August 6, 2009

Reader Questions:

tomato blightQ: A turtle is taking bites from my low hanging tomatoes. Can they climb up the plants? Mark N.


birchQ: We have a birch tree in the front yard which I think has exceeded its water resources. Should I remove it? Patrick C.

cucumbersQ: My cucumbers never "green up". Is there something I can do to prevent this? Todd F.



Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for August
Prune hibiscus, collect seeds, fertilize roses, ...more

Garden Knowledge:

mildew Powdery mildew is a common disease of summer. It begins when we have cool nighttime temperatures coupled with warm, humid days. Symptoms continue even when days are warmer.
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Cool Plant

Goshiki Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki')

cool plantVariegated evergreen shrub native to Asia. It looks like a holly but it isn't. This unusual species of tea olive is often referred to as the false holly because of the resemblance. Variegated leaves have five colors and the shrub produces fragrant fall flowers. Grows in full sun to medium shade. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Aug 8 - Tree Keepers Training
Aug 8 - Composting and Worm Raising
Aug 11 - Iris Care



Design Tip

The Color Purple

purple coleusBy mid to late summer, many flowering plants have become weary with the heat and are beginning to slow down for the season. This is where plants with interesting foliage can steal the show. I'm most intrigued with plants that have purple foliage, some so dark they almost look black.
Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum



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