Aug 152014
 
Garden Journal available from University of Missouri Extension

Garden Journal available from University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis)

University of Missouri Extension offers a useful tool to help both new and experience gardeners create and maintain beautiful and productive gardens. The Garden Journal will help you keep track of everything in your garden. It explains hardiness zones, soil tests, monthly garden tips and tips for controlling pests and diseases.

 

 

Order: From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar

Sharron Unterreiner, a Master Gardener in Perry County Missouri (Photo by Kent Faddis)

Sharron Unterreiner, a Master Gardener in Perry County Missouri (Photo by Kent Faddis)

From left to right: Weldon and Sharron Unterreiner, Master Gardeners in Perry County Missouri, and Donna Aufdenberg, Horticulture Specialist for University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis)

From left to right: Weldon and Sharron Unterreiner, Master Gardeners in Perry County Missouri, and Donna Aufdenberg, Horticulture Specialist for University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis)

A sample worksheet found in "From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar." (Photo by Kent Faddis)

A sample worksheet found in “From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar.” (Photo by Kent Faddis)

 

 Posted by on August 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Aug 112014
 

Many things can attack a plant causing it to decline (Photo by Jon Lamb - University of Missouri Extension Communications)

Many things can attack a plant causing it to decline (Photo by Jon Lamb – University of Missouri Extension Communications)

Indiscriminately spreading chemicals for ailing plants is a bad idea. Many things can cause problems for plants: insects, viruses, bacteria, fungi and even poor nutrition. You need to know what’s wrong before you can choose the correct treatment. For people in the Midwest, the University of Missouri’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic is a good place to get your plant problems diagnosed.

 

 

 

 

MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic

Patti Wallace, director of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic, examines an ailing tomato plant (Photo by Jon Lamb, University of Missouri Extension Communications

Patti Wallace, director of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic, examines an ailing tomato plant (Photo by Jon Lamb, University of Missouri Extension Communications

 

 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm
Aug 082014
 

July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension's Commercial Agriculture Program)

July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program)

If you thought July in Missouri was a bit on the cool side, you’re right. Shots of cool air from Canada brought the Show-Me State below normal temperatures for the month.

 

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

 Posted by on August 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm
May 102014
 
“She turned to the sunlight  And shook her yellow head,  And whispered to her neighbour:  "Winter is dead."  ~ A.A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”
~ A.A. Milne from “When We Were Very Young”

Nothing signals the end of winter like bright daffodils and colorful tulips. Spring flowering bulbs are easy to grow and always rewarding. To enjoy their early spring show you must plant these bulbs in the fall and care for them after they bloom.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has some dos and don’ts for keeping daffodils, tulips and hyacinths happy and putting on a glorious spring show year-after-year.

 

 

Post-Flowering Care of Spring Bulbs

Spring Flowering Bulbs

"The tulips make we want to paint, Something about the way they drop Their petals on the tabletop And do not wilt so much as faint" ~ A. E. Stallings from him poem "Tulips" (Photo by John O'Neill)

“The tulips make we want to paint,
Something about the way they drop
Their petals on the tabletop
And do not wilt so much as faint”
~ A. E. Stallings from him poem “Tulips” (Photo by John O’Neill)

"Here hyacinths of heavenly blue Shook their rich tresses to the morn" ~ James Montgomery, British editor and poet from his poem "The Adventure of a Star." (Photo by John O'Neill

“Here hyacinths of heavenly blue
Shook their rich tresses to the morn”
~ James Montgomery, British editor and poet from his poem “The Adventure of a Star.” (Photo by John O’Neill)

 Posted by on May 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm
Apr 242014
 

Seed pods on chestnut trees grown at the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, MO (photo by Kyle Spradley)

Seed pods on chestnut trees grown at the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, MO (photo by CAFNR’s Kyle Spradley)

Finding alternative crops for small to medium size farms can be daunting. In the Midwest one crop is emerging as an option – Chinese chestnut. While chestnuts must have well-drained soil, it doesn’t take thousands of acres to be a big time producer. Fifty acres are enough to produce thousands of pounds of chestnuts.

