Monthly Garden Tips

September Gardening Tips

For Your Lawn

Now’s the time to seed or reseed your lawn. Keep grass seed moist until germination occurs. Add weed-free straw or salt marsh hay to hold seed in place.
Apply lawn fertilizer and add lime if necessary. A 50-lb. bag of lime will raise lawn pH about 0.5 point per 1,000 square feet.

For Your Vegetable Garden

Feed your compost pile with lawn trimmings and shredded brown leaf, alternating layers. Add an activator to speed up decomposition. (more…)

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July Gardening Tips

Adapted from the Farmers’ Almanac

If you have any houseplants sitting directly in the window, make sure the light is filtered or the plant is moved to a site out of direct sunlight. The windowpane intensifies the heat, and you don’t want to scorch your plants. Water your containers twice a day. Apply a slow-release fertilizer every 2 weeks.

You can sow a fall crop of bush beans now. Plant seeds two inches deep to protect them from the hot Sun. You can sow other vegetable seeds for an autumn yield, too, by planting them just a little deeper than you did in the spring. The best time to plant is after a rain shower.

Don’t water your melons at the base of the stems. Doing so can cause rot. Build up a little earth around the stems to keep water away.

Once melon vines have set three or four fruits, remove any new blossoms. The remaining fruits will benefit from this, and you will still have plenty.

As the weather warms up, do not neglect your watering. Water deeply in the morning and avoid light sprinklings.When there is less than an inch of rain in a week, water extra. Water in early morning. Water at the roots, not on the foliage. Generally, trees and shrubs need deep watering every 10 to 14 days to a depth of 3 inches with a hose at the roots. Do not fertilize, so that they can start preparing for winter dormancy.

Harvest tomatoes, zucchini, beans, and other fruiting crops frequently to encourage production and avoid attracting pests.

Sow vegetable seeds for your fall garden: carrots, beets, turnips, collards, Chinese cabbage, snap beans, radish, kohlrabi, endive, kale, rutabagas, and summer squashes.

Set out broccoli, cabbage, and […]

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June Gardening Tips

Adapted from The Farmer’s Almanac

Divide late-summer or autumn-flowering perennials. If necessary, go after phlox and artemisia with a sharp spade or even an ax. If delphiniums need to be divided, remove and replant the new little plants growing around the outside of the clump. Discard the hard old heart.

Trim climbing roses and attach securely to fences or trellises. Continue fertilization of your rosebushes; liquid fertilizers can be added every 2 weeks. Scatter crushed eggshells in a thick ring around roses to deter slugs.

Start cucumber, cantaloupe, summer squash, and watermelon seeds indoors.

Melons often benefit from supplemental warming, such as that provided by growing under plastic. Wait until the transplanted seedlings are established, as they cannot take up moisture very well at first and can easily get dehydrated.

Mulch between rows and keep the garden weeded to give emerging seedlings a fair chance. Mulch around your newly planted flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees to help reduce weeds and retain moisture.

Watch for signs of drought in plants transplanted from containers. Apply water (not much, but often) close to each plant’s stem, where it will percolate down to the root ball. The larger the plant, the longer the recovery period, and the more diligently you need to water. Poke a pointed metal rod into the soil above the root ball. If the rod doesn’t penetrate easily, the soil is too dry. If it moves around and feels squishy, the soil is too wet.

Moles generally come calling this month. They’re searching for mates and also grubs in your lawn. To get rid of the grubs, apply milky spore disease (Bacillus popilliae or Bacillis lentimorbus), a dust you can buy at your local garden center. Or try a new product called […]

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April Gardening Tips

For Your Lawn

Lime and fertilize lawn and apply pre-emergent control to prevent crabgrass.
Re-seed areas of winter-killed lawn.

For Your Vegetable Garden

Plant peppers, tomatoes, and other warm-weather crops after all danger of frost has passed.
Top-dress beds with aged manure.

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March Gardening Tips

Planning
– Plan planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, and wind; consider distance from water source

– Test for soil types and pH levels before major planting

Chores and Maintenance
– Carefully remove winter mulches from planting beds

– Dig beds in preparation for spring planting as soon as earth is friable

– Add compost in four to six inch layers and work into planting bed soil

– Remove protective cover from evergreens

– Reset frost-heaved plants

– Apply horticultural oil sprays to dormant trees and shrubs before buds open and if there is no danger of night frost

– As ground becomes workable, de-thatch lawn; fill in low spots with soil; fertilize established lawns

Planting
– Plant deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, weather and soil conditions permitting

– Sow seeds of annuals and vegetables indoors that require 10 to 12 weeks before transplanting

– Sow radish and lettuce seeds directly into the vegetable garden

– Plant cold weather vegetables like spinach, peas, lettuce, and broccoli as soon as soil is workable

– Plant and transplant perennials

– Divide and transplant summer-blooming perennials

– Soak mail order bare-root plants before planting

– Plant roses

Pruning/Fertilizing
– Prune all plant material to remove any diseased, dead, weak, or crossing branches

– Complete tree pruning before new growth begins

– Prune late-flowering shrubs such as buddleia and Hydrangea paniculata but wait until after flowering on early-flowering shrubs like forsythia, Hydrangea macrophylla, rhododendron, and syringa

