There is still time to sow seeds of fast-growing annuals


All tender plants should be in the garden now, and gardeners should be feasting on peas and strawberries and sniffing the roses.

Plant or bring outside nonhardy ornamentals like fuchsias, cannas, heliotropes and lantanas. Plant dahlia tubers or young plants raised from cuttings.

There's still time to sow seeds of fast-growing annuals like marigolds, sunflowers, cosmos, globe amaranth, tithonia and zinnias.

Patrol for black vine weevils, dark gray beetles that feed on the leaves of plants, like rhododendron, azalea, yew, hemlock, fern and euonymus. The grubs, or immature weevils, also feed on roots. Yellow sticky traps, like Tanglefoot, can be attached to the base of plant stems. Or go out after dark (a flashlight helps find nighttime feeders), shake them onto an old cloth, and drown them in soapy water. Nematodes, which infect the grubs with a bacteria, are available at Gardens Alive!, 5100 Schenley Place, Lawrenceburg, Ind. 47025; (812) 537-8650.

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