Garden centers now have transplants for many cool season crops. Find out which day the truck arrives and buy the plants that day they arrive if possible.

Plants that sit in the racks in their trays generally are not well watered and stress will cause the plant to stop growing. A little stress is called "hardening off" and can make the transplant less vulnerable to transplant shock, but severe stress can make the plant enter a dormant state. It takes time for a dormant plant to start growing again.

Be sure to water the soil thoroughly when you establish the plants in the garden.

Late summer and early fall is a great time to plan and do landscape projects. The weather is not so hot and humid. The kids are back in school and you have time to think!

Most landscaping is actually a matter of remodeling an existing situation. Only brand-new homes offer the challenge of bare ground to begin. Remodeling is a more leisurely process than planning a garden from scratch.

There is no urgent need to cover the brown earth. It is better to come to the right decisions slowly than to rush in and make mistakes that will aggravate you for years to come.

While remodeling plans should always be a part of a total landscape project, the work can be done one area at a time. Doing the work by area is a great way to get the support of family members who could question your sanity if you propose a major overhaul all at once.

Springing one little project at a time on your potential helpers works so much better. Gratification is faster and then you spring the next little project.

Before they know it, they have worked themselves silly and you can bash in the glow of your accomplishments and motivational skills!

An example of a way to really change the look of your landscape is to redo the entry or the public face of your landscape.

Is it inviting? Is it easily accessible? Is it easy to maintain? Just widening the walkway, adding some lighting, or even painting your front door can make a huge difference.

Don't forget your entryway is a major focal point of your landscape, so you can get a tad lively! It is ok to express your individuality and uniqueness. It is YOUR landscape.

Adding ornate pots, vivid colored or shaped containers, sculpture, unique plants (in shape, texture or color) are all ways to draw attention to let folks know this is where you enter my home!

For information on the 4-H Gardening project or on landscape project ideas, give us a call in the county Extension office. Our phone number is (601) 656-4602.


* September 26 - Farm Bureau Ag Recognition Day, 6:00 p.m., Neshoba County Coliseum.

* September 27 - United Way Golf Tournament, 1:00 p.m., Philadelphia Country Club.

* October 2-13 - Mississippi State Fair.

* October 3 - Early Arriving Cattle to Mississippi State Fair, 1:00-6:00 p.m., State Fairgrounds, Jackson.

* October 4 - Weigh Cattle at State Fairgrounds, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., State Fairgrounds, Jackson.

* October 4 - Process Beef Entries, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., State Fairgrounds, Jackson.

* October 5 - State 4-H Livestock Judging Competition, 7:30 a.m., State Fairgrounds, Jackson.

* October 5 - Steer Show, 3:00 p.m., State Fairgrounds, Jackson.

Until next week, get into 4-H!