It is not too late to plant almost any thing if you take proper care of it.

Garden Clock

By Pauline Keegan

It is not too late to plant almost any thing if you take proper care of it. 

Dig holes especially wide, water every day until the plant shows sign of adjusting to the new location. 

Leaves are sprouting on the barks of mature trees. Should I take these leaves off or leave them on? 

The ice storm in January did some rearranging of mature trees as well as younger trees. We have no official report on the arrangement of trees and leaves. However, Mother Nature always seems to know what’s best. It is better to wait and see how the trees arrange themselves. Any serious pruning should wait until late winter or early spring. It will take more than a year or two or three for tree limbs to settle in their preferred place.  


Why do the flowers of squash fall off before they form fruit? 

Summer squash has both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers are formed first, then the female flowers. Female flowers are characterized by an undeveloped fruit at the base. Pollination is not always necessary for most summer squash since it is harvested at bloom or shortly afterward. Some gardeners pick the open blossoms of the male plant. They can be dipped in batter and fried as a delicacy.  


Is it all right to use mushrooms in compost? 

Mushrooms can be used in compost. If you are so fortunate to have a surplus of mushrooms to add to you compost, it will add to the enrichment of the soil.  


How do I rid my houseplants of gnats? 

Gnats in a houseplant are a sign of dampness. Let the plant dry completely, then repot in new soil. Remember to water only when the soil is dry. The old-fashioned way to check the condition of the plant is to put your forefinger as deep as you can into the side of the container and feel whether it needs water or not.   


Send your gardening and landscaping questions and tips to Washington County Master Gardeners, 2536 N. McConnell Avenue, Fayetteville, AR.72704 or call 444-1744.

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