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Deer-proof Succulents

Beat the deer, drought, and cold with succulents on Eric Pedley’s list from East Austin Succulents. On tour, Ally and Richard Stresing tackled flooding to grow organic food, native plants, and raise chickens in a raccoon-proof henhouse.  Daphne explains when to plant tomatoes to avoid freeze damage. There’s no worry about freeze damage on her pick of the week, cold-hardy Satsuma orange ‘Orange Frost.’ Trisha flavors things up with tips on growing citrus, like Improved Meyer lemon, Key limes, and Lemonquat, a cross between lemons and kumquat.

Originally aired March 29th, 2014 (Rebroadcast August 16th, 2014)

Plant of the Week: Satsuma 'Orange Frost'

pow orange frost satsuma

Tips of the Week

  • Plant tomatoes, squash, peppers, beans, pumpkins, cantaloupe and peppers. But be ready to cover tomatoes and peppers if we have an unexpected chilly night.  It’s safe to plant most herbs, but hold off on basil for a couple more weeks.
  • Plant perennials and shrubs. Avoid planting warm weather plants like caladiums. The soil is simply too cold.
  • Finish all pruning.
  • Fertilize with an 8-2-4 or similar ratio. Avoid fertilizing the lawn until April 15.
  • Compost and mulch.
  • PULL weeds and/or mow/whack down. Don’t spray with herbicides.

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Question of the Week

Freeze-damaged tomatoes, what to do?

Featured Garden

Ally & Richard Stresing | Flooding to Flood of Ideas for Food

Related Resources

Deer and Cold Proof Succulents

Related Gardeners

Ally Stresing
Eric Pedley
Daphne Richards
Trisha Shirey