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Annuals Category

  • Use a Planting Calendar

      If you start vegetable plants indoors, it is often helpful to list seeding dates on a calendar so that plants are ready for transplanting at the proper time. To do this, choose your transplant date and count back the number of weeks necessary to...

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  • Tomato Trials

    It is that time of year where we start thinking about our summer gardens!! ​Each year we have our Master Gardeners plant and rate a number of tomato varieties.  We also give a set to Tom Fowler with the University of Missouri Extension Service. ...

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  • Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

    Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) Photo by dave Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) is a fast-growing summer annual. Common in gardens throughout North America, young lambsquarters leaves are edible. Older leaves have white undersides. Do not allow...

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  • Flowers:​ Sidedressing Annual Flowers

    Modern annual flowers have been bred to flower early and over a long period of time. They are not as easily thrown off flowering by high nitrogen levels as vegetables are. As a matter of fact, providing nitrogen through the growing season (sidedressing)...

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  • 2015: Year of the Coleus

    The National Garden Bureau has chosen coleus as its ornamental annual to promote in 2015.  Thus, we now are in the “year of the coleus”.  This colorful yet durable plant adapts well to a wide range of exposures and garden situations.  Recent...

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  • October Gardening Calendar

    Now that we are into cooler months and the gardening activities are slowing down I am going to to the calendar month by month.  Will resume week by week next spring.  Category Week Activity 1 2 3 4 Ornamentals x x x x Continue watering, especially...

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  • Edible of the Month: Nasturtium

    This article if from the National Gardening Association By: Charlie Nardozzi Bright yellow nasturtium flowers rise above the foliage for a cheery display in the garden. In the world of edible annual flowers, nasturtiums are one of the tastiest and...

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  • August Gardening Calendar Week 1

    Ornamentals Continue spraying roses that are susceptible to black spot and other fungus diseases. Annuals may appear leggy and worn now. These can be cut back hard and fertilized to produce a new flush of bloom. Deadhead annuals and perennials as...

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  • Plants that beat the heat

    [gallery] Good annuals for hot, dry conditions include: Dahlberg daisy (Dyssodia tennuiloba) Dahlberg daisies have dainty yellow flowers and thrive in hot conditions. They grow to approximately six-eight inches. Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) Dusty...

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