishes, carrots, kale and other winter greens.
  • Transplants to start: lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, Swiss chard, kale and others.
  • Plant oregano and thyme from transplants. Plant cilantro and arugula from seed or transplants.

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Question of the Week

My jalapeno and serrano peppers are turning red. Is that okay?

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