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Give Your Tomatoes a Kick Start

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

I usually get my tomatoes in mid April and transplant them into 1 gallon containers. Cut the top off a gallon plastic milk bottle and punch plenty of holes in the bottom for drainage (this is food grade plastic) or use a clean 1 gallon nursery pot. Put a couple...

Attracting Pollinators

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Pollinators are essential to food and flower crops. Eighty percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators for survival! The world’s bees are in peril, it’s estimated 1/3 of the population is gone due to pesticides and diseases. Inter–plant some pollinators to benefit your fruit trees and gardens. Plant flowers...

Peach Leaf Curl

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Peach leaf curl is one of the easiest fruit diseases to control. Leaf curl can normally be prevented with a timed fungicide in the spring before buds swell. A second application is recommended in autumn after the leaves have fallen. Spray the entire tree, evenly coating all branches and bark....

Tags: spring, summer

Less Toil with Good Soil - Healthy Soil Means Healthy Plants

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

How did your garden grow last year?Did you have a bountiful harvest of vegetables?Any Disease Problems?Were your flower beds full and lush? I’m sure some of these questions bring to mind points that need improvement, especially with our clay soils in Illinois. A common complaint I often hear is:Seven years...

Tags: soil, spring