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July 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Irrigating Trees, Shrubs and Your Lawn During a Drought

Irrigating Trees and Shrubs During a Drought

Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Webster County says dry weather has led to lots of questions about irrigating trees and shrubs.

Question: I’ve noticed lots of shade trees with dying branches or dropping leaves early this summer. Are we losing them to drought?

Answer: Many of our shade trees are in…


Added by George Deatz on July 29, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments

Wild Walk: Monarda

There is nothing quite as enchanting as a chance encounter with a wild patch of flowering monarda. The electric colors of their shaggy, upright flowers light up the shady places they prefer; dazzling the unprepared eye. Once familiar with the sweet oregano-like scent of this delicately…


Added by Jill H on July 25, 2011 at 9:58am — No Comments

Gardening Links and Upcoming WFNA events

Here's a few links you can't live without if you are a gardener in the Ozarks!


http://www.wellfedneighbor.com/ - Social forum with blog, groups, picture sharing and calendar.


http://friendsofthegarden.org/ - Botanical Center, calendar and blog.


http://rareseeds.com/ -…


Added by Aubree Taylor on July 24, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Missouri Native Plant Society – Southwest Missouri Chapter: Meeting Tuesday, July 26th

Missouri Native Plant Society – Southwest Missouri Chapter: Meeting Tuesday, July 26th

By Larry L. Wegmann & Brian Edmond

Next Tuesday, July 26th, we will have our monthly meeting at the Springfield Botanical Center.

From 6-7 PM we will be maintaining our rain garden and the wildflower garden. Or, you could

tour the grounds and enjoy the sights. You may prefer to just come to the program session

starting a 7 PM inside the Botanical…


Added by George Deatz on July 23, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments

Tomato and Pepper Field Day July 28 in Mt. Vernon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The University of Missouri will host a “Tomato and Pepper Field Day” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 28 at the MU Southwest Research Center, 14548 Highway H, in Mt. Vernon.


The program will include educational sessions on commercial tomato and pepper production, tomato pest management and growing tomatoes in the home garden. There will also be tours of the tomato and pepper research plantings and tasting of tomato and pepper cultivars.




Added by George Deatz on July 22, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Surround Your Garden with LOVE


Our Garden and the Soil under our feet is filled with Conscious Life that responds to our thoughts and words. I have decided to surround our garden and ourselves with words of LOVE and POWER.…


Added by Lincoln B. Justice on July 21, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Remember to Keep Tomatoes Safe if Freezing or Canning

LAMAR, Mo. — Gardens are beginning to produce an abundance of tomatoes. That means the dilemma of how to preserve the tomatoes has begun.

“Tomatoes can be frozen or canned following proper procedures. Safety is the key. It is not safe to open kettle or oven can tomatoes” say Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Freezing tomatoes is easy according to Roberts. Just wash and dip them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Peel…


Added by George Deatz on July 21, 2011 at 8:07am — No Comments

Blossom-End Rot Showing Up on Tomatoes, Peppers in Southwest Missouri

PINEVILLE, Mo. — There has been a rash of inquiries about brown rotten-looking ends showing up on the fruit of the tomato and pepper plants in southwest Missouri according to John Hobbs, agriculture and rural development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“If you have tomatoes or peppers with a sunken, brown leathery patch on the bottom of the fruit, you probably have blossom-end rot,” said Hobbs.

Though most common on tomatoes and…


Added by George Deatz on July 20, 2011 at 6:19am — 5 Comments

A Gardener's Odyssey

© 2011 Jill Henderson It was a chilly night in February when my husband and I left our home in Missouri for a six month tour through Southeast Asia. We had just sold our farm, replete with herb, flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees and berries, all neatly edged in native stone. The ad that our real estate agent came up with boasted, “Beautiful gardens in a park-like setting.”  The statement seemed appropriate enough, yet it seemed to be missing…


Added by Jill H on July 19, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

In the News - Sharing seeds with others

I found this article interesting and wanted to share it.


