Saturday, June 01, 2002

To do this week


Garden tips from Sue Trusty, Civic Garden Center

Houseplants

        • Clean African violets by spraying the foliage with tepid water. Allow to dry away from light and drafts to avoid developing spots.

Landscape

        • Patrol regularly for honeysuckle seedlings and pull out by the roots. Use pliers, if needed, pulling near the base of the plant. If you cut back honeysuckle, paint the fresh cut with herbicide to ensure that it does not regenerate. The herbicide will translocate to the root system.

        • Daffodil foliage can be cut back five-six weeks after blooming. If possible, leave the foliage of bulbs until it begins to yellow. The leaves produce food to replenish the bulb for next year.

Container gardening

        • Because nutrients leach out of the soil in containers, add time-released fertilizer to the potting soil as the containers are planted.

        • To remoisten container soil which has dried and separated from the container wall, place ice in the middle of the top of the soil. As the ice melts, the water is absorbed into the soil instead of running down the space between the soil and the pot.

Vegetables

        • When setting out vegetable plants, pour 1 cup of starter fertilize solution in the hole. Prepare the solution using 2 tablespoons per gallon of water.

        • Side dress (fertilize) with compost three weeks after transplanting cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.

        • Apply side dressing of compost to fertilize kale and spinach when two-thirds grown.

        • Sweet corn can be similarly treated when 12 inches tall.

        • Adding additional nitrogen might reduce yield or lower quality of squash, watermelon, turnips, sweet potatoes, parsnips, lettuce, beets and carrots. Good soil amendment and preparation before planting is the best way to assure good yield with these plants.

        Contact the Civic Garden Center Hotline by e-mail: hotline@civicgardencenter.org, or phone, 221-8733.

       



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