During their summer vacation, young kids can be found having fun just about everywhere in sight and the garden is no exception. As part of the YMCA’s Summer Uproar camp, fifth- through eighth-graders spend at least one day a week working in the garden behind the building.
The single biggest stress facing trees over much of the state has been the exceptionally dry weather early in the growing season in recent years. Other stresses include insect damage and, construction damage caused by compacted soil.
With summer soon but a memory as crickets chirp, days lengthen and temperatures drop, it’s time to think about planting. While most gardeners think of spring as the time to do major planting in their yards, we can do more in autumn and get a jump on 2010.
Gardening enthusiasts often toil for hours on end to achieve their masterpiece landscape. Whether they hire out for some professional help or handle all of the work themselves, the end desire is a place that can be a sanctuary and welcome retreat.
While the real glory of hostas is in their foliage, the thin spikes of white or blue trumpet-shaped flowers that appear for several weeks in the summer can be a bonus. Originally from Asia, this perennial, which is also known as plantain lily, comes in a wide variety of leaf shapes, sizes and color.
Now that vegetable gardens are in the news – there’s one at the White House, and cities are encouraging residents to plant them on vacant lots – collectors are looking at farm-related toys with more interest.
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