Seeking Palo Verde…
got your September/October 2016 issue
with the article on small trees, but
where in the Houston or Austin area can
you buy the Palo Verde ‘Desert Museum’
tree that was featured?
Solution: The Arbor Gate nursery
in Tomball has the Palo Verde ‘Desert
Museum’ in 2-1/2 gal containers. They
are located at 15635 FM 2920, phone
How can I start my own sweet-potato
slips, and when is the best time to
plant? Can I use a regular sweet potato
from the grocery store?
Sweet potatoes are a warm-season crop
and should be planted in the spring
after all danger of frost has passed —
about the same time you plant okra and
southern peas. They are relatively easy
to start. Most sweet potatoes that you
find at the store should sprout for you.
Fill a jar with water and place half of
the sweet potato into the water,
inserting tooth picks into the sides of
the potato to support it in the jar.
Then place the jar in your kitchen
window or other warm place and it will
start sprouting after a few weeks. When
you are ready to plant, just break the
sprouts off and plant them in a well
I’m a loyal Texas Gardener subscriber
and reader, but I’m having a problem I
can’t find the answer to... Last summer,
my pickling cucumber crop was ruined by
what I think were pickleworms. I’ve read
that in Texas (I’m near Galveston) they
can over-winter, and therefore I’m
wondering if you can recommend something
I can treat the soil in my garden with
this fall/winter to prevent my spring
crop from getting ruined. I can’t seem
to find anything online about treating
the soil since I dug up my vines long
ago. Thanks for the help, and I love the
magazine. Keep up the great work!
First of all, thanks for your support!
We do not recommend drenching the soil
in order to rid the garden of insects or
disease. The very best thing you can do
when you have a breakout with a
particular pest is to remove the
affected crop, do not add to the compost
pile and plant something completely
different in that part of the garden.
You could follow cucumbers with onions,
potatoes or corn. If your garden is too
small for crop rotation to be practical,
try growing your cucumbers in a large
container on your patio next year.
Plant Disease Booklet
am looking for the Pocket Guide to
Vegetable Diseases by J Masabini. Can
The pocket guide can be found at Texas
It sells for $10.
Row Cover Specs
I’m interested in the fiber row cover.
What are the specs on the one you sell?
How many degrees of protection should I
Wayne A. Schirner
Our Grow-Web comes in 12.3’ × 32.8’
folded sheets. It will provide several
degrees freeze protection. In addition
to that benefit, it acts like a
greenhouse, which encourages plant
growth and provides protection from
insects, birds and disease. Except for
vine crops that need insect pollination,
Grow-Web can be left on the crop for the
entire growing season.