Newsletters   >>   May 2013 Newsletter (vol.18)

IN THIS ISSUE


IN THIS ISSUE

New Website

Tomato Season
+ BER

Hummert's
Helpful Hints

Name That Plant

Kuul Pads

OMRI Listed

May Garden Tips


IN OTHER NEWS

Saturday Hours are still in effect
Earth City:
May 18th
8am-12pm
Springfield: March-June
8am-2pm


UPCOMING

EVENTS

Memorial Day 5/27

Hummert’s Greenhouse Short Course:
Earth City, MO
Course I 6/4 – 6/6
Course II 6/11- 6/13

OFA Short Course
Columbus, OH
7/13-7/16


HUMMERT’S FUN FACT

7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world, while only 2,500 varieties are grown in the United States.


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Tomato Season + BER

Tomato

 

As the temperature starts to rise and summer is beginning to approach, think about all the fresh vegetables from the garden. The juicy, red, ripe tomato is the fruit of choice that comes to mind not only for home gardeners, but also large farms. If you’re not careful, one thing can take away your favorite summer treat; blossom end rot. Blossom end rot (BER) can be detrimental to the perfect tomatoes you get from the garden. It is not a disease, but instead a physiological disorder caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. This is caused by a lack of calcium uptake from the soil which is shown in the fruits during dry weather. A plant absorbs calcium through water, but calcium isn’t fast moving. It is most common when the growing season begins wet and then becomes dry.   

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Name That Plant

purple conflower

 

 

When you hear the name, Echinacea purpurea, do you know what it means?  What about purple coneflower?  The majority of people will probably only know the latter of the two choices, however, these are actually the exact same plant.  While most people think the latin name is an unnecessary foreign concept, it really is quite important.

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OMRI Listed Material

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The popularity of organic gardening is on the rise. But organic gardening is not a new concept; it has been practiced for over 10,000 years. At the beginning of agriculture, there were no synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to use on crops; therefore, they were organic gardens by default. Fast forward to the present, and there are seemingly endless supplies of chemicals to be used on crops. How do you know which are considered organic?

 

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May Garden Tips

Gardening
  • Divide overgrown herbs
  • Remove faded lilac blooms
  • Remove faded daffodil blooms
  • Search for and remove aphids
  • Sow sweet corn
  • Enjoy green onions, leaf lettuce and rhubarb fresh from the garden
  • Plant annuals
  • Control weeds before they go to seed
  • Pinch garden mums back for full, bushy plants