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Spring Genealogy Fair Set For March 25

By Pamela Redwine

March 24  the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers  will host the 2011 Spring Area Meeting here in Yalobusha County.  We look forward to having all of our MHV friends from Grenada, Calhoun, Carroll, Montgom-ery and Attala with us for the meeting.

The MHV does such good things in our communities, as well as, for the state and even internationally.  If you are interested in finding out how to become a member call us at the extension office at 675-2730 or send an email to

On March 25 we will have the Spring 2011 Genealogy Fair.  The program will be presented by interactive video and will begin at noon and conclude around 3 p.m.  The times and topics include:

  •  12:00 – 12:50 p.m – Researching Your African-American and Native-American Ancestry,
  •  1:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Preserving Your Cherished Family Memories
  •  2:00 – 2:50 p.m. – Preserving and Restoring Tombstones

On March 28th we will have another Private Applicator Certification training.  This one will be offered at 6 p.m.  The cost is $10.  Please call the Extension office to register.

If you would like to keep up with the events going on at the Yalobusha County Extension Service you can follow us on facebook – search: MSU-Extension Service Yalobusha County.


What can I do about all those weeds blooming in my yard now?  Most of these weeds are what we term “winter annuals”. Those weeds that appear annually from seed and grow during the fall through early spring.  Many of these weeds (henbit, annual bluegrass, chickweed, etc.) will eventually die when the temperatures finally warm up and stay there.  They are flowering heavily now which is why you see the bright purples, yellows, and whites in the landscape.  Since they are flowering and into a reproductive stage they will be completing their life cycles soon and dying so spraying them with an herbicide to kill them at this time may be of lesser value. Probably as good a remedy now is to simply mow the lawn to remove most of their leaf, flower and seedhead canopy before the seed mature which will help reduce next fall’s seed source. Also vow to use a preemergence herbicide late next summer or early fall to prevent their prodigy from germinating next year or apply post-emerge herbicide earlier in the winter when these young weeds are small and actively growing.  Many of these dying weeds also create additional problems when they die as they leave small openings in the canopy of the permanent turf for “summer annuals” such as crabgrass, goosegrass, prostrate spurge and the like to take their place if a preemergence herbicide is not applied in the spring.

  There are a few perennial winter weeds that you may want to control now such as wild garlic, dandelions, clover, plantains, etc. so broadleaf post-emerge herbicides such as 2,4-D, dicamba, clopyralid, metsulfuron, and others may be used effectively.  For further information on specific herbicides look for the extension publication number 1532 “Weed Control Guidelines for Mississippi” on the web site.

Selecting And Planting Perennials

Set out perennials now.  Be mindful of exposure (sun or shade), soil drainage, and proper spacing for best performance.  For shade good performers are hosta, astilbe, coralbell (heuchera), southern shield fern, strawberry geranium, Lenten rose (hellebores) and trillium.  Sun perennials include daylily, iris, coneflowers, butterfly weed, garden phlox, catmint, and autumn joy sedum.

Pruning Hedges

Trim overgrown or uneven hedge now.  Prune them so the base is wider than the top, allowing sunlight to reach the lower branches. This will avoid the sparse, top-heavy look that plagues many hedges. For more details on pruning view the Gardening through the Seasons videos on the MSU Extension Service site:

Houseplant Care

The return of longer daylight hours means houseplants will be putting on new growth and increasing their uptake of nutrients.  To keep new foliage healthy, apply a water-soluble fertilizer diluted according to label directions every month.  Remove dead or spindly foliage and repot plants that have out grown their containers.

Flowering Shrubs

When shopping for azaleas, rhododendrons, or other flower shrubs, buy plants in bloom if possible.  You’ll be assured of getting the color and flower type you want, which is especially important if you’re matching them with existing plants.  If you’re starting a bed, plant large masses of the same bloom color.

There are tomato plants in garden centers now. One good way to tell if it is time to buy tomato plants is your attire. If you need to wear a jacket , keep your hands in the  pockets when you walk past the tomatoes. It is time to plant many other things in the vegetable garden like broccoli, carrots, cabbage, kohlrabi, spinach  and greens. Tomato plants don’t make attractive houseplants.

There is a lot of interest in heirloom vegetables for many reasons including nostalgia, perceived taste, a desire to save seed from open pollinated varieties and even distrust. Some garden centers will have heirloom seed in their racks, but generally heirloom seed will need to be ordered from catalogues or on line. There are many sources of seed and the search is best done on line by typing the variety name and the vegetable followed by the word seed. For example typing in the word Brandywine has over three and a half million hits most of which are for the brandywine valley. Typing brandywine tomato has only six hundred fifty thousand hits, about half of the first hundred are seed sources. Brandywine tomato seed has only twenty six thousand hits, almost all of which are concerned with seeds.


Article Source: Horticulture Tips for March 8, 2011 Wayne Wells, Lelia Kelly, David Nagel

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