June 7, 2006

Growing Herbs in Containers

Herbs are a wonderful addition to any garden. They can be grown in vegetable gardens, in flower gardens, or in containers. Growing herbs in containers is a great way to have fresh herbs close to the kitchen for cooking. Some container grown herbs can then be moved indoors when the growing season is over for further enjoyment.

Peach leaf curl

The cool, wet weather of May has led to an abundance of peach leaf curl, a fungal disease of peach trees. Affected peach leaves develop severe puckering and distortion, starting out green but sometimes turning red or purple. As the disease progresses, the fungus produces a thin layer of spores on the surface of the leaf, making it appear slightly gray. Infected leaves often turn yellow or brown and fall from the tree. Fruit production may be reduced, but the fungus typically does not infect the fruits themselves.