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GARDENING TIPS: How the massive snowstorm could impact … – WBNG

TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) – The spring weather has many ready to start gardening, but last month’s storm gave the ground increased moisture.

Jim Hoteling of Hillside Garden Landscaping says the severe winter storm that hit the Southern Tier last month made a significant impact on the land.

“Moisture in the ground from all of that snow melting seeping through and a lot of times you just can’t plant until the ground dries up,” Hoteling said. “We can actually be doing things within the next week easily if we don’t get too much rain.”

He said to hold off on planting frost-tender plants including eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers. But there are some plants that will do fine right now.

“There are a lot of plants like onions, lettuce, and radishes, and things like that,” Hoteling said.

Agway in Binghamton has already started to see people pick up their seeds to get a jump-start on the season.

“Right now we are in the process of selling a lot of seeds, soils, seed starting kits,” Sales Representative Joan Pasquale explained.

Pasquale said transferring your plants is also a great way to start the planting season off right.

“You can put them out on a patio for a while and then bring them in at night until they get acclimated to the temperature outside,” she added.

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Expert offers colorful garden tips in Andover | Merrimack Valley … – Eagle

ANDOVER — The public is invited to attend an Andover Garden Club event and learn to maximize the beauty of a garden in all seasons.

On Tuesday, April 4, award-winning landscape designer Maria Von Brincken will discuss using color theory and texture in both sunny and shady areas to create color waves of plant combinations, ensuring a sequence of bloom from spring to frost.

Since 1990, Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design has provided professional landscaping services to clients in the greater Boston area. A certified landscape designer, von Brincken combines visual aesthetics with eco-friendly implementation. 

Von Brincken’s lecture, handouts and slide images of her own and clients’ gardens will provide Garden Club attendees inspiration to create their own winning combinations.

This event will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. It begins with a social time and refreshments, followed by a business meeting, with von Brincken’s presentation beginning at 11 a.m. A $10 donation is required for guests.

For more information or to join the club, contact membership chairwomen Anne Collins (978-681-8052, and Donna Rudolph (978-475-7165,

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New to gardening? Here are 3 things to know when planting

The temperatures are (finally) warming up and that means your garden is ready for you. But if your thumb isn’t exactly green, Chris Lambton is here to help.

The host of “Controlled Chaos” stopped by TODAY Tuesday to share his top tips for sprucing up your home’s curb appeal and getting ready growing season.

1. Plan, plan, plan

Before you start digging any dirt, figure out what areas of the yard get full sun, part sun and no sun. Use that information to figure out where you want to plant new shrubs, bushes, perennial flowers and annuals. If you aren’t sure what plants will thrive in certain lighting conditions, your local gardening store has employees who are ready to help.

“When I do my planting plans, I don’t want to do something that’s only in July,”Chris said. “You want to plan for color all year round. Even for the six to eight months of flowers, you want something in every area of your yard.”

2. Thriller, filler and spiller

When designing the pot, consider using the “thriller, filler and spiller” technique on each pot. Apply one of the following:

  • Thriller: a beautiful, larger plant
  • Filler: grass to fill the space-give height
  • Spiller: vines hanging over the pot

RELATED: DIY ways to fight weeds and more answers to your gardening questions

3. Use egg cartons

Growing vegetable and herbs from seeds may seem intimidating, but Chris can walk you throw it. He uses old egg cartons as inexpensive starters and keeps them indoors until they are ready to be transferred outdoors.

“I have a plastic egg carton and I use that for growing,” Chris said. “I put 12 tomato seeds and I cover it. like a green house. Leave the container closed near windows but open the container every few days. If soil is dry, water down middle of the egg carton and close it back up.”

RELATED: Gardening 101: Everything you need to know to plant a thriving garden

Don’t move the seeds outside until they get 3-to 4-inches tall. Once they are big enough (and after the last frost), put them in a pot outside on a patio or plant in a larger yard.

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