May 19th, 2012
Identify the busy bees in your garden, their clever tricks, and how to protect them with Beekeeper and Pollination Strategist Kellan Vincent. Find out more about bees at the San Marcos Area Bee Wranglers. On tour at Natural Bridge Caverns, see how what we pour on top of our gardens ends up in the aquifers. Daphne answers: why are fall-blooming plants flowering now? Her pick of the week is native perennial hibiscus, Texas Star hibiscus, a pollinator draw and brilliant stand-out in hot weather. Jeff Pavlat from the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society shows off his handy toolkit to tend spiky plants.
Tips of the Week
Cut back spring-flowering bulbs if the leaves have turned brown. You can divide and move them now while you can see them.
Prune spring-flowering shrubs, perennials and roses and lighting fertilize or top dress with compost.
Be vigilant about insect pests. Avoid harsh chemicals. Hand pick when you can. If you must use a product, including organics, know what your insect is.
White flies are busy right now, so spray with neem oil or insecticidal soap in the cool of the evening or morning.
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Question of the Week
Why did our fall-blooming plants bloom this spring?
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