Tanya, having a direct route from animal to plot is the best way to ensure you know what you're putting on your crops - lucky you! I've collected lots of information about aminopyralid contamination as I was a vistim in 2011 If you are interested the web link is here Already I have a list of people affected in 2011. I am so appreciative of these varied resources that have been published for anyone’s benefit. Purple foliage is easy to have in coleus and elephant ears, smoke bushes and beeches, maples and crape myrtles, succulents and dahlias. But then, the foliage matures, and the burgundy, rose, and pink of youth are cast aside for the greenish mud-brown of maturity. Upright and single-trunked, but the canopy tends toward irregularity and seeming confusion about the shape it is striving for. In direct light, the young foliage appears as a rich burgundy, and can mix with just about any other color: Burgundy is famous for its ability to get along just as well with pink as with orange, blue as with red, white as with yellow. It would be difficult to site 'Ruby Lace' in the full sun it requires while also ensuring that it is viewed only via light that is direct, not transmitted. When grown as a pollard, 'Ruby Lace' can combine with perennials and shrubs in a mixed border, where its small head of lacy foliage can float above the majority of plants that will be filling the space from ground-level up to about six feet.
This pruning also ensures that the spread of the tree's branches is strikingly smaller than when growing free-range, as well as notably more dense. Gleditsia cultivars are propagated by grafting and, when the ground underneath the trees is cultivated excessively, severed roots (which are those of the thorny, green-leaved species used as the rootstock, not those of the cultivar grafted atop it) can send up shoots.
Gleditsia triacanthos is native to central North America, from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Texas. After taking time to relax after Easter it’s now time to carry on with the gardening. For more growth on grape vines, pinch out the tips of shoots that are two leaves beyond a developing fruit truss. Rhubarb stems that have been forced under jars can be harvested by gripping them firmly at the base, then pulling them sharply away from the crown. Provided the weather is mild and the grass is growing, applications of lawn fertilisers and weed killers can be made to established lawns.
Depending on growth, regular mowings with the blades set at maximum height may be necessary, remembering to remove any dead foliage beforehand. This is the time to control fairy ring, also yorkshire fog, couch weed, bindweed along with other weeds being eradicated by teasing them out and cutting the roots. Earth up potatoes by using a hoe to pull up the soil when they are approximately 23cm (9″) high. If weather conditions allow, runner and french beans raised under glass can be planted out towards the end of the month. Marrow, courgette and sweet corn should be sown in the greenhouse and also outdoors at the end of the month, into early June. There are also a number of other subjects which may be sown either outside or under cloches during early May including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, peas, lettuce, radish, spinach and swede. Baby vegetables (see our Speedy Veg Seeds section) are becoming very popular especially where space is limited.
Dwarf dahlias can be potted up into containers ready to provide colour from mid summer to early autumn. If soil conditions are not too wet, dahlia tubers can be planted direct into the garden soil from early May onwards for late summer flowering. Provided the risk of late frosts have passed, tender summer bedding plants can be planted outdoors towards the end of the month, but if weather conditions are still wet and cold delay planting until early next month. Taller perennials or those subjects which may tend to fall over will require the support of frames.
The sowing of hardy annual flowers should now be completed, however, later sowings will result in the plants flowering later.
You may find it worthwhile with some plants, such as fuchsias, to remove the very tip of a shoot which will then encourage them to branch out. It is always a good idea to regularly check your plants making sure they receive sufficient water and do not dry out. It is also a good idea to commence weekly liquid feeds which will prove beneficial, and to re-pot any plants that show signs of becoming root-bound.
Now is also a good time to check for greenfly especially on spring bedding and bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. During early May chrysanthemums raised from cuttings can be planted out along with a tall cane for support as the plants grow.
Should weather conditions still seem uncertain, take precautions to guard against frost especially at night by placing garden fleece over emerging crops such as potatoes, covering cold frames with either polythene or sacking, and young plants that are in the greenhouse can be covered with newspaper.


