November 8, 2006

Mulching Strawberries

To insure a bountiful strawberry crop next year, home gardeners should mulch their strawberry plantings this fall.

Cold winter temperatures and repeated freezing and thawing of the soil through the winter months are the main threats to strawberry plants. Temperatures below +20 degrees Fahrenheit may kill flower buds and damage the roots and crowns of unmulched plants. Plants can also be destroyed by repeated freezing and thawing of the soil, which can heave unmulched plants out of the ground.

Sweet Potatoes or Yams?

Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are all part of a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Candied yams or sweet potatoes are another Thanksgiving favorite.

While sweet potatoes or yams are a holiday staple, the different common names do create some confusion. Are sweet potatoes and yams the same thing? If not, what are the differences? Which is served at Thanksgiving?

In the United States, sweet potatoes are often referred to as "yams." However, sweet potatoes and yams are actually different crops.

How Can I Minimize Plant Disease Problems Next Year?

The growing season is over and most of us are taking a break from gardening. However, there are a few key actions you can take now to minimize disease problems in your garden next year: