Saturday, April 12, 2014

Glad Tidings

If you have grown glads in the past you've probably noticed that they all bloom about the same time, last for a week or so and that's it. If you'd like to have glads blooming most of the summer, the trick is to plant them over the course of a month or so. With successive plantings, you would plant 8-12 bulbs one week, then another group a week later and another group a week or so after that. 

Plant the bulbs (or more correctly the corms) in full sun in well drained soil. If you plant early in the season they will take 8-10 weeks to flower, but if you plant in warmer weather (June), glads will bloom in 6-8 weeks. They come in so many beautiful colors, I hope everyone will give them a try this year.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Celebrate the Earth!

Our 13th annual celebration of Earth Day & Arbor Day will be held on Sat. May 13th on the Dracut Historical Society grounds. This a free, fun, & educational event for the Dracut community. We'll have exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities & crafts, & lots of fun! Each year we giveaway tree saplings & compost + an item such as a reusable bag, mug, or in this year's case, wildflower seed paper shaped like the Earth. 

Our goal is to raise awareness of environmental concerns, the importance of protecting & treasuring trees, nature, & wildlife, as well as ways to reduce one's impact on the environment such as recycling, composting, and reusing items in new ways. We plant a tree for residents to enjoy in a public space such as Veterans' Park, and we also help coordinate a Community Cleanup Week along with the DPW. Our event grows and gets better each year thanks to our community. 

(This program is supported in part by a grant from the Dracut Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.)