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Potting Shed Summer Garden Camp is Coming!

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This summer the Rowayton Library and Rowayton Gardeners will collaborate 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’ll feature 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]

Students Learn From Potting Shed Fun

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Rowayton Gardeners recently did a compost lesson for all four Kindergarten classes which featured our educational & fun puppet show..  The lessons also included planting butterfly, bee & bird attractors in our new veggie bed border, amending the soil with compost and checking out our compost area.  Second graders had fun with a sustainability scavenger hunt, too!

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Late Spring/Summer Hort Report

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From Carol Giunta:

  • Fertilize spring bulbs so they will bloom next year
  • Direct sow summer annuals such as zinnias, cosmos and marigold to fill in any empty spots in your garden

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8 Ways to Save the Monarch

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The Monarch butterfly is in grave danger, but in these 8 simple steps you can help reverse the trend and revitalize the species! Click here to read the entire article from our Greenpeace friends.