Thursday, October 10, 2019

Put the summer garden to bed

In the vegetable garden, finish harvesting your herbs and vegetables early this month. Green tomatoes can be ripened indoors on windowsills if frost threatens. Root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes store well in cool humid locations. Don’t let this year’s diseases and insects carry over to next year in the fallen leaves and plant debris in your vegetable and ornamental beds. Remove all the debris, bag it, and trash it. Do not compost vegetable garden plants.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Drought watch

Most of New England experienced a drier-than-usual late summer and early fall. If we don’t get more rain soon, you will need to water trees, shrubs and any new plantings. Even established plants need lots of water before entering that long, dry spell when water is unavailable after the soil freezes.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Plants & trees need our help! 💦💦💦

Fall is officially here!

We have had a warm, dry September.  Though it has allowed us to spend more time outdoors, some plants may be showing drought stress in any areas that do not have controlled irrigation. This is a crucial time for plants to have adequate water, as they prepare for winter dormancy.  Most energy is being directed to root growth and they need moisture.  Lack of water in fall can lead to winter burn and could be fatal to some trees or shrubs.

Check the soil around your gardens - if it seems dry and dusty, give the beds a drink. Slow and steady watering will help the water get deep into the ground and encourage roots to grow deeper as well. Consider using a drip hose that runs for extended periods for the most efficient application.  Rain may help, but keep in mind that a quick downpour does not allow time for the water to be absorbed and usually results in runoff.  Also, a dense tree canopy above will prevent most of the rain from touching the ground at all. 💦🍂

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Our new Town Hall Welcome Garden!

Click to enlarge the flyers below to see the details of our latest civic development project for the Town of Dracut.  We welcome your help in creating a beautiful Welcome Garden!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Christmas at the Coburn House, 12/8

Last year's Christmas at the Coburn House was such a success that we're hosting it again!  Please join us and help spread the word!

Click on the flyers to enlarge the details.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Annual Plant Sale -- this Saturday!

Don't forget, our annual Plant Sale fundraiser is this Saturday!!

When:  Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time:  8:00 am - 12 noon
Where:  Historical Society Grounds, 1660 Lakeview Ave., Dracut

We hope to see you there!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Annual Plant Sale, May 18th

When:  Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time:  8:00 am - 12 noon
Where:  Historical Society Grounds, 1660 Lakeview Ave., Dracut

We hope to see you there and send you home with some great plants and accessories!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Show your houseplants a little love...

...with a leaf wash, either by hand with a soft cloth or in the sink or shower after covering the exposed soil with an old plastic bag. Clean leaves are more efficient at taking in sunshine---and they look nicer too. At the end of the month start fertilizing house plants again. Regular, but very weak solutions are better for plants than occasional heavy fertilizations.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day... a perfect time to give a friend (special friend?) a house plant. Cyclamens, orchids and cacti make great Valentine’s Day gifts that outlast cut flowers and are not demanding of a great deal of care. Nursery gift certificates may be an even better choice for a dedicated outdoor gardener.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Doing more good with your saw and pruners

Now is a great time to cut down vines that are growing on trees. Even decorative vines can grow too large for the good of a tree or too heavy for a trellis to support. And if you have any invasives such as oriental bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle or mile-a-minute vine near you, cut them down and bag them for the trash; never compost these major horticultural felons. For more information, Google ‘MA Invasive Plant list’ which includes common and scientific names. Click on the plant name to see a photo of the felon.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Winter Vortex means you wear Gore-Tex

Late January’s extreme weather was the North Pole making a visit to your garden (minus the sleigh and reindeer). You won’t know what it means for your garden until spring. If you have plants that aren’t listed as hardy for your zone, you may have damage or even lose some. The most widespread problem will probably be damage to spring flower buds that weren’t ready for the extreme chill. In the future you can consider protecting the buds by wrapping the plant in row cover and then adding a waterproof cover—like a tarp tied over. Of course, if we have an unusually warm winter, make certain you unwrap it so the buds aren’t scorched.