Spring is full of color. Everywhere you turn, bright yellows, purples, whites, and pinks flood the landscape and create a canvas of pure happiness. One might go out on a limb and say it’s downright cheerful. In the spring, skies are bluer, the clouds are more white, and the return of green grass blankets nature’s floor. The sun shines brighter and longer while red buds dot the tree branches.
And then there’re the flowers...
What a week, huh?!
The corona virus came at us fast and out of nowhere, like a run-away freight train, leaving us confined to our homes, some of us “far out there,” situated on secluded back roads, far from any public places. While we’ll be at our residences over the next few weeks with more time than usual, it’s never been a better time to assess your property and start thinking about an edible garden.
By Leah Allen
Have you browsed the garden tools section lately at a hardware store, or nursery, or better yet the big box stores? There’s an umpteen amount of shovels, pruners, and rakes on display, all just a little bit different than the last, essentially helping to overwhelm the consumer in the selection process.
I love a good garden tool, but I believe some tools are like kitchen gadgets – they look fun and easy, but after impulsively buying it, they barely get used, if remembered to get used at all.
I’m going to break down the garden tools that are essential in any garden and where you can purchase these tools locally and online.
By Leah Allen
March is an unpredictable month. Frankly, I don’t trust March at all. Remember the old riddle “If March comes in like a lion, it’ll go out like a lamb and if it comes in like a lamb, it’ll go out like a lion?” Well I feel March doesn’t care about lions or lambs, March does whatever it wants. That includes possibly having a 60-degree day followed by a nor’easter with inches of snow and then back to 60 degrees again. It’s hard to predict how March will go weather-wise or where to even start because of that.
This March, I want to focus on some gardening basics, starting with how to read a seed packet.
Seed packets can be a bit overwhelming and downright confusing with all the fine print.
Basically when you break it down, each packet has a little biography about the seed, including the complete name (common and Latin), proper planting directions, a short summary of characteristics, and what environment it will do best in.
It’s important to remember that seed companies vary in quality and how they choose to market their seeds. So whether it’s a simple drawing of a tomato on the front of the packet versus a realistic glossy photo, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is the reputable seed source from where you’re getting the seed. A good seed source is worth its weight in gold. In addition to our local seed lending library located at Wheeler Library, you can also check out my list of reputable – many CT-based – seed companies that I’m certain you’ll find great success with.
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