Grow avocados, hibiscus tea, cinnamon, curry tree and other tropical edibles with tips from Amanda Moon from It’s About Thyme. On tour, visit a San Antonio wonderland where Ragna and Bob Hersey team up for creativity in a standard yard. Daphne Richards explains how to deal with oak leaf drop in garden beds. Her Pick of the Week is Mexican tithonia, a brilliant summer annual that’s a butterfly favorite. Andrea DeLong-Amaya from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center analyzes options for mulch.
Originally aired April 13th, 2013
Tips of the Week
- Plant warm season vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, squash, and beans.
- Plant summer annual seeds: zinnia, cosmos, celosia and sunflowers.
- Plant summer annual transplants including Diamond Frost euphoriba, black pearl peppers, zinnias, cosmos, celosia, begonias, persicaria and coleus.
- Plant herbs: basil, thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena, salad burnet and oregano. Check at your local nursery for more of your favorites.
- Divide agave and yucca pups; move/divide cactus.
- Plant tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash.
- Renew your container pots with some new soil. If creating a new pot, consider putting a piece of old window screen on the bottom to retain soil and keep out insects.
- Plant roses, perennials, herbs and annual seeds like sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos.
- Lightly mulch around perennials, leaving a berm to collect rainfall.
- Mulch! When possible, create small berms around your plants with mulch to capture rainfall into their rain water berm.
- Plant caladiums, crinums, and daylilies.
- Prune evergreen shrubs to shape and encourage new growth.
- Mow or pull weeds before they set seed. It's too late for chemical controls, as if we would suggest that!
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Question of the Week
Should I rake oak leaves off my beds or mulch over them?
Wonderland Garden in San Antonio
Ragna and Bob Hersey