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June 12, 2013

Tomato plants need support, fertilizer

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Remember, plants are a lot like people. Both like to eat! A successful garden is a well-fed garden. Make your first weekend project to fertilize your flower and vegetable plants.

Take a few moments and check the underside of the leaves of your holly plants. Over the weekend, several people brought in leaf samples of holly plants, and the leaves had scale growing on the undersides. This insect can multiply to the point where the holly begins to lose leaves. An application of an insecticide will knock back this pest and allow you to get those holly plants healthy again.

For those of you who have been waiting for their arrival, we got in a shipment of ladybugs and praying mantis egg cases. Ladybugs will eat aphids and other soft body insects that are attacking your plants. The egg cases of the praying mantises are placed in your gardens, and when the cases hatch out, hundreds of baby mantises will begin to eat other insects that can be destroying your gardens. Both of these beneficial insects are only available for a short period of time each spring. If you want to try either of these natural pest control methods, now is the time to get them.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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