Q. I heard that frost hit the Hermiston area earlier this spring and killed all their melon plants. Does that mean we won't have any watermelons from Hermiston this summer?
A. Most of the plantings destroyed by frost will be replanted, though some varieties may not be planted due to fewer transplants and seed being available. The harvest will likely be delayed a bit due to the frost, and prices may be a bit higher early in the season due to less supply.
Q. What are the requirements for starting a 4-H club?
A. There are two requirements to getting started. First, all volunteers are screened through an application that is processed by the Washington State Patrol. Secondly, all main club leaders are required, during their first year of service, to attend a new leader training course. The eight hours of training is offered in the spring and fall to provide flexible opportunities to volunteers. Enrolling members in the 4-H club then becomes the next step.
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Q. My strawberries have notched edges on the entire outside of the leaf, is something eating the leaves?
A. You likely have strawberry root weevil adults feeding on your leaves. You can apply an insecticide to the leaves and the base of the plant were the weevils rest.
Q. I planted peonies in my yard three years ago and was hoping to get some blooms this year, but nothing happened. The plants are big and healthy, but no flowers. Do you think it was winter injury?
A. I doubt winter injury is the problem, since the plants are healthy.
The lack of flowers is probably because the roots were planted too deep. If you are new to planting peonies, be sure to plant the roots with the pink buds pointing upward. The buds should be no more than 2 inches below the soil. Check the depth of your roots and replant them in early fall if they're too deep. Also make sure the peonies get at least five hours of direct sun each day.
Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 509-735-3551 or Pasco at 509-545-3511.