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Bayley Beach Weedfest

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A hearty group of Gardeners heeded the call of Bayley Beach Chair Lilly Langotsky and descended upon the berms at Bayley to “coax” their vegetation back into order. In just over an hour the area was spiffed up and all the weeds and cuttings were spirited out of sight by the trusty Sixth TD crew.  In spite of the discovery of a nasty nest of biting ants, the group had energy and time left over to water the planter near the boardwalk and then step back to admire their work!

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Bad Summer Bugs

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We all love to be outside in the summer – gardening, golfing, hiking, even just entertaining in our own back yards. WebMD has published a nifty bad bug slideshow that can be truly helpful in identifying what has bitten you and how to treat (or avoid) that bite. Click here to have a look!

Community Center & School Pond

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The Gardeners “worksite crew” at the Community Center has been hard at work this summer despite the construction taking place for the new access road.  Some plantings have been unavoidably disturbed, but all are being restored as the work progresses. Chair Phyllis Padro has kept up with the bulldozers and diggers, and recently took these photos of some of the beds.

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Potting Shed Summer Garden Camp is Here!

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This summer the Rowayton Library and Rowayton Gardeners are collaborating once again to present a 6-week program from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Thursdays in July and early August at the Potting Shed.  We’re featuring 6 different heroes in keeping with the American Library Association “Heroes” theme, and they’ll have a fun environmental twist.

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In the Buzz About Bees, Don’t Forget Natives

Location:  My garden in Ephraim, UT.  Native bee in the flower of a zucchini.

Laura Tangley of the National Wildlife Federation considers native bees the “Wild Pollinator Champs. She says that they are unsung heroes, even though honey bees (imports from Europe) are getting lots of buzz: “…with all the attention being paid to honeybees, I wonder if we’re overlooking an even more important story: the critical role wild, native bees play pollinating plants both in natural and agricultural systems. And unlike domestic honeybees, these natives do it for free.” [read the whole article]