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Monthly Garden Gossip

June, 2017

Welcome to our garden! We're proud of our hard work and want to share the reward with you, so here is what's going on in the garden this month..Central Alabama

It is time again for Petals to return to the Pepper Place Market. Every Saturday at 4:00am Dr. Powell and his crew load up the van with blackberries, blueberries, jams and jellies as well as plants and head off to the market.

If you are not familiar with Pepper Place Market it is loacted in dowtown Birmingham and features local fruits and vegetables as well as eggs, cheese, pastries, meat and breads all from local farmers and artisans. There are cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs and live bands.

It is a fun way to spend your Saturday morning. Pepper Place is open from 7:00am to Noon April through December. Check out Pepper Place on their website. Stop by and say hello to the friendly crew from Petals too!

Pepper Place

Petals booth at Pepper Place

Weeds

My yard had been invaded by a low growing winter annual Burweed, Soliva sessilis. The plant has parsley-like leaves and produces seeds by the millions. Each seed has a tiny thorn at the base of it. Deadly to your bare feet and your pet's feet when walking in the lawn. The thorns also attach themselves to your shoes as you walk in the lawn spreading the seed. Even if you try to mow it before it seeds it will flower lower to the ground making it impossible to mow. We are at war!!!

This fall I am going to spread a granular pre-emgerent in hopes that this will cut down on the population. The granualar pre-emergent is applied in late September to early October before the seeds have a chance to germinate. It is activated by 1/2-inch of rainfall or by irrigation. Fertilome Broad Leaf Weed Control with Gallery is an example of one that will control not just Burweed but other winter weeds and spring weeds.

If you slip up and don't get that done in the fall you can apply a post emergent herbicide such as 24D or Fertilome Weed Out with Q as the new plants emerge usually in January or February. Choose a windless day when temperatures are above 55 degrees.

Burweed

Burweed

If you are using 24D St. Augustine and Centipede grasses will need a more diluted solution. Some post emergents require a second application in two weeks. Always follow the directions on the container for the application rate.

Tillandsia

Tillandsias

Tillandsias are an air plant part of the bromeliad family. They require bright light but not direct sunlight. The plants should be wateerd 3 to 4 times a week by completely saturating them with water. Grown indoors it may be necessary to water more often due to the dry air caused by air conditioning or heat.

If you notice that the leaves a beginning to curl that is your plants way of telling you that it needs more water. Soak it overnight and them resume your normal watering schedule. The green leaved varieties need more water and a little less light than the gray leaved ones.

Check out the unusual containers we found at market to display these amazing plants.

Vegetable Garden

Be on the look out for cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms.  They can ruin your crop in a very short time.  Use Dipel dust or Sevin to control these pests.  Pumpkins should be planted before July 4, to make sure they will be ready for Halloween.  Squash, okra, corn, beans and cucumbers can still be planted.

vegetable garden

Citrus trees can be sprayed with ultra fine oil mixed with Neem Oil.  This helps to control greasy spot, mites and whitefly .

Stone Fruit

Continue to spray your plums and peaches for plum curculio about every 2 to 3 weeks with Mal-A-Cide (50% Malathion). You can also use Monterey Garden Insect Spray (0.5% Spinosad).

Spray peaches for fungal diseases. Your sprays should be about 2 to 3 weeks apart now. Suggested products are Hi Yield Captan Fungicide,Thiomyl, Dusting/Wettable sulfur. When using Thiomyl include Captan in the spray to reduce the possibility to developing resistant strains of brown rot.

Apples and Pears

If you were seeing corky spots on your apples last year try adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of calcium nitrate to all the sprays for your apples and pears. It should help solve this problem

Check your apples and pears for fire blight.  This bacterial disease causes the leaves and new shoots to turn brown or black and appear as if burned.  If you find any, cut out the branches about 4" below the infected area, making sure to disinfect your clippers each time you make a cut.  Use a 10% clorox solution.  This reduces your chances of spreading the disease.

Green House Sale

Don't forget about our Greenhouse sale on June 24, 7:00am to 2:00pm This is the sale of the year ! We offer all our plants in the greenhouse growing areas at wholesale prices. If you are planning to do some additional landscaping this would be the sale for you.  Many of the plants at the retail shop are also on sale as well as the accessory items such as the pottery and yard art.

We have many summer annuals ready for your garden. But... if you prefer to use seed we have that too. Zinnias are great for summer color or for flower arrangements for your picnic table. The butterflies also find them very attractive. Sunflowers are also attractive to bees as well as the birds and they make an excellent cut flower.

These seeds are available to $1.00 a tablespoon or teaspoon depending on the size of the seed.

Zinnias
forsythia Better hurry if you want to prune your spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia and azaleas. Pruning them late will cut off next years flowers. Prune arborvitaes, evergreen shrubs and trees of the cypress family, juniper, yew and hemlock for shape after their main spring growth is complete. Once complete give them some fertilizer to get some new growth.  Continue to mulch your planting beds with shredded pine bark mulch to conserve water and prevent weeds.  It is best to use pine straw on slopes since the pine bark may wash away .

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