Gardening Tips

June 5, 2017

Just like in human relationships, some plants work together to the benefit of both, and some plant neighbors are detrimental to both parties. You may have heard of the Three Sisters (corn, beans, and squash) that Native Americans planted together. That's just the beginning. Find out more at the links below:

Companion Planting Guide - (What to plant next to various plants.)

Taking the oppos...

May 20, 2017

Folks in the garden are still be a bit confused about the terms compost and mulch so I hope this helps to clarify, and that you will all spread the word:

Mulch serves two purposes: to retain moisture and to inhibit plant growth (weeds in particular). The mulch that comes in large bags from places like Home Depot is usually wood material which is very fibrous and is mostly wood by-products like bark and branches.  Some of it is...

May 9, 2017

Tomato blight is a fungal infection that can reduce the quality and number of tomatoes harvested from each plant. Its spores live in the soil. They can get...

May 1, 2017

Now that we're past the last frost date, gardens are full of tender leaves like lettuce, arugula, and mesclun greens. With leafy greens come the bunnies. They're so cute, but so hungry! In Massachusetts, it's not legal to relocate wildlife, so we have resorted to using small enclosures for a few reasons...

April 25, 2017

Some great 'free' ways to feed plants are hiding right in plain sight, in your home. Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, and make a effective fertilizer for acid-loving plants, like...

April 24, 2017

For zip code 02129, Charlestown MA, the zone is 6b. What does this mean? According to the USDA, "The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which...

April 20, 2017

We rely heavily on bees to pollinate plants for the food we eat. Here's how to help support bees:


• Avoid buying plants that have been treated with neoncontinoids

• Avoid using chemicals and pesticides

• Plant bee-friendly flowers and vegetables

• Put a shallow tray of water in your garden for bees to drink

• Buy local, raw honey

Click below to learn 10 Things you can do to help:

Photo credit: Gardener Jo...

March 20, 2016

Ever wonder about the name of a plant you like, or see a tree, flower, or fruit you can't identify?  Click on the LeafSnap logo below and view this electronic field guide, then download it to your smart phone for immediate access to great pictures and information. Thanks to our own Christine Downing for bringing this wonderful resource to our attention!  

March 20, 2016

"Ideas for Urban Gardeners," was presented by Richard Crecco at the March 6, 2016 Annual Member's Meeting. Click the image to download the Power Point file.

March 20, 2016

Despite the forecast for snow, it's time to start thinking abour your Spring planting!

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