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Planting in fall and winter focus of next Earth-Kind presentations
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SAN ANTONIO – According to gardening experts, fall is the best time for planting in South Central Texas, and fall planting will be the focus of the next Earth-Kind Landscape Series presentation by the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The “Fall is for Planting” adult horticulture program will be presented from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, San Antonio. David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County, is the program presenter.

“After two years of drought, this fall will be an ideal time to restore and re-establish landscapes,” Rodriguez said. “The cooler temperatures are more conducive to planting, and many trees and plants establish much better when planted in the fall as opposed to other times of the year.”

He said the fall planting program would emphasize the use of colorful, low-maintenance native plant materials.

Earth-Kind methods combine the best of traditional and organic gardening and landscaping techniques, providing gardening enjoyment while also helping preserve and protect the environment, he added.

Rodriguez said the next Earth-Kind presentation to follow the Oct. 24 program would be his “Winter Landscape Color” program at the botanical garden from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 22.

He said presentation would focus on planting seasonal landscape material to provide color during the wintertime.

“You can still get a lot of landscape color in the winter not only by planting pansies, cyclamids and other seasonal flowering or ornamental plants, but also by planting certain types of colorful vegetable plants,” he said.

The thrust of the Earth-Kind Landscape series is to show methods of landscaping which encourage water and energy conservation, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, and lower the amount of yard waste entering landfills, Rodriguez noted.

The fee for each series presentation is $20 and checks should be made payable to Bexar County Master Gardeners. Each program is limited to 30 attendees.
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