Middle South

June, 2002
Regional Report

Prune Roses


Help hybrid teas and other reblooming roses make a quick comeback by pruning off old flowers. A booster feeding of fertilizer won't hurt, and be sure the check often for outbreaks of black spot. Alternating sprays of baking soda and horticultural oil can help.

Root Cuttings


Increase your supply of coleus, mint, Persian shield, and even tomato by setting trimmed 5-inch-long stem cuttings in a jar of water, kept out of bright sunlight. This is the easiest way to have tomato plants ready to transplant in July, just in time to make a good fall crop.

Maintain Your Mower

Each time you mow, remember to check your lawn mower\'s oil level. When the oil looks dark and murky, change it. Also check the blade and replace it if it\'s dull or badly chipped.

Pick Blueberries

They\'re easy to pick, a cinch to freeze, and always delicious to eat. Plus, blueberries are among the most nutritious fruits in the whole world. Our region\'s finest berry can be grown organically, too, and the rabbiteye types make lovely edible ornamentals to mix with other shrubs.

Plant Purple Hulls


As vacancies appear in your vegetable garden, fill them with purple hulls, crowders, or any type of southern pea you like. Purple hulls are usually the most productive. All southern peas make great summer cover crops.

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