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Gardening Tips for April and May

Tips for April Planting Plant warm-season annual flowers. For sun (6+hours per day): angelonias, copper plants, firebush, lantana, moss rose, purslane, pentas, ornamental sweet potatoes and zinnias. For shade (less than 4 hours per day): begonias, coleus, impatiens and perilla. Select short, compact plants. Plant okra and southern peas (black-eyed peas, etc). Squash, cucumbers and…

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Gardening Tips for February and March

Tips for February Planting Cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and potatoes should be planted mid- month, or about 4 weeks prior to the average last freeze date (March 15 in Ellis County). Beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and “greens” (collard, mustard and turnip) should be planted 2 to 4 weeks prior to the average last freeze. Plant asparagus crowns…

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Ellis County Master Gardeners are ready for the fall!

Tips for November Planting » Plant these fall vegetables now: beets, carrots, “greens” (mustard, collard, turnip), kale, lettuce, radishes and spinach. » Lawn establishment using warm-season grasses such as Bermudagrass, St. Augustine, zoysia and buffalograss should be completed early in the month. » Overseed established Bermudagrass lawns with perennial ryegrass this month, if desired. » Plant these fall-blooming annuals…

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Ellis County Master Gardeners are ready for the sun!

Tips for JULY Planting » Plant tomatoes and peppers from 4-inch pots. Visit http://aggie-horticulture. tamu.edu/vegetable for recommended varieties. » Early July is the time to plant small and medium pumpkins for a Halloween harvest. » Plant heat-tolerant annuals that have been acclimated to hot, sunny conditions. This includes moss rose, purslane, trailing lantana, purple fountain grass, firebush and copper plants.…