Lower South

November, 2010
Regional Report

Plant Cool Season Flowers

Now is a great time for planting winter flowers including pansies, violas and ornamental kale. Be ready to cover new transplants with a row cover fabric when temperatures drop into the mid 20's or lower. Feed them every few weeks with a dilute dose of liquid fertilizer to keep them vigorous and blooming up a storm!

Root Rose Cuttings

An easy way to root roses is to take cuttings about 4" long, dip them in rooting hormone, and stick them in the soil in a moist, shaded spot such as under the eaves on the north or east side of your home. Place a quart jar over the cuttings for a month or two to reduce evaporative water loss. Keep the soil moist over winter. In spring, check the cuttings and you'll find a decent percentage will have rooted and are ready for transplanting.

Looper Alert

Watch for loopers on cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts) in the vegetable garden and on ornamental kale and cabbage. When they first appear, treat with a product containing B.t., a natural caterpillar control ingredient.

Store Fall Potatoes and Squashes

Potatoes and winter squash will keep for quite a while if conditions are right. Store potatoes and winter squash in an area with moderate humidity and cool temperatures. This will assure the longest possible shelf life. Check periodically and promptly remove any showing signs of decay.

Gather Fallen Pecans Promptly

Pecans lose quality laying on the ground for an extended time, especially during wet conditions. Gather them weekly during this harvest time. Then shell out the kernels and store them in containers in the freezer. This will assure good quality for up to a year. Warm conditions and exposure to air will cause pecans to turn rancid rather rapidly.

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