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Whats going on in the garden?


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant

When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done.

Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berries by renovating our present bed. If you need information on this call the Extension Office. It needs to be done to prevent fungal diseases and promote production. Keeping weeds out of vegetables, flowers, or whatever we are raising is necessary. Weeds take nutrition, light, water and rest space from the plants we want to raise. They also prevent air movement and then diseases develop. Deadheading of our flowers help prevent the plants energy from seed production and allows more blooms to develop. Pinch back allows plants to fill out. Many plants in baskets benefit from pinching back. Keeping vegetables harvested allows for more production. The flavor of summer squash when they are small is much better than allowing boats to form! Fertilize hanging baskets. A few times during the summer you will be amazed at the difference.

Rabbits in the yard if they decide to call your garden home might be bad. Using a live trap is a good way to catch them. They need to be moved 5 miles or more away or they find their way back home! Insects have been interesting this year. Many insects have developed into their mature state. Usually the adults don’t do much damage although some do. The mosquitoes like us! Make sure you empty any containers that hold water like the catch tray under flower pots because they look for water to lay eggs in. Watch for the white butterfly that flies around the cabbage and its relative. If you spot them, look for green cabbage loopers, as they can make the leaves look lace-like pretty rapidly. Keep watching for them.

I’ve had questions on rhubarb and when to stop using it. Harvest through June. If it is a new plant don’t harvest any more. However, if it is an old established plant in healthy shape, harvesting a few stalks now and then won’t harm it. Did you know that curly dock, a weed, is the host plant for rhubarb curculio? Try to remove any curly dock you see. Rhubarb is a “heavy feeder” and benefits from yearly feeding of balanced fertilizer. It also benefits from composting.

Please call the Fillmore County Extension Office (765-3896) with any questions you have.

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