May is a busy month for gardeners.
Enjoy the last of the pleasant, sunny days before the heat of our Texas summer hits us. By now, you should have prepared the flower beds and planted your spring and summer annuals. If you are running a little behind, be sure and plant the warm season annuals. Cool season annuals will wither from the heat by mid June. Be aware of the changes in spring weather – heavy rain and hail can do damage to your plants and protection may be necessary. A favorite, quick remedy is to place empty buckets or flower pots over your flowers and vegetables.
Are you overwhelmed with choices of plants? We encourage you to visit the RCMGA Discovery Garden at 827 Riding Club Road – east of Rockwall. View for yourself what grows well in our area. Take your kids or grandkids and enjoy the Little Red Hen children’s garden.
New information on perennials has been posted in the Plant Selection section of ROCKMGA. Learn that there is a 3 year growth rate to establishing a thriving perennial bed. The first year = Sleeping. The second year = Creeping. The third year = Leaping. Be patient and notice the changes and growth year to year.
If you are new to gardening, a good place to start is The Basics section of ROCKMGA.
Also, 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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