So how about the weather these days? Cold enough for
everyone? It is hard to believe that Easter weekend's
low temperatures were in the high teens. Brrr...
I didn't like it and neither did the plants. I saw lots
of sheets covering tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons and many other
plants in bloom - owners trying to salvage the beginning beauty
We have had many emails with concerns about the way a lot of
plants look. Let's not panic. There will be some tender things
lost but most everything outside is in shock due to the cold. It
will take some time to actually see what type of damage might
have taken place. It is supposed to
warm up next week so once things start to recover that will be
the time to keep a close eye on everything. If it is black it is
probably dead. If you are not sure, don't cut it back. There
will be plants that will need more time than others so be
patient and give your garden a bit of time.
will be warming up next week now is the time to start thinking
about spending time seated outside. Our friends at Courtyard &
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OK, most of us were probably affected by last
weekend's overnight freezes. Don't panic if your plants
look a little weary after that ordeal. It may be too early
to prune or remove plants that appear damaged. Some plants may
appear dead, but they are not. Corrective pruning should not be
started until the full extent of the damage can be determined.
Injury to foliage and tender shoots should be visible within a
few days - look for areas that have blackened.
It may be several months before damage
to larger limbs can be determined. Wait to see if any live green
foliage reappears or gently scrape under the outer layer of bark
to see if green wood is present. Once you have determined the
extent of damage, remove any dead wood. There is very little
that can be done to revive plants suffering from the extreme
effects of freezing. Note: Watering cold-damaged plants that
appear wilted will not help to revive them.
Tuckered Out Tulips?
Unfortunately it's not uncommon for many modern tulip varieties
to "wear out" after a few years and eventually produce
insignificant blooms or no blooms at all. Here are some tips to
increase the chances of perennial blooming of your tulips:
the bulbs at the depth indicated on the packaged they
them - especially in the fall - to help develop strong
off flower heads after they have bloomed.
not remove the foliage until it has turned brown and
It's that time of year
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A popular and
effective way to prevent disease in the vegetable garden is
called crop rotation. By rotating the location of vegetable
plantings within the garden each season you can greatly reduce
the likelihood of soil-borne disease. This method works best
when you rotate crop families from place to place and
the rotation includes at least three families. The
effectiveness of crop rotation is diminished when the total
gardening area is quite small. Just do your best! Here's a
list of the most common home garden vegetables and their
leek, onion, shallot
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale,
kohlrabi, radish, rutabaga, turnip
gourd, melons, pumpkin, squash
Lima bean, pea,
snap bean, soy bean
pepper, potato, tomato
The Forsythia Clock...
When the forsythia have finished blooming,
it is a sign to do several things.
Apply a preemergent herbicide such as
Preen (if desired) to garden beds as the soil temperature is
now conducive to weed growth.
back mulch around roses and discard.
Prune your roses and dig in a balanced
Apply a crabgrass preventer to lawns if
you had a problem last year.
Daffodil's Deadly Secret...
If you take my cue and decide to cut some flowering bulbs from
the garden make sure you keep the daffodils separated from other
cuttings. Daffodil stems secrete a fluid that can drastically
reduce the life of other cut flowers in the same vase. After a
couple of days in a vase they should be OK for sharing the same
Readers of our newsletter know that we recommend that
dandelions be controlled in the fall. However, if you missed the
fall application, a second opportunity for dandelion control is
approaching. Research by Purdue University has shown that good
control can be achieved with an herbicide applied during or soon
after the first flush of flowers. Use a combination product that
contains 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba. Examples would include
products such as Trimec, Weed Out, Weed-B-Gon and Weed Free
Zone. If you have only a few dandelions, consider spot treatment
rather than a blanket application. There are ornamental plants
that are very sensitive to drift from these herbicides, so be
careful. Avoid spraying on windy days.
The plants with the little purple flowers
that are starting to make themselves known in home lawns are
called henbit. If you are not sure this is what you have, check
the stems. If they are square rather than round, you have
henbit. Though it actually comes up in the fall, most people do
not pay much attention to this weed until it starts to flower.
Trying to kill it at this late stage with an herbicide is
usually a waste of time and money. Though the plant may be
burned back, it will rarely be killed. So what do we do?
Remember, this is a winter annual; it comes up in the fall,
matures in the spring and dies as soon as it starts to get hot.
All that we can do now is keep it mowed until nature takes its
However, we can do something next fall that
will help next spring. Henbit usually germinates about
mid-October. Spraying with 2,4-D, Weed-B-Gon, Weed Free Zone,
Weed Out, or Trimec in early November can go a long way toward
eliminating henbit next spring. The plants are small
during the fall and relatively easy to control.
"O the green things
growing, the green things growing, The faint sweet smell of the
green things growing!"
Dinah Mulock Craik