Start Planning your Gardens by visiting the Norfolk Library Seed Library
Norfolk Library Seed Library is now re-stocked with seeds for your 2020 gardens thanks to club members Liz Davey and Sam Benton, and to the NPL staff. This is the second year that the NPL at 2 Liberty Place, Norfolk, MA and the GCN have make available a variety of seeds for library patron use. There are herbs, vegetables, fruit, flower and a NEW section of native seeds that you can bring home and plant. If you can harvest some seeds at the end of the growing season to return to the library for next year, great! Seeds are checked out at the circulation desk and there is a limit of four seed packets per family per growing season. List of seeds 2020.
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A Walk in the Garden with Liz Davey
Garden Club of Norfolk member Liz Davey has filmed her 100th Walk in the Garden With Liz Davey Show with Norfolk Community Television. Check out her 100th show!
In this milestone of episode 100, Liz shares one last walk through the garden for 2019. As if nature knew, it was an unusually warm December day, and we even saw some frogs in the pond! There is plenty to do to decorate for the holidays, including making wreaths and centerpieces, mostly using greens from the yard and garden. Then it’s time to bake some classic holiday treats, and some new tasty creations.
The National Garden Clubs, Massachusetts Federation of Garden Club and Proven Winners are offering scholarships to graduating seniors, current college students and graduate students. More information go to Scholarships. Do not delay. Deadlines are coming up fast.
Horticulture Hints by Neal Sanders – February 2020
If you have trees or shrubs to remove, or other major work in the garden, get it done while the ground is frozen in order to prevent much more serious damage that will occur if it is done when the ground softens in the spring – usually by mid-March. Soft ground compacted by heavy machinery will need a major reworking to make it loose enough for plants to grow well next year. Few things are as bad for lawns or gardens as soil compaction.
Get out and take a class! Whether it’s on vegetable gardening or orchid growing, pruning shrubs in your yard or replacing your conventional lawn with a more environmentally sound alternative, use the time you are not gardening to become a better gardener and steward of the land.
Take advantage of days when it is above freezing to spray dormant oil on your fruit and nut trees. Dormant – also called horticultural – oil is harmless to birds and bees. It coats and smothers egg masses of damaging insects so they will not hatch and start eating the tree’s new leaves in the spring. It must be applied on days when the temperature is above freezing and before leaves start to open, so February and March provide the best window for their use.
On a warm day, consider a trip around your yard to refresh the anti-desiccant coating on both broad leaf (like rhododendrons) and needled evergreens that can be damaged by strong sun or drying winds over the winter. (Wilt-Pruf and Wilt-Stop are two such products). While we have mostly had a mild winter so far, every New Englander knows there is no guarantee harsh weather isn’t coming.
If you are a vegetable or flower gardener who starts your own seedlings indoors for planting later, February is the month to get ageratum, petunias, and other annual flowers started along with vegetables such as beets, leeks, lettuce and onions. Your work now will give you a head start on a more productive garden this season.
While this has been a low-snowfall winter thus far, that can change quickly in February. Clear snow around small trees and shrubs to make it harder for rodents to eat the bark. On a warm day (above 40 degrees), spray deer repellents on the evergreens that the deer eat. As they get hungrier, deer become less fussy about what’s on the menu, but a mouthful of repellent may send them to another area.
Deer are on the lookout for food this time of the year, and the evergreens around your home are a prime target.
One of the hardest things for birds in the winter is the lack of water. While putting out seeds and suet certainly helps, a shallow container of water birds can drink from is vital. If you don’t have a heated bird bath, put out fresh water for the birds each morning in a sunny location. It may freeze during the day, but the birds in your garden will have had the chance to get a very important drink before it does.