Garden Notes

……..for the Informed Gardener

 Articles written especially for East Texas gardeners.

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Bullies in the Garden

     Spring is here and after a long cold winter, we are ready, or are we?   As you walk around your yard enjoying your pretty flowers, do you see any leaves that are yellow, or do you notice the white fuzzy looking stuff on your crape myrtles?  The yellow leaves may be due to spider mites. They crop up when we are busy admiring our colorful flowers, not the leaves.  They can decimate a plant almost overnight so; keep an eye out and get a handle on them before you lose your plants.  The white fuzzy stuff on your crape myrtles is powdery mildew.  We found some in the garden today on our Dynamite crape.  Give crape myrtles plenty of room for good air flow.  You can sprinkle the leaves with water and sometimes get rid of it.

Look for holes in leaves and blooms.  Determine what rascal is at work and take care of him.  In my yard, rabbits  and deer—-and birds on my succulents.  I feed birds, as most of you know and I watched a cardinal pick the ends of each leaf from one of my little aloes then flit to some sedum for dessert.  I have placed wire fencing around my phlox and hope I can watch them bloom this year.  Our resident deer herd loves the buds of my John Fanick phlox.  I love them too; so I have tried to ‘fix’ the problem.

Love hosta?  So do slugs and snails.  If you have had trouble with either of these, you might try some remedies we master gardeners often use.  Here goes a few: Place sweetgum balls or pine cones all under the hostas; mulch with sharp gravel or mulch with aluminum foil.  Place a band of copper around the stem area and keep the leaves off the ground.  I tried the sweetgum balls and had far less trouble than before.  Of course my yard is dry and nothing stays damp long in summer (now I have no hostas because of this problem)

If you have fig trees, keep them moist.  The little figs are growing and will be ready by July.  Berries of all kinds need water but do not over water.  Your berries will have little taste if grown too moist.  Let them dry out before watering and water deep when you do.  Keep veggies watered and watch for myriads of pests .  Take care of any pest as soon as you find it.   Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Spring is such a beautiful time and often very swift to pass here in Texas; so get out and enjoy it now while you can..  The gardens are all beautiful.  Come out, if you haven’t already and see them for yourself.  Bring a camera when you do.




Read articles written by Dee Bishop in the past months. 

Arums Seeds-Now Time A New Old Remedy Spring’s Here Critters in my Sedums Aster Yellows
 July in My Garden Beware Houttuynia  Plant a Meadow  Bullies in the Garden
Birds in Garden Winter Honeysuckle Has Spring Come? Vines – the Good, Bad, etc. Sedums Large & Small  New Plants to Look For
July in the Garden  My Plants are Wilting  September Chores  Information, Good or Bad? Gardenias Whys & Wherefore  Interesting Garden Tidbits
Winter Gardening Bush Whackers Spring Unfolds A Few Good  Websites Organic Gardening Pluck it – Prune it – Pick it
Southern Cape Jessamine Back to Natives What’s Bloomin? Is It Fall Yet? Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs New Azaleas to Try

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