Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
October's meeting date has been changed from October 8th to October 22nd at 6:00PM in the conference room at the Ephrata Public Library. We will discuss the details of our upcoming trip to Longwood Gardens on Friday, October 26th. All are welcome to drop in to get information about what the club is all about. Feel free to call Donna at 717-738-9291, x104.
Come join us on a visit to
Celebrate the harvest season with giant pumpkins, unusual gourds, a delightful garden railway, tractor display and tasty autumnal treats. Special gardening demonstrations and tours and sparkling fountain shows delight visitors daily.
The group will meet at
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Longwood is accepting applications for its Professional Gardener Training Program
Application Deadline: August 31
This unique program is a two-year, tuition-free opportunity for eight men and women who are strongly committed to a career in horticulture. For more information click here.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Even the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables or a garden of flowers in containers. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that can be used. The container gardener is limited only by his imagination. Consider the following guidelines when choosing your container.
Avoid containers with narrow openings.
* Cheap plastic pots may deteriorate in UV sunlight and terracotta pots dry out rapidly. Glazed ceramic pots are excellent choices but require several drainage holes.
* Wooden containers are susceptible to rot. Redwood and cedar are relatively rot resistant and can be used without staining or painting. Avoid wood treated with creosote, penta or other toxic compounds since the vapors can damage the plants. One advantage of wooden containers is that they can be built to sizes and shapes that suit the location.
* Use containers between 15 and 120 quarts capacity. Small pots restrict the root area and dry out very quickly. The size and number of plants to be grown will determine the size of the container used. Deep rooted vegetables require deep pots.
* Make sure your pot has adequate drainage. Holes should be 1/2 inch across. Line the base of the pot with newspaper to prevent soil loss.
* In hot climates use light-colored containers to lessen heat absorption and discourage uneven root growth.
* Set containers on bricks or blocks to allow free drainage.
* Line hanging baskets with sphagnum moss for water retention. Keep baskets away from afternoon sun.
* If you choose clay pots, remember that clay is porous and water is lost from the sides of the container. Plants in clay pots should be monitored closely for loss of moisture.
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