Take care when starting summer gardens early

Warm weather in early spring practically dares gardeners to plant something, but starting too early can lead to failure.

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When growing transplants from seed, calculate back from the last expected frost date to allow time for the seeds to germinate and gain enough size to be planted outdoors. These tomato plants were growing in a Mississippi State University greenhouse March 12, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

When growing transplants from seed, calculate back from the last expected frost date to allow time for the seeds to germinate and gain enough size to be planted outdoors. These tomato plants were growing in a Mississippi State University greenhouse March 12, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

Coast Gardener for February 26, 2014 – A Couple of More Cold Nights

It seems like spring is never going to get here. Be sure to cover any tender plants such as veggie transplants you may have picked up this past weekend for the next couple of nights with the temperatures going down to the low to mid 30s. Hopefully this will be the last time, at least in the coastal counties of Mississippi

Spring Lawn Weed Control

It’s now time in south Mississippi to get preemerge out on the lawn. I guess lots of folks listening to iHeartRadio took my advice yesterday morning on the In the Garden with Ron Wilson show (55KRC Cincinnati). It took me trips to fours stores for my Scotts Halts. And then I applied in the dark ahead the steady rain we had early, early this morning.
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January 5, 2014 – Cold Temperatures and Our Landscape Plants

It is going to be extremely cold the next three nights all across Mississippi.

Most times with temperatures in the upper 20s simply covering our garden and landscape plants will provide enough protection to get through. However with the cold temperatures we are expecting there definitely will be landscape damage. The coastal counties are going to experience lows down to the upper teens on Monday night. Northern Mississippi will see the teens and single digits.

Here are some tips to help at least some of our plants survive:

• Bring as many of your container plants inside, the garage will suffice
• Cover other plants with sheets, plastic, cardboard boxes, etc.
• In the coastal counties citrus will be at risk; go ahead a pick any ripe fruit as these will be susceptible to freeze damage with the expected cold temperatures

When we come out on the other side later this week, don’t be in hurry to prune any suspected damage. Many of our herbaceous and tender plants certainly will be melted, but the woody landscape plants may not show any damage until later in the spring.

Anyone wondering what happened to that global warming thing?

Plant of the Week for September 9, 2013 – Gulf Muhly Grass

Gulf muhly grass is a native grass that really perform in the winter months. The grass flowers in billowy masses that resemble pink clouds in the landscape. As long as there isn’t a hard freeze the color will hold. Even after freezing temperatures the flower heads will keep their airy shape. The botanical name gulf muhly grass is Muhlenbergia capilaris, but there are related species with similar landscape performance. Most garden center will just lump these all together and call them muhly grass. It really does not matter what they are called, muhly grass should be in your landscape.

Muhlenbergia capillaris at Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs

Muhlenbergia capillaris at Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs

Muhlenbergia capillaris at the MSU Rose Garden in Starkville

Muhlenbergia capillaris at the MSU Rose Garden in Starkville

Coast Gardener for April 28, 2013 – When to Replace Winter and Spring Flowering Annuals

Every gardener faces this dilemna, those cool season annuals are really looking good, do you pull them and replace with the summer annuals?

The answer is yes. The summer annuals need time to get their root systems established before the heat of the summer sets in. So go ahead and make the change. The neighbors may think you’re crazy for taking out the beautiful plants, but the new plants will be blooming before you know it

Cool Wave and Wonderfall trailing pansies looking pretty good on April 28th, but need to be replaced

Cool Wave and Wonderfall trailing pansies looking pretty good on April 28th, but need to be replaced

130428 Raspberry Blast supertunia (4) I’ve chosen Raspberry Blast supertunia as the replacements before we get into the warmer summer months

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