Lots Of Work Goes Into Hosting AIMS
The AIMS tournament is going on this week at the Multi-purpose building. I am the building manager for the Multi-purpose building and I can personally tell you that there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into putting on an event the size of this. The AIMS tournament has been hosted for five years at our facility and the 4-H Shooting Sports group has been fortunate enough to provide a concession stand to the schools and parents as their main way of fundraising.
The hosting of this event is the envy of much larger towns and facilities but there are two main reasons that set us apart – the central location of this building and the great support that we provide to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks during the event.
The weathermen say that by the time most of you are reading this article, we will have more heavy rainfall. I guess that is just what we need because that sure is what God has been sending our way. I had a person call the office one day to get my thoughts on breaking a garden before all of this rainfall, which I think is a mistake, but I told him sure go ahead (he is a good friend), it would be fine.
If people that only plant gardens would watch what row crop farmers are doing this time of year they would see the best way to prepare a garden, which is burn down the spot with a herbicide like roundup, and wait to till the ground until the major spring rains are gone. My experience is the ground will dry a lot faster if it is not broken up.
I will be hosting a fourpart home vegetable gardening series this spring starting Monday evening, April 9, at 6 p.m. This should be a great learning opportunity for all of the gardeners in the county. The topics will be variety selection, site prep, fertilizing, herbicides, insecticides, and so much more. I encourage all that are interested to call our office at 662-675-2730. There will be no fee for this class, but I would like to know how many participants to prepare for.
Top garden picks shine from springtime forward
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service
This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Jackson Garden Extravaganza. They had a huge selection of colorful plants on display and for sale, and I left with quite a number of colorful annuals to plant before I hit the road again this weekend.
Rather than focus on one plant, I want to share with everyone what I took home for my landscape. These, as well as many other gorgeous plants, are available at local garden centers and nurseries across the state.
One plant that doesn’t disappoint is sun coleus, and these belong in every garden. This group of ornamental plants have moved out of the shadows to take their rightful place in the full sun. They thrive in our Mississippi summers.
Sun coleus colors are rich and diverse with a long-lasting growing season. They are foolproof in the landscape and provide vibrant color all season long.
If you like the shade-loving coleus, then the Kong series is for you. These Mississippi Medallion award winners have leaves large enough to cover a human face. The foliage is the main focus of each plant, featuring bright colors in many shades of red and purple.
Another must-have for the garden and landscape is Cajun hibiscus. These tropical plants have exciting colors with fantastic color selections that range from bright yellows to pink, red and white. Some of the more spectacular specimens are blends and those with bright red eyes.
The size of the flowers can be unbelievable, with some blooms exceeding nine inches in diameter. The foliage is dark green and glossy, and it provides a nice background to display the colorful blooms. For my back porch, I picked up a Cosmic Pink that is so pretty, I don’t think I’m going to share it out front.
One great flowering plant I think more home gardeners should grow is verbena. These plants are versatile, providing three seasons of color that every gardener should take advantage of.
One of verbena’s best attributes is its flowering potential. These plants provide abundant color starting in the early spring and continuing right through the fall. Verbena has a great color range including red, purple and white. Newer varieties include pink and peach tones. I especially like the flowers that have creamy and dreamy center eyes. Verbena also attracts butterflies all flowering season.
Of course, this isn’t anywhere near an all-inclusive list of what home gardeners should use in their landscapes. But I hope my description of these plants will help motivate you to get out and shop early, because that’s when the very best selections are available.
So don’t waste time getting those garden and landscape plants. Spring is upon us.