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Notebook Broccoli and raspberries


Hi Dorothy, I have a question about broccoli plants. For

the past three

summers my broccoli only produces tiny heads and starts going to flower almost immediately. I’ve never had this problem before. I have tried different varieties, as I grow my broccoli from seed, with no luck. What could be the problem? It has been very wet for the first while they are in the garden so could that be the reason? The second question has to do with

raspberries. I’ve had my canes in the same spot for about 14 years. They are doing okay, but I’m wondering if I should be fertilizing them and if so what kind of fertilizer should I use? Thank-you for your help. Diane Carlson

The production of small heads on broc-

coli is called “buttoning” and is often the result of cold weather when the plants are still immature. Try planting later or protecting young plants in a cold frame. Raspberries do benefit from fertilizing.

Apply an organic (manure) fertilizer or a chemical application of 6-24-24 in early spring followed by an application of 10-10- 10 after plants have finished fruiting. Good luck with your garden, this year Diane! – Dorothy

Defoliated and damaged spruces Jerry and Marina Keep experienced

severe destruction of their spruce trees and reached out to us for some infor- mation about what could be causing so much damage. Michael Allen, from Viburnum Tree Experts was able to assist us all with a diagnosis:

Hi Jerry and Marina, Thanks for the close up images of the

spruce damage. This is definitely the damage of spruce sawfly larvae. This is probably the largest infestation of this insect I have ever seen. If you have many spruce trees around your property, you will need to control their activity through insec- ticidal spraying in early June of next year. It is too late to spray this year. Contact a spray applicator in your area who knows trees. If you have a problem finding one let me know. Cheers, Mike

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Beautiful Gardens 2014 • 5


Dear Readers: I am very pleased to introduce you to our two new

editors: Tania Moffat and Brenlee Coates. Tania will be looking after the garden editorial and Brenlee will be attending to the homes material. You have met Tania in the last issue as the writer of our

Gardening with Kids feature and Brenlee who produced the homes stories. Both young women are outstanding in their fields and will bring a fresh new approach to the magazine. Tania, an ardent gardener herself, is the mother of two young boys, whom you have already met. Brenlee is into style and the latest trends and she will keep us up to date on home décor. We will continue to bring you real garden informa-

tion you can put to use in your yard, including What’s New, What’s Hot in the next issue. And I will carry on as publisher and contributor, striving to bring you the best garden magazines in Canada. This is a very tough business, under-valued by adver-

tisers, but we plan to keep on working to fill that garden readership gap left by the closing of Gardens West along with its spinoff magazines, Gardens Central and Gardens East. I admired its publisher, Dorothy Horton, and looked to Gardens West as a model for the Local Garden- er magazines when I first started Manitoba Gardener in 1998. Our very best wishes go out to her and her family.

Photo by Peggy V. Photography.

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