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Oct 10, 2019

October Companion Plants and the Soil They Love - Prescott eNews

Dig a hole one foot, by one foot, by one foot deep. Place the soil on a tarp or a piece of cardboard. 3 - Sift your soil as you place it back into the hole, counting the earthworms as you go along. If you find at least ten worms, your soil is considered good. Less than that indicates there isn't enough organic matter in your soil to support a healthy worm population, or your soil is too toxic, acidic, or alkaline to support worm and/or plant life. Percolation Test – You should know if your garden soil has drainage problems or not. Culinary herbs and most native plants die if their soil is soggy. To test your soil's drainage: 1 - Dig a hole one foot, by one foot, by one foot deep. 2 - Fill the test hole with water and let it drain completely. 3 – Fill the hole a second time with water. 4 – Now, if the water takes more than four hours to drain away completely, you have poor drainage and, consequently, soil that will make gardening difficult. pH Test - A soil's pH is measured on a scale of 0 - 14, with zero being very acidic and fourteen being very alkaline. The pH or acidity level of your soil dictates how well your plants will grow. Most plants grow best in soil with a neutral pH between 6 - 7. When the pH level is lower than five or higher than eight, plants won't grow as you expect. We carry pH test kits here at Watters Garden Center. Once you know your soil's pH, you'll know if you have a problem that requires attention. These four tests are simple, inexpensive, and dependable in identifying soil issues. If you've done all of these tests, and amended the soil as needed to correct its issues, and your plants still struggle, it's time for a professional laboratory soil test. Until next week, I'll be here at Watters Garden Center helping gardeners grow better plants. Ken Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contacted through his web site at WattersGardenCenter.com or FB.com/WattersGardenCenter . Watters: Website Facebook YouTube Instagram Pinterest Garden Classes October 12 @ 9:30 am - Autumn Colors Best Enjoyed at Home - Landscapes in autumn can be stunning, but only with proper planning. This easy-care advice will bring the silver and blues out of the evergreens, showcasing brilliant bright foliage and crazy colored flowers. Make this the brightest fall of all! FREE October 19 @ 9:30 am - Top 10 Trees and How to Plant them - Privacy, shade, color, evergreen, and bl...

Oct 10, 2019

Mitton: Unique native wildflower prairie smoke resembles Dr. Seuss’ fictional truffula trees - Boulder Daily Camera

But none of the others has the pendant urns produced by prairie smoke. Alder-leaf mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus) bears trumpet-style red flowers that flare at the end, with protruding golden stamens and a long, thin style. Both Apache plume (fallugia paradoxa) and cliffrose (Purshia stansburiana) have the simple rose cup of white petals. So, while all four species disperse seeds from flowers that resemble Seuss’ truffula trees, none of the other species could be confused with prairie smoke.

Oct 10, 2019

Invasion: Protectors of Prescott's watersheds wary of non-native plants - The Daily Courier

Unlike teasel, which is a relatively unattractive plant covered in sharp thorns, Vinca is a low-growing plant with soft features and colorful flowers, so it’s sometimes seen as a desirable landscape plant around homes and businesses. However, once Vinca establishes itself in wild habitats, it can cause serious ecological issues, Byrd said. The plant tends to form a dense cover that prevents growth and establishment of other plant species, thereby lowering species diversity and disrupting native plant communities. Combatting the spread of plants like Vinca into wild habitats is a difficult task. One tactic Byrd believes is effective is education. “We can educate people about why these plants are kind of a mess for natural ecosystems, and maybe folks would pull them out of their yards,” he said. “Our yards aren’t natural areas, but they can be seed sources that get out into natural areas.” As with many organizations and government entities that work to protect the wildlands, Prescott Creeks maintains a short list of noxious weeds it is actively working to control the growth of in Watson Woods. On that list is the following: Spotted knapweed, common teasel, scotch thistle, salt cedar/tamarisk, Siberian elm, Dalmatian toadflax, periwinkle, Russian knapweed and Russian olive. John Mangimeli has been volunteering with Prescott Creeks to help manage such weeds in local wild habitats for about 10 years. He spends hours every week manually pulling these plants out of the ground along local watersheds. “It’s important to restore this environment back to its original state and maintain a healthy environment,” Mangimeli said. “Wherever exotic plants are covering it, the native plants can’t grow there and the animals that depend on those native plants can’t live there. They’re taking over our wildlands. We’re going to be a very impoverished environment if we let that happen.” For additional information about non-native plants and how you can make a difference, contact Prescott Creeks by emailing info@PrescottCreeks.org or calling 928-445-5669. Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein, email him at mefrein@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105.

