October 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 October 5-11, 2014
Title: “Cold Weather Hardening”

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

As we approach winter your trees and shrubs will begin to harden off in order to withstand the cold weather ahead.  If you have mulch around them, it will help the hardening off process to remove the mulch for the fall.  This will encourage the plant to go into dormancy.  When the plants finally do go dormant, replace the mulch for protection through the rest of the winter.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 12-18, 2014
Title: “Leaves as Mulch”

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

When the leaves begin to fall from your trees don’t overlook ways to use them in your garden.  Instead of burning or discarding them, use them in a compost pile to provide nutrients for next year’s garden.  Or, grind them up in a shredder to use as mulch.  When shredded they won’t compact or blow around, and allow good water penetration to the soil.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 19-25, 2014
Title: “Fall Garden Cleanup”

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

One important fall gardening activity that is easy to forget is the fall cleanup.  This is important to the health of next year’s garden because many diseases can overwinter in the roots of perennial weeds.  Examples include tomato mosaic virus, cucumber mosaic virus, bean mosaic virus, and many other diseases.  By removing these weeds, roots and all, you will have a healthier garden next year.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 26 to November 1, 2014
Title: “Ripening Tomatoes”

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

If you’ve brought in tomatoes from your garden to escape those killing frosts, pick ones that have shown a bit of color, since they will ripen more easily.  To aid the process, put them in a closed container with a fully ripe apple or two.  The apples naturally give off ethylene gas, which helps the tomatoes to ripen more quickly.

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