June 2013 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 June 2-8, 2013
Title: Alkaline Soils and Chlorosis

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

If your favorite shade tree turns yellow every summer without any apparent cause, you might want to check you soil’s pH.  Alkaline soils can cause yellowing in many species, including pin oak.  If this is the cause of your problem, it’s easily corrected.  Just have a soil test performed at your local University Extension center and you will soon have a recommendation for adjusting your soil’s pH.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of June 9-15, 2013
Title: Watering Your Garden While on Vacation

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

Are you going on vacation but can’t find anyone to water your garden while you’re gone?  You may want to consider buying a drip irrigation system and timer.  Soaker hoses can be run down each row of your garden, and a battery-operated timer can be set to turn the water on several times a day if desired.  When you return home, you’ll have a well-watered and thriving garden awaiting your arrival.  

 Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of June 16-22, 2013
Title: When to Harvest Vegetables

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

The time of day that you harvest your vegetables can make a difference in flavor and texture.  For vegetables like peas or sweet corn, pick them late in the day.  They will have developed more sugars by that time of day and will taste better.  If you’re harvesting lettuce or cucumbers, pick them early in the morning.  They will have a crisper texture before the day’s heat gets a chance to shrivel them up.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of June 23-29, 2013
Title: Observing Your Yard

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

One of the keys to successful gardening is careful observation of your gardening environment.  Break your yard down into zones and watch them carefully several times a day.  Look at the soil.  Does it drain quickly or slowly?  Is an area in full sun or partial shade?  Where do those shadows fall?  Perhaps those sun-loving plants have become shaded by trees through the years.  Careful observation will go a long way in giving you a green thumb.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.