Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

February, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Satsuma Orange
Satsumas are a mandarin type of orange. Their loose skin peels away easily. The fruit have few seeds, and the plants are among the hardiest of orange trees. The trees are semi-dwarf compared to standard oranges and can be kept at 6-8 feet tall with some minimal pruning. Satsumas don't require two varieties for cross pollination. Some good varieties for the Lower South are 'Kimbrough' and 'Owari', as well as the newer 'Miho' and 'Seto', which have taken temperatures down to 18 degrees in Texas trials with very minimal damage to the trees.

Clever Gardening Technique

Strawberry to Vegetable Transition
Planting on beds covered with landscape fabric or black plastic helps minimize both insect and disease problems on strawberries. Placing drip irrigation beneath the cover is a way to really boost production while minimizing foliage and fruit disease. After the strawberry season dwindles in May, pull the plants out and replant the same holes in the bed cover with cantaloupes, watermelons, winter squash, or even okra for summer long, weed free growing.


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