April 23rd, 2011
Bill Scheick explores the joys and perils of zone-pushing. Trisha tackles spring-time insect pests with organic treatments.
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Tips of the Week
Prune spring flowering trees, shrubs, and vining roses. This is a good time to shape those plants to encourage lush growth and more flowers for next year.
This does not apply to your fruit trees, but you do need to thin out the fruit for better harvest. So once those flowers are spent, be watching for the fruit so you can prune them out and have larger fruit.
Cut back spring-flowering bulbs. It's okay to move them now while you can see where they are!
Dead head roses and tidy up. You may want to fertilize your roses again since they've been busy.
Continue planting warm weather vegetables, like okra, peppers, melons, and southern peas.
Keep those weeds mowed down or pulled out. They are going to seed and each seed multiplies the headache next year.
Plant summer annuals like cosmos, zinnia, celosia, sunflowers, and gourds.
Collect seeds of spring-blooming annuals to dry and store for next fall.
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Question of the Week
My tomatoes are wilting in the early heat. Will this hurt the fruit set? What should I do?
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