Master Gardener Ed Buyarski answers your questions about how to build window covers for garden beds and how to mitigate a possible rhododendron fungus. Don't miss Saturday's Southeast Master Gardeners Garden Tour. And, don't forget to vent your greenhouses and water your plants!
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski has some tips for pollinating apples, cherries, kiwi and zucchinis in your yard and garden. Some may be self-fertile, but others may need manual intervention to move the pollen between male and female flowers and plants.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski says the larvae attack the roots of cabbage, radish, kale, rutabaga, cauliflower, broccoli and turnips. In warm weather, their leaves wilt because their damaged roots cannot pull up enough moisture. Root maggot larvae burrow into the roots and leave tell-tale holes and tracks.
Rhododendrons, and pine and cedar trees may have suffered damage from this winter's cold temperatures and relatively low snowfall. Master Gardener Ed Buyarski urges patience before pruning away any apparent damage. Some species are fairly resilient and will likely rebound later this spring.
Clear out debris and old dying plants in your garden before they become prime habitat for slugs. Don't put old potato and cabbage plants into the compost bin. Individual garlic cloves should be planted six inches apart and two inches deep, and with the pointy end up.
Peel off the scab and eat the potatoes immediately. They won't keep very well in your root cellar. Master Gardener Ed Buyarski also has tips for mitigating potato scab, how to carefully harvest potatoes, techniques to harden or age potatoes before harvest, and setting aside small seed potatoes for next season's planting.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski recommends digging them up, hosing them down to wash off the soil, and using a hatchet to cut and separate each clump's roots. Divide up the plant so that each tuber or gnarly root section has at least two to five buds.