Friday, February 10, 2017

While you're out snowshoeing...

...snap off the candles. Do you want to keep your pines, firs or spruces dense and compact?  This is the month to snap off the ‘candles’ that will otherwise grow; extending branches out to areas where you may not want them to go.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lawn Mower Maintenance

Time to send lawn movers to the repair shops for a tune-up before the shops get overwhelmed in March and April. Remember that sharp blades do less damage to your grass. If you're considering a new mower, keep in mind that rechargeable, battery-operated mowers need less maintenance and do just as good a job as gas-powered ones without the air or noise pollution.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January is a great time for reading...

Were there any gardening books under your tree? Are there any on your library shelf that you haven’t looked at in the past year? With little to do in the garden, January is the perfect time to catch up on your horticultural reading. One great book to look for is Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner, subtitled, ‘How our landscapes can be a source of environmental change'.  In the book, he tells how his one-third acre near Philadelphia has been transformed into a wildlife habitat with wonderful sites for humans to relax on... like a patio near flowers, colorful shrubs and trees where birds and other wildlife are attracted. He encourages us to work with nature rather than against it. For everyone who wants Mother Nature to do more of the work, Weaner offers well-written and practical advice.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New members welcome!

We're in our "quiet months" right now, but we'll be starting up our meetings in March. We'd love to welcome some new members!  If you're interested, please contact our Membership Chair, Mary Ellen at 978-957-1289 or send us a message via Facebook.  You can also send us the membership form below.  Our club does lots of fun activities, enjoys educational and interesting guest speakers, and maintains our town's gardens.  Don't worry if you think you don't have a "green thumb".  If you enjoy and appreciate gardening and conservation, you'll be all set.  Feel free to attend any of our meetings to see what you think!  We look forward to meeting you!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Get in those seed orders!

Order your seeds now, so you won’t be disappointed in March when the company tells you they've sold out of your favorites!  A good rule is to order your old reliables, but always try a couple of new varieties.  Next year they may your new “old” reliable.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Protect new plantings

If you haven’t chucked out your Christmas tree, use loppers or a saw to cut off the branches and place a light layer of those branches over shallow-rooted plants in your garden. The branches help to shade the plants, preventing thawing of the soil around the plants and damage to the roots when it refreezes. Have an artificial tree? Your neighbor may be thrilled to share their fresh-cut one. Any evergreen branches from fallen trees, or that you used to decorate around your house will also help plantings survive our freeze and thaw cycles — the most dangerous part of winter for most plants.