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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

To-Do and Not-To-Do

Posted by John Fulton -

We are now in the middle of the correct planting time for the warm loving vegetables for our gardens. This would include lima beans, cucumber, eggplant, melons, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins. Pumpkins for use as fall ornamentals should be planted around Father's Day so they have less chance of rotting before fall display. Believe it or not, we're at the proper timing for fall garden plantings as of this coming weekend. That means potatoes, kale, and some others. Some of the planting dates overlap this time of year. That basically means plant it, but you can expect harvest to be closer to fall.

Keep pruning flowering shrubs after they complete bloom. That will allow for more flower buds for next year. Coming up the end of June will be the pruning time for evergreens.

Bagworm spray time will be coming up mid-June. We'll try and fine tune the date as we get closer. The cool spring has delayed things to this point, but warm weather could catch us back up to the book timing of June 15.

Last chance for the pour-on treatments for Japanese beetles on ornamentals using imidacloprid. Earlier application would have allowed for more translocation. These treatments do allow some damage to occur before a lethal dose is consumed.

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