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May 16, 2011 Horticulture Column

Howdy!!!

Wow, the sun is shining, things will start growing now.  If you would drive by our home you would think that I don’t know much about growing grass.  No excuses, but my yard has been totally neglected this spring.  I have been working on other projects and my grass looks awful.  The problem was snow mold.  I am hoping to get everything on tract this week and hopefully by the weekend everything will look much better.  For those of you wanting to plant your annuals be careful.  The average frost date is May 20th. I know of some that have planted and probably covered them last night with the frost advisory for our area.  Luckily, no frost but the thought that an advisory was announced and nothing happened lets people fall into a sense of false security.  Annuals are very sensitive and cannot handle cold temperatures so if you need to plant make sure you cover.  Perennials, on the other hand, will get along just fine.  The same holds true for the garden.  Plant the vegetables that will tolerate frost like corn, onions, peas and potatoes.  The other plants are very sensitive to any cold temperatures.  The four mentioned can freeze off and will come bouncing back with the exception of Potatoes, which will freeze.  Not all potato plants will bounce back, however.  The local nurseries are up and running and with many nice plants filling the shelves.  It is so tempting to buy one of everything, how do we stop that mentality.  I am so guilty but have to find ways to reframe from doing so.  I am a culprit of buying something that I have never seen before and then need to find a place to put it.  Shop local if possible. 

 

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