July = Hot, Dry and Chiggers!
As predicted, the summer of 2018 will be very hot and dry. Know that even the best heat tolerant plants may not hold up to long stretches of days with high heat. Yes, even Master Gardeners have plants that die. We have pulled up our dead petunias and other cool season annuals that can’t take the heat. For hot summer color, we have planted pentas, angelonia, zinnias and other sun loving choices.
If you want a great crop of fall tomatoes, plant your starters the first week of July. Get outside before 7:00 a.m. for the coolest time of day. You should be able to find starter tomato plants at mom and pop nurseries and feed stores.
We are at risk for drought conditions, so please be water wise in your landscape. Refer to the new Water Wise section of ROCKMGA.
For answers to your gardening questions, Master Gardeners are now available on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. Stop by 915 Whitmore Dr., Suite B and a Rockwall County Master Gardener will be on hand to research questions and provide gardening information. If you can not come by in person, call 972-204-7660 or email email@example.com and a Master Gardener will respond to you in a timely manner. If the volunteers can not answer your questions on the spot, they will continue to research or will consult with a specialist that has expertise in the subject matter.
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