April 2014 Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Horticulture Tip for the week of March 30 to April 5, 2014
Title: “Planting Holes”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

When planting a tree or other woody plant, it’s generally best to use the same soil that you dug out of the hole to put back in around the new plant’s roots.  Don’t add organic matter to the soil.  In heavier soils, this is especially important.  You could actually create a “bowl” that holds water, and the root zone could become waterlogged in wet weather.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of April 6-12, 2014
Title: “Blueberry Soil pH”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If your blueberries are not doing so well, you may want to have a soil test performed to check the pH.  Blueberries need an acid soil, from around 4.8 to 5.2.  Through the years, the soil pH may creep upwards, and after a point, this will bring disease and eventually death to the plant, if it gets high enough.  pH is easily lowered with sulfur, but it’s always best to get a soil test first to make sure that is the problem, and to see how much sulfur to add.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of April 13-19, 2014
Title: “Vegetable Garden Planning”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

When planning your vegetable garden this spring, be sure to allow for plenty of sunlight.  If your garden gets partial shade, plant leafy vegetables in the shadier areas.  They need at least 6 hours of good sunlight to do well.  Other vegetables, such as tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and peppers need at least 10 hours of full sun.  Be sure to plant them in the parts of your garden that get the most sunlight.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of April 20-26, 2014
Title: “Lovage”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Looking for an interesting herb to try in your garden?  Try lovage.  This is a hardy perennial plant with a sharp, but sweet, celery-like flavor.  Leaves can be added sparingly to soups and salads.  Stems can be blanched or eaten raw, and seeds can be added to candies, bread and cakes.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of April 27 to May 3, 2014
Title: “Rainfall Measurement”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Water needs in your garden can become critical in the summer’s heat, especially here in Missouri where droughts can linger for weeks.  Be sure that your garden gets around one inch of water per week, from April till September.  You may also want to buy an inexpensive rain gauge to place in your garden.  That way you’ll know exactly how much rainfall you are getting, and how much water you’ll need to add.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.