April 23, 1999
When purchasing trees and shrubs, gardeners can choose from among bare-root, balled and burlapped (B B), and container-grown materials. Important considerations, such as cost, size, and planting season, vary with the different forms of plant material.
Now is the best time to get out in your garden and plant cool-season vegetable crops. A cool-season crop is defined as a vegetable that grows best with temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees F. Cool-season crops can tolerate light to moderate frosts, but are intolerant of high summer temperatures. Listed below are common cool-season crops and their recommended spacing between plants and rows. Direct seeding of most cool-season crops can be done with the exceptions of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Chinese cabbage which would be better started by transplants.
It is the time of the year when wetwood or slime flux might be observed on infected trees. A unique feature of the disease includes a water-soaked, yellow-brown discolored area along the bark. A foul-smelling liquid (slime) oozes out of bark cracks and wounds and results in the build-up of dry scum. This condition is common in poplar and elm but can also be found in maple, birch, oak, sycamore, ash, linden, redbud, fir, beech, willow, cherry, plum, butternut, walnut, hickory, apple, cottonwood, aspen, and mulberry.