GARDENER’S CHECKLIST: Week of March 3, 2022

Phlox 'Bright Eyes'

Phlox ‘Bright Eyes’ is one particular of a lot of cultivars that are resistant to powdery mildew. Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Backyard garden

Lions arrived speeding in this 7 days, carried by the fearsome winds that have been so common this winter season: mildew, spongy egg masses and much more.  Even so, I suspect we’ll before long see a few bright-eyed lambs appearing in the kind of new and healthful buds, hopefully not pursued by the ravenous jaws of these airborne pests. In the meantime, below are some indoor gardening tasks to spot on your checklist and assistance distract from the everlasting battle of lion vs lamb:

Peat pots
Use pots of biodegradable content for beginning seeds of crops that do not answer properly to transplanting, as well as for beginning vegetable seedlings.

* Give backyard phlox an additional likelihood in your flower mattress. There are numerous new versions these days, and these are not the phlox of your mother’s garden they are hardier, resistant to powdery mildew, the bane of yesteryear’s phlox.  Mildew-resistant varieties include things like: ‘Blue Boy’, ‘Bright Eyes’, ‘David’, ‘Delta Snow’, ‘Mt. Fujiyama’, ‘Orange Perfection’,  ‘Robert Poore’, ‘Fashionably Early Crystal’, and ‘Starfire’.  

* Nor should really you give up on bee balm (Monarda) just simply because the ones in Mom’s yard were so inclined to powdery mildew. Test a single of these ailment-resistant types: ‘Blue Stocking’, ‘Gardenview Scarlet’, and ‘Marshall’s Delight’.    

* Make improvements to the effectiveness of your vegetable gardening attempts. Commit to trying to keep a file, noting when the harvest of every single crop commenced and when it finished. Make observe of how a lot was necessary for refreshing use and how a lot was preserved. Then decide if additional or fewer house will be necessary future calendar year to satisfy family members demands.

* Get some biodegradable pots to use for starting off seeds that do not respond effectively to transplanting. Start and develop the seedling in the same pot and then plant it in the yard at the ideal time, pot and all.  Vegetation that do not transplant properly incorporate: yearly phlox, lupine, morning glory, nasturtium, poppy, toadflax (Linaria), cucumber, squash, pumpkin, chervil, dill, and fennel. Bio-degradable pots are designed from peat, wood fiber, paper, and even manure.    

* Start off the following vegetable seeds indoors this week: Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, leeks, onions, rosemary and parsley.

* Start off these bouquets from seed this 7 days: Dianthus, Digitalis, Heliotrope, Salvia, Verbena, and Viola.


Spongy moth egg masses
Scrape off the egg masses of spongy moth from the bark of oaks, birches and other trees in the residence landscape.

For those people prepared to confront down a lion or two, scout the trees in your residence landscape for the egg masses of spongy moths (Lymantria dispar), previously recognised as “gypsy moth”.  Spongy moth caterpillars were being a big difficulty throughout our space final year and caused substantial defoliation of several trees, in particular oaks, birch, and apple. The egg masses are tan-coloured patches about 1 – 1 ½ inches extensive, located on the bark of trees, mostly near the lessen part of the tree trunk.  Some might be noticed much increased up the trunk. Gently scraping the egg masses into a container of soapy drinking water decreases the harm to the infested tree, but does not totally eliminate the pest. Trees that were considerably defoliated last calendar year will be seriously pressured if subjected to a repeat of these types of leaf loss. Though scraping spongy moth egg masses from overall forests is completely impractical, a specific approach can aid cut down the effect on a tree in a home landscape.  Just make certain to research up on lion-taming before you head out!

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