Extension and the Lyon County Master Gardeners held a Container Planting Class featuring tomatoes, peppers, herbs and annual flowers last Thursday morning at the Housing Authority Community Center. Melodie Metje taught the class and was aided by Clarice Goodall. Twenty people participated and enjoyed a wonderful morning of planting and community with the assistance of Gerald Board, Housing Authority Director and Jamie Green, Eddyville Police.

Brood X of the periodical cicadas

have been emerging,

I have seen one.

Even though these 17-cicadas are one

of the larger broods

to hatch in Kentucky there are only about

16 counties that experience a large number. These counties are located in central Kentucky and along the Ohio river. This brood was born in 2004 and they have been living

on the sap from tree roots for 17 years. Emergence occurs

when soil temperatures at 8 inches below

ground reach 64 degrees.

They are fascinating insects and edible.

But they do create problems for smaller trees and shrubs by causing breakage to small limbs as they lay eggs. The larvae will

go into the ground and feed on roots for the next 17 years. A small tree or shrub with a heavy infestation of larvae may experience stunted growth.

If you do see them, there are citizen

science sites that are interested in receiving reports to map their occurrence. Cicada Safari is a mapping

app that can be downloaded to your phone. Users can take a photo or picture an upload it to a database where they will note the location and confirm their species identification. Reports will help with a national effort, as well as the Kentucky effort, to better map the periodical cicadas and improve understanding of their emergences. Alternatively, people can take a picture, note the location, and email it to the Office of the State Entomologist or to Kentucky Bugs on Facebook.

In other news

Dogwood and greater peach tree borers are flying and laying eggs this past week. Dogwood or peach trees that have been attacked in past years can be protected when these moths are flying with an insecticide spray to the trunks and lower scaffold limbs. Permethrin and bifenthrin can be used, follow label directions for mixing and application.

In the Lyon County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, located between Food Giant and Akridge

Farm Supply, the

Master Gardeners have thinned the fruit on

the apple and peach trees. The goal is one fruit every 6-8 inches. It’s not a perfect science but, at the least, fruit should be thinned enough to avoid limb breakage and to prevent trees from becoming biennial bearers. Thinning also allows more nutrients to flow into the remaining fruit for better size and flavor. The University of Kentucky simplified spray schedule is followed to reduce issues with insect damage and diseases. On the smaller apple tree the fruit are being bagged and will not be sprayed for the remainder of the year. The blueberries have been covered to reduce consumption by the resident mockingbirds and robins. There are a few blueberry stems loaded with berries and few leaves. Leaves are required to fill and

ripen the berries. The bushes have been fertilized and next week these stems will be evaluated to see if more leaves have emerged. Pruning some of the stem or thinning to improve the berry

to leaf ratio may be needed.

The Master

Gardeners have

worked hard for many weeks this spring preparing the demonstration garden. On most of the beds and under the trees they have laid down cardboard with mulch on top. The irrigation has been reworked with a combination of drip tape, drip hoses and soaker hoses. The goal is to reduce time spent on weeding and watering over the dog days of summer. Some timely work during the cooler days of spring will reduce much of the drudgery later this season.

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