It will take six to eight years before the trees will produce nuts, but chestnuts offer the perfect opportunity for alley cropping while you wait for them to mature. Food crops or forages are options.

The demand for chestnuts is on the rise and current producers can’t keep up, so growing chestnuts has real profit potential.

 

 

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Center for Agroforestry

MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on April 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm
Apr 142014
 

Tornado near Trenton, MO. Photo credit: Amy Madden

Tornado near Trenton, MO. Photo credit: Amy Madden

Nearly 31 days  of low temperatures in March saw a month that was more lion than lamb. There was even a temperature record set.

April is bringing somewhat milder temperatures, but is shaping-up to be stormier and wetter.

 

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

 Posted by on April 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Apr 092014
 

"Carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime, it's maaaaaaagic!" ~ Bugs Bunny (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

“Carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime, it’s maaaaaaagic!” ~ Bugs Bunny (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

Bugs Bunny was never seen without a carrot at hand. Could it be the nutritional boost he got from his favorite food that kept him one step ahead of Elmer Fudd?

You should consider growing carrots in your garden. Fresh-from-the-garden carrots are often the sweetest and tastiest.

Home grown carrots also offer a great teaching moment for children. Watch the look of awe and surprise from a young child when you pop a carrot out of the ground, rinse it off and hand it to them to eat. They’ll think you’ve discovered buried treasure, which of course you have.

 Posted by on April 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Apr 032014
 

"In my garden, care stops at the gate and gazes at me wistfully through the bars." ~ Alexander Smith, Scottish poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

“In my garden, care stops at the gate and gazes at me wistfully through the bars.” ~ Alexander Smith, Scottish poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

Peas are one of first vegetables that you’ll plant and harvest. The crisp texture and sweet taste of fresh peas truly embodies spring.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He says if you live in Missouri you need to get peas in the ground as soon as you can work the soil because when the heat of summer arrives your garden peas will be gone.

 Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm
Mar 242014
 

"A flower blossoms for its own joy." ~ Oscar Wilde (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

It’s small wonder that petunias continue to rank among the most popular flowering annuals. With over 75 varieties available from different companies, these bright and lively plants bloom from spring until frost. They’re easy to grow and are well-suited for flower beds, borders, window boxes and other containers. Cascading varieties work very well in hanging baskets.

The petunia is related to tobacco, tomatoes, deadly nightshades and potatoes. In fact the name is derived from the Brazillian word “petun” which means tobacco.

The modern petunia will flourish in full sun as long as you keep them well watered. They will grow in partial shade, but won’t flower as much and the stems will stretch more.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He says your grandparents could have only dreamed of the modern petunia because cross-breeding unrelated seed lines have produced superstar petunias.

 

Surfinia Trailing Heavenly Blue (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Surfinia Trailing Heavenly Blue (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Potunia Piccola Pink(Photo by National Garden Burean)

Potunia Piccola Pink(Photo by National Garden Bureau)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petunia: Better than Ever

 

 

 Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Mar 102014
 

“The cucumber is about as close to neutrality as a vegetable can get without ceasing to exist." ~ Waverley Lewis Root, author (Photo by Jessica Salmond)

“The cucumber is about as close to neutrality as a vegetable can get without ceasing to exist.” ~ Waverley Lewis Root, author (Photo by Jessica Salmond)

Love them or hate them, cucumbers are an interesting vegetable. They’re a fruit, but classified as a vegetable just like tomatoes. They can be as much as 20 degrees cooler on the inside that the outside – hence the phrase cool as a cucumber. The temperature difference is likely due to the high water content; cucumbers are 95-percent water. They’re low in calories and contain vitamins C and K.

The cucumber is native to India, where it has been grown for almost 3000 years. It came to England during the reign of Henry VIII when Catherine of Aragon demanded them for her Spanish salads. Columbus brought them to the new world. The largest cucumber ever produced was grown in China. It was 67 inches long and weighted 154 pounds.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for growing this popular home-garden plant.

 

 

Cucumber: A Brief History

Vegetable Planting Calendar: Cucumber

 Posted by on March 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm