Aphids on Milkweed – This Week in the Garden

From Family Plot. This week in the garden our milkweed is covered with yellow aphids. You can’t use insecticides because that may harm monarch butterfly caterpillars which feed on the milkweed, so Dixon Gallery and Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Tonya Ashworth shows how to use a jet of water to knock the aphids off. You may…

How to Read Garden Chemical Labels – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Knowing how to read chemical labels is critical for safely using garden pesticides. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison shows and explains the main parts of a pesticide label. He us using liquid Sevin for the demonstration but the same principles apply for all garden chemical labels. The federal government requires certain…

Building a Self-Watering Houseplant Pot – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Most houseplants like even moisture, but it can be hard to maintain the right amount of moisture. Dixon Gallery and Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Tonya Ashworth shows how to build a pot that will keep your houseplants watered for up to two weeks and shows when it needs more water. The system works…

Q&A – What are these flowers? -A: Grape Hyacinth

From Family Plot. This is muscari other wise known as grape hyacinth. Dixon Gallery and Garden Volunteer Coordinator Tonya Ashworth says it is not a true hyacinth. It is a bulb plant and it can be transplanted. It is easiest to dig up while it is growing so you know where it is. You should…

Q&A – When should I plant beets?

From Family Plot. Beets are a cool season crop in the southern United States but farther north, they can be seeded all summer. Check the back of the seed packet or call your local extension office. They can tell you when it is the best time to plant. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more…

Q&A – Is there a way to keep cool season vegetables from bolting?

From Family Plot. Spring bolting happens because of increasing temperatures, increasing day length, lack of water, and genetics of the plant. Dixon Gallery and Garden Volunteer Coordinator Tonya Ashworth talks about some options to reduce bolting with plant selection. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper suggests using shade cloth to reduce the amount of light, and…

Labeling Garden Sprayers – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. You need to make sure you don’t use the same sprayer for herbicides and fungicides. Residual herbicide in the tank will unintentionally damage plants. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper talks about the importance of labeling your sprayers to make sure you don’t mix them up. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more…

Straw Bale Gardening – Family Plot

From Family Plot. If you don’t have a place to grow a garden or your ground is bad, a straw bale garden is a great option. Dixon Gallery and Garden Volunteer Coordinator Tonya Ashworth shows how to prepare and plant a straw bale garden. In a straw bale garden, the plants grow in the straw…

Q&A – When and how should I treat crape myrtle bark scale?

From Family Plot. The spring is the best time to treat crape myrtle bark scale. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper recommends using a soil drench containing the active ingredient imidacloprid or Dinotefuran. One application of imidacloprid will control the scale for a year. Dinotefuran will control the scale for few months. Soil drenches work by…