Carnivorous Plants and Black Bears

Written by Jacob Farin

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1. Cut off all dead leaves. With any ofrepparttar Sweet Pitchers (Sarracenia rubra), trim allrepparttar 113392 leaves right down torepparttar 113393 rhizome. This will help reduce moisture loss. There is no need to do this other species.

2. Giverepparttar 113394 plant a good spraying with a sulfur-based fungicide. (We use Safer brand.) Followrepparttar 113395 instructions as directed byrepparttar 113396 manufacturer.

3. Place your plant in an unheated shelter, and keeprepparttar 113397 soil moist at all times.

This is perhapsrepparttar 113398 simplest method of protecting your plant fromrepparttar 113399 dry freezing Arctic wind. Just remember that it is not frost that destroys outdoor container plants. It is dry freezing wind.

In April, it will be safe to bring your plants out of dormancy, which happes to be aboutrepparttar 113400 same time black bears come back out and begin foraging.

If you live in zones 6 and above, wind protection is necessary when there is a brief cold snap, bringingrepparttar 113401 temperature down below 20įF. In this case, wind protection is usually temporary and covering your plants with a tarp or sheets of plastic will dorepparttar 113402 trick.

Jacob Farin is co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest, a nursery specializing in the cultivation of carnivorous plants. More information about the cultivation of carnivorous plants can be found at

Growing Great Tomatoes

Written by Karen Gross

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Test kits are available at garden centers or through local horticultural organizations. To raiserepparttar soilís pH, work agriculture lime intorepparttar 113391 soil. Use sulfur to lowerrepparttar 113392 pH of alkaline soil. Using fertilizers and compost amendments will also changerepparttar 113393 soilís pH over time. Adding decomposed organic compost will improve any soil structure. You can purchase or make your own compost. Once you have cultivated your garden area and preparedrepparttar 113394 soil, it is ready forrepparttar 113395 plantings.

Planting The Tomatoes

Inspect all ofrepparttar 113396 transplants, looking for insects, wilting or blight. Plant only healthy plants. Tomatoes prefer full sun, so choose an area with at least six to eight hours of sun per day. Practice crop rotation in your vegetable gardening by planting tomatoes and other vegetables in a different spot every year. Tomatoes prefer to be planted by chives, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, garlic bulbs, and carrots. Avoid planting tomatoes by potatoes or members ofrepparttar 113397 cabbage family.

For large healthy tomatoes, give them plenty of room to grow. Space plants twenty-four inches between rows and leave twenty-four inches between plants. With your shovel or spade, make holes slightly larger thanrepparttar 113398 plants. Tap gently onrepparttar 113399 bottom ofrepparttar 113400 individual container, looseningrepparttar 113401 soil and gently removing fromrepparttar 113402 pot. Tomatoes are susceptible to cutworms, but placing a 3-4 inch nail next to each stem before planting or wrapping strips of newspaper aroundrepparttar 113403 bottom ofrepparttar 113404 stems will help prevent these pests. A paper cup surroundingrepparttar 113405 stem also works well.

Place tomato plant in hole and back fill with soil until it is well compacted. Place a rack or cage around each individual plant to help support future growth. Water aroundrepparttar 113406 base ofrepparttar 113407 plant, avoidingrepparttar 113408 foliage. Do not over water or soakrepparttar 113409 seedlings as this can promote disease and rot. Water early inrepparttar 113410 day to discourage blight.

Using a rake, spread organic mulch, such as weed-free straw, over plants at least two inches deep. These is an effective way to prevent weeds, preserve water and keeprepparttar 113411 soil warm, thus reducingrepparttar 113412 maintenance required for vegetable gardening. Fertilizerepparttar 113413 plants throughoutrepparttar 113414 growing season with compost or organic matter. Water when needed and inspect leaves periodically forrepparttar 113415 signs of tomato blight and insects. If blight is discovered, remove any infected leaves and destroy them. Treat plant with a fungicide. Be sure to remove all debris from your garden inrepparttar 113416 fall, as blight can survive onrepparttar 113417 dried tomatoes overrepparttar 113418 winter.

Most tomatoes take 100-days to bear fruit, so follow these easy directions and get ready to harvestrepparttar 113419 fruits of your labors and enjoy that first BLT ofrepparttar 113420 season.

Items Needed For Growing Tomatoes:

- Tomato seeds or plants - Containers or flats - A small greenhouse kit or plastic bags - Starter soil or mixture - Marking pen - Popsicle sticks or labels - Rake - Spade and shovel - Water, sun, adequate soil and patience

Karen Gross is a professional gardener and design consultant. She writes for, providing valuable tips and advice about seed companies, greenhouse kits and other vegetable gardening topics.

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