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Gardening tips from Gillitts Nursery

Hello fellow gardeners,

A bright spring depends on a busy autumn. Spring is almost upon us and we recommend the following garden tips. 

· Proteas or plants belonging to the same family: never add fertilizer or compost to the planting hole, keep well-watered until your protea is well- established, approximately one year.

· Trees and shrubs: lightly prune overgrown branches to encourage growth and fertilize with 2:3:2.

· Lawns: a light mowing and light dusting of agriculture lime to balance the ph of the soil. Fertilize with 2:3:2 (no high nitrogen at this stage).

· Remove dead stalks and flowers on your plants to encourage new growth and feed 3:1:5 and water.

· Aloes flowering now: check for disease, for example scale, and spray with Oleum.

· Rose pruning: very important now to get your roses blooming.

Visit us at Gillitts Nursery at 12 Old Main Road or Gillitts Hardware at Checkers Centre, 9 Old Main Road, and collect a leaflet on rose pruning, care and advice on how to water your roses and save water. Watch out for more tips next month.

– Editorial compiled by Lynn Doherty



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5 garden tips for this week (July 1-7)

Show of support

Prop up fruit-laden tree branches so the weight doesn’t break the branches. Use a Y-shaped, padded support to reduce damage from rubbing during breezes. A pruned-off tree branch with a forked branch or an old rake make perfect supports, especially when cushioned with a clean rag or even an old glove. Angle the support into the soil so the branch is free to move when breezes blow. Destroy fallen fruit to decrease insect and disease problems.

Go early or late

As the temperature rises, irrigate your garden and landscape in the evening or early in the morning, but not in the middle of the day. Allow water to run long enough to soak in deeply, then turn it off. Plants use the most water, not only when temperatures are high, but also whenever a breeze blows, or during flowering, or as fruit is developing. Containerized plants usually need more frequent watering than those in the ground.

Harvest time

In spite of summer heat, harvest your garden vegetables every day or two, preferably in the morning or evening. Store them in the refrigerator if you can’t use them right away. Mature vegetables that remain on the plant produce a plant hormone that prevents them from blossoming, reducing your chances for additional harvests. By harvesting ripe produce regularly, your plants will keep blooming and setting crops — especially your cucumbers, beans, eggplants, squashes and tomatoes.

Here’s a grape idea

Grape vines seem to keep going with relatively little water, but to get good quality fruit be sure to water them about once a week, long enough so the water sinks into the soil. And if birds tend to eat your ripening grapes before you get to them, try this: put a paper bag (not plastic) around each grape cluster. Staple the bag together around the top of the stem. The grapes will sweeten and ripen properly for you, not for the birds. You’ll just need to peek in periodically to see exactly when they are ripe — unless you want raisins in the fall. Or, if you have plenty, leave a cluster or two uncovered to see when they ripen. And to protect your tree fruits from birds, cover the trees with bird netting, or attach brightly colored streamers to the stems to frighten the birds away.

Cutting back

When boysenberries, blackberries and olallieberries finish bearing, cut back the spent fruiting canes all the way to the ground, sparing only the vigorous shoots that did not bear fruit this season. Feed with a balanced plant food and continue regular watering. Vigorous new canes will emerge and provide the scaffolding for a bountiful crop next year — and you won’t have to prune and separate them this winter. Just train them out horizontally for optimum yield next year.

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Make a statement in your garden with hardy hibiscus

This time of year, we can expect hot temperatures, days spent at the pool, and weekend cookouts.  In the garden, we can always count on perennial hibiscus to make a show.  The dinner plate-sized blooms on these flowers are easier to grow than you might think.

Perennial Hibiscus, also called hardy hibiscus or rosemallow, is a perennial that thrives in the heat of summer and comes back even after the coldest of winter.  The flowers prefer decent soil, but can adapt if soil conditions are poor.  They can also tolerate excess moisture, so over-watering usually isn’t a problem.

These perennials are taller than most, so make sure you place it in the back of the perennial border of your garden.  Come wintertime, all foliage will die off and the stems can be cut to the ground.  Hardy hibiscus will come back each spring, but not until the ground is consistently warm, so be patient with it, and you’ll get some beautiful, large flowers in your garden.

Have a gardening question?  Use the form below to ask the folks at Bennett Nurseries.  We may feature this in an upcoming Garden Tips segment!

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London College Of Garden Design graduates excel at leading shows

Winning garden design

London College of Garden Design (LCGD) Graduates have triumphed once again at two of the big summer shows.

Will Williams won a Silver Gilt Medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for ‘Streetscape’s Holding Back the Flood’ a striking representation of the actions of Pickering to reduce any recurrence of recent flooding where trees have been planted to slow water run-off after heavy rainfall. Will said “I’ve had a huge reaction to the garden with people interested in what they can do to help by planting trees, especially Alders, alongside water courses. I’m delighted by the response.’

