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The Northwest District Horse Show has come and gone with the only Yalobusha County rider doing very well.  Janna Turner, in her last 4-H show, placed second in the barrel racing and first in the stake race event.  Janna is the daughter of Christy Shelton and a recent graduate of Bruce High School.  Janna will be attending Mississippi State Univer-sity in the fall in the early entry Veterinarian School.  

I have a seven year old son named Levi and he is just like every other seven year-old boy that is out of school, he loves playing baseball.  Levi played this summer in Water Valley in the 7 & 8 year old league on the Turnage Drug Store team.  

The last week the teams made up games that had been rained out earlier in the season. Our team the Turnage Drug store team has only won three  games, all by forfeit during the year, but Friday evening they got their first big win of the season over the league champion Mechanics Bank team.  

I have never seen a group of kids more excited about a win in my 38 years, except for maybe the Mississippi State Bulldog baseball team.  It was a big win and the Turnage Drug Store team really improved over the season.

The Coffeeville Farmers market is going to start this Friday at 3:30 at the Old Garner Harper funeral home lot in town.  Farmers markets are a great place to sell local produce as well as buy fresh local produce.  Over the past couple of years the Farmers market has moved around to several places and always been on Saturday morning, but this year the board decided to change the day and time up with the hopes of being more shopper friendly.  

The items that will probably be at the market this week are squash, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, beans, sweet corn, and beets. 


Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming


Horticulture Tips 

By Dr. Gary R. Bachman

MSU Extension Service

This past Saturday and Sunday turned into a typical work weekend in my garden and landscape.

It was hot and humid, and, of course, I was soaking wet. As I sat on a 5-gallon bucket taking a break, my mind wandered as I took a visual inventory and looked at the next job that needed doing. I have 25 15- and 25-gallon containers, 136 sub irrigated containers and a bunch of 3- and 5-gallon pots.

I found myself questioning what I thought would look good when I was making plans in March. It did look good in March, but now it’s June, and I find myself second-guessing those earlier decisions.

Now, on the plus side, most of the flowering plants I’m growing are called “self-cleaning.” This means the flowers naturally fall off as they start to fade and new ones are produced.

I love my Supertunias, Superbells, calibrachoa, etc. Can you imagine having to deadhead calibrachoa, a favorite that produces so many flowers it is also known as million bells? These self-cleaning flowers make my gardening obsession worthwhile. In other words, I love flowering plants that don’t have to be deadheaded.

But there are some flowering plants that require a little more hands-on care through the summer. Deadheading is one chore that definitely helps some plants stay pretty all season.

Deadheading has several benefits for flowering plants in the landscape. It extends the bloom period, maintains garden plant health and removes the seed source of beautiful flowering plants that have the potential of becoming a weedy mess for years to come. Deadheading many of our flowering summer plants encourages them to continue or restart their bloom cycles.

When you consider that plants don’t flower for our gardening pleasure, it makes sense to remove the spent flowers. The primary goal of flowering is for plants to produce seed for the continuation of the species.

Flowering plants are capable of producing hundreds or even thousands of seeds each year. Deadheading these species before the seeds are produced alleviates the problem of unwanted seedling germination.

Plants like coleus that we grow for the foliage also need deadheading. Removing the nonshowy flowers allows the colorful foliage to be the focus. Breeders have done a good job in delaying flowering until very late in the season for many of the newer sun coleus selections, but blooms still pop up.

For plants with single flowers, all you have to do is remove the flower stalk. You can increase bloom size by removing side flowers buds from lateral growth so more energy is sent to the main flower. 

Collecting beautiful stems of coneflower, rudbeckia or coreopsis for indoor arrangements is also a form of deadheading. For a little deadheading fun, see our Southern Gardening TV segment, http://extension.msstate.edu/southern-gardening/video/2015/deadheading.

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