Horticulture, Landscape, and Environmental Systems


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Horticulture, Landscape, and Environmental Systems

With gardening for food production on the rise, strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow. When planting strawberry plants, plant as early as possible in spring which in Nebraska is usually April.

Before planting, remove all but two or three well-developed leaves per plant, and clip off any visible flower clusters. As plants grow, continue to remove all flowers during the first year on June-bearing strawberries.

Fall is a good time to test landscape and garden soils. It’s a great time to incorporate organic matter to improve soil structure; and if attempting to lower soil pH, fall is the time to incorporate sulfur as it takes time to have an effect.

Many houseplants thrive outside during summer, growing well with the brighter light intensity, but it will soon be time to bring them back indoors. Most plants grown as houseplants originated in the tropics, so nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40’s and 50’s F mean it’s time to bring them inside. Click here for the complete article.

For tiny green tomatoes developing on plants now, gardeners might wonder if this fruit will mature before frost.

Fruit development depends on tomato variety, day and nighttime temperatures, and amount of sunlight received between now and frost. And we don’t know when the first frost will be.

Below is the typical period of time a tomato needs from fruit set to maturity. Following that is an average range of days from flowering to maturity for other vegetables.

By: Kelly Feehan, Extension Educator

Release: Week of March 27, 2023

As temperatures warm in spring, plants covered with mulch for winter should be checked for new growth. If there is none, leave mulch in place as long as possible. It is important not to remove winter mulch too early or to cut the tops of herbaceous perennials off too soon.

Vegetable gardening is gaining in popularity. As with anything, beginners make mistakes. But keep in mind everyone was once a beginner so don’t let mistakes stop you from trying.