June 2nd, 2012
Treat the wildlife and yourself to fountains, ponds big and tiny, and lots of refreshing ideas with CTG's preview of the Austin Pond Society's tour. On location in Cedar Park, get a close-up look at Lynne and Gary Wernli's wildlife gardens and ponds. Daphne explains why an established Afghan pine is dying. Pick of the week is drought tough Red Yucca. On location at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Trisha Shirey demonstrates how to support vegetable plants.
Plant of the Week: Red Yucca
Tips of the Week
Water fruit trees and all new shrubs, trees, and perennials. Even ones that are drought tolerant need a deep soaking every week while they're getting established.
Plant okra, lima beans, basil.
If you have blossom-end rot on your tomatoes, it's a sign of uneven watering or calcium deficiency. You can spray calcium supplements on the foliage, though usually, the first victims are the earlier tomatoes. We can't control rainfall, but try to keep even moisture on your tomatoes rather than total dry-out and then heavy irrigation. The problem should disappear soon.
Control stinkbugs on your tomatoes by going out early in the morning and whisking them into a bucket of soapy water. Look under the leaves for eggs and destroy the leaf (with them on it!) The same goes for the red nymphs: they can't fly so are easily squished or tossed into soapy water.
Question of the Week
What happened to this Afghan pine?
Pond design big and tiny | Wernli garden
BJ Jenkins and Karl Tinsley