Your National Gardening Association weekly news for April 22, 2017


Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Using Rock Salt In Asparagus Beds
"I was talking to a gardener friend today and she said to weed asparagus beds and then spread a layer of rock salt. I have never heard of this before but she said it was from the Connecticut Experiment Station in Connecticut. Have you ever heard of doing this?
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Care and Harvest of Strawberries

"You won't be idle until your first harvest. You must not let the new plants set berries in their first year. They will try to fruit, but you must pick off the blossoms as they appear. This way, instead of fruiting, the mother plants will produce vigorous daughters that will yield well the following year."

Growing Basil

"Featured in cuisines across the globe, basil is an indispensable flavoring. Plant seeds or transplants after all danger of frost has passed and soil is warm, and it will yield an abundant harvest within weeks."

Weeds: Chickweed

"Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a widespread, hardy annual often found in moist, fertile garden soil. In mild winter climates it begins blooming before winter ends. Edible but not very tasty, chickweed plants form dense 3-inch-tall mats of foliage studded with starry white flowers."

Rein in Storm Water with a Rain Garden

"When a thunderstorm unleashes a torrent of rain, all that water landing on impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, and walkways often runs off into the nearest storm drain and from there eventually to local waterways, or it goes directly into nearby streams, rivers, and lakes. Even when the rain lands on lawns, gardens, or other vegetated surfaces, so much comes down so quickly in a thunderstorm that much of the needed water runs off rather than soaking into the ground."

Dividing Perennials

"When an established perennial produces fewer flowers, or the center of the plant looks sickly while the margins thrive, it could be time to divide the plant."

Tomato Hornworm

"This pest is found throughout the United States. These large, fat caterpillars feed voraciously on the leaves and fruits of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes."

Choosing Tomato Varieties

"If you're just starting out in a small backyard or community garden, try growing only a few tomato plants at"

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Texas thistle (Cirsium texanum)
By GrammaChar:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Blackbird Landing')
By Lestv:

Photo of Winecup (Callirhoe involucrata)
By GrammaChar:

Photo of Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
By cliftoncat:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Allegheny Skyline')
By shive1:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Call to Danger')
By cliftoncat:

Photo of Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus Frostkissā„¢ Anna's Red)
By William:

Photo of Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'White Wings')
By SunnyBorders:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Deja Blu')
By wildflowers:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Two Tone Taffy')
By bxncbx:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

8 people gave for a photo of Texas thistle (Cirsium texanum) by GrammaChar

4 people gave for post #1419235 in "Banner for April 20, 2017 by Newyorkrita" by Newyorkrita

4 people gave for post #1414789 in "Bird Photos, April 2017" by Joolie

4 people gave for post #1418660 in "Hard To Do... But Out They Went" by Seedfork

4 people gave for post #1415367 in "Just my humble opinion about acorns-give-aways" by BPadilla

3 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Enter the Dragon') by Lestv

3 people gave for post #1417071 in "Just my humble opinion about acorns-give-aways" by conniepr27

3 people gave for post #1415600 in "Just my humble opinion about acorns-give-aways" by BPadilla

3 people gave for post #1414570 in "Share Your Photos" by GrammaChar

3 people gave for post #1416328 in "Share Your Photos" by j52

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Daylily Clump photosSeedforkDaylilies forum34
And the winners of the April 2017 raffle are.....!daveThe April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!24
Length of Iris Bloom Seasonurania1Irises forum23
New gardening toy, I mean tool.AgooAll Things Gardening forum22
Excited about Spring!WhitebeardAll Things Gardening forum21
Which Irises have you parted ways with and why -- 2017lovemyhouseIrises forum16
KalanchoesLizDTMPlant ID forum16
New homeowner helpJason7613Landscape Design forum15
Daylily of the Day: HyperionbeckygardenerDaylilies forum15

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