Any plants being delivered this month must be opened immediately, if not, the leaves will go yellow with rot setting in. Remember, if you are going to be away make arrangements for them to be delivered to a friend so that they can still be opened up. Many plants are susceptible to attack by aphids and measures should be taken to bring this common pest under control. To keep control of slugs and snails, trap them under tiles or even grapefruit skins remembering to collect them up and disposing of them. Water lilies and other pond plants can be planted up in new aquatic baskets and compost, do not use ordinary compost as it encourages algae and is too rich.
Any plants that have become overcrowded should be lifted and divided, trimming any stray roots and this procedure should be carried out every few years.
When water reaches 10?C (50?F) start to feed fish but remove any uneaten food after about 10 minutes. Gardening Glossary:HybridThe cross-breeding of two plants chosen for their particular qualities (eg.
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Therefore, I am continuing to feature one of my favorite spring planted items (bulbs, perennials, fruits or veggies) each week. This year we’ve planted up a double bed, as we found last year’s crop to be just a little too small, and we’ve used fleece to act as a windbreak around the lower 25-30 cm of the bed, just to give the baby sweetcorn a chance to get their roots down before the Sussex winds start ripping into them. Doesn't tolerate the combination of high heat and humidity and clay soil typical of the American southeast; but might be possible there when growing in sandy coastal soils.
For my money, the best usage of 'Ruby Lace' is as a pollard, which simplifies its habit while also intensifying the color of its foliage. Happily, this also maximizes the proportion of the new foliage, whose directly-reflected color (oxblood) as well as transmitted colors (pink and rose) are all pleasing, indeed. But when the foliage is lighted from behind (as would happen if you look west toward your 'Ruby Lace' in late afternoon), then you'll also see light that is passing through its leaves. Better, then, to embrace the pink brought out by transmitted light, and surround 'Ruby Lace' with plants that are either neutral (white, silver, or green) or pink-friendly. Its lacy and comparatively dark foliage is easy to contrast with foliage that is variously lighter, larger, and of a simpler shape. In cold climates, Gleditsia is famously tolerant of both alkaline and acid pH, exposure to salt spray (from Winter salting or from the seas), and soil that ranges from free-draining and sandy to compacted or clay.
Gleditsia is drought-tolerant and established trees need no supplemental irrigation when growing in normally-deep and moisture-retentive soil, and where Summer rain is reliable once or twice a month. Underplant the tree with durable groundcovers and companion plants so as to make cultivation unnecessary.
What’s more, May is the month that kicks up a gear as vegetable and flower plants can be planted outdoors into their final growing, weather conditions allowing of course.
However, for an early crop sow two seeds per deep pot in the greenhouse or on a windowsill, thinning out to leave the strongest seedling for planting outside in late May or June.
Many can be sown at this time and, with the exception of sweet corn, can be grown in containers and growbags on the patio as well as in the vegetable garden.
There are also non-chemical traps available such as Slug Umbrellas and Nemaslug Slug Killer – use pellets only sparingly. This enables each piece to blend in harmoniously with its setting and adds an antique value onto the ornament.
We have some old trellis that sits on the two corners from which our most prevalent wind arrives (although now we have a middle row plot I think this will be less of an issue than it was on the windy end plot #201). In fact, your choices are only two.* In mild to hot climates, plant 'Summer Chocolate' mimosa. By contrast, 'Ruby Lace' is hardy to Zone 4 and, as is typical of Gleditsia, prefers climates with long cold Winters, comparatively short Summers and, in general, pronounced changes in climate from season to season. The flowers emerge from growth that was initiated the previous year, which is just the growth that is removed by the pollarding.
Neighbors of my pair of 'Ruby Lace' include the startling white-and-pink variegated 'Freckles' knotweed, a clump of 'Red Flyer' mallow (whose blooms are actually rosy pink), the white-then-pink flowerheads of 'Pink Diamond' hydrangeas, and the large and even-darker foliage of a pollarded black-leaved catalpa (whose leaves transmit the same rosy-pink light).
Instead, grow as a pollard (see the second "How to handle it" box, below), which keeps the tree compact enough to use even in the smallest of sunny gardens.
