Tips from the Potting Bench

Nip it in the Bud

Peach leaf curl is a fungus that can severely damage the productivity of a tree or even kill it./Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension. Most gardeners in the Klamath-Trinity have encountered Peach Leaf Curl – the curled, deformed leaves that appear on peaches and nectarines in the early spring. Problem is, by the time it’s visible it is already too late to treat it; in fact, the ideal window for controlling peach leaf curl is coming up in early to mid-December. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench: Soil Temps and Timing

Timing is everything so just how do you tell when to do what? One way is by the calendar. Generally speaking the USDA says our last average frost date for spring is April 15. Now, average last frost date is not the last frost date though it does give us a good benchmark to plan by. Dates on a calendar can be fickle though so in addition to knowing the average last frost date there is another, more surefire way to know if conditions in your garden are right for sowing or transplanting certain seeds and plants. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench: Get Your Garden On!

Here we are, already at the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Technically that would be February 2, or as we have come to celebrate it, Ground Hog Day. This day actually has as many names as there are cultures around the world for every culture marks these special days. Even if you didn’t know that little tidbit of information I bet you feel it. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench: Jot it Down

With solstice right around the corner we are fast approaching the winter season, the garden is all but put to bed except for those hardy veggies that can fend for themselves through the short days and long cold nights of winter. If you were on it you got carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels’s sprouts and other assorted leafy greens planted back in July or early August. The garlic and onions are planted and mulched so except for going out to harvest something for dinner it’s time for a little rest and lots of garden dreaming. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Pests)

Here it is almost the end of May and the forecast calls for ‘frozen mix’ by the end of the week! The weather sure did change with the new moon solar eclipse, although truth be told I’m looking forward to a little cooling off, it means I don’t have to spend so much time watering giving me more time for planting. The temps in the green house will only be in the 90s instead of over a 100, which the plants and I will appreciate. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Time to Till?)

Is it time? That’s the big question in the spring garden. Is it time to rototill, is it time to plant this or that? These are the burning existential questions on every gardener’s mind these days. I’m not one to jump the gun and in most years I caution folks to wait until at least Mother’s Day if not Memorial Day before putting in their precious tomatoes and peppers, melons, summer and winter squashes, cukes, beans and corn. This years feels different though, I can’t explain it in any rational terms I just get the feeling the time is now. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Weather, or Not)

Sometimes I am at a loss for words when it comes to talking about the weather, especially in spring and fall when the nature spirits of two seasons are playing tug of war. Several days of 80 degree temperatures and bright sunny skies can’t fool me. After all, it snowed just about a week ago. Even so, I am tempted to plant out an experimental row of tomatoes, cukes, and summer squash. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Ah, Spring!)

Ain’t that the truth? What a glorious time of year this is, made sweeter by the dark, grey days of rain. First the peach blossoms all alone in the chill and grey of March’s gloom burst forth and glowed in the dankness to be joined some weeks later by the daffodils and tulips. Now the whole orchard is blousy with blooms, and the rain continues to fall. Read More →