Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Helpful Hint from Edward C. Smith

In his book, "The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible", Mr. Smith says

"There is something about a withered, pale yellow leaf that urges me to cut it off, to remove what I think of as a blemish.  It looks ugly, but the plant is better off if I let that leaf fall in its own good time.  Though pale and lacking in chlorophyll, and no longer able to help with photosynthesis and growth, it still contains stored nutrients that the plant can recycle and reuse.  If a disused leaf or branch is obviously diseased, you can prune it off; otherwise, let it be until the plant is finished with it."
"Hey, don't touch that leaf, I'm not done with it yet!"
photo by Ron Leishman

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