Ag News for March 2015

Bennett Joffrion  |  3/10/2015 7:16:17 PM

Upcoming Master Gardener Activities

The LaTerre Master Gardeners will be sponsoring and presenting education programs throughout the year.

The next one coming up is the Lockport Main Street Market and Garden Fair. It is Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Bayouside Park in Lockport, LA.

Admission is free and there will be Expert Speakers, Educational Displays, Plant Sale, Ask the Experts (LSU Horticulture Specialists), and Craft vendors.

The LaTerre Master Gardeners will also be at the Ladybug Ball on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Southdown Museum with a Doodle Bug Booth.

Also, the Master Gardeners will have their annual Vegetable Field Day on Saturday, June 6, 2015. This year’s field day will be in Thibodaux at the Thibodaux Civic Center, St. Francis Vegetable Garden.

We will again, have our vegetable field plot planting, educational information, LSU AgCenter Specialist, tomato tasting, and tour of garden plots. Same as in Houma, but this year will be in Thibodaux.

Spring Fertilization

Winter keeps wanting to hang around but it is time to begin thinking about fertilization around the home.

In my last article in February, I discussed lawn fertilization. The ideal time for our lawn fertilization program is to begin about the first or second week in April.

We also recommend mowing lawns two to three times prior to fertilization.

Citrus trees should have been fertilized but if not do so now.

We continue to plant palms in our area. For vigorous healthy growth of palms, fertilization should be done twice a year. Mid April and again in mid-June. Inorganic fertilizers such as 15-5-10, 16-4-8, or 12-4-8 may be used at a rate of one half to three fourths pound per 100 square feet of root spread. Broadcast granular fertilizers from the base of the trunk outward to several feet beyond the margins of the leaf tip. Irrigate thoroughly after fertilization so as to reduce fertilizer burn to nearby plants and palms.

Things to do now
  • Plant warm-season bedding plants now and continue through May. Plant petunias by mid-March and plant periwinkles in late April.
  • Mulch Plants now.
  • Fertilize shrubs 
  • Watch for lace bugs on azaleas and aphids or whiteflies on gardenias. Check camellias, sasanquas and hollies for scale insects.

Question – What is a good spacing to plant tomatoes?
Answer – Space tomato plants 18-24 inches apart. Fertilize with 5-6 pounds of 13-13-13 per 100 feet of row prior to planting and side-dress at first and second bloom with calcium nitrate or potassium nitrate.

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