The 2016 Carve-A-Thon is almost upon us! For two days, the sold-out event will make the Potting Shed and environs a place for kids to enjoy carving pumpkins and a yummy after-school snack. The two afternoons of carving will be followed by an evening “Pumpkin Stroll” where we award each pumpkin special accolades, offer apple cider and treats and a chance for the kids to see their creations all aglow. Parents and other volunteers will be needed – this is not a drop off activity. Dates and times: Wednesday & Thursday, October 26th and 27th, 3:30-5pm; then Friday, October 28th, 6-7 pm for the Pumpkin Stroll.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a wait list – our always popular Thanksgiving Potluck is full!
Fall ushers in one of our favorite Gardener events: the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner! The cost is $30 per person and we have room for 50 adults in all. If you have registered already, bring your dish to serve ten or so. We’ll drop off a serving tray in advance that fits right into our warmers so that you need not worry about keeping track of personal serving dishes or utensils.
The Rowayton Gardeners took advantage of a Federated Garden Clubs of CT grant to purchase and plant a beautiful columnar oak tree at Farm Creek Preserve recently. Several members welcomed the tall young oak to its new home.
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Horticulture notes, “In the fall, ladybugs often enter homes, looking for shelter and warmth. To help keep these insects outdoors, caulk around your windows and add weather-striping to your doors. While they are nuisances, these bugs will not harm people, pets or homes. You can vacuum up any that do get inside and dispose of them. Insecticides are not warranted or recommended.”
Take a look at the following sites for tips about fall gardening: TopTips for Great Fall Gardens (Mother Earth News), Fall Lawn Care (Organic Life) and the host of articles and videos on fall planting and care from gardenguides.com. Let us know if you have some favorite fall gardening resources to share and we will put them on our “Helpful Links” page!