Saturday, June 25, 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

Found: Husky on Hwy. 181 in Floresville near Whataburger. Call 210-997-6010.

VideoFound: Great Pyrenees on CR 124, June 5, young male, not neutered, red banded collar, no tag, black spot on tip of tongue, cannot keep. 830-216-2380.

VideoLost: Yellow Maine Coon named Felix, missing since May 22 from F.M. 536, Floresville. Call if found, 210-365-6305.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Experienced electrician needed. Call 210-885-4101, fax 830-393-0909, or email srallaelect@netzero.net.
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 seaweed extract to prevent spider mites




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

South Texas Gardener
October 10, 2012 | 3,184 views | Post a comment

Q. Why does seaweed extract help control spider mites on our tomatoes? Or is it just another hollow claim by organic-control advocates?

A. I researched the topic a few years ago. There were several theories. Some sources expressed the idea that the seaweed extract toughened the cells on the leaves enough to resist easy penetration by spider mites. If I remember right, however, the seaweed extract had small quantities of a chemical that reduced spider mite breeding success. Google “seaweed extract and spider mites” to verify my memory.

Q. What happens if we plant tomatoes now?

A. It is generally too late to expect the plants to bloom and mature tomatoes before cold weather arrives.

Q. The acorns are falling in my neighborhood. Can I just plant them in a container and have them grow a new tree?

A. Yes, as long as the acorn meat is intact, it will produce a tree. Put the acorns in a bucket of water. The acorns that sink have a full nut; plant them. Red oak acorns spend the first fall growing roots. A stem only emerges from the soil the second year. White oak and live oak acorns may sprout in the fall.

Q. Is it too late to plant Bermuda grass seed for the year?

A. Yes, the generally accepted deadline is Sept. 30. After that, the soil gets too cool for fall germination and growth. Wait until May 1 to plant Bermuda grass seed.

Q. What cool-weather annuals can we plant in the shade this winter? My caladiums are declining in the cool weather. I would expect the caladiums to perk up after declining in the hot weather.

A. Caladiums don’t like cold weather, but 65ºF at night and 85ºF in the day suits them fine. Use cyclamen and primula for winter color. Wait to plant them in late October or even November.

Q. Is it okay to plant carrot seed now? What else can we plant?

A. Plant lettuce, radish, turnip, rutabaga, and beet seed now. It is also time for broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Chinese greens, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and mustard transplants.

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


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. County committee nomination period begins (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hartmann takes the steer by the horns to win state championship (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia FFA wraps up school year with honors, scholarships (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Root rot knocks out roses (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A student’s ag-related journey (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Family Land Heritage news (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Five dirty truths on agriculture (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Horseherb galloping through yards (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kristin Storey: South Texas queen to compete for national title (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Miller announces assistance for farmers devastated by floods (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. No “rain, rain, go away” as precipitation persists (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Schwartz takes lead as Texas state veterinarian (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Rural Leadership Program (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s almost rodeo time in Stockdale (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save seed pods for next fall (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Big Time Texas Hunts entries now on sale (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Burbridge leads the way in Buck Taylor roping event (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Farm Bureau solicits AgLead, FarmLead participants (June 1, 2016)
June 2016 Gardening Calendar (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save squash from vine borers (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. State Farm Bureau testifies on agricultural use valuation (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 1, 2016)
Coupons ag-right
Allstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch home

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