The weekly newsletter for April 27, 2019.
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April 27, 2019 - Issue #406

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Tomato Hornworm

This pest is found throughout the United States. These large, fat caterpillars feed voraciously on the leaves and fruits of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes.

Choosing Tomato Varieties

If you're just starting out in a small backyard or community garden, try growing only a few tomato plants at

Planting Blackberries

Blackberries need full sun. They aren't fussy about soils, although good drainage is important. If the soil has a good amount of humus, so much the better, but average fertility is all they need.

Weeds: Dandelion

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a perennial weed with a strong taproot that can make itself at home almost anywhere. No lawn or garden can escape dandelion seeds that blow on the wind from spring to fall.

Drought Tolerant Annuals

No matter where you live, water is a precious resource. Some of us need to conserve more actively than others, but none of us would willingly waste water. So why not plant drought tolerant flowering annuals? In addition to saving on your water bill, you'll spend less time on garden maintenance.

Guide to Growing Wildflowers

The beauty of wildflowers is they're easy to grow, colorful from spring until fall, they provide color for years with little maintenance, and they attract wildlife such as butterflies and birds to your yard.

Lovely new photos from this week
False Day Flower (Commelinantia anomala)
by GrammaChar:

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Rough Mule's Ears (Wyethia scabra)
by _Bleu_:

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Pacific Coast Iris (Iris 'Wilder Ranch')
by lilpod13:

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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Mate')
by cwhitt:

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Peonies (Paeonia)
by dawiz1753:

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Variegated Indian Corn Cob (Euphorbia mammillaris var. variegata)
by _Bleu_:

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Rose (Rosa 'Molineux')
by Calif_Sue:

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Crested Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea 'Cristata')
by _Bleu_:

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Orchid (Paphiopedilum Krull's Prometheus)
by sugarcane:

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Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sun Going Down')
by grannysgarden:

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