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May 21, 2012 Horticulture Column

Gardening in your yard!!!

Wow what a beautiful weekend.  We had sun, the temperatures were not too hot and had some rain too boot.  We were actually needing a little rain but everything in moderation.  This past weekend we were attending a graduation in Munich and the conversation always leads to gardening this time of year but in this case the conversation lead to how to control grasses in the sweetcorn patch.  Products like Laudis 3.5 SC, Beacon 75DG, Accent 75SP and Option 3.5 WDG can be used on sweetcorn with good grass control.  A word of caution is to always read and follow the label to not only rate applied but also the growing stages of the crop you are applying a herbicide too.  It should be a great year for growing sweetcorn and other garden vegetables as the season has been really good to this point and the long range forecast indicates we should continue having great growing conditions.

Isn’t flower shopping a hoot?  You walk in looking for a handful of transplants and walk out with a car full of different plants to plant.  I am awful that way and have found the secret;  I shop more frequently and purchase fewer plants just more often.  The real secret comes next; you are able to buy more than you would have otherwise but does not feel so bad.  As you know I am a hosta nut but not like many across the country.  I always like looking in greenhouses across the region as all greenhouses are different in some things they order.  This past weekend I found two more hosta;s that I did not have and of course had to purchase but I DID tell my Deb  that I am done.  They are so fun to grow and really take care of themselves with  the exception of slugs.  More later on that but the weather is calling me to look at more trees so need to go but will talk about some of the issues on the call in radio program on Wednesday on KDLR 1240.

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