Tom's Monthly Gotta-Do's
Gardeners need to attend local
plant sales by garden clubs and civic organization. Here is where you find
the neat plants. Sure, don't give up stopping by your local garden center
too, but the special sales are where you find the plants that are in the
hands of collectors like the neat orchids, bromeliads, perennials and
herbs. Take a little cash or a check with you, as many do not take credit
cards. You have to remember some are small growers.
The early spring has caught us all off-guard. But you can bet the pests
are ahead of schedule too. Caterpillars are already feeding in the
vegetable garden and you can bet the chinch bugs are busy in the St.
Augustine lawns too. It is a good idea to walk your landscape weekly and
make sure all pests are under control or at least you become aware of
Another project is to mend deteriorating fences. They don't last forever
and some may need boards or maybe an entire panel. It is also a good time
to repair furniture and lawn ornaments. There is no trouble finding thing
to do during spring. Following are some more of my Gotta Do's:
Flowers: African daisy, ageratum, aster, bacopa, balsam, begonia,
black?eyed Susan, blue daze, browallia, bush daisy, cat's
whiskers, celosia, cleome, coleus, coreopsis, cosmos, crossandra,
dahlberg daisy, diascia, gazania, gaillardia, gerbera, goldenrod,
impatiens, Joseph's coat, lantana, licorice plant, lisianthus,
marigold, melampodium, Mexican sunflower, million bells, moon
flower, nicotiana, nierembergia, pentas, periwinkle, porterweed,
portulaca, purslane, salvia, sunflower, torenia and zinnia.
Vegetables: Calabaza, cantaloupe, cassava, chayote, cherry tomato,
cucumber, dasheen, eggplant, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, lima
bean, malabar spinach, malanga, New Zealand spinach, okra, pepper,
roselle, Seminole pumpkin, snap beans, squash, Southern pea, sweet
potato, large tomato plants, tamarillo, yam and yard?long bean.
Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, cardamom, chives,
coriander, dill, borage, edible ginger, lemon balm, oregano,
Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, sweet
marjoram and thyme.
Bulbs: Asiatic lilies, achimenes, African iris, agapanthus,
amaryllis, Amazon lily, blackberry lily, blood lily, bulbine,
caladium, canna, crinum, dahlia, eucharis lily, gingers, gladioli,
gloriosa lily, society garlic, tuberous begonias, and rain lily.