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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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
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 COMPLETE THEIR BIOLOGICAL LIFE CYCLE.
PERENNIAL - A PLANT THAT LIVES FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS. PERENNIALS TYPICALLY GROW AND BLOOM OVER SEVERAL SEASONS.
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.
BROKEN, OR CUT BRNACHES- COVER WITH PRUNING SEALER TO PREVENT DISEASE, BUGS AND OTHER INFESTATIONS.
Dollar Weed (AKA Pennywort)
Since this weed thrives in overly moist areas, the best way to treat dollar weed is by reducing moisture in the affected area with proper mowing and irrigation. You should also improve any drainage issues that may be present. In addition, dollar weed can be easily pulled up by hand, though this can be tedious and in larger areas, it may not be feasible. Organic control involves methods that may work for some while not others, but it’s always worth a try to see if one will work for you before resorting to chemicals. These methods include the following:
Boiling water – Pouring boiling water on areas with dollar weed will quickly kill the plants. However, care should be taken not to get any on other nearby plants or grass, as boiling water will kill anything it comes into contact with. Baking soda – Some people have had luck with using baking soda for killing dollar weeds. Simply wet down the dollar weed foliage and sprinkle baking soda over it, leaving it overnight. This is supposed to kill the weeds but be safe for the grass.
Sugar – Others have found success with dissolving white sugar over the weed. Spread the sugar over the area and water it in thoroughly.
Vinegar – Spot treating dollar weed with white vinegar has also been deemed effective as a dollar weed herbicide
Sometimes chemical control is necessary for killing dollar weeds. Most types of dollar weed herbicide are applied in spring while the plants are still young, though repeat applications may be needed. Monument, Manor, Blade, Image and Atrazine have all been found to effectively eradicate this weed. They are also safe for use on Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bermuda and Centipede grasses (provided you carefully follow instructions).