Monday, November 15, 2010

question and answer conversation about home garden in English

I.The Science club of your school has invited a horticulturist for a face to face. The following are some of the questions posed to him about tending the home garden.

Q: My tomatoes look great and have lots of fruit, but the leaves,
even new ones, ones. Is it too much water or not enough? We
water underground.

A: This is a condition called leaf roll. It is seldom a cause for concern,
though it is most prevalent on poorly drained soil.

Q: I have small gnats eating the leaves on my tomato plants. What
do you recommend?

A: The best thing is to get a product that contains BT (Bacillus
thuringensis a bacteria harmless to the environment and humans)
that will kill the gnats.

Q: Can you give more hints on setting up the soil and planting?

A: The best thing you can do is to he sure to dig in plenty of organic
material. This could be compost, peat moss, manure or any
combination of those items.

Q: How do I compost?

A: Here are the basic rules to fellow for successful composting:
Start your compost pile in a very sunny spot, preferably some
place shielded from drying winds. Take equal parts “brown” and
“green” materials: “Brown” materials are carbon items such as
fallen leaves, straw, sawdust and other dry matter. “Green”
materials are nitrogen -rich items such as grass clippings, food
scraps, weeds and non-woody garden pruning. Adding a shovel
full of dirt, cow/pig manure or cottonseed meal to a new pile will
quicken the process. Turn your pile often (every 5 to 7 days)
using a pitchfork, shovel or aeration tool. Compost piles need
lots of air to work. Keep your compost pile very moist, like a
wrung out towel. It is not uncommon to water compost piles to
maintain their moisture.

Q: How do I prune and when is the best time to prune?
A: In early spring, prune shrubs that flower in summer, broad-leaved
evergreens, and all roses except climbers. Prune climbing roses

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