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Sweet Corn Charcoal Rot Control-How To Manage Corn With Charcoal Rot

 

If you are growing large volumes of corn in variable weather conditions, one malady of the corn which you might encounter is that of charcoal rot. Given the name because of the look that the disorder gives to the inside of affected corn stalks, this issue often arises in times of extreme heat and drought. As such, in order to avert the rise of charcoal rot, your best bet is to maintain careful irrigation practices and control water exposure.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re growing a large volume of sweet corn, charcoal rot is unfortunately something that you’re likely to consider.
  • The name for this malady arises from the charcoal-colored hue that affected stalks take on.
  • The key to avoiding the issue is good irrigation control, since charcoal rot arises from times of heat and drought.

“Charcoal rot of sweet corn is caused by the fungus Macrophomina phaseolina. While it is a common disease of sweet corn, it also infected many other host plants.”

Read more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/corn/sweet-corn-charcoal-rot-control.htm

 

Butterfly Sage Care: How To Grow Butterfly Sage In Gardens

Butterfly Sage Care: How To Grow Butterfly Sage In Gardens

Interested in a new addition to your home garden? If so, butterfly sage is a good plant to look to when sowing your spring beds. As the name suggests, it's highly attractive to butterflies, and has other benefits as well. In order to get the plants going, simply ensure that they are properly set and well watered. Once established, these little bushes are quite tough – including a high degree of drought tolerance which should ensure that they make it through the summer.

Key Takeaways:

  • Butterfly Sage is a plant, otherwise known as bloodberry, that happens to attract, you guessed it, butterflies.
  • The Butterfly Sage produces small, white flowers that are particularly attractive to butterflies, as well as other pollinators.
  • It may actually be illegal to grow butterfly sage in your area, however, the seeds are available legally through native plant suppliers.

“Butterfly sage, also commonly called bloodberry, is a small heat loving evergreen shrub that produces beautiful tiny flowers that are excellent for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.”

Read more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/butterfly-sage/growing-butterfly-sage-in-gardens.htm

Controlling Tomato Southern Blight: How To Treat Southern Blight Of Tomatoes

Controlling Tomato Southern Blight: How To Treat Southern Blight Of Tomatoes

Are you an avid home gardener? If so, then surely tomatoes are part of your regular rotation. And, you probably also unfortunately are intimately familiar with some of the disorders that can affect tomatoes. One of these is Southern Blight, which can strike down otherwise healthy plants. In order to avoid it, start with good plants, cull diseased plants quickly to avoid spread, and prevent moisture-rich materials from building up around the plants, which can lead to conditions ripe for blight.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Southern blight of tomatoes is actually a fungal disease that can appear when there is a period of hot, dry weather followed by a warm rain.
  • In rare instances, southern blight of tomatoes can infect an entire bed of tomato plants, wiping out the entire lot within hours.
  • To prevent southern blight of tomatoes from taking over, stake your tomato plants, burn infected parts of your plants, and use mulch to create a thick barrier layer between the soil and foliage.

“This plant disease is serious business; southern blight of tomatoes may be relatively minor but, in some cases, a severe infection can wipe out an entire bed of tomato plants in a matter of hours.”

Read more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/southern-blight-of-tomatoes.htm

Bed Edger Takes Care of Our Own Front Yard

Have you been by the shop recently?  The area in front of our rental yard was looking a little neglected so we decided to do a little landscaping.  Fortunately we have some great rental equipment to get the job done.  We started by removing some bushes with our John Deere Excavator E35G.  Watch us take out the last bush here.

Next we brought in our Trenchmaster Bed Edger to really define the bed up front.  Check out the video above to see the edger in action.  Then check out the before and after pics at right to see what we started with and what it looks like after the pine straw was added.

Have a similar need or project?  Let our professional staff help you figure out which tools or equipment is right for the job.

Sustainable Garden Design

Sustainable Garden Design

Interested in gardening, but want to do so in a manner that doesn't have a huge footprint on the planet? Fortunately there are plenty of design steps you can take to ensure that your garden doesn't have a big environmental impact. One of the biggest areas of focus must be water – reducing water consumption is key. This can be accomplished through a number of means, including selection of the right kind of plants and appropriate topography during layout.

Key Takeaways:

  • Considering planting a garden? Well, also consider its impacts on the environment as well.
  • While some gardens can have big ecological footprints, there are steps you can take to reduce those dramatically.
  • Most important is in the realm of water conservation: picking the right type of plants and layout will have a huge impact in this regard.

“A successful looking garden in Perth is going to need some very different elements to a garden in coastal Sydney. It all depends on where you are, your location, that determines the sensible use of local materials.”

Read more: https://www.greenmuze.com/sustainable-garden-design.html