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Library: Program offers tips on gardening

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 am

Library: Program offers tips on gardening

During my preschool years, my mom decided to grow a large garden. Not only did the garden provide us with a bounty of delicious vegetables, but it also served as a playground for me.


I was actually encouraged to get dirty in this playground. There was no way to dig potatoes and pull weeds without doing so. For my family – and many others – gardening was a way of bringing people together.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 am.

Article source: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/hope_mills/article_9e231783-4a5a-51e0-ba09-c0fa8b8e5cdb.html

UT Gardens offers March gardening tips

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:13 am

UT Gardens offers March gardening tips

RANSON GOODMAN

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The following article was written by Jason Reeves, horticulturist and curator at the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson.


 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:13 am.

Article source: http://www.parispi.net/lifestyles/features/farm/article_e48699d2-a9f8-11e3-b3f0-001a4bcf887a.html

Springtime gardening tips – Appeal

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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:05 am

Springtime gardening tips

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Veteran bulb growers have learned to put patience ahead of pruning in helping their perennials bloom season after season. They’re in no rush to remove the unsightly leaves and stems of these botanical storehouses, which need time after flowering to renew their growth cycle.


“We consider the foliage of the bulbs the ‘recharging batteries’,” said Becky Heath, president and chief executive officer of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs at Gloucester, Va. “If they aren’t recharged, the flowers won’t bloom again.”

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:05 am.

Article source: http://www.appeal-democrat.com/living/springtime-gardening-tips/article_5eada85a-a9a8-11e3-a1a1-001a4bcf6878.html

Tips for radiators, fighting clutter and learning to garden at Lowe’s: AM …

H12AMLINK1.JPGView full sizeCleaning your radiator regularly can avoid problems, but if it’s noisy, This Old House has some remedies.
TIPS FOR RADIATORS: Lots of older homes in Northeast Ohio have steam heat. Sometimes radiators can get noisy, so This Old House offers DIY tips for fixing a whistling radiator. Watch how This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey does it in this how-to video

FIGHT CLUTTER: I believe in organizing stuff in plastic storage bins, especially the see-through kind. But then I’ve got to figure out what to do with all those bins. It’s a pain to move them all to get to the bottom one in a stack.

One solution is a DIY storage bin organizer made with inexpensive PVC pipe. You’ll find complete instructions for making this organizer, along with other easy ideas for organizing your basement or attic, at Doityourself.com.


LEARN TO GARDEN: Lowe’s Greenhouse, Florist and Gift Shop is holding a series of gardening classes during its Spring Gardening Celebration on Saturday, March 15.

Some classes require pre-registration. Lowe’s is located at 16540 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

10 a.m.: Fairy Garden Workshop for Adults

$29 pre-registration required

10:30 a.m.: Pruning Walkabout

$10 pre-registration required

11 a.m.: Flower and Veggie Planting Basics for New Gardeners — Free

Noon: Terrarium Workshop

$29 pre-registration required

1 p.m.: Residential Landscape School

$10 pre-registration required

http://lowesgreenhouse.com/

Article source: http://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2014/03/tips_for_radiators_fighting_cl.html

Popular ‘Garden Tips’ Segment Returns March 13

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many of us are itching to get outdoors.  The beautiful weather we’ve had lately tells us spring is on the way – and so do the daffodils, crocus, and other bulbs coming up in our gardens.

We’re excited to bring back another season of Garden Tips, which air Thursdays on WHNT News 19 at 5:00 p.m. starting March 13.

Each week, you’ll get a different tip from George Bennett and Jeff Bennett of Bennett Nurseries.  They give good, practical information on getting your garden growing.

Watch Garden Tips each Thursday on WHNT News 19 at 5:00 p.m.  We’ll also post the weekly segment on WHNT.com.

Our first few segments are about spring pruning, following all the cold weather we’ve had – so tune in for great advice from the professionals!

Article source: http://whnt.com/2014/03/12/popular-garden-tips-segment-returns-march-13/

Learn tips and tricks for vegetable gardening

It’s been a disorienting year. Spring planting may seem odd — shouldn’t it come after winter? We all know how winter went. Those two (was it three?) days of winter really took it out of me. Whew!

Now I look at my little seeds and starts and wonder — is this spring? Should I contemplate a little vegetable garden considering the water crisis? Should I call the whole thing off?

