MASTER GARDENERS: Wisdom from gardening mistakes

MASTER GARDENERS: Wisdom from gardening mistakes

By Emmy Ulmschneider

Grasp Gardener

We have all knowledgeable the adage about finding out from your faults and discovering from gardening faults is no exception to this notion. This is specially legitimate for us as our weather conditions and developing conditions can adjust so radically from year to 12 months and textbooks or world-wide-web horticulture information is not typically personalized to our issues. But we can all attempt a variety of methods and learn from the results. When you working experience “failure” in your yard 1st use your observations to evaluate what could have absent improper. Glimpse for related information and facts on our web-site or try out the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension web site:

So, below are two faults I have discovered from lately:

Irrigation “water geyser” from squirrel chewed injury. (Courtesy Photo)

I test my drip irrigation procedure for leaks in the spring and drop. Now I know to look at it additional often in squirrel period! Squirrels and drip irrigation do not go together. I do not know if they are soon after the water or as rodents, have to have to chew on tough objects to hold their enamel at the good size, but the success are the exact same: loss of h2o for the duration of irrigation! And, that loss of h2o can be substantial.

In the course of our drought past summertime, I was mending 10 to 15 leaks a working day even even though most of my drip is protected by mulch. Some of the hurt was far more than just a tiny bite mark. I discovered the issue by intensive wet places in my chicken property, the noise from erupting drinking water geysers at night, and the considerable boost in my regular water monthly bill!

A drip emitter emits about a quart of h2o an hour. I can only envision how significantly h2o I wasted ahead of I observed the hurt. Masking assists defend the drip from these pesky rodents. I have used mulch, compost, soil, fallen branches, or even unused tomato cages to maintain squirrels absent from the drip but the only way to capture all the leaks is to visually verify usually.

An invasive plant, whether native or non-indigenous is invasive! My house landscape, exterior of my foods gardens, is composed mainly of native crops. But indigenous or not, a plant devoid of linked purely natural controls like predators or geography can become a trouble.

Acquiring illustrated them, I am fascinated by ferns and fern allies. Consequently, I needed to develop our indigenous, Horsetail Rush, Equisetum arvense. This plant is often referred to as scouring rush mainly because its stem is coated in silica, once employed to scour pots. I like its look in flower preparations. Initially showing up in the Jurassic, they spread by spores and far more rapidly by rhizomes. Now, four a long time later, my equisetum has distribute everywhere, and I can not weed it out quickly plenty of! If I ever do get it below handle, I will confine it to a really big pot! So, test out the vegetation ahead of you plant them. Listed here are a few very good references and future time, I will believe what I study!

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States:

Texas Invasive Databases:

Austin Invasive Plants:

For more information and facts, phone the AgriLife workplace at 498-4071 in Odessa or at 686-4700 in Midland or check out or