I hope you have your garden in shape because, according to the weather forecast, this weekend is going to be a wash-out. They are predicting at least 2” of rain at my house from Friday through Sunday. There is also a 90% chance of rain on Monday. Oh well, we really do need the rain, especially my friends in Austin. Speaking of Austin, if you are in the area why not come out to Mayfield Park this Saturday? I will be discussing great native and low water adapted plants to bring in pollinators to your garden at the annual Trowel and Error Gardening Symposium. It starts at 9:00. They have three speakers, a plant sale and door prizes. Plus, it really is a beautiful place with lots of peacocks!
This past week I finally got my green beans in. I am way late this year. If you have not planted your beans, squash and cucumbers you are running out of time. Temperatures in the 90s cause pollen grains to burst. Because of this, vegetables planted from seed may still have time to grow and produce some. However your production will be limited to fruit that was pollinated (or set) before the high heat arrived.
It is not too late for transplants. You still have time to put in squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and pepper transplants. If you plant large transplants and give them adequate moisture and nutrition you should still get respectable harvests in June and early July.
If you have sweet potato slips start planting them this week. If you don’t have slips, cut up some sweet potatoes and plant them just like Irish potatoes. Production will be slightly delayed but they will grow and continue to produce all the way through the fall. It is also time to plant southern peas from seed. Both black eyed and crowder peas do well in our hot summers.
I have an article about caladiums coming out in Texas Gardener next month. I love caladiums and I plant lots of them. Now is the time to get them in the ground. There are two types of caladiums. Fancy Leafed varieties produce large, heart shaped leaves and do best in shade. Strap Leafed varieties produce slightly smaller leaves. However, they take sun better and work well in containers. Plant your bulbs with about an inch of soil over them in well-draining soil.
Weeds are beginning to be a problem in our beds. Pull and add more mulch to control them. The mulch will also regulate the soils temperatures in your bed which will lead to prolonged blooms for your annual flowers.
Last week I talked about applying commercial fertilizer to your lawns. This week I want to remind you that you can add compost to your lawn at all time. You really cannot over do it with organic products. If you regularly add compost, and leave your grass clippings in place after mowing, you can grow grass that is just as healthy and pretty as the lawns grown with chemical fertilizers. You can also apply Corn Glutten Meal to the yard now. This natural pre-emergent herbicide will stop broad leafs like dandelion and thistle. We are getting to the end of the time where CGM will be effective. However, even if it doesn’t kill any weeds it adds a nice shot of natural nitrogen to the soil.
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