WHAT CAUSES FALL COLOR IN SOME OF OUR TREES?

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

WHAT CAUSES FALL COLOR IN SOME OF OUR TREES?

Q: What causes trees to have colored leaves in the fall? Lorry Hunter, Tehachapi

A: Day length is the most important factor in the annual change of colors.

As the amount of light diminishes with each day, the production of chlorophyll (the green pigments in the leaves) slows and eventually comes to a complete stop.

October 2011 Activities

Garden Patch Pointers
Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

October 2011 Activities

GERANIUM versus PELARGONIUM

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

New & Old Iris Rhizomes

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

New & Old Iris Rhizomes

Q: When is the best time to divide and plant my existing iris rhizome bulbs and to plant new iris rhizomes bulbs? Jerry Fischer, Concord

SPICED PICKLED BEETS AND SPECIES/HYBRIDS

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

SPICED PICKLED BEETS AND SPECIES/HYBRIDS

Q: I tasted a pickled beet made by a Master Food Preserver at their July program, “Preserving the Garden”. I have never tasted a better product. I want to plant enough to preserve my own crop. When is a good time to plant beets? Kathy Satterfield, Ontario

September Activities

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

PENSTEMON, HOLLYHOCKS & PERENNIALS SEEDS

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

PENSTEMON, HOLLYHOCKS & PERENNIALS SEEDS

Do you want a permanent flower in your garden that requires almost no summer watering, little fertilizer, that crowd out weeds, that blooms early in the spring and continues to bloom into the fall, needs very little blossom dead heading?

One of the best perennials that will do this is the PENSTEMON!!

COMPOSTING, MULCHING AND CALLA LILIES

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

COMPOSTING, MULCHING AND CALLA LILIES

Q: I have successfully composted some of my garden waste. Can you tell me more about yard waste composting and leaving the grass on the lawn? Does this cause thatch? Bob Theis, Colton

SHASTA DAISY, BIRD OF PARADISE & IRIS CATALOGS

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

SHASTA DAISY, BIRD OF PARADISE & IRIS CATALOGS

Q: My Shasta daisies have almost finished blooming. When is the best time to divide? Eric Schiller, Placerville

Summer Bulbs

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

SUMMER BULBS – TIGRIDIA

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