Sep 19, 2019

Growing your own dahlias is easy | This Week in the Garden - Santa Cruz Sentinel

Berg’s dahlia year starts in early December when she digs the tubers. Using a sharpie, she writes the cultivar name on each tuber and then stores them over the winter in her garage in plastic shoe boxes in barely dampened peat moss. During the winter, the moss is spritzed with water once a week or as needed; if the peat stays too damp, the lids of the shoe boxes are left ajar to prevent rot from attacking the tubers. She checks the stored tubers frequently and removes any that show evidence of decay. In spring, the tubers are planted in three-gallon plastic pots in high-quality soil to which a handful of bone meal and some bloom-booster organic fertilizer are added. The pots are then sunk up to their rims in sunny areas of the garden. (The pots ensure that gophers can’t get to the tubers and sinking the pots keeps the soil from overheating and rapidly drying.) One stake per plant is placed at planting time to ensure that the tubers aren’t punctured. (In some areas, Berg has used upside-down wire tomato cages to support the plants instead of stakes and twine.) As the plants grow, their stems are tied to the stakes with twine. When the young plants have two sets of true leaves and have grown six to twelve inches tall, Berg pinches out each tip. This produces a much bushier plant with the potential for more flowers. If the desire is to have larger flowers rather than more of them, Berg removes the second bud on each stem, forcing the plant to concentrate its energy on the top bud. Dahlia April Dawn. (Sharon Hull -- Sentinel correspondent)Dahlia Cornel. (Sharon Hull -- Sentinel correspondent)Dahlia Blyton Softer Gleam. (Sharon Hull -- Sentinel correspondent)Anne Berg with a few dahlias. (Sharon Hull -- Sentinel correspondent) Most of Berg’s plants are on drip irrigation, with timers set to water every three days for thirty minutes. Twice a month, plants are sprayed with Serenade (an organic treatment that prevents fungal diseases) and as needed for pest control, with Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew.

Aug 22, 2019

Frederick Costello Obituary - Lee, MA | The Berkshire Eagle - Legacy.com

Boston Pops with his family on a picnic blanket under the stars at Tanglewood, or leading his children in song while he played the autoharp. His children and many grandchildren inherited Fred's love of music, and no family gathering was complete unless children and adults of all ages were singing and performing. In retirement, Fred and Nancy moved to Bonita Springs, FL where Fred served as President of WPI's Alumni Association and on the boards of Benjamin Moore, Bonita Springs Center for the Arts, and Bonita Springs Community Foundation, among others. The couple continued to travel the country in order to welcome the latest additions to their ever-growing family, which would eventually include 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild. During these trips, "Pop" loved to work night patrol so that weary parents could rest; cradling wailing newborns in his arms for hours on end, gently singing them to sleep. As his grandchildren grew, Pop continued to wrap them in bear hugs and "I love yous" and he treasured nothing more than fishing with them off the dock at Greenwater Pond or on cruises around Bonita Bay. Fred is survived by his loving wife Nancy and their six children and spouses, Fred Costello Jr. and Ann Nobis of Bonita Springs, FL; Catherine and Ronnie Bennett of Bethlehem, GA; Daniel Costello and Kerry Bernard of Maynard, MA; Suzanne Costello and Jeff Keffer of Arlington, MA; James Costello and Candy Chan of San Antonio, TX, and Amy Costello and Gregory Watt of Austin, TX. Fred was predeceased by his son-in-law Jim Christmann, his grandson Peter Keffer-Fries and granddaughter Stephanie Kay Bennett. He leaves his siblings and their spouses, Dorinda and Don Moffatt of Vero Beach, FL and John and Sandy Costello of Bradenton, FL. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, at 10 AM at St. Mary's Church, 140 Main Street in Lee, MA. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, 208 Spring Street in Lee. Visiting hours will be on Monday, August 5th, from 4-6 PM at the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street in Lee. There will be a Memorial Service for Fred at a date to be determined in Bonita Springs Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's memory may be made to the "James V. Costello Scholarship" which supports low-income students at his beloved alma mater: Please send in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home 3 Main Street Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures with the family, please visit our web site at www.kellyfuneralhome.netPublished in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 3, 2019. Would you like to Send Flowers? ...

Aug 22, 2019

Colorado Master Gardener: Deadheading your garden - Steamboat Pilot & Today

Roots and new growth also needs to be controlled with a sharp shovel since these species spread by rhizome too. For some species, deadheading does not result in more flowers. Some nonnative plants are cultivated to bloom profusely without the need to deadhead. Others are one-time blooming plants, like daylilies and peonies. Gardeners may deadhead just to improve the appearance of these plants and to keep their gardens tidy. For a list of common perennials that may rebloom after deadheading, visit finegardening.com/article/off-with-their-heads-deadheading-perennials. Incorporating deadheading into my weekly routine will keep the task manageable. Aggressive seeders have been addressed first, then plants that may produce more flowers for pollinators. To ensure an ample supply of seeds and fruit for wintering wildlife, I will suspend the practice before too long. Seeing birds feasting in the winter garden is a treat. Vicky Barney gardens for wildlife and is a member of the Master Gardener Class of 2011. ...