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Planters' Almanac

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM

PLANTERS' ALMANAC

What To Do This Month

Recycle grass clippings: Leave grass clippings on the lawn, or use them as mulch or compost. Each bag equals one-quarter pound of organic nitrogen fertilizer, which can be recycled on the lawn, in flower beds or in compost.

Start a compost pile: Leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps are combined in 3-inch layers. Moisten each layer. Repeat the process until the pile is 3 feet high.

Turn the pile when it cools. A compost thermometer will help you monitor the pile's temperature. Call your county extension service or department of solid waste for details.

Prune landscape plants: Prune to shape plants and encourage branching. Summer flowering plants will produce more blooms if old blossoms and seed pods are removed.

Check citrus trees: Look for rust mites, greasy spot and melanose diseases.

Heavy rust mite feeding will blemish citrus fruits by causing a brownish discoloration of the peel. Interior quality of the fruit is not affected.

Leaf spots can be signs of greasy spot or melanose disease.

Prune out all dead wood, and spray with copper fungicide and oil emulsion. This spray will control all three problems.

What To Plant This Month

Outstanding flowering plants: bird of paradise, crape myrtle, honeysuckle, shrimp plant, plumbago, hibiscus, oleander

Annuals: celosia, coleus, crossandra, impatiens, marigold, melampodium, nicotiana, ornamental pepper, portulaca/rose moss, salvia, vinca, wax begonia, zinnia

Perennials: African iris, blue salvia, four o'clock, gaillardia, golden shrimp plant, jacobinia, lantana, mallow, pentas, rudbeckia, verbena

Vegetables: okra, Southern peas (from seed)

Herbs and spices (from plants): basil, ginger, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, summer savory

Bulbs: Aztec lily, butterfly lily, canna, crinum, clivia, gladiolus, moraea, society garlic, spider lily, walking iris


Information from Hillsborough County Extension

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