Spring is busting out all over!
April was a very mild month for most of us in the US. It was a
bit dry but over all very pleasant.
Tomato planting time is here and now. Be sure to check the Bradfield
Organics® formula for planting and fertilizer recommendations.
You will be pleasantly surprised at the results if you follow these
directions. It doesn’t matter what variety you plant or what
part of the country you live the results will be the same if you
follow the directions. Be sure to build strong cages as the plants
will over run them.
You can also plant peppers and egg plants near the cages for their
support too. If you have questions give us a call. You might add
additional calcium in the hole to ward off the blight. Don’t
forget to water every other day in the heat of the summer.
Question: I’m new to the area. What variety
of tomatoes do well here?
Answer: Better Boy and Celebrity do well about
every where. Both are resistant to Fusarium/Verticillum wilt and
nematodes. Better Boy is indeterminate, meaning that it is a vine
that continues to grow until it is killed by a frost. Celebrity
is determinate, meaning that it grows to a certain size, sets fruit
and then declines. Those who plant determinate tomatoes usually
plant a second crop at the middle of June.
Question: I want to plant flowers around my oak
tree. Can I add top soil and make a raised be?
Answer: You can add 2” of top soil around
a tree for a flower bed. Any more soil on top of the roots of the
tree will deprive them of oxygen and the tree will slowly die.
Be sure to plant flowers that need shade and water them extra.
A good fertilizer to use would be Bradfield Organics® 3-1-5
when planting and again in mid-summer.
Question: After my peonies bloom, how long must
I leave the foliage on the plants?
Answer: The Foliage should be lift on the peony
plants until it is killed by a frost in autumn.
Question: What can I do about the brown spots
in my Bermuda grass lawn?
Answer: Apply Bradfield Organics® 3-1-5 at
the rate of 20# per 1000 ft. Double apply the Bradfield Organics® 3-1-5
on the areas where the brown spots persist.
For more information on organic fertilizing techniques, visit www.safelawns.org.
Early Spring, 2007