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Holidays – November through December
HOLIDAY GREENS STAY FRESH LONGER
If you believe that “live” Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands are a necessary part of your holiday celebration, then MOISTURE GUARD is the product for you! It keeps greenery fresher-looking longer, allows the natural pine scent you love to come through, and it dries quickly for very easy use.
(Plus, one of our commercial customers who makes wreaths for the holidays tells us an added benefit of MOISTURE GUARD is that it does NOT make blue spruce anything other than “blue!”)
MOISTURE GUARD is made from highly-refined wax. If you have some left over after the holidays, save it for Spring to use on your transplants and they will love you for it!
Fall – September and October
TIPS TO HELP YOUR PLANTS MAKE THEIR MOVE INDOORS
Before moving your plants indoors, thoroughly clean the pots and saucers for each plant – unless you really WANT to bring insect eggs and spider eggs indoors with the plants! Disinfecting the pots and saucers with a 10% bleach water will also get rid of many disease organisms – soak saucers for 15 minutes and rinse well.
Just prior to moving your plants indoors – or at the first sign of spider mites or whiteflies, spray with Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect Repellent. Hot Pepper Wax can be used indoors or out, so remember to spray every 1 – 2 weeks to keep plants free of these pests.
How do you know if your plants have spider mites? You will see thin webs across your plants. Whiteflies are a little easier to spot; you may see them fly if you brush against your plants.
You can also help your plants adjust to the dimmer light they’ll experience indoors. If you haven’t moved your plants indoors yet, put them in a shadier area outdoors for a few weeks before bringing them in. If you’re in an area of the country where you don’t have a few weeks left before your plants need to come inside, then put your plants first in the brightest light possible indoors to help them get through the “stress” of moving.
Be careful not to over-water while they’re adjusting. For plants that have just been moved indoors, don’t worry if the lower leaves turn yellow and drop off at first. That means your plants haven’t acclimated to the lower light levels yet. It does NOT mean your plants need more water; in fact, your plants may actually need less water than when they were outside.
For best results – and happier plants! – allow your plants to acclimate gradually. They’ve enjoyed a lot of bright sun outdoors and they need some time to get accustomed to softer, dimmer indoor light.
Summer Growing Season – June through August
Start the summer by testing your memory. Do you remember what pests were most invasive in your garden last year? If so, be alert all summer for them. It’s much better to be pro-active in garden pest control. With that in the back of your mind, let’s move on to other things your garden needs. And, because there’s so much going on in this season, let’s take this season one month at a time.
By the first week of June, everyone should have most of their vegetables in the ground and flowerbeds, pots and boxes planted. (Unless, of course, you have a day job and it rains every weekend you were planning to work outside!!)
At transplant time, here are a few ‘must do’s’ to promote success.
Water immediately after transplanting to remove air pockets that dry out tender roots.
Use a slow release complete fertilizer labeled for vegetables and flowers according to label directions for planting time.
Mulch in-ground plants as soon as you can after planting. (Mulching after a good rain will conserve moisture and reduce time spent watering and pulling weeds for the duration of the summer, plus, it’s a fact that mulched plants grow bigger!)
Place stakes or wire supports near those plants that will need support and it’ll save you time later.
And don’t forget that Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect and Animal Repellent will act as an anti-transpirant if applied to all new transplants by reducing moisture loss while the roots re-establish themselves in their new location.
Basically, if you’ve applied a slow release fertilizer, it will do its job now. If not, remember to fertilize weekly with a quickly available fertilizer formulated for flowers and vegetables. Speaking of flowers, if they need deadheading, now’s the time to do it to extend bloom. Look for insect and disease problems as they are easier to manage if you catch them early. Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect Repellent will keep soft-bodied insects in check so your plants can grow to full size.
Now’s the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, whether it’s a flowerbed in full bloom or the bountiful vegetable garden you’ve been waiting for all summer. Hot Pepper Wax Natural Animal Repellent must be in place before local critters ‘harvest’ first…be vigilant about keeping that new growth protected. If August is often dry in your area, be sure to apply enough water to support plant growth between rains. Keep an eye out for weeds you may have missed and remove them before they have a chance to go to seed and you’ll see fewer next year.
Spring ‘Doing’ – April through May
April is that wonderful month when the air is fresher, the grass is greener and your thoughts are switching from “Winter planning” to “Spring doing”.
First on your list should be getting to the jobs you didn’t finish last Fall. Did you trim back your perennials before winter hit? If not, now is the time to get that done. (While you’re at it, rid your garden and flower beds of all the debris and weeds that appeared over winter.) Next, if you have grape vines, berry bushes or fruit trees, prune them before they leaf out or flower.
If any of your trees or shrubs had problems last season with scale or with insects that over-winter as eggs in bark crevices, April and May are good months to reduce this year’s population by applying horticultural oil or a similar product.
If your garden soil is too acidic, you can neutralize it by adding lime.Or, if your soil is too alkaline or needs to be even more acidic, you can lower the pH by adding sulfur. If you’ve never done a soil test to determine the pH, and don’t know how to do it, call your county Extension office or visit your local garden center to learn what you need for testing.
Winter Planning – January through March
January, February and March are usually the times seed catalogs start appearing in your stack of mail. While you’re leafing through them, why not start planning your spring and summer garden – and make a New Year’s Resolution to help it be the most successful garden you’ve ever planted!
Here are some easy planning steps.
1. Purchase plants, shrubs and trees that will grow successfully in your region. Most seed catalogs will have a chart that will help you with this, but if you’re in any doubt, contact your local Extension office and ask for a Master Gardener. (You can find a link to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map on our Facebook page…just go to www.facebook.com/hotpepperwax )
2. Do some research on the plants you’re considering. For example: Do they need shade or sun? Do they need any special care? What garden pests will they attract? How and when to prune? (so you don’t remove this season’s flower buds)
Remember: Planning ahead can save a lot of labor when Spring finally comes!
Greenville, Pa : How did your vegetables, fruits and ornamental trees and shrubs grow? If little critters and soft-bodied insects nibbled through the lettuce and tomato patch, you probably did not use Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect Repellent and Hot Pepper Wax Natural Animal Repellent.
Not to fear, you can arm yourself with Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect and Animal Repellent concentrate and ready-to-use products before next growing season.
In just a few years, Hot Pepper Wax Inc., Greenville, Pa., has achieved growing success in marketing natural, non-toxic insect and animal repellents. The repellents keep whiteflies, spider mites and other soft bodied insects, rabbits and tree squirrels at bay.
What does Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect and Animal Repellent do?
Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect and Animal Repellent is a biodegradable, non-chemical liquid spray made of food-grade ingredients. Hot Pepper Wax, using a patented encapsulation, blends wax and cayenne pepper extract. The product coats plants with an invisible barrier against insect and animal pests. Hot peppers repel the pest; the wax keeps it on the plants for up to two weeks, rain or shine.
Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect Repellent is effective against aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, cabbage loopers and other soft-bodied insects. Hot Pepper Wax Natural Animal Repellent keeps tree squirrels and rabbits away.
Please call us at 800-627-6840, or email [email protected] , if you have questions concerning insect control and ways Hot Pepper Wax may be able to help.
Check out a North Carolina gardener’s blog about how Hot Pepper Wax Natural Insect Repellent and Natural Animal Repellent solved her problems with hungry bunnies this spring! Just do a search for “Hot Pepper Wax” after you click here:http://flowergardengirl.wordpress.com