Here are some garden choices she’ll love

Backyard garden facilities and Mother’s Working day go hand in hand. We would choose my mom to the yard centre to decide on out plants. The result is not only a present, but a memory made.

Make or acquire a dried wreath it lasts longer than a reduce flower arrangement, and you can dangle it.

Think about a microgreens package if Mother is a eco-friendly smoothie admirer. Use just one variety of seed, not a blend, so that all seedlings improve evenly. Opt for broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cilantro and radish to start.

Buy a new decorative pot, with drainage holes, and repot her houseplant with contemporary potting medium.

Spiffy up Mom’s yard tools: sharpen, oil and tighten. Really do not forget about the pruners.

Mulch backyard garden beds with 3 to 4 inches of mulch. Do this for her any time of year.

Obtain her a hose wand. A extravagant a person.

Plant a flower that will appeal to hummingbirds to the yard: Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus), firebush (Hamelia patens), bottlebrush, Delight of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), or pink skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens).

Sign Mom up for one of the several gardening workshops and classes close to city.

Harris County Master Gardeners spring plant sale

If you have not visited the Master Gardeners demonstration gardens, “Genoa Friendship Gardens,” think about making an on the web invest in for the duration of their past spring plant sale of the season. Pickup will be located on-web page. Not only will you get your get, you will have the chance to wander the gardens and chat to these outstanding county volunteers.

Did you know, even in a pandemic era, our Harris County Grasp Gardeners served above 12,000 hrs in 2021? This equates to in excess of $350,000 in time and assistance supplied again to the community. They display, teach, backyard and offer crops very best suited to our spot.

Vegetable inquiries? They can assistance. Strawberries, radish, turnips and chard have been harvested in April — 31 pounds! This brings the year-to-date harvest for the backyard to 133 pounds.

Butterfly back garden issues? Butterflies and caterpillars abound, with nectar crops for the previous and host crops for the latter. May perhaps brings pipevine swallowtail caterpillars to the floor cover Aristolochia fimbriata (white veined pipevine) and the overwhelming, but harmless Gulf fritillary caterpillar as it munches away on purple passionflower vine.

Fruit tree thoughts? Stroll the orchard and verify out the 12 new specimens that have been planted to substitute individuals dropped for the duration of last year’s winter freeze.

The modern showstoppers are the vibrant trial beds. With aid of Master Gardeners, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension conducts interesting- and warm-period annual/perennial trials as very well as vegetable trials. Volunteers plant, treatment for (but not as well much) and evaluate efficiency in our local climate.

Perennials, herbs, a limited selection of fruit trees, compost and fertilizer are out there on the net for the duration of this last sale. Go to to purchase — though provides previous. Pickup will be Might 14 at Genoa Friendship Gardens, 1202 Genoa Purple Bluff. If you are not purchasing on the internet, you are however welcome to shop in particular person or verify out this concealed gem of a back garden. It is only open and accessible when volunteers are there, which is Monday and Wednesday mornings ahead of midday.

The “last chance” sale day is May well 16. Not only are vegetation however for sale, but this coincides with the organization’s monthly Open Yard Day (the third Monday morning of each individual month), the place they welcome the community to the gardens March by means of Oct.

All plant product sales assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s mission of delivering study-centered gardening education to the group.

Let’s discuss vitex

Past 7 days, we were being requested if Vitex agnus-castus is safe to plant. The remedy is sure, for the Harris County place. Though nonnative, vitex is not listed on any condition or national invasive species lists. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Support has considered it protected for decorative use, whilst it may perhaps exhibit weedy actions in limestone outcrops and dry creek beds through Central Texas.

Brandi Keller and Paul Winski are Texas A&M extension agents and yard gurus.