Q. I haven’t planted my tomatoes yet. My friend said to strip off the bottom two sets of leaves and plant the tomatoes real deep. Should I do this?
A. Deeper planted tomatoes will tend to set deeper roots that will sprout along the buried stem and promote better growth during hot, dry soil conditions. There is no harm in planting tomatoes deeper than other vegetable transplants.
Q. My container garden flowers haven’t grown much since I planted them a month ago. Should I fertilize them?
A. If the leaves are a normal green, the plants probably were just waiting for warm weather and not in need of fertilizer. Now that warm weather has arrived, your plants should start to grow. If not, make sure the roots aren’t pot-bound if they were transplanted from smaller pots into your containers. Even the roots of annual flowers and veggies should be loosened when planting. Fertilize only if the leaves start to turn an off-color yellowish green.
Q. I think I have white clover in my pasture. What is white clover?
A. White clover is a short-lived perennial that can reseed itself under favorable conditions. It grows rapidly and spreads via stolons. White clover has a shallow root system, which makes it intolerant of droughty soils, however it thrives on our irrigated pastures. For cattle, white clover works well with orchardgrass pastures, but you must adequately fertilize with nitrogen, or the clover will take over. Over-grazing also increases the proportion of white clover and decreases the grass component of the mix.
Q. Is there a 4-H program in every county?
A. Yes. 4-H is in every county in the state. In Washington, thousands of members are in hundreds of local 4-H clubs. Thousands more are involved in 4-H through school enrichment, short-term programs and camping. In addition, many adults volunteer their time to assist with 4-H. You can become part of 4-H by contacting the WSU Franklin County Extension Office at 509-545-3511 or by emailing Natalie Kinion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 735-3551 or Pasco at 545-3511.