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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director



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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Home Fruit Spray Schedules and Fireblight prevention

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The first regular spray of the year is applied when the green tissue is ½ inch out of the bud. This spray for homeowners usually consists of a multipurpose fruit spray (and sulfur if needed for powdery mildew). Multipurpose fruit spray has been re-formulated to include malathion, captan, and carbaryl (methoxychlor was eliminated from the mixture several years ago). This same mixture would be us...

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Gardening Reminders

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Any time now, when soil conditions permit, it is time to plant things such as asparagus crowns, leaf lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb plants, spinach, and turnips. It is spinach sown last fall has been thriving this spring! Give it another week or two and it is time to plant such things as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. As with most things, a little bit of planning goes a...

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Pruning Roses

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Lastly for this week, many calls have been coming in about pruning roses. At this time of year, it is easy to see where winterkill has happened. Most recommend waiting until forsythia blooms to do your pruning. That way you are fairly certain you know what you are dealing with. The modern shrub roses, such as the knockouts, have been the most prevalent type planted lately. The rules for the modern...

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Early Season Lawns and Seeding

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A day with temperatures reaching 70 degrees really gets everyone thinking about shaking off those winter blahs, and going a little digging in the dirt. Of course, there are still places with frost in the ground. You can tell since the thawed portion is really soft. Anyway, this list will cover some of the items to be working on this year. Let's start with lawns. There is ample work to b...

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Starting your own transplants

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Shifting gears, starting your own transplants can still be done for the warm loving plants such as tomatoes and peppers. We usually figure about six weeks from the transplant date for starting the seeds. The recommended outdoor transplanting time for these is going to be in May, after the frost-free date. You should use a sterile growing medium to start seeds in. There are several kinds of soilles...

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