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MY PLANTS ARE COVERED IN BLACK FUNGUS. WHAT CAN I DO?
THIS IS VERY CONFUSING FOR CUSTOMERS AS THE FIRST INCLINATION IS TO SPRAY WITH A FUNGICIDE TO REMOVE THE BLACK FUNGUS FROM THE FOLIAGE. WHILE THIS WILL HELP ERADICATE THE SOOTY MOLD IT WON’T CURE THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM OF BUG INFESTATION-USUALLY APHIDS, WHITEFLIES OR SCALE. IF YOUR PLANTS ARE QUITE BLACK THOSE THINGS HAVE BEEN TEHRE AWHILE. TREAT YOUR PLANTS WITH AN INSECTICIDE THAT WILL REMOVE AND CONTROL BUGS TO KEEP YOUR PLANTS FUNGUS FREE. HORTICULTURAL OIL OR SPINOSAD ARE TWO GOOD PRODUCTS TO USE.

MY FRUIT/BERRY TREE NEVER PRODUCES WELL!
MAKE SURE THE PLANT IS IN THE RIGHT LOCATION - IDEALLY FULL SUN. FRUIT TREES ESPECIALLY REQUIRE 6 FULL HOURS OF SUN. SECONDLY, IF YOUR TREES FLOWERS BUT NO FRUIT PRESENTS (A) YOU MAY NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT HONEY BEES POLLINATING YOUR TREES (B) YOUR IRRIGATION HEAD HITS THE TREE DIRECTLY WHEN IT IS ON - WHICH WILL KNOCK THE BLOOMS OFF OR (C) THE TREE WAS SPRAYED WITH INSECTICIDE WHEN IN FLOWER OR (D) THERE IS TOO MUCH NITROGEN IN THE FERTILIZER YOU ARE USING WHICH MAKES FOR LUSH GROWTH BUT NO FLOWERS.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
 ANNUALS - THEY GERMINATE, GROW, FLOWER AND PRODUCE SEEDS THEN DIE IN 1 GROWING SEASON.
 BIENNIAL - THESE PLANTS TAKE 2 GROWING SEAONS TO COPLETE THEIR BIOLOGICAL LIFE CYCLE.
 PERENNIAL - A PLANT THAT LIVES FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS. PERENNIALS TYPICALLY GROW AND BLOOM OVER SEVERAL SEASONS
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PRUNING SEALER

BROKEN, OR CUT BRNACHES- COVER WITH PRUNING SEALER TO PREVENT DISEASE, BUGS AND OTHER INFESTATIONS.

HOW TO FREEZE TOMATOES

Blanch the tomatoes by dropping them into boiling water for 60-90 seconds and, using a slotted spoon, transfer immediately into a bowl of ice water to cool. Skin will slip easily from the flesh.

Once the skin has been removed you should remove stems and core tomatoes.  You can leave the tomatoes whole but it you cut them or crush them you’ll maximize your storage space.

Using a large spoon or measuring cup add the tomatoes to freezer storage bags. Pint or quart sized freezer bags work best.  Seal the bags making sure to push out as much air as possible so they don’t get freezer burned.

Store your bags of tomatoes flat so you can add more items to your freezer.  Frozen tomatoes will retain flavor for 12 to 18 months

BIG RED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS KEEP THE BIRDS  FROM PECKING INTO RIPENING TOMATOES. BIRDS THINK THE ORNAMENTS ARE SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT AND QUICKLY FIND OUT OTHERWISE. WHEN THE  TOMATOES ARE RIPEN BIRDS AREN'T INTERESTED.


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