Weekly maintenance tips for plants and gardens: Prune vines, spray citrus

• Consider planting culinary herbs from seeds or plants. A wide variety of herbs thrive in our cooler, drier fall weather. Favorites such as basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, sage and thyme can all be planted as seeds, and many are available as plants. For more information, access Herbs in the Florida Garden on the Internet at edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH020.

Scout your garden for insect pests. Many caterpillars feed on the leaves of fall vegetables. Cabbage loopers, tomato hornworms, cutworms and pickleworms can be controlled by applying Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) formulations in products such as Dipel or Thuricide. If you find that you need to treat with a pesticide, always try the least toxic method first. Neem oil, fish oil and insecticidal soaps will control many insects and not contaminate your harvest. If you do use chemical pesticides, follow the label instructions and pay close attention to the number of days you must wait after spraying before you can harvest. Also, be certain that the product label lists the crop you are going treat.

Weekly maintenance tips for plants and gardens: Prune vines, spray citrus 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 8:23pm]

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