Thursday, July 28, 2016

Home Grown: The Benefits of Earthworms

1. The constant tunneling of earthworms allows the free passage of air into and out of the soil.

2. Worms' burrowing also breaks up the hard pan and plow sole created by mechanical tillage.

3. By eating organic materials such as manure, leaves, grass and decaying wood, earthworms break them up at a much faster rate than would otherwise occur.

Continued in... The Benefits of Earthworms

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Artwork: Earth-worms


Monday, July 25, 2016

Home Grown: Time to Order Fall Bulbs

As summer begins to wane, it is time to decide which spring flowering bulbs you want to add to your landscape.

"You need to select good quality bulbs for planting, paying attention to size and firmness. Choose bulbs that are firm and free from soft or rotting spots, and signs of disease," says Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

There are three sources for bulbs: mail order catalog, local nurseries, and discount business.

Continued in... Time to Order Fall Bulbs

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Tulip Bulbs
Artwork: Iris


Friday, July 1, 2016

Home Grown: Sun Protection for Tomato Skins

The sun's rays are tough on our faces and arms, but we can wear sunscreen to reduce the damage to our skin. Tomatoes don't have that option. Exposed to bright sun, the fruit can heat up dramatically, reaching temperatures as much as 18 degrees warmer than the surrounding air.

Sunscald damage to your tomatoes depends on their stage of maturity, and the intensity and duration of the heat. The fruit is most susceptible when it is green or when the first pink color begins to show (called the breaker state).

Continued in... Sun Protection for Tomato Skins


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Artwork: Better Boy Tomato