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Sharon Lovejoy’s My First Bird Book

Sharon Lovejoy enchants the kids and the whole family with My First Bird Book, filled with dirty birdie facts, fun, and hands-on projects to connect children to their bird world. On tour, visit the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library butterfly garden, where patrons check out more than books. Daphne explains when to control June bug larvae—those underground grub worms. Her pick of the week is Senna corymbosa that attract butterflies to its flowers and Cloudless Sulphur butterflies to its larval food leaves. John Dromgoole continues the vegetable season with late summer to fall plants.

Originally aired June 29th, 2013

Plant of the Week: Senna

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Tips of the Week

  • Avoid dead-heading flowers too soon, since many small birds rely on those seeds for food.
  • Provide water for the wildlife! Clean baths and refresh hummingbird feeders every few days. For hummingbird feeders: heat 1 part water to 4 parts water. Cool. Clean feeders and fill again. The sugar mixture can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator.
  • Put out a shallow bowl of water for toads.
  • Plant celosia, cosmos, cypress vine, portulaca, sunflowers, zinnias and Mexican tithonia. Water daily and lightly until they’re established.
  • Be sure to deeply water new perennials, shrubs and trees.

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Question of the Week

When do I control June bug grub worms?

Featured Garden

Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Butterfly Garden

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