If your town has a food cupboard or a senior center that takes fresh food, contact them to see if they would like your overflow. Chances are, their response will be an enthusiastic ‘yes’.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Some very nasty weeds are coming into seed at this time of year. Swallowwort is a relative of milkweed and often confuses monarchs looking to lay their eggs. While milkweed both feeds and acts as nursery for monarch butterflies, swallowwort is a death trap. Eggs laid on that plant will die shortly after hatching when they feed on the toxic leaves. If you see the plants in bloom (photos of each) or with seed pods, cut down and bag it and send it to the trash. Mark the spot and next year start early mowing or cutting it down as it emerges. If you keep at it, it will eventually die.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Begin harvesting herbs for drying on sunny days. Cut herbs in the morning after any dew has dried off for maximum freshness. Dry the herbs where they get good air circulation but out of direct sunlight. Place the dried leaves or seeds in sealed containers to maximize freshness.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Water your vegetable garden: it contains the annuals that are feeding you and your family so it should top your list. Most towns exempt vegetable gardens from watering bans so long as all watering is done by hand, If it is allowed, water new trees, shrubs and perennials. They lack an established root systems and need the water you can give them now. Now is not the time to fertilize your lawn, trees or shrubs. Fertilize in the fall if we get sufficient rain.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
It’s official now: it is dry, dry, dry. Much of New England is classified as being in a severe drought, with no relief in sight. What does a gardener do? First, respect watering bans. Towns are worried about having enough water for people –to drink, cook, shower and flush. Minimize your home water use any way you can. When you water outside, water early in the day when the air is coolest to lose the least to evaporation. Don’t water at night when water left on plant leaves can promote fungus diseases.