Mid-August through mid- to late-October is a time when many of our cool-season vegetables can be planted.
Like we do, plants need certain nutrients to live. It’s important that they have enough of each essential element but not an excessive amount of any one.
Plants often need supplemental nitrogen, in addition to what they would naturally be able to obtain from the soil, for optimal growth.
Complete fertilizers provide nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and are often useful. Sometimes, though, separate phosphorus and potassium sources are needed.
This article rounds out our discussion of macronutrients, or elements that plants contain in relatively large concentrations.
In most cases, micronutrient quantities naturally available in soil are sufficient, but there are situations in which micronutrient fertilization is needed.
Hot temperatures restrict planting dates for some vegetables, but there are still quite a few vegetables that can be planted now and in the coming weeks.
Fire blight is a common problem of pears and apples and is sometimes seen on mayhaws, loquats, and other plants in the rose family.
There are websites that can help you find local produce.
A soil test is needed to know what your soil’s pH is and how much, if any, lime or sulfur is needed.
Tips on staking plants, removing suckers, and avoiding blossom end rot, leaf diseases, and caterpillar damage.
Some of the most important steps in disease management must be taken before planting.
The snap bean is another warm-season vegetable that can be planted relatively early in the year.
Sweet corn can be planted earlier than many other warm-season vegetables.
If you’ve been thinking of planting a new citrus tree or have an older one that needs to be pruned or fertilized, February is a time to do these things.
Muscadines fruit on shoots that come from the previous season’s growth.
A primary criterion for choosing pecan varieties for yards and home orchards is resistance to pecan scab.
The sweet potato production cycle begins when sweet potatoes from the previous harvest season are planted in the spring, to produce “slips” for transplanting.
Mushrooms of Armillaria and Desarmillaria fungi, which cause root rot on a number of woody plants, often appear in the fall.
Green, snow, and sugar snap peas can be planted between mid-September and January.
Muscadines are well-adapted to our climate.
While native persimmons are astringent until ripe, some oriental persimmons are considered non-astringent and can be eaten while still fairly firm.
The second half of October is a good time to plant strawberries in our area.
Start watching for leaffooted bugs in August and keep a lookout for them as fruit ripens.
Figs are one of our more easy-to-grow fruit plants, although at this time of year, leaf diseases are often observed.
Roughly 99% of insects are not “pests.”
Most of our blackberry and blueberry plants have finished fruiting, so it’s time to think about pruning them and making a final fertilizer application.
Several types of insects make highly noticeable webs in trees.
Here are some reasons fruit or nut trees may fail to produce, or produce less than expected.
There's a variety of reasons that this can occur.
Besides diseases that kill tomato plants outright, there are leaf spot diseases that can reduce plants’ productivity and sometimes infect fruit.
Wilting tomatoes are a common complaint. There are several possible causes.
Choosing resistant plants is a way to avoid disease problems.
Let's start by talking about something that encompasses much of what people need to know about gardening: the “right plant, right place” principle.