Lower South

January, 2011
Regional Report

Check Indoor Plants for Pests

Scale, mealybugs, aphids and whiteflies are among the pests that can attack our houseplants. Check you plants over periodically looking for the pests or the sticky substances they exude on the upper leaf surface that indicates their presence. Early detection and treatment with an approved product is the easiest and most effective way to prevent a major outbreak.

Plant Bare Root Fruit Trees

January and February are the best times to plant bare root fruit trees in the Lower South. Check with your local Extension office or other local gardeners for recommendations of the best varieties. Your trees are a long term investment so choose species and varieties carefully, and follow planting advice to ensure the best possible results

Plant Successions of Cool Season Greens

Plant small amounts of lettuce, arugula, mache, spinach and other cool season greens every week or two. This will ensure against crop loss and keep you in fresh greens for a longer harvest season.

Prepare Garden Beds for Spring Planting

In spring it is often too rainy to work the soil. So take advantage of any dry periods to mix in some compost, form raised beds, and get the planting areas ready for spring planting. After preparing the soil, cover the surface with a leaf mulch to prevent crusting, erosion and growth of weed seeds. Remove the mulch a week before planting to allow the soil to warm up a bit.

Start Spring Flowers Indoors

Begin to seed transplants in a greenhouse or sunny windowsill this month so that they will be large and ready for planting outside when the danger of frost is past. Check the seed packet for length of time from seeding to transplanting and adjust you planting date accordingly.

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