35May 10, 2018

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many of you will be giving hanging flowering baskets as a Mother’s Day gift. Along with giving the basket, make sure to include a package of fertilizer. Hanging flowering baskets need a steady supply of fertilizer to keep those flowers coming all season long. At our store, we have recommended that people use a Blossom Booster fertilizer to keep those flowers coming all season long. Make sure that the gift of flowers that you give, keeps on giving. Make sure to include some fertilizer along with the plant to make the plant a truly memorable gift.

This week at the store, we have been getting shipments in all week. We have brought in some tomato plants and many other vegetable plants. The last average frost in our area is May 10 Th. We could still run the chance of getting a late in the season frost. You need to keep an eye on the weather report and if there is a chance of frost, you need to cover the tender crops.

The leaves on the trees have opened in our neighborhood. We noticed that some gypsy moth caterpillars had hatched out at our home. I haven’t seen any winter moth caterpillars yet, but I think that it will be a banner year for both caterpillars to be feeding on the trees. If you are spraying for the caterpillars, please be careful when applying any products that may harm the bees. Many of the ornamental flowering trees are a favorite food of both caterpillars. Some of the organic sprays can be deadly to the bees. If you want to spray for the caterpillars and you need to be careful of the bees, please use a product called Bt. This organic spray will kill the caterpillars yet does not harm the bees. As is the case with any insect, you should be spraying the caterpillars while they are still small. The spray should be applied to the leaves of the tree. You may need to do additional applications in 10 days to 2 weeks to control any later emerging caterpillars.

Many of you will be growing plants in containers. If you are growing plants in flowerpots, window boxes or similar containers, always use potting soil to fill the containers. Over the years, I have had many people ask if they could use packing peanuts or some other material to take up some of the space in the container. In theory, this sounds like a good idea. The problem happens later in the season when your plants are growing and growing and the plants are competing with each other for food and water. Your plants will suffer if they don’t have enough depth of potting soil to help the plants to put out a strong root system. The amount of soil will also determine how much water will be available. Less soil means less area for water to be held in reserve. On those hot July and August days, your plants will need a steady supply of water in the soil. Unless your willing to be watering those plants many times per day, don’t skimp on the amount of quality potting soil that you will be using to fill your containers.

Well, that’s all for this week. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms.

I’ll talk to you again next week.

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