– Wait to prune evergreens, hedges, and other shrubs until late spring into early summer

– Prune all fruit trees before growth begins

– Prune hybrid tea roses, floribundas, and grandifloras but wait until after flowering on climbers and ramblers

– Prune back leggy perennials

– Cut back ornamental grasses to new shoots

– Fertilize deciduous, broad-leaved and needle-leaved evergreen trees and shrubs if not fed in the […]

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February Gardening Tips

February can be a tough month on plants, but with a little effort you can keep your plants healthy and vibrant while planning your spring garden! Follow these easy tips to keep your garden in top shape this February. (more…)

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January Garden Tips

If you have brought in geraniums for winter color, they must be placed in a window that receives direct sunlight all day and a daytime temperature of 70 to 75 degrees is maintained. Keep in mind geraniums do not like to be over watered.

· Never apply water to houseplants late in the afternoon. The foliage should not be wet when night comes.

· Be sure that all garden refuse that may contain any insects or disease is disposed of in the garbage and not the compost pile.

· After each heavy snowfall, one should tamp the snow around the young fruit trees to protect them from mice, which work under the snow.

· Newly planted evergreens should have the protection of a windbreak or anti-desiccant to protect from moisture loss.

· If the ground is not frozen, newly planted evergreens should again have a thorough soaking of water.

· Make sure that all bird feeding equipment is out and well stocked for the winter months.

· Remember to set out your Christmas tree when the season is over for winter protection for the birds.

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December Garden Tips

Holiday Trees
Nothing enhances a festive mood like the scent of fresh evergreens. Follow these tips to make the most of your holiday greenery:

Choose a Christmas tree that has firm needles that don’t fall from branches when handling the tree. Individual needles should bend rather than snap if you pinch them between your fingers. Also, inspect the stump; the cut end of a fresher tree will be moist and may have some sticky sap on it yet.
When you get the tree home, cut 2 inches off the base of the trunk. Plunge the freshly cut stump into a bucket of water. Trees can absorb 1 gallon of water in the first 24 hours. Check the water level in your tree stand twice a day for the first week. Add water as needed. Each day, trees can drink roughly 1 quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
If your tree dries out, the wound likely healed over and stopped absorbing water. Make a fresh cut on the stump and it can absorb water again. (more…)

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November To Do List

This month’s To-Do List:

Rake and compost large leaves from oak and maple trees.  Smaller leaves from ash, honey locust, and birch trees may be chopped with a mulching mower when dry and left on your lawn.

Spread clean straw, marsh hay or oak leaves over tender perennials, newly planted bulbs and strawberries before temperatures drop into the teens but after the soil surface has frozen.

Remove frozen plants from containers and hanging baskets and replace them with evergreen boughs, branches with colorful berries and interesting seed heads from perennials and ornamental grasses.

Keep mowing your lawn as long as the grass is growing.  Meadow voles and field mice will damage turf and nearby trees and shrubs if they have long grass for food and cover.

Force tulip bulbs by planting them so they are barely covered with the “noses” poking out in shallow pots. Water well, cover with plastic and move to your refrigerator or an unheated, insulated garage that stays cool but does not drop below 35 degrees F. After about 12 weeks the pots may be moved into a cool area indoors and flowers will appear in 2 -3 weeks.

Change the oil, sharpen blades, clean air filters and replace spark plugs on all of your gas powered equipment.  You will have a head start on many spring projects if all of your equipment is ready to go.

Many garden centers and florists will have Amaryllis bulbs for sale and often they are already planted in a pot and all you need to do is add water.  Amaryllis are long lived plants that can be grown as blooming house plants during the winter and as foliage plant outdoors during the summer with a 8-week rest period in your […]

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October Gardening Tips

For many of us, the crisp days of autumn mean a bounty of pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or

baking scrumptious pies along with the ingathering of all the other fruits of our labor. But for

countless backyard gardeners, autumn is the time to ‘strut their stuff’ before the crowds that gather

time again, at local or even national pumpkin growing contests, to see who has grown the most gigantic

pumpkin to take home the prize. If you ask any competitive grower what it takes to grow a huge pumpkin,

they’ll sound off three key points: “Good seed, Good soil and Good fortune”. Are you a competitive

gardener? To partake in the extreme sport of growing ‘super pumpkins’, there are some down to earth

tips that will help you compete with the best of them. If you can grow a good vegetable garden, you

have the potential to grow a Prizewinning Pumpkin!
As you ponder what variety to grow, there are many to choose from.
However, there are a few with stellar traits to consider. Number one on the list of biggies is ‘Dill’s

Atlantic Giant’, (aka Atlantic Giant); which holds the world record at a whopping 2000+ pounds! ‘Prize

Winner’ will produce a good sized pumpkin as well, but also demonstrates a superior shape and color.

‘Howden’ and ‘Big Moon’ have a reputation for performing as good all-around show pumpkins and will

compete for the prize extremely well.
Prepare, Plant and Succeed
•As with any successful garden, selecting and preparing the planting
site is vital. Full sun and well-drained soil, rich in organic matter are a must. Pumpkins consume huge

amounts of nutrients, so go ahead and add generous amounts of well-cured manure to your soil. Horse and

cow manures are best.
•Whether you are planting seeds or seedlings give them […]

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