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Spring Planting

  • Attend the Spring Open House Mar 8-9
  • Plant cool season veggies (peas, potatoes, salad crops, cole crops....)
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees
  • Apply ferti·lome All-Seasons Crabgrass Preventer with Barricade
  • Plant perennials
  • Seed cool season grass
  • Plant pansies and violas
  • Clean debris from flower beds
  • Plant trees and shrubs
  • Apply ferti·lome Tree & Shrub Food to existing trees and shrubs

March 8th and 9th, 2013
Spring Open House
Seminars include "Scoop on Poop"at 10 am- Mike Dobrovolsky with Soil Menders will talk about amendments to help your soils. Then at 1 pm "Critter Control" - Charles Lee with talk about taking care of all of those pesky critters such as moles, voles and squirrels. 25% off soil amendments and animal repellants.

March 23,2013
Pansy Palooza
Save 25% off 6 packs.

April 6th
Gardening for Beginners
10 am - Gregg Eyestone with KSU extension will help you get gardening!

Horticulture Hints

Superb Strawberries

Nothing tastes better than a fresh strawberry right off the vine! Growing them yourself is not that difficult and if you start out small they don’t require an enormous amount of space. They are perennial so make sure you select a site that will be there for years to come. They also prefer lots of sunlight.

There are 2 basic types of strawberries: June-bearing and Everbearing. June -bearing are the most popular for home gardeners. They produce one crop a year from generally mid-May to mid-June. Planting more than one variety with different harvest times may extend your season. Everbearing varieties will fruit during normal harvest times and again in the fall. They tend to not produce as much fruit and if we have a dry summer, fall fruit may be poor for the second harvest.

Planting time is mid March to early April. They prefer loamy well drained soil. Organic material is essential for good strawberry plants. Cotton burr compost, manure and peat moss are all great additions to your strawberry bed.

We will have strawberry plants available soon. They should be planted the same depth as they are in the containers. Planting to deep or shallow can hinder fruit production. Adequate moisture is also important. One inch a week of rainfall or irrigation is necessary for young plants. In July and August increase the amount to 2 inches of week.

As hard as it may be, be sure to pinch off blooms the first year. This insures good plant and root growth.

Weed control is an important part of growing strawberries as uncontrolled weeds can damage plants quickly. Weeds compete for water, nutrients and light and increase strawberry plants' susceptibility to diseases and insect infestations. Shallow hoeing should be done to avoid injuring any roots.

Fertilize strawberries once a year in early to mid-August. This will help with plant growth and developing fruit buds. Adding about a 1 lb of Ferti∙lome Gardener’s Special per 25 foot row would be adequate. Make sure you water it in well.

Mulch your strawberry plants during the winter months to prevent the killing of fruit buds, crowns or root damage. When we have had a couple frosts it is time to apply mulch. Straw is always a great selection. Straw should be applied about 3 inches deep, then in the spring as plants start to push through remove and use to mulch around surrounding plants to help with moisture retention.

There are 3 systems of planting strawberries; the matted system is the most popular for June bearing. Strawberries are planted 18 to 30 inches apart in rows 3 to 4 feet apart. These new daughter plants are allowed to grow into a matted row up to about 2 feet wide. Plants growing beyond this boundary should be removed.

Harvest when fruit is completely red. The green top should remain on to aid in keeping fruit firm. Berries should be picked every other day when cool, and each day as temperatures rise. Picking the fruit is best done in the early morning. Store the fruit in the refrigerator if not used immediately.

We will be getting plants in next week and throughout the season. We will also be carrying varieties of strawberries that will do well in hanging baskets later in April as always. Be sure and ask if you have any questions.

Nancy's Notebook

Nancy’s Notes

We all tend to get a bit anxious this time of year when the temperatures reach the 60's to get out and plant. It is ok to plant certain things but you really need to be careful what you select. Soil temperatures are still very cool, and many plants require warm soils to grow. Planting trees, shrubs and most perennials are fine being planted this time of year, so if you want to get out and do some landscaping in the yard you can certainly get started. In the vegetable garden you can plant the cool season crops, such as cabbage, broccoli, radishes and spinach. As you know St Patrick's Day is the time to plant potatoes. I recommend for radishes, spinach and lettuce that you plant a row now then in a couple weeks plant another row. This will allow you to have a continued harvest until temperatures get too warm for production. We have plenty of bulk seeds to choose from and this is the most economical way to buy seeds for the garden. People always get anxious and want to plant tomatoes and peppers when temperatures are too cool. Without warm weather they will not grow and you will not be the first one on the block with a red tomato. You need to wait until soil temperatures rise so that you will be much more successful on having a great crop. This goes for annual flowers as well. Placing them out too early can actually stunt growth and may even cause them to die so that you will just have to replace them again. A reminder for you is that our average frost free date is April 15th. Our frost free date is May 8th, but I believe last year we had one later. So always be cautious and listen for frost warnings. Hope to see you at our Spring Open House March 8th and 9th.

Avery's Additions

Spring Open House is just around the corner! This much loved event will be March 8th and 9th with seminars including 'The Scoop on Poop' with Mike Dobrovolsky at 10am. Mike is travelling from Texas to talk to us about different types of soil amendments and how they help shield our gardens from drought. We would love to welcome Mike to Manhattan with a packed house, so call the store to sign up! At 1pm Charles Lee from KSU will be speaking about 'Critter Control.' Charles will talk about keeping moles, voles, deer, and rabbits out of your yard and garden. He is a wealth of knowledge and is so much fun to listen to! Be sure to call the store to sign up for seminars! Enjoy 25% OFF savings on critter repellents, soil amendments, and pansies.

Now is the time to start thinking about crabgrass. We recommend a pre-emergent be applied to your lawn such as ferti·lome For All Seasons Lawn Food plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer. If applied properly, this lawn application will prevent crabgrass and lawn weeds from emerging for up to four months. If your yard had a great deal of crabgrass last year you might consider making a second application in May. We do carry pre-emergent with and with-out fertilizer. As always, please call us with all of your lawn and garden care questions!


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