Tom Massey also won a Silver Gilt medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the Perennial Sanctuary Garden with spiral paths through colourful planting combinations that led to a calm central space away from the outside world.

At RHS Tatton Park Flower Show Lara Behr has won a Gold medal and the Best Back-to-back garden with her Macmillan Legacy Garden garden, a place of reflection, inspired by the work of the charity and all those involved in continuing their work. The garden referenced the charity’s founder and the work made possible by legacy donations. Lara said ‘This has been a huge boost to my career so far and has allowed me to build upon the success I have had to date since leaving LCGD.’

Many of the College’s tutors take part in the main flower shows with James Basson, Kate Gould, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Adam White and Andrew Wilson all winning Gold Medals in 2017.


About the London College of Garden Design

The College is one of Europe’s leading specialist design colleges and offers professional level courses including the one year Garden Design Diploma and Planting Design Diploma which is taught from the Orangery Conference facilities at the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Short courses are offered at Kew, RHS Garden Wisley and Regent’s University in central London.

To find out more visit
For more information you can also contact Andrew Fisher Tomlin on 020 8542 0683 or 07957 855457

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Local butterfly garden coming to life through community-wide effort

NORMAN — A biologist at the University of Oklahoma, on Sunday Vonciel Harmon was just another volunteer pushing a wheelbarrow full of gravel through Eastwood Park.

Despite sweltering heat, a cadre of volunteers hauled mulch and shoveled gravel into wheelbarrows pushing them from Ponca Avenue down the long, sloping sidewalk to the skeleton of a future pollinator garden adjacent to Bishop Creek.

“We’re doing the hardscape, trying to get done before the kids come back to school,” Harmon said. “The last day of school, the second grade class at Lincoln Elementary seeded, seed trays of pollinator plants.”

Those plants have been waiting, growing at Prairie Wind Nursery under the care of Bill Farris. As soon as the weather cools a bit, the incoming second graders will put those plants into the ground, continuing the work the class before them started.

“We helped design the garden, and we created brochures on pollinators through a guided inquiry,” said second grade teacher Kathy Nixon, who was also on hand Sunday to haul gravel and spread mulch.


Volunteer Forest Chapman rakes gravel in a pollinator garden under construction along Bishop Creek in Eastwood Park on Sunday, Juy 23, 2017.

Joy Hampton / The Transcript 

The pollinator garden is one aspect of the Bishop Creek Restoration Project. In addition to the educational garden, the project includes plans for nature trails and native vegetation.

Nixon and second-grade teacher Sherry Franklin are working with community experts to guide kids through the nature-based, hands-on learning experience.

“The pollinator garden and riparian zone restoration is a wonderful pilot project for our community,” said Council member Bill Hickman, another volunteer on Sunday. Hickman served the community as as a Blue Thumb volunteer, even before being elected to council.

The Restoration Project is the brain child of Blue Thumb volunteer Karen Chapman, but she’s engaged a village of participants to bring a wide range of talent to the table. Using green infrastructure, the restoration will improve community access and aesthetics along the creek while preventing erosion and improving water quality.

“The Red Earth Group had a fundraiser for some of the materials,” said Red Earth Sierra chair Adrienne Gautier, another working volunteer on the site. “We’re glad to see the money go to a good cause.”

While volunteers and second-graders are working on the pollinator garden, OU graduate students led by environmental science professor Bob Nairn will focus on stream design.

The Sierra Club has pitched in with volunteers as well as fundraising.

“We have a pollinator habitat initiative we’ve been working on a couple of years now,” said state conservation chair Kim Bartlett, who called the Eastwood project a perfect fit for the Sierra Clubs goal of helping create a corridor of gardens for pollinators to help overcome the loss of life-sustaining plants and habitat brought on by urban development.

Project partners have hopes that the Eastwood pilot will spur additional projects along other creeks in Norman, including partnering with local schools to create outdoor classroom learning environments.

“Miracles happen,” said Chapman. “I’m really thrilled to see it come to life like this, to see people come together as a community.”

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Garden events in Orange County

Saturday, July 29

Succulent Wall Garden Demo: Join horticulturist Suzanne Hetrick as she demonstrates how to plant a wall garden using Woolly Pockets. She will explain how prepare the soil, what types of plants to use and how to care for them throughout the season. Free. 9-10 a.m.  Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. 949-640-5800 or

Succulent Driftwood Workshop: Design specialists Onita Castillo and Kathleen Nestell will demonstrate how to create your own piece of driftwood with succulents. Choose from a variety of materials to build your design. $100. 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. 949-640-5800 or

Wednesday, August 2

Fall Herb Container Workshop: Horticulturist Kim Sterling will show guests how to make their own kitchen herb garden, providing a step-by-step tutorial with care and maintenance instructions.  Fee includes one planter box, soil, assorted herbs, plant stakes, a 1-pound box of starter fertilizer and harvest pruners. $75. 6-7 p.m. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. 949-640-5800 or


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Waynesboro city council to decide how to use development grant money

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV)– Waynesboro City Council is making a decision about how to use their 2017 Community Development Block Grant. This year, they received $185,677.

