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Tropical Edibles

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

Plant of the Week: Mexican Tithonia


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?

Featured Garden

Wonderland Garden in San Antonio

Related Resources

Tropical Edibles

Related Gardeners

Ragna and Bob Hersey
Amanda Moon
Daphne Richards
Andrea DeLong-Amaya