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Horticulture

March/April 2020

Horticulture Magazine

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Language:
English
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Active Interest Media
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1 min.
editor’s note

What will you plant this spring? We’ve packed this issue of Horticulture with ideas and information to help you answer that question, whether you’re just starting to “think spring” or you’ve been planning for months. Could your landscape use a new tree? The “Plants We Love” column highlights weepers (page 66); “Public Gardens” includes rugged recommendations from the staff at the Utah State University Botanical Center (page 24); and in our new “Expert Advice” column, the Davey Institute’s Chelsi Abbott lists four of her favorite species for gardens North and South (page 12). The professionals at the Morton Arboretum, our other featured public garden, offer pointers on planting a new tree (page 28). Moving to the shrub layer, I checked in with representatives from a couple of the country’s leading growers for…

1 min.
horticulture

Group Publisher Steven M. Nordmeyer Editor Meghan Shinn COLUMNISTS Scott Beuerlein | Greg Coppa | Jeff Cox Niki Jabbour | Daniel J. Hinkley DESIGN Executive Art Director Eric Flynn Associate Art Director Carrie Topp GROUP PRESIDENT Peter H. Miller, Hon. AIA ADVERTISING VP, Advertising Kevin Smith Ad Sales Michelle Kraemer, 715-318-0946 MKraemer@aimmedia.com Advertising Sales Coordinator Kathleen Shanklin PRESIDENT & CEO Andrew W. Clurman SENIOR VP, CFO, COO & TREASURER Michael Henry VP, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson VP, PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING Barbara Van Sickle VP, PEOPLE AND PLACES JoAnn Thomas AIM BOARD CHAIR Efrem Zimbalist III…

3 min.
where to begin

WHEN SPRING ARRIVES, like most gardeners I’m anxious to start digging in the soil. While I love my long-season tomato and pepper plants, I also appreciate the many vegetables that thrive in the cooler temperatures of spring and become ready to harvest in mere weeks. Here are my top crops to sow a month before the last frost. No spring vegetable garden is complete without a patch of lettuce. It’s quick and easy to grow, and it can be planted in garden beds or containers. Direct sow seeds about four weeks before the last expected spring frost or even earlier in a cold frame or greenhouse. Can’t-miss varieties include Salanova Home Garden Mix, ‘Sandy’, ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ and ‘Red Salad Bowl’. Salad turnips like ‘Hakurei’ have been a spring standard in my…

1 min.
spring checklist

Sow. March and April are the busiest months for indoor seed starting. To produce healthy, compact seedlings, provide at least 16 hours of light each day. I use four-foot fluorescent grow lights hung on chains. This allows me to adjust the height of the lights as the plants grow, so they stay just a few inches above the tops of the seedlings. The result is strong, well-branched seedlings ready to be plugged into my garden. Plan. Don’t get overwhelmed by spring cleanup and garden prep. Instead, stay organized and keep on track by making a list of garden tasks, plans and projects. Prioritize those that can’t wait, like seed starting, and tackle the less pressing ones when you have time. Buy smart. Whether you need garden soil to fill a new raised…

2 min.
tree love

GIVEN HER MASTER’S DEGREE in plant pathology, you may think Chelsi Abbott, a Technical Advisor at the Davey Institute, is mostly concerned with how trees die. In speaking with her, it quickly becomes clear that she’s happy talking about steps we can take to help trees live—and thrive. This can begin at the earliest start of spring, when it’s time to greet our awakening garden and landscape trees. “Spring cleaning really applies outdoors as much as indoors,” Chelsi says. That means stepping outside “with a keen eye” to assess our woody plants and address routine maintenance, she explains. She recommends looking not just for the obvious—that is, winter-damaged branches—but also searching closely to determine trees’ and shrubs’ health. A good clue comes with leafing out. Chelsi says, “If something’s not leafing…

1 min.
credentials

Chelsi Abbott, a Technical Advisor at the Davey Institute, holds degrees in plant pathology and biological sciences. The Davey Institute is the scientific headquarters of the Davey Tree Expert Company, whose field crews tend residential and commercial properties across North America. Scientists like Chelsi support Davey’s vast network of tree workers through research, technical support and educational offerings. Learn more about Davey at http://www.davey.com.…