Mike Miller, Godfrey, Saint Patrick discussed on St. Louis Composting Garden Hotline with Mike Miller
Were there host Mike Miller on king? Yes, folks were getting into planting season. Remember that if you're putting in any kind of Woody plant material a tree or shrub, evergreen or deciduous. It doesn't matter a conifer do not put fertilizer in the whole when you're planting fertilizing the nitrogen fertilizer can really retard route growth by depleting Woody plants of carbohydrates. So that's what it really does. So the nitrogen aspect is bad bad news for Plamen cereal. So don't put any in the whole when you're installing your plan material also just doing fertilizing in general again without a soil test. You could be doing more harm than good. So just completely and understand that. So let's now head up to Godfrey and see what's going on with Peggy Peggy. How are you very? Well. Thank you. How are you? Good and happy Saint Patrick's Day. Thanks beautiful day to. Yes. I I have. Had. I don't know how to tell you accept the huge patches. Loss in my lawn. And I've been trying to use the D set your rate to get rid of some of it is that the right thing to do. And and if so what do I do? Now, basically, you're never going to get rid of it. No matter what you do a lot of people put they have something called D moss. They have other products physically like what you're doing. But the mosses there because the soil chemistry in the environment in general, and the moss you could make it. So it almost feels like it's gone away. But we'll be back. So unless you want to just do it for building up your muscles. There's not really any reason to go out there and full with it. It's just not a circumstance that you have to live with. Oh. I hate to be a real any. Is there anything we'll grass if you plan seat, it will grow it will sprout, but the moss will still probably overpower the grass. So you could put the seat out, you know, every may every September. Then just watch it and you enjoy the grass as long as there. But just realize the moss is going to end up being there. And there's nothing I can do not realistically. No, oh, that's bad. News. You sound. Like, you have a great house is probably woodland or whatever it happens to be and up and Godfrey, and which is great country, but you could sell your house and just move someplace where that's nice in this sunny. That's what I need to do. Right. Exactly early hot sunny new construction. So nothing grows not grass. Not moss. Nothing. Oh jojoy. She can come over. And collect all night. Doc. Yeah. It's like, you know, people, you know, trap a lot of different stuff. But then she said, you know, then what do you do when you trap, and it's alive, you take it to a park or something let loose. I mean, you just kinda pass the baton on. But thanks pay. Thank you very much. Sterling is in Kirkwood. I sterling high I gonna. Ask you about grass, what kind of a mix would you recommend for this area? Basically. If you buy side is going to let's say you wanted a fescue mix, which I think that is the best mix as far as C goes the side is going to be ninety percent fescue. But it has because it is side. It'll be ten percent bluegrass because that's what holds a fescue together because the fescue is a clump grower. And if you had side was just a hundred percent fescue it would fall apart. So that's why they put the bluegrass in with the fescue. But if I was just buying seed. I'd say a fescue blend. Okay. And is there any particular place that you would go to to buy seed? No, I would probably look though, and you know, garden center year round garden centers is probably gonna have goods, you know, let's say new seed, but check the bag if it's a place where you might be a little bit suspect, and they should be a date on the bag when it was harvested, make sure it wasn't really too old because sometimes I've seen it in places various places where the seed has been two or three years old in the bags still closed. Everything you would think would be fine, but the c can just age even within the bag. And what kind of I've heard you say put compost on top of the of the the area that you see. And is there anything else you can put like just some topsoil or now don't put topsoil because it's just going to wash away and the composts actually just melts down into the ground. That's the topsoil wurley won't. So the cooperation would be the ideal thing to do first. And then go from that from that standpoint. And then put the seat down. And then the, you know, the compost on top of that. But corporation is the ideal thing if you don't do that just I would say see down with a top dressing of a quarter inch or half inch had the most of compost. Okay. I can neither confirm nor deny that. I've crap moles. But the the best tool that I had was the those scissor types of lull tramps, they're they're they're quick. They're they're the least, you know, there's the most merciful. Wow. This is a mole traffic Taifa day. Well, thank sterling greatly. Appreciate it. And now, let's go to Laurie in Manchester. Hi, lori. Hi, mike. How are you? Doing this morning. I'm great. I have great news. I do not have a mole question. Or a comment. Comment, right. Have a friend in south city who has a very nice bed. It's probably about twelve foot by seven foot, and he planted it up with tomatoes and cucumbers last year. We're on the ground, and we great cucumber harvest. I mean, it was just unbelievable. How many got out of there? But the tomatoes the plants grew like crazy crazy crazy, and they were tomatoes on the plants, but they never turned away. I mean, just hundreds of them, and I didn't know if you've heard of that happening last year trying to prevent it again this year, maybe something he watered it very hardly every day. Maybe that's part of it. But I'm not really sure like to see some tomatoes out of that that this year, right, basically, if hopefully using tomato food fertilizer for your tomatoes, and the tomatoes are really a tough one. We always want to get the tomato varieties that have ESPN that doesn't necessarily mean or have anything to do with the ripening process. But that's just the ones that are more resistant to disease problems, and the tomato food has a calcium in it, which prevents blossoming rod, but other than that if you know what I'd probably do have a tendency not. Not necessarily let the tomato plants just grow and grow and grow and grow. Maybe you know, let's say keep the size down, height wise, and then make it's what that does is make it. So there's going to be less flowering less fruit set, and maybe the plan will have an opportunity to your you'll have an opportunity to get some ripe tomatoes. Yeah. I mean, they they grew out of the cages I mean, it was just it was really quite uncontrollable, actually. And it was it was great that we have so many plants that were doing something, but the volumes would show up and then the tomatoes are show up. And then nothing I mean, they would just sit there and never turned red. And it gets pretty good sun during the day. It's just I so just how would you recommend keeping those tomatoes? Produce. Well. Well, it depends upon variety. I would say I don't know what once you were actually growing, but maybe try some cherry tomatoes or some grape tomatoes. Yeah. Uh-huh. He had some of those. But then he had some of the regular big voters that I'm a big boy, there's all kinds of different types. But it's. Other than the amount of sun. That's usually what makes the actually tomato start ripening. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Yeah. And and water every day for sure. It doesn't have to be every day. They do like a lot of water. But so that's shouldn't have any impact on the ripening. It was just really weird. I mean, the cucumbers were going crazy, but the tomatoes work doing nothing and trying to figure out what we did wrong. Kick those cucumbers out. Oh, really? Yeah. Well, and space it tomatoes a little bit more. Maybe they're overshadowing each other. And that's why the fruits weren't actually, you know, getting enough sunlight to ripen. Well, the cucumbers are on the ground. I know. But I mean, if the tomatoes are big they could be overshadowing each other true. Okay. Very good. All right. Very good. Thanks, mike. Appreciate your help. Yup. Mike Miller, que Marche? 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