Grow a Great Garden in 2015!

Grow a Great Garden in 2015!

 What are you growing in your garden this year? I am sure you have been thinking about how wonderful it will be to get your hands back in the soil, smell the thawing earth, and watch plants grow again. This Saturday is our second annual Grow Day. We are SO excited! It is a day filled with 7 mini-workshops on planning your garden for maximum yields, sowing seeds, growing perennial food such as blueberries and rhubarb, raising monarch butterflies, microgreens, and even gardening by the moon. Diane St. John and Sandy Merril will be joining me to offer SO much valuable information, just in time for you to get growing. There are still spots left; pre-registering is easy via the internet. Walk-ins are welcome. All the details are below.

Maximize your harvest, grow interesting new varieties–learn how at Grow Day this Saturday.

We are in high gear getting ready to open for the season on the first day of spring which is 9 days away! It is so nice to have a warm week and finally see the snow melting away. I have bare ground exposed on the south side of my house and by my driveway. Bring on the snowdrops and crocuses. Let the witch hazels unfold their blossoms. It’s time!

The end of March is the ideal time to start your warm weather plants indoors- tomatoes, peppers, eggplants are examples. When we open a week fromFriday we will be fully stocked with organic pottingsoil, seed starting supplies, and of course SEEDS galore! One of my favorite winter jobs is to constantly restock the seed racks as we drag them around to all kinds of off-site events. Last weekend we were at the N.O.F.A. conference and the Hardy Plant Society symposium.

We are planning a fun event for the last weekend in March.  We will be having a Seed Sowing Workshop on Saturday and Sunday. We will open many packages of tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds. Participants will be able to sow a mixed flat of warm season plants. We will provide the seedling trays, plastic greenhouse cover, organic potting soil, seeds, and labels. If you have ever thought to yourself that you wish you could sow tiny amounts of a wide variety of seeds, this is your chance. There will be one workshop each day. Cost will be $25. Details are below. Register EARLY; class size is limited to 8 participants and it will be held in our greenhouse here at Natureworks.

Did you notice that we didn’t have any dahlias, gladiolus, callas, or other summer bulbs at our flower show booth this year? It was just too cold to ship them. Well, we have them now! The last weekend in March will be our Bulb Bash. We will be featuring our tender bulbs all weekend long. I could easily call it “Dahlia Days” as dahlias seem to have skyrocketed in popularity this year. You can start your tender bulbs in advance or wait until the soil warms up and plant them directly into the ground. The main thing is to snag the cool, new, unusual varieties now, before they are gone.
I think we have finally turned a corner in this long, cold winter. It really is time to start getting organized for your spring garden. Please join me this Saturday at Grow Day. We will not only give you lots of really valuable information, we guaranteethat you will be super-psyched for spring as a result!

I’ll see you very soon…