February 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 February 2-8, 2014
Title: Winter Bulb Storage

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

If you have brought bulbs inside to store for the winter, don’t forget them.  Make sure they don’t dry out and are stored at the proper temperature.  Check them periodically, in order to remove bulbs that have become soft or diseased.  If you take good care of them, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful display after you plant them next spring.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of February 9-15, 2014
Title: Hanging Vegetables

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

When planning your vegetable garden this summer, you might consider planting a few vegetables in hanging baskets to place on your porch, deck, or patio.  Bush cucumbers, small tomato varieties, or even lettuce or greens can be grown in small containers and hung at a convenient height.  Many herbs, including chives, parsley and thyme are also well-suited to baskets.

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

Horticulture Tip for the week of February 16-22, 2014
Title: Pruning Neglected Fruit Trees

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

Pruning fruit trees which haven’t been properly cared for can be a challenge.  Spread your work out over several years, in order to discourage excessive growth and injury to large limbs due to too much sunlight.  The goal is to gradually lower the tree height to a manageable level, removing surplus scaffold limbs, and eliminating weak, damaged, and dead wood.  If you take your time, you’ll eventually be rewarded with a strong, healthy fruit tree.

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

Horticulture Tip for the week of February 23 to March 1, 2014
Title: Nursery Stock

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

If your landscaping plans include shrubs, think about ordering them soon.  Bare root deciduous shrubs should be planted when still dormant, around one month before the date of your average last frost.  Hardy container-grown and balled and burlapped shrubs can be planted anytime, except during severe, cold weather.

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