March 2015 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 1-7, 2015
Title: “Plants for Shady Areas”

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

In planning your landscape, finding plants for shady areas of your yard is not too difficult if you know what to look for.  Some landscaping experts suggest using plants with variegated leaves to give the illusion of light to a dark area.  Many variegated cultivars of shade loving plants such as ivy, euonymous and hosta are available to choose from.  Try adding a few this year to your yard.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of March 8-14, 2015
Title: “Adding Lime to your Garden”

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

Before you add lime to your vegetable garden, be sure to get a soil test to see if you really need it.  Some vegetables actually prefer a lower pH.  Potatoes, for example, have a tendency to develop scab at a higher soil pH.  In this instance, it’s better to have a more acid soil, to control this disease.  If you add lime and don’t need it, it may cause problems for you later.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of March 15-21, 2015
Title: “Transplant Timing”

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

The key date to keep in mind when transplanting vegetables is the last average frost date for your area.  Cool season vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, and cauliflower may be transplanted two weeks prior to the last average frost date.  Warm season vegetables such as tomato, eggplant, pepper and melons shouldn’t be planted until the danger of frost is past.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of March 22-28, 2015
Title: “Planting Asparagus”

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

If you have decided to add asparagus to your vegetable garden this year, be careful not to plant the crowns too deeply.  Some older recommendations called for depths of up to 12 inches, but more recent research has shown that you will get better yields if you plant at a depth from 5 to 6 inches.  You may also harvest limited amounts of asparagus after the first year by planting this way.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of March 29 to April 4, 2015
Title: “Bleeding Trees”

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

A common complaint when pruning some tree species is that they “bleed” large amounts of water where they have been pruned.  This is especially true for trees such as maple and birch.  This trait is actually a benefit if you are wanting to produce maple syrup from a sugar maple.  But you normally don’t want to see this happen.  To avoid this problem, you should prune only after the leaves are fully developed, which will help you avoid this situation.

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