In hotter climates, heavy soil can hasten onset of the many ailments that Gleditsia can become afflicted with.


Growth of younger trees is faster if trees receive deep watering twice a month during prolonged drought.
New shoots bear the more colorful young foliage—and continue to produce it all season or, at least, much more of the season than do branches that are allowed grow on their own year after year.
Nor is the foliage of pollarded 'Ruby Lace' trees noticeably larger than that of unpruned branches. Even so, in some locales, Gleditsia is at risk of any number of disfiguring as well as fatal pests and diseases. Like 'Rubylace', 'Sunburst' can also be grown as a pollard and, then, also produces bright new foliage all season long. It is also good to be able to start taking care of lawns to get that appearance we love so much! Theya€™ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal each week with the bargain which will also last for that one day only a€” ita€™s a great chance to try something new or stock up on one of your faves! This year we’re trying not to be the first to plant everything, so we’ve waited until around a third of allotments have sweetcorn out before planting ours. It adores sweltering heat and drought, and its foliage is more delicately divided, and significantly darker. In June, the trees are backed by a screen of 'New Dawn' roses, whereas in late September, they are flanked by towering clumps of violet-flowered 'Jonesboro Giant' vernonia. Pollarding requires a yearly pruning in Winter or early Spring; depending on the height you choose, you might need a stepladder to do it. But the foliage that is produced throughout the season is pleasing burgundy, and it maintains its youthful coloring longer, too.
Check with your local office of the USDA Cooperative Extension Service to see if growing Gleditsia is at all practical where you're gardening. A full-sized 'Sunburst' is very showy, but only in Spring and early Summer, which is when its free-range branches are producing their new foliage.
Now that the soil should start to warm up, with weeds sprouting, it’s the perfect time for sowing seeds such as primrose, sweet william, cauliflower, spinach and radish. Last year, for some reason, we were first with just about everything and I’m not sure we gained anything for our troubles but extra work in protecting tender crops from wind, air-frosts and predators who flocked to our plot because we had the only food around!Sadly, since 2008 there have been intermittent problems with horse manure being contaminated with aminopyralid, a herbicide that causes peculiar curling problems with leaf growth, particularly on the solonacae family (potatoes and tomatoes and their ilk) and dahlias.
To their front, yet another congenial neighbor: The aluminum-white foliage and fragrant white flowers of 'Quicksilver' elaeagnus. Site 'Ruby Lace' in full sun where you can also have ready access for that easy but necessary project. Pollarding 'Ruby Lace' transforms a sows' ear of a plant into a silk purse, while also creating a tree with a naturally fluffy contour that is also compact overall: An arboreal standard, not just a pollard. Plus, the very compactness of the canopy assists in maintaining the primacy of the colorful new foliage, in that any that does mature to olive-tan is likely to be hidden by the ever-emerging burgundy foliage at the tips of the new stems.
If so you may find there are aminopyralid residues in the manure and that’s bad news for the allotment-holder!
But the foliage of 'Summer Chocolate' is even more striking, in that in direct light it approaches ebony. On the other hand, the transmitted light of 'Summer Chocolate' is a disappointing olive green, whereas that of the new foliage of 'Ruby Lace' is pink and rose.
One tip: Try separating the total number of glad bulbs into thirds and planting each third a week to ten days apart. Quisque pharetra, dolor eget ornare lobortis, magna justo laoreet diam, eu feugiat orci neque at risus. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas.
This kit contains a decorative dahlia whose bloom will reach 4-6″ across and will continue to put forth dazzling flowers until the first frost. Plant in partial sun to full sun (the more sun it receives, the more blooms you’ll see) and remove flowers as they fade for more and more blooms. As the only shade-lover of the bunch, this begonia is really just included for you to enjoy in your own quiet, favorite, shadier spot of the yard. Just be sure to provide it a pot that allows for good drainage and do not over water.So why not reward yourself for all of the hard work you’ve done this spring? Once you’ve planted yours, feel free to share the unique ways you found to use this kit in the comments below.




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