October 16th, 2010
See how native plants will make you wild with joy. Tom Spencer meets with Alice Nance, Austin's Wildlife Conservation Program Director, to celebrate Native Plant Week. All year long, get plant ideas and resources from Green Garden and Texas Native Plant week (which includes resources for kids and teachers.) John Dromgoole demonstrates the EarthBox for growing food and flowers in small spaces.
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Plant of the Week: Damianita
Tips of the Week
Plant trees, shrubs, perennials.
Plant wildflower seeds.
Plant herbs like cilantro, parsley, chervil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and dill. Avoid basil at this time unless you have a greenhouse.
Plant food crops. Remember to sprinkle seedbeds daily unless rain arrives. The seeds need to stay moist to germinate.
Don't forget to water new plants! Even though it's been cooler, the ground is really dry. We want to keep this year's new additions well-watered as we head into frostier weather to come. Watering fruit trees now will help them sustain their fruit next spring.
Start thinking about rowcover or other ways to protect your frost-tender plants. Plan now to set up hoops or other supports for your vegetables. Don't be caught at the last minute when the surprise shows up in November!
Be thinking about where you're going to move outdoor tropicals.
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Question of the Week
Why did my palm leaves turn brown?
Georgean and Paul Kyle Wildlife Sanctuary