H adley Garden Center
              Route 9, 285 Russell Street
                    Hadley, MA 01035

                       (413) 584-1423

       Open:   Mon -Sat 8 to 6     Sun 9 to 6 

           www.hadleygardencenter.com 

 

 

Everything you need to make your garden grow!
OUR 54th ANNIVERSARY SALE  
IS HAPPENING NOW! 
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Mastering Azaleas        by Dan Ziomek 
 
Every time I watch the NCAA basketball tournament, I see the ads for the Masters Golf Tournament.  I have no interest in golf but I do notice all the Azaleas in bloom along the fairways and tees.  What if we could grow evergreen Azaleas as lush and beautiful as this?  Maybe we can!  By choosing a site that is somewhat winter wind protected and does not get hot sun during this time, we could surprise ourselves.  Evergreen Azaleas are not hard to grow, come in many colors and are relatively pest free.  They are in the Rhododendron family and like the same well drained, humus rich soil and morning sun conditions as their larger cousins. 
 
 Check out bright red Hino Crimson, or brick red Hot Shot or Stewartsonian.  Pleasant White or Delaware Valley White will help you balance these other bold colors.  No matter the color, by adding a few Azaleas to your landscape you will have hit a hole in one with your friends and neighbors.  
                                                                                                             
Most frequently asked gardening question and answer of the month.

  QUESTION: Is it okay to plant now?

  ANSWER:  Nursery stock is fine.  If you can dig a hole, then you can plant it. Just don't
                   plant grass seed, as the soil is still too cold.  Also, some plants need to wait
                   until the danger of frost has passed. 
Goldfinches at Your Feeder

Male Goldfinches take on their bright yellow and black wing patterns this time of year.  Females of this species remain an olive green color throughout the year for camouflage purposes during nesting.  These colorful canaries are easy to attract to our yards by offering Nyjer (Thistle), Finch Mix or Sunflower kernels in a tube feeder (see picture) or Thistle sock.  


Flocks of 10 or more birds are not uncommon, so
provide them with more than one
feeder to dine from.  Water is a great attractant for many different species and Goldfinches relish the chance to take a dip.  One interesting fact about Goldfinches is that they do not nest until July or August.  That way when their chicks leave the nest there are plenty of weed seeds for them to feast upon.  Remember though, when spring/summer bird feeding, the bears are out and our feeders are fair game!
  

 

Dwarf Conifers
 
Hello Gardening Friends

With the recent crazy weather experienced over the past few weeks it is hard to know what this will mean to our plants, and when spring will actually get here.  The good news is we should have plenty of time for our plants to bounce back. Most of the spring flowering bulbs are very hardy. So don't panic, wait and watch. Spring will come, we promise.  Meantime, while we wait for the air temperature and the soil temperature to warm up it is a great time to stock up on the fantastic sale items celebrating our 54th Anniversary.  Stop in and say hello and sign up for our drawing.  We look forward to seeing all of you soon.   
 

Sincerely,

Tom and Janine Giles
and the Staff at Hadley Garden Center
 
    April is the month to:

    • Replenish mulch in your beds to help prevent weeds.
    • Fertilize your lawn and apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control when Forsythia blossoms drop.
    • Work the soil in your beds as soon as the weather permits, adding compost and other amendments.
    • Start seedlings of:  Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melon, Spinach, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes
    • Plant: Beets, Carrots, Dill, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Artichoke
    • Transplant:  Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Clematis, Daylilies, Foxglove, Fruit Trees, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Pansies, Raspberries, Roses, Strawberries