Friday, April 24th, was the date of our first annual Mother/Son Dirt Fest. “Annual?,” you say. “Absolutely!” say the 30 boys and mothers who attended two hours of terrific fun and food at the RG Potting Shed. Pictures speak louder than words – so take a look at the amazing array of captured moments both before and after the participants arrived.
Concern about native bee colony collapse has brought attention to the critical pollination role of all bees and their plight, and also spotlighted what people can do to help, says David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. To create a yard that’s safe and attractive to native bees, it’s important to understand them first. He starts us off with four facts about native bees to help you grow a garden fit for these powerful pollinators.
A great team assembled at the Rowayton Community Center gardens to begin our care taking with a pruning session led by the fearless and fierce expert, Phyllis Padro. Despite the delayed schedule (Mother Nature has NOT been kind this spring), work was done and fun was had. Read on to see photos of the rest of the crew!
Spring is right around the corner! Here are a few tasks to do while waiting for the ground to and air to warm up!
- Gently remove matted leaves to uncover early spring bulbs, but don’t get too aggressive or you might damage the crowns of perennials that haven’t yet emerged.
- Cut back winter damage on evergreen perennials such as hellebores, ginger, epimedium as well as ornamental grasses.
- WHENEVER POSSIBLE DO NOT WALK ON LAWNS!!! The ground is still a little soft and wet and you can damage the turf.
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Growing your own food successfully is a constant process of learning which techniques work best for you and your plants. Often simple bits of advice from other gardeners can help provide shortcuts to achieving success in your garden. Take a look at this wonderful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u31l960Ggx0&feature=youtu.be