COLUMN: May primary time for gardening | Ag / Energy

By Cheryl Kephart

The month of May is primary time gardening for our region.

When paying for crops, one factor to search at is the plant identification label. The compact label gives a extensive sum of details about the plant such as the hardiness zones, top, width sun, and drinking water necessities. Examining the label just before acquiring the plant can assistance protect against plant failure.

Have you at any time discovered a team of puzzling letters on a tomato label? These are disorder resistance codes, which are lingo for “here are some definitely excellent traits of this plant.” Every single funds letter stands for a certain ailment or pest. In this article is how to decipher illness resistance codes.

• V — Verticillium wilt.

• F — Fusarium wilt.

• FF — Fusarium, races 1 and 2.

• FFF — Fasarium, races 1, 2, and 3.

• N — Nematodes.

• A — Alternaria.

• T — Tobacco mosaic virus.

• St — Stemphylium (grey leaf place).

• TSWV — Tomato spotted wilt virus.

Labels also show if the plant is an yearly, perennial or biennial. Annuals are wonderful for a unexpected burst of colour and instant gratification. Annuals only have a shorter daily life span, so most of their strength goes to flowers. Perennials surface to die when the temperature drops, but the crops have absent dormant and will generate new shoots in the spring.

Be patient with perennials. The initially year they snooze. The 2nd 12 months they creep. The third year they leap. Normally just after the third year, division could be necessary and good friends and neighbors can reward from the extra. Having said that, there are some perennials that are shorter-lived, lasting only 3 years, which include columbine and lupine.

A biennial is a flowering plant that needs two developing seasons to full its lifestyle cycle. Typically, in the to start with 12 months the plant only generates roots and foliage to become recognized, and in the 2nd year it flowers before dispersing its seed and dying.

Below are some gardening guidelines and recommendations for our area for the thirty day period of Might.

• Flowers. Once-a-year bedding vegetation can be established out for summer time coloration. Plant summer season bulbs such as cannas, dahlias, elephant ear, caladiums and gladiolus.

• Fruits and greens. Plant watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, eggplant, okra and sweet potatoes. Fruit spray applications ought to be faithfully ongoing in the course of the up coming numerous months Late Could is the very best time to handle borers in the orchard.

• Turf grass. If you did not fertilize great-period grasses in March and April, do so now. This must be the very last software till fall. Heat-time lawns could be fertilized once again in Might. Seeding of heat-year grasses such as bermuda, buffalo, zoysia and centipede grasses is best done in mid-Could by the finish of June. The soil temperatures are heat more than enough for germination and enough increasing season is existing to encourage winter hardiness. Nut sedge plants become noticeable. Submit-emergent cure are best utilized for the 1st time in May well. Make specified warm-season grasses have accomplished green-up. The second application of pre-emergent annual grass herbicides can be used in late Might or early June, relying upon timing of to start with software.

Kephart is a member of Garfield County Grasp Gardeners.

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