Friday, July 1, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound
FOUND: on Wed. June 29th an iPhone on the corner of 2nd & 3rd Sts. in front of the hardware store next to a maroon suburban turned into the theater
Lost purse @ Maverick's Friday night June 24. Please return. No questions asked. Reward. 830-391-4013
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

*Fair Housing notice. All help wanted advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference limitation or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for help wanted ads, which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
Welders needed at Felux Metal Works in Poth. Apply in person. 
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today


Use large containers for ‘patio tomatoes’




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

South Texas Gardener
August 15, 2012 | 3,625 views | Post a comment

Q. What do you think of “patio tomatoes”? I want to try and grow tomatoes in containers this fall. How large does the container need to be?

A. Plant tomatoes in August. There are “patio” tomatoes recommended specifically for containers but I don’t recommend them. The plants are very attractive but the fruit is low quality. Select a regular recommended variety such as Surefire, Solar Fire, 602, Tycoon, Celebrity, or Dwarf Cherry Surprise (BHN 968).

I like Surefire the best because it is the variety that produces tomatoes the quickest. It has a relatively small plant and produces a lot of tennis-ball size fruit.

Tomatoes require a container that is at least 5 gallons in capacity. A half whiskey barrel is ideal. The larger the container, the more reservoir is available for roots, moisture, and nutrients. A larger container also reduces the inclination of the plant to topple over, as it becomes top-heavy with foliage and fruit.

Q. Is it a good time to put a new lawn in? The drought over the last few years has killed most of it.

A. Many communities are still in drought restrictions so it is probably not the best time but if you do have access to enough water to establish a new lawn make sure you have solved the issues that resulted in the dead lawn.

Are there 6 inches of soil in the lawn area? If not, add landscape mix or compost to reach 6 inches.

You also may want to consider replacing the lawn with hardscape, groundcovers, perennials, shrubs, mulch, and trees. They require less water. Seek out my articles on low water use landscapes and drought tough lawns on the website plantanswers.com.

Q. Fire ants are making it difficult for us to harvest the okra in our garden. How can they be controlled without spraying the okra with insecticides?

A. I use two tactics:

•Spray the fire ants off the plant with the water hose just before harvest for short-term relief;

•For long-term control spread Amdro around the garden. Amdro is not labeled for use in the garden but the bait applied outside the garden will be carried to the hills around the garden for good control.

Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the director of the Water Conservation and Technology Center at Texas A&M-San Antonio. Hear him on “Gardening South Texas” on KLUP 930 AM radio Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Or, email him at reader@wcn-online.com.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives


Coupons ag-right
Heavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld home

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.