Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March meeting cancelled : (


Spring is supposed to be here

When crocus and snow drops appear

But with snow on the way

Safe at home we should stay

And hope in April we can finally start our year!


-Kathy Gauthier, DGC President

Our previously rescheduled meeting for March 21st is now cancelled due to ANOTHER snow storm!  Think spring and we'll see you for our first meeting of the season, Wednesday, April 4th!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Home Gardener Series

TEN INFORMATION-PACKED EVENING CLASSES
designed to help busy home gardeners 
be more effective at their favorite pastime 

Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM, March 22 to May 24, 2018
Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate
2468 Washington St., Canton, just minutes off Rt. 128

For the benefit of busy gardeners, this streamlined evening program covers the same topics studied by Master Gardeners ...with no outside reading, homework, testing, or volunteering required. The cost of the program is $250 per person for all ten classes. That's 15 information-packed hours of training!

Home Hort classes include landscaping, how to improve soil health, choosing and caring for herbaceous and woody perennials, lawn care, and managing weeds, plant diseases and common pests. Instructors are senior Master Gardeners with years of experience in their topics and a wealth of tips and techniques to share.
If you're looking to upgrade your gardening knowledge in time for this year's gardening season, click here to learn more and register online. If you plan to pay by check, you may also register offline: for details, email us at HomeHort@massmastergardeners.org.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Season Kick-off Meeting!


Join us for our first meeting of the season! We will be discussing seed starting and spring garden prep. Bring seeds to swap and share...and start seeds for our gardens, and if you want, the spring plant sale! Kathy will be going over the revised bylaws and upcoming meetings and events. 

Hope to see you there! 

Bring a friend! We welcome new members and friends of the garden!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Good news about winter moths

Did you notice there were fewer winter moths about? Researchers have been releasing parasitic flies in several New England states. ​Along with the feeding of some native in-ground ​beetle on the winter moth pupa, the numbers are definitely down and that is great news for our oaks, maples, blueberries and many other trees and shrubs.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Forcing blooms


Time to cut branches to force indoors. Start with forsythia, witch hazel, and pussy willows; later look for quince and small branches from cherry trees to brighten your home.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Pruning

Now is a good time to do your winter pruning. Start with any plant that has been damaged during earlier storms. If a tree is so damaged it needs to be removed, have an arborist do the work before the ground thaws in the spring. Next tackle fruit trees, grapes and evergreens to have them done before the spring growth spurt begins. Do not prune any spring or early summer bloomers—you’ll be cutting off the flowers.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Instead of chemicals...

Ice melting chemicals and road salt will soak into the ground during thaws where they will kill plants when they begin growing again in the spring. Instead of chemicals, use cat litter, sand or other non-toxic materials on sidewalks and driveways.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Forced bulbs—faded but maybe not dead


If you forced tulips, daffodils or crocus for the holidays – or if you received them as a gift – save them in a cool dry place (a basement is ideal) and put a reminder on your calendar to plant them in the garden as soon as the ground thaws.  Those forced in water, such as paperwhites, cannot be saved and should go in the compost.



Sunday, January 21, 2018

Time on your hands this month?


Read a gardening book, work your way through gardening magazines you didn’t have time for last summer.  Look for upcoming classes that interest you.   All your growing should not take place in soil.  January is a great time to stretch your mind.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Are you starting seeds indoors?


Begin by first cleaning up seed-starting pots and trays.  Then disinfect them before planting so your work and seeds are not in vain.  Start seeds early this month for herbs such as parsley, oregano, thyme and chives as well as pansies so they are ready to set out in early spring.  Start seeds for onions and leeks at the end of the month for a great summer harvest.