A woman turns to gardening during tough times and then starts a non-profit group called the dinner garden.



Added by Dianna Russell on July 18, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Genetically modified front lawns and the mass spraying of neighborhoods and playgrounds with RoundUp

(NaturalNews) Thanks to a recent admission by the USDA that it does not have the regulatory framework to even regulate GMOs, the world of biotech is set to unleash a tidal wave of genetically modified seeds upon the United States. This is the upshot of Scotts… Continue

Added by OmegaFarms on July 18, 2011 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

Department of Transportation Sets Sights on Farmers' and States' Rights

Written by Bob Confer   
Monday, 18 July 2011
  The federal government just can’t stay out of agriculture. From subsidy programs that decide winners and losers in the markets by favoring corporate farms over family farms to ethanol rules that…

Added by OmegaFarms on July 18, 2011 at 11:08am — 5 Comments

Genetically Engineered Trees The Increasing Threat


Despite the severe warnings from scientists of the threat to wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystems, Canada continues to permit field tests of transgenetic forest trees. The fear is that these tests are just a prelude to the commercialization of GE trees, which could be catastrophic for the environment.

So far transgenic forest trees have only been marketed in China, but over 250 experimental releases of GE forest trees have been conducted… Continue

Added by OmegaFarms on July 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Would you like to have a solar powered Greenhouse?

Would you like to have a solar powered Greenhouse on your property?

Through cooperation, like that practiced by the Amish, we can help each other to construct greenhouses that will be worth their weigh in silver when the economy crashes.   Home grown food is the most valuable investment you can make for family security in…


Added by Lincoln B. Justice on July 16, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Springfield Community Service: Real Estate Information Classes

Springfield Community Service: Real Estate Information Classes

Submitted by Linda D.

This is the information regarding the classes.  They are being offered strictly as a free community service.  There will be no sales pitch.  They are intended to help the people who attend whether they buy from Murney or another Realtor.  Part of the intent is to help stimulate the real estate market in Springfield in general, not just…

Added by George Deatz on July 13, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Just Itching for Summer

By Jill Henderson


Summer is a fabulous time…


Added by Jill H on July 12, 2011 at 9:48am — No Comments

We need your help for the Friends of the Garden’s biggest event!

Dear fellow Friends of the Garden,


Mark your calendars for Friends of the Garden’s biggest event of the summer! The third annual Butterfly Festival, now joined with Bluegrass and Blossoms, is next weekend, July 16th and 17th. Sound like an event you don’t want to miss? Come join us as a volunteer! We still have room for a few more assistants to welcome visitors, and help with children’s crafts and activities. Volunteering at the festival is a great way to…


Added by George Deatz on July 10, 2011 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Use of Baking Soda as a Fungicide


There has been considerable interest in the use of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3) and potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) to control powdery mildew and other fungal diseases of plants. This publication provides a brief survey of observations, research, and recommendations on the use of bicarbonates in horticulture.



The use of baking soda as a fungicide is not a new idea. In Alfred C. Hottes' A Little Book of…


Added by Shammah on July 9, 2011 at 11:48am — No Comments

Leaf Spot and Tomato Blight


Septoria leaf spot and Early Blight are common fungal diseases of tomatoes in the home garden. Knowing the symptoms of these common problems is very important so that the proper control measures can be…


Added by Shammah on July 9, 2011 at 11:37am — No Comments

USDA tyranny marches on and the sheeple snooze.

I have previously stated that the USDA is dead set on killing you.  That is my honest deeply held  belief, I am not being sensationalist. The USDA is implementing the United Nations Codex Alimentarius right before our eyes.

The sheeple are still sleeping.......


Consider the following:


FDA unleashes end game scheme to outlaw virtually all dietary supplements…


Added by Joe Tittiger on July 6, 2011 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

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