Roses have begun blooming in profusion, along with early blossoms of the southern magnolia and red trumpet honeysuckle. Other perennials in bloom include hollyhock, aster, larkspur, digitalis, evening primrose, iris, gerbera daisy and scabiosa. Herbs can be planted in raised beds or along the edge of garden rows. Basils, dill, coriander, summer savory, parsley and borage are grown as annuals. Perennial thyme, rosemary, oregano, mints, sage, tarragon and sorrel should have their own permanent beds. Herbs need full sun and well-drained soils. Beans, peas, okra, melons and other summer vegetables can be planted. Insects and diseases are becoming problems. Be sure you have identified the trouble before you choose a chemical treatment. ​

Carol Duncan, MG

Warren County Master Gardeners

                           Fruit or Vegetable?

   Fruits, according to botanists, are fleshy, edible seed-bearing structures of plants. 
  In 1893, however, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a tomato taxation case that such plant parts served as part of dinner rather than dessert would be henceforth be classified as fruits. Thus the following fruits legally became vegetables:

Eggplants 
Avocado
Cucumber
Sweet pepper
Okra

Tomato

Squash 

This and That

Trailing Snapdragon

Janis Keostler, MG

​         ​​Vicksburg, Mississippi


                                 Gardening vs. Exercise

    You may be surprised by the vigorous workout you can get right in your backyard. Compared with other exercise activities, gardening ranks right up there. Here is a comparison of calories burned per hour for a 150-pound person while doing garden activities and other more traditional exercise activities.

Gardening Activities

Mowing (not riding mower)_____404
Trimming hedges____________316
Weeding__________________300
Raking____________________281

Exercise Activities

Hiking___________________422
Swimming________________360 Dancing_________________300

Bowling__________________164 ​