Thursday, August 30, 2007

Visit to the Conestoga House - Sept. 12th at 5:00PM from the EPL

Join us on September 12 on a visit to the Conestoga House in Lancaster, PA. We will go on a self-guided tour of the gardens. Please meet at the the Ephrata Public Library at 5:00PM and we will drive over together or meet us at the Conestoga House on 1608 Marietta Avenue by 6:00PM. For more information about the gardens please click here.

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

Field Trip to Sensenig's Garden

The August 13th meeting will be a visit to Sensenig's garden in Ephrata. Please meet at the library at 6:00PM and the group will drive over together. For more information call Donna at 717-738-9291, x104.

Container Gardening

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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