If you are feeling as discombobulated as I am, then hustle down to the Master Gardener’s Advice to Grow By Workshop this Saturday. Not only will you be reoriented in regards to the correct season, you will be privy to a nice permutation on spring gardening. The focus will be on vegetable gardening, but the eye never leaves the storyline of this year: drought.

You will glean handy growing tips and water conservation tricks that will have you growing healthy veggies in our arid climate. Learn what watering methods will best suit your needs and discover ways to plant that will naturally save water. Leave with innovative ideas and renewed motivation.

Drought tip: Don’t throw leftover water away after boiling vegetables. Let it cool and use it on your plants.

The workshop is held in the Garden of the Seven Sisters at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo. The workshop goes from 10 a.m. until noon. Dress comfortably, bring sunscreen and water and please park in the lot adjacent to the demonstration garden.

Upcoming: Build a raised bed

Watch and learn as two of our seasoned master gardeners build a raised bed in the garden from 4 to 5 p.m. on March 20. Ray Festa and Wes Armstrong have contributed many years to our program and their expertise is visible in the infrastructure of the garden you see today.

They’ll be continuing their efforts as they construct a raised bed for one of our educational garden plots. The pub lic is invited to watch and learn and will be provided with building plans to construct a raised bed of their own!

The event will be held at Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo.

GOT A GARDENING QUESTION?

Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: at 781-5939 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Arroyo Grande; and at 434-4105 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners website at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo or email mgsanluisobispo@ucdavis.edu  .

Article source: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/03/12/2967658/learn-tips-and-tricks-for-vegetable.html

Learn how to design and plant a garden at library workshop

The Marion Baysinger Memorial Library in Groveland in partnership with B.B. Brown’s Gardens in Clermont, will present “Gardens for Lake County,” an interactive program.

The free workshop requires participants to attend all three sessions from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 20 and 27 at the library, 756 W. Broad St.

Thursday’s program will include graphic presentation of bird and butterfly garden plants along with steps needed to begin a habitat garden.

March 20 will be about site analysis, inventory and designing your garden.

March 27, participants will learn how to properly plant, water and care for their new garden.

The program will culminate in the certification of the garden by the National Wildlife Federation.

To reserve a space, call 352-429-5566 or email info@bbbrowns.com by Wednesday .

Sports fest, jam postponed

The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce inaugural sports festival and jam scheduled for March 28 through 30 at North Lake Community Park in Umatilla has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled for a later date. For updates, visit umatillachamber.org or call 352-669-3511.

Meetings

• The GFWC Umatilla Woman’s Club will meet at 12:45 p.m. March 18 at the Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hatfield Drive. The program will be about the Lake County Humane Society. There also will be a visit from a therapy dog. The public is welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring a can of dog or cat food, which will be donated to the humane society.

• The Sandspurs Circle of the Clermont Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. March 18 at the Garden Club Center, 849 West Ave., Clermont. Joy Dickinson, who writes the Florida Flashback column for the Orlando Sentinel, will be the speaker. She will speak about the history of Mead Garden, Harry P. Leu Gardens and Nehrling Gardens. The public is welcome, but seating is limited. Reservations are required by emailing Marilyn Paone at marilynp123@cfl.rr.com.

Unused meds, hazardous waste

Lake County Solid Waste Division along with the Mount Dora Police Department will host a drive-through household hazardous waste and unused, unwanted or expired over-the-counter medication collection from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the parking lot of Mount Dora Walmart, 17030 U.S. Highway 441.

A household hazardous-waste mobile unit will be on site for people who want to drop off small amounts of unwanted household hazardous waste items such as lawn and gardening materials; photos and swimming-pool chemicals; paint, thinners and strippers; cleaning solutions; batteries; antifreeze, waste gas and used motor oil; fluorescent lamps and light bulbs; and small propane tanks. Not accepted are solvents, infectious, chemical laboratory and radioactive waste.

Details: 352-343-3776.

Beer and wine tasting

A pre-St. Patrick’s Day beer and wine tasting is 7 p.m. Thursday in the office of Brian Kraus of the Clermont Raymond James Financial Services at the Clermont Financial Center, 1795 E. State Road 50, Suite A. Participants are encouraged to wear something green. Space is limited for the free event. To make a reservation, call 352-242-2232.

Free tax assistance

The AARP in Lake County, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, is sponsoring free tax assistance for low- and moderate-income residents, especially those 60 and older, but all taxpayers regardless of age will be assisted at no charge. The service is not limited to AARP members.

