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In The Garden: Plant Your Fall Tomatoes

Ok, so the incredibly wet spring season wasn’t exactly friendly to our tomato plants. If you managed to escape without plants covered in early blight disease, count yourself very lucky! The constant rainfall and humidity has been a godsend for fungal diseases, such as early blight. If you’re tired of looking at your raggedy spring tomato plants then you’re in luck: It’s the perfect time to plant fall tomatoes. That’s the upside of our crazy climate here in Dallas – we get two tomato growing seasons. If you mess up with your spring crop, you get a second change.  planting a second crop mid-July will help you extend your harvest through November. Rip up those old plants, throw them in the compost bin and get planting.

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In The Garden: Grow Your own Pesto

The basil is coming on strong in the summer garden and it’s time to start harvesting. There are large-leafed sweet basils that grow large and bushy, small-leafed upright varieties such as ‘Sweet Aussie’ and even a tiny-leafed miniature variety called ‘Boxwood’. No matter your space or size of container, there is likely a Basil variety just right for you.

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Boast Your School Pride From The Home and Garden

I’ve collected <a href="http://www.dmagazine.com/home-design/slideshows/2015/june/college-pics" target="_blank">some of my favorite collegiate decór find</a>s fit for a Dallas home and garden that will make yourself and the thousands who drive past your abode everyday actually respect your undying school pride. Click through the slideshow to check them out. Rah, rah…go team.

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In The Garden: Fig Newton Trees

When we lived in Little Forest Hills, my husband and I had two-mile route we walked regularly through the neighborhood. Around the corner from our house was a lovely mature fig tree. One day, during one of our walks, he commented on the tree and asked what it was. “Well honey, that’s a fig tree” I replied. “You mean, like Fig Newtons??” he asked in all seriousness. “Yes dear, that’s a Fig Newton tree.” I laughed, he laughed, and to this day every fig tree he sees is a “Fig Newton tree”. This story reminds me that not everyone is that well acquainted with figs or how to grow them.

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In The Garden: More Rain to Come

I think most of us are still in shock from the amount of rain we received in Dallas this spring. We just had another record rainfall of more than 2-inches this week. If that weren’t enough, it looks like there are more thunderstorms this weekend’s weather forecast. While rain is usually more than welcome around these parts, the excess spring rain did create some real challenges this year. Rain yet to come will perpetuate them.

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In The Garden: Passion Flower in its Prime

There are few flowers we grow here in Dallas that are as exotic and intriguing as the passion flower. If you happen to have a passion flower vine in your garden, then you’ve no doubt been enjoying an explosion of blooms. While the heavy rains have caused many homeowners and landscapes some serious grief, vines like passion flower have happily soaked it up. Vines have grown leaps and bounds over the last two months and the honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators couldn’t be happier about it.

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In The Garden: Prevent Mosquitoes Now

Mosquitoes are a fact of life here in Dallas, but this year it looks like we’re in for a bumper crop. The continual rainfall this spring has turned Dallas into prime breeding ground for these biting pests. Mosquitoes are coming out in droves and are going to make it tough for you to enjoy any outdoor time once the storms pass.

While you may feel there is little you can do to stop the mosquito invasion, there are actually some simply treatments you can use to stop mosquitoes in their tracks. While adult mosquitoes can be sprayed with chemical treatments, or repelled with natural sprays, it can be difficult to successfully control them in this manner. Prevention is always the best medicine.

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In The Garden: Time for Tropicals

If you’re looking to create a tropical feel in your landscape, now’s the time. The bit of sunshine we’re finally getting combined with the high humidity is certainly making Dallas feel pretty tropical right now. May through early June is prime time for you snap up your favorite tropical plants at your local garden center. Tropical hibiscus, mandevilla, allamanda and bouganvilla are just a few of the most popular tropicals you’ll find. But there are so many more to choose from.

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