The grant allows the city to revitalize lower to moderate income neighborhoods. It can also be used for renovations, street clean-up, landscaping and new developments. City council member Jeff Freeman said the city has top priority issues they’re hoping to address with this cash.

“Our plans are to improve water and sewer to the Shenandoah Heights Area,” said Freeman.

Although Waynesboro City Council has an idea of how they would like to use the funds, the meeting will allow the public to state their opinions on how the money should be distributed..

“If people have wants or needs, feel free to come to council chambers. We do have ideas of what we’d like to do. We do listen to citizens input. If they have ideas they think we should look at, we will look at those ideas as well,” said Freeman.

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Neighborhood parks vital to community

The city of Erie’s Adopt-a-Park program offers resources to improve neighborhoods’ public spaces.

Green spaces are good for you.

That is why the city of Erie encourages residents to become stewards of their neighborhood parks through the city’s Adopt-a-Park program.

Sarah Galloway, sustainability coordinator for the city, said between 10 and 15 of the city’s roughly 50 parks have been adopted since the program was created more than a decade ago.

Cleanup, gardening and landscaping make up just some of the efforts. The city offers its resources, but it does not tell people what to do with the parks.

“When the community members get involved, it gives them a sense of ownership,” said Galloway, who was around in the early days of the program. “All the city’s parks are the people’s parks. It’s important for people to have a place where they can get outside and experience nature. It’s also important to have a place to socialize and interact in casual settings.”

No formal program was in place before Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott took office, she said. Since then, Galloway has seen how it has transformed neighborhood parks. She cited Pebble Lake Park off Pebble Drive, which is off West 26th Street between Washington and Melrose streets.

The Robbins Blass Neighborhood Watch group recently put in a new pavilion there. The group’s coordinator, Breanna Adams, said the group wanted to create a sense of community when it adopted the park several years ago.

“How it all started was just some really good people wanted to take the lead in their neighborhood, to foster relationships between businesses, the city and the neighbors, most importantly,” the 27-year-old Adams said.

Adams said families and individuals need a place to go to get away from digital distractions. Parks are perfect for taking some time to get to know your neighbors, she said.

Her neighborhood group started small, planting gardens. Now it is considering solar panels for the new pavilion, to provide electricity for events. Adams said the group is in the process of fundraising and seeking sponsors for future efforts.

Galloway said anyone can get involved in the program, either on a regular or short-term, volunteer basis.

“Studies after studies show that the more green space that is in a neighborhood, the less stress they experience,” she said.

Anyone interested in participating can call Galloway at 814-870-1255.

Nico Salvatori can be reached at 870-1714 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at

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Garden Notes: Beer tasting, Little Green Thumbs, herb vinegar demo, hypertufa pot workshop

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Millard Leary Jr.


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Millard M. Leary Jr.

Millard “Marty” is back in the arms of his father, rest in peace.

Millard Martin Leary Jr. (Marty), 42, of Fort Pierce, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on May 3, 2017. Gravesite Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on July 29, 2017 at the South Edwards Cemetery, Edward, NY. Deacon Phillip Giardino of St. Hubert’s Church, Star Lake, NY will be officiating. A reception will follow at South Edwards Community Center, South Edwards, NY.

Marty was born in Upstate New York and has resided in Ft. Pierce, Florida for the past 25+ years. He graduated from F. Pierce Westwood High School in 1993.

He was a hardworking man who was employed as a landscape maintenance supervisor and Pest control. Marty had a larger than life personality and was a lot of fun to be around. If you made it past his hardened exterior you found a simple man, who love to brew his own beer, plant amazing gardens, and landscaping.

Marty is survived by his companion of 6 years, Elisa Drawdy, his mother, Barbara Walrath; his 1 brother, Lawrence Leary; his 1 sister, Laura Leary; and the rest of his family and friends.

Marty is preceded in death by his father, Millard M. Leary Sr.; paternal grandparents Donald J. and Mildred M. Leary Sr.; 3 uncles Milton Leary, William Leary Sr., and Donald Leary Jr., maternal grandparents Bertha and Jake Wilson, 1 aunt Elma Poole and 1 uncle Delbert Wilson.

Marty is survived by his 6 aunts and 7 uncles, Margaret and Bill Middlestate Sr., Catherine and John Jones, Mildred A. Robertson, Noreen Leary, Marie Belch, John and Nancy Wilson, Neil Wilson, Gary Wilson, Larry Wilson, Lyle Wilson.

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