have row-cover fabric covering my tomato
cages, which seems to be working well.
My question is, when do I remove the row
covers? The top is open and the tomatoes
have blossoms on them.
your help. I have learned a lot from
your magazine over the years.
are wind pollinated, so those blossoms
are getting pollinated if the top is
open. To be on the safe side, row covers
can stay on a few weeks past the last
average freeze date for your area. Some
gardeners leave them on even longer to
help control thrips. Just remember that
tomatoes need some air circulation to
Will Weigela (I’m considering a new
cultivar named ‘Sunset’ in the My Monet
series) survive on the west side of my
garden in a rather dry spot?
That is a Proven Winner plant from
Monrovia, a California grower. They say
it needs good drainage and full sun with
average water requirements. That sounds
like it may not be a good choice for
your “dry” west-side spot. There are
several native plants that would do well
in that spot that are drought tolerant.
Fork or Hoe?
this weed edible? It loves to crop up in
my flower beds. It produces yellow
flowers on stalky stems. It is so
prolific that, if it were edible, I
would never have to buy greens again! If
it is not edible, what is the best
With help from Greg Grant, contributing
editor, we determined your plant is
Asian hawksbeard. We have also seen it
called Asiatic hawksbeard and Asiatic
false hawksbeard. Regardless, Greg says
it is a common nursery and shady bed
plant. We found at least one reference
that suggests that it is edible, so use
your own judgement if you want to sample
some at the dinner table.
of the plants won’t be easy. First, you
should remove the mature plants and
place them in a garbage bag so you don’t
redistribute any seed that may have
formed. Then keep a watch out for new
seedlings, and hoe or pull them out
before they get large and have a chance
to flower and set more seed.
Good morning awesome Texas gardeners!
Hubs gave me three antique roses for
Valentine’s Day. The one I am hesitant
to plant is ‘Mermaid.’ Does anyone have
any pics they would like to share or
advice on how to manage her size in a
quarter acre lot in the city?
Solution: ‘Mermaid,’ with its
rampant growth and vicious thorns, would
be a good one to screen the junk pile
next door, reinforce a fence or keep
burglars from climbing in your windows
if strategically placed. Do not plant it
near where friendly activity will occur.
Keep it away from play areas, entrances
and patios. Wear arm-length leather
gloves when pruning. Enjoy its rugged
beauty at a distance!