AARP Tax-Aide certified counselors will help prepare 2013 income-tax returns. Individuals seeking assistance should bring pertinent tax documents such as a copy of 2012 income-tax return; forms showing income earned, pensions and Social Security; 1099 forms showing interest and dividends earned; photo ID; and Social Security cards for all those listed on their return. All tax-related information is needed to do the work.

Appointments are available at various sites but must be made at the site or by phone during operating hours. Free electronic filing is offered at all sites. Locations and dates are:

Hawthorne Marina, 100 Hawthorne Blvd., off South U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Appointments: 352-360-6219.

Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments: 352-272-9658.

W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 1 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Appointments: 352-735-5936.

•Highlander Building, 330 Third St., Clermont, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. Walk in only.

To find sites nationwide, go to aarp.org/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669.

dmanis@tribune.com.

Article source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-community-notes-031214-20140311,0,7527306.story

Mullingar man Gareth Butler wins Kilsaran’s garden design competition

Mullingar man Gareth Butler wins Kilsaran's garden design competition

Gareth Butler and Diarmuid Gavin

Mullingar man Gareth Butler from Ballinderry has won the Kilsaran Student Garden Competition.

The landscape design student was chosen by celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin as the winner, and Gareth’s design will now be put on display at Kilsaran Home in Dunboyne, from May.

As part of the prize, organised by Kilsaran to mark the Meath company’s 50th anniversay celebrations this year, Gareth was awarded €3,000 bursary to commence his design career.

Over 100 garden design students entered the competition. 

Article source: http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/news/roundup/articles/2014/03/12/4020181-mullingar-man-gareth-butler-wins-kilsarans-garden-design-competition/

Chelsea Flower Show 2014: Alan Titchmarsh to design garden

Mr Titchmarsh, 64, who is an RHS vice president, said: “I can think of no
better way of celebrating 50 years as a professional gardener, and 50 years
of RHS Britain in Bloom, than by creating a garden for the RHS at the
Chelsea Flower Show.

“‘From the Moors to the Sea’ is a joyous celebration of our floral heritage
and the people who do their bit to conserve our islands’ plants and flowers
and realise the importance of beautifying our surroundings whether in
village, town or city.”

Mr Titchmarsh shocked gardening fans last year when he announced he would no
longer host the BBC’s programming on Chelsea, a role he performed for 30
years.

In a statement, he attributed his departure to being asked to perform a
smaller, “limited” role that did not offer him “the chance to
present the breadth of coverage that I had previously undertaken”.

Mr Titchmarsh last designed a garden for Chelsea in 1985, for which he was
awarded a gold medal

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/chelseaflowershow/10690961/Chelsea-Flower-Show-2014-Alan-Titchmarsh-to-design-garden.html

Town Council Meeting, March 10

The Nipawin Town Council held their bi-weekly meeting on Mar 10, during which several items were covered.

A delegation for the Nipawin Homecoming Comittee presented some of the ideas that have come out of their meetings. They would like to start a “Homecoming Park” in the area where the clock was set up in 2009. They are planning on asking the people of the town to put plaques around the base of the clock with their family name and when they arrived in the town. There was also talk of a statue. The declaration of the park was sent to the Recreation Board for further discussion.

Lisa Sholter was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Board for a two year term.

There was discussion of the need to spray for mosquitoes during the summer of this year as it looks like it’s going to be wet. However, health issues were brought up, both for people with respitory issues and for animals. It was referred to the Recreation Board.

The Town renewed the Road Maintenance Agreement with the RM of Nipawin for 3rd Street North for a three year period.

The wages for summer employees was raised three per cent in accordance with union contract. This was already budgeted.

The amendment process was started for the Dog Bylaw to allow for kenneling animals in doggy daycares and grooming facilities. However, the animals will not be staying overnight in the facilities.

Money that was unused in the budget was allocated into various reserves, including one for the landscaping of the doctor duplexes and for the Evergreen.

Lewis Robin and Chris Hudyma are going to be going to a series of meetings with ministers over the next few days, regarding Highway 55, regional planning and some annual conferences.

The Mayor and Hudyma met with Minister June Draude about the housing issues in Nipawin. They spoke on the group homes as well. 

Article source: http://www.nipawinjournal.com/2014/03/11/town-council-meeting-march-10