May 2017 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 April 30 to May 6, 2017
Title: “Wildflowers for your Garden”

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

Looking for easy-to-grow flowers for your garden?  Consider native Missouri wildflowers. These hardy plants are well-adapted to Missouri conditions, since they have thrived here for thousands of years. Be sure to plant them under their required conditions for best results.  Give us a call and ask for our guide sheet: “Wildflowers in the Home Landscape.”

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 7-13, 2017
Title: “Grasses in the Shade”

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

Establishing a lawn in the shade is a difficult challenge. Most grasses require full sunlight to do their best, and the limited light conditions under trees are a challenge.  We have a guide sheet on the subject: Grasses in Shade: “Establishing and Maintaining Lawns in Low Light.” Call and ask for a copy.  Be aware, though, that cool-season grasses are best established in the fall.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 14-20, 2017
Title: “Alternatives for Cool-Season Vegetables in the Summer”

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

Harvesting fresh lettuce, spinach, and cool-season greens are one of the joys of early spring gardening.  However, these plants do not do well in hot weather, and many gardeners give up on the idea of fresh greens for their salad in summer.  But there are alternatives. Consider growing Swiss chard, beet greens, or New Zealand spinach.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 21-27, 2017
Title: “Gardens for Every Body”

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

Many people love their gardening activities, but the elderly and those that have become disabled may find it difficult to continue working with the plants they enjoy. If you fit into this category, you may be interested in an Extension web site: Gardens for Every Body. On it, you’ll find tips on container gardening, raised beds, building pathways and trellises, special tools for those with disabilities, and more. Call us for details.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 28 to June 3, 2017
Title: “Watering Your Garden”

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

Even in rainy years, there are usually periods of dry weather that can be hard on your garden plants. It’s a good idea to monitor exactly how much rainfall you are receiving. Then, irrigate as needed.  A good steady supply of moisture is best for most plants, once they are established and are fruiting.  Going from excessive moisture to dry conditions, back and forth, is hard on plants.

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