Gardening Daily Tips July 25

Monday July 25, 2011

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Today’s Featured Plant
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

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Q&A: Ginger Plant

Question: What is the care for a Ginger plant? Sun? Shade? and what about soil, and watering?

Answer: Ginger will grow in morning sun and afternoon shade, or in bright shade. Avoid hot afternoon sunshine. It likes rich, moist soil so be sure to water deeply and then allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again. Mulch around the plant to help slow water evaporation. Feed your ginger with a general purpose garden fertilizer or with a water soluable liquid fertilizer such as Miracle Gro. Enjoy your ginger!

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Q&A: Bulbs Form on Garlic Tops

Question: This is the first time I’ve ever grown garlic, and I’m unsure of what to do with the flower stalk head that has formed. There are little “seeds” in this bulb. Do I replant these or just use a clove of garlic like I used before? Can I chop these “seeds” and use them like I would garlic in recipes?

Answer: I, too, was surprised by these top bulbs (called bulbils) when I first grew garlic! Yes, you can use them in recipes just as you would regular garlic cloves. You can plant them, too, but it will probably take a few years before they produce cloves of any size. I’d rather plant full-sized cloves and be able to harvest good-sized bulbs the next summer. It’s a good idea to pinch the bulbils back early on so that the plant will direct more energy to the maturing bulbs below ground.

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Q&A: Fish Emulsion Info L

Question: What can you tell me about fish emulsion fertilizer?

Answer: In the manufacture of fish emulsion, the by-products of cleaned fish, such as the heads, guts and bones, are cooked at temperatures in excess of 180F to kill most of the bacteria. The resulting product is filtered and stabilized. Fish emulsion usually contains 3 to 6 percent nitrogen, 1 to 3 percent phosphorous, and 1 to 2 percent potassium, plus a range of other nutrients.

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Tip: Learn to Identify Beneficials

Learn to identify all the life stages of beneficial insects so you don’t mistakenly destroy them. For example, the ladybeetle adult lays eggs in orange clusters. They hatch as orange and dark bluish black or bluish gray larvae with a tapered shape that is often described as a mini-alligator. The pupae are black and orange with a round shape.

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Tip: Support Developing Melons

Place developing melons on boards to hold them up off the soil surface. This will protect them from contact with moist soil, which can lead to rot. Handle melons carefully so you don’t damage the stem.

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