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October 2011 Horticulture Column


As I mentioned in the ag column what a stretch of weather we have had for our area.  Except for he the wind on Friday it has been really nice.  I took a late afternoon vacation time on Friday and sat in a tractor for a few hours and I could not believe how a tractor could shake from a strong wind but the tractor was a shaken.  Wind like that really plays a person out.  Have you been out cleaning your lawns this past weekend?  After Friday’s wind the tree leaves really disappeared.  What do you do with your tree leaves and raked up or mowed up lawn trimmings?  You can put these on your gardens even if you have used pesticides on your lawns all summer.  I know you are saying what?  I have preached about not using lawn clippings all summer and for years but if you were to read the label you might find on some that after a waiting period/ planting restriction you can plant certain or all crops back onto the soil.  It is very important that you read the label and know what plants will be planted on those areas the next growing season.  THE LABEL SHOULD READ SOMEHTING LIKE “BEFORE GROWING CARROTS AFTER THE USE OF PESTICIDE “A” YOU NEED TO WAIT A PERIOD OF 6 MONTHS (THIS ALSO INCLUDES WINTER MONTHS TO PLANT THE FOLLOWING CROPS).  Deb and I also finished cleaning our camper up for the year this past weekend and it reminded me of making sure you water those trees that have been planted this growing season.  It is very important that they receive a good drink before going into the winter season.


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