May 12th, 2012
Grow up with gourds for flowers to attract pollinators, screen a fence, and make birdhouses, luffa sponges, and artful containers. Suzanne Haffey from the Capital of Texas Gourd Patch/Texas Gourd Society and Charlotte Yeisley from Diamond Y Farm in Smithville explain how to grow and craft with these historic plants. On tour, Hutto gardeners combine art, passion, and community in a healing garden at their historic home. Daphne explains when to prune spring flowering plants. Her pick of the week is Mexican honeysuckle, a hummingbird magnet for part shade. Lyda Guz from The Natural Gardener shows how to attract butterflies.
Tips of the Week
Cut back spring-flowering bulbs if the leaves have turned brown. You can divide and move them now while you can see them.
Prune spring-flowering shrubs, perennials and roses and lighting fertilize or top dress with compost.
Be vigilant about insect pests. Avoid harsh chemicals. Hand pick when you can. If you must use a product, including organics, know what your insect is.
White flies are busy right now, so spray with neem oil or insecticidal soap in the cool of the evening or morning.
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Question of the Week
When should we prune our spring blooming plants? Should we fertilize them?
Healing Garden Design | Donna & Mike Fowler