Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm Brings Family Fun To Area

By Steve Cummings

Parts of the county got rain this past weekend.  Unfortunate-ly, I got very little at my two places. What little rain we did get helped. Look for soybean harvest to begin this weekend.

One of the newest forms of agriculture and farming is Agri-Tourism. Yalobusha County is not lacking in this area as Doug and Rhonda Webb are opening the “Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm”.  The corn maze will be a big feature, but a cow train, hayride, campfires, duck and pig races, farm animals, and just good, clean family fun will be offered.

Doug and Rhonda are accomplished entertainers. Fiddlin’ Rooster Farms will open up on Sept. 19 and run through Nov. 7. The farm is located at 393 CR 102, Water Valley.  For more information, you can contact the Webb’s at 473-5005.  

Fiddlin’ Rooster Farms should be a great addition to Yalobusha County and will hopefully bring a lot of visitors and tourists to the county.

Horticulture Tips:

Mums

When you see mums for sale this month, buy them while the buds are still tight. Plant them in your garden or in containers where they will have maximum impact.  Getting mums started early will mean a more natural appearance and longer-lasting color when they bloom.

Roses

Give hybrid tea roses the boost they need for big fall flowers.  Apply 2 and 1/2 cup of 5-10-10 granular fertilizer or a similar product per plant.  Prune out any weak or wayward growth.  Water roses well each rainless week, and continue regular fungicidal sprays as directed on the label for roses that are susceptible to diseases.

Compost

Anytime you prepare a bed for replanting, be sure to include plenty of compost, composted manure, or other organic matter.  This will keep clay soil loose, sandy soil moist and add nutrients at the same time.

Replant

If the long, hot summer has left flower, herb, and vegetable beds looking tired and bedraggled, replant. Pull out everything that has passed its prime, and assess what you have left. Fill in with a few new summer annuals or add fall vegetables. They’ll last until autumn, giving you several months of pleasure.

Dried arrangements

Start collecting seedpods from iris, sensitive fern, and blackberry lilies now for dried arrangements you’ll want to make this fall and winter.  You can also dry flowers, such as gomphrena and cockscomb, by hanging cut stems upside down in dry, ventilated locations.

Cooler, wetter conditions are causing an increase in petal blight in crops in the vegetable garden. Okra and squash are having blooms that open, but do not produce anything edible. Fungi are attacking the petals of the flowers and causing poor pollenation and fruit rot. Drier conditions will alleviate the problem.

Tomato growers should watch for fruit splitting during this time of fronts swinging by and changing temperature and moisture levels. Remove any fruit that splits since the ruptured skin allows easier access to the interior for both insects and disease organisms.

 Make plans for the tree leaves that will start accumulating on the ground in the near future. Dry leaves make a good mulch,  are always a good addition to be plowed into the garden soil and leaves are a great addition to the composting process.  Now is a good time to talk to neighbors who normally bag them to allow you to bring them to your garden.

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