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

                       (413) 584-1423

 

           www.hadleygardencenter.com

 


Everything you need to make your garden grow!
For inspirational and educational information from reliable sources, stop by our clinics on Saturdays starting at 1:00. See you there.
The Mysteries of Houseplants Unveiled
with  Diane Klenotic
FEBRUARY 4

How to Grow Mushrooms
Alex Dorr
FEBRUARY 11

Pruning Explained and Demonstrated
with Dan Ziomek
FEBRUARY 18

All About Tomatoes
with Ryan Voiland
FEBRUARY 25

Bonsai
with Doug Taylor
MARCH 4

All Clinics are free and start promptly at 1 pm.  You may want to get there early to insure a seat.  Additional parking available next door at All About Learning lot.
Blue Bird Nesting

As we move into February and the days become warmer and longer, male Bluebirds start to think about raising a family. 

 It's also the time we should clean out or put up Bluebird nest boxes.  Bluebirds prefer open areas such as fields, orchards, etc.  They formerly used old fence posts or dead trees for nesting.  Nowadays they nest almost exclusively in nest boxes provided by us.  These boxes can be made from cedar or pine.  They should have sufficient air and water drainage and should have an opening that is 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Place your box 4 to 6 feet off the ground facing away from prevailing winds.  This orientation gives the young birds a tailwind to help them on their first flight.  

At this point all we need to do is watch and listen.  We usually hear Bluebirds before we see them. Learn their call and be patient.  Once he finds a suitable box, he and his lady friend will come to call on it.  If it meets with her approval, a Bluebird family may soon call your backyard home. 
Pruning by Dan Ziomek

Spring is in the air and the sap is beginning to flow.  That means it's time to sharpen your pruners and shape up your yard.  Spring is a great time to prune most trees and shrubs and here's why!  

Healing occurs faster when sap is flowing upward, disease and insect pressure is at its lowest and the lack of foliage makes identifying problems much easier. 

 That being said, a few plants should not be spring pruned.  Maples, Birches, Dogwoods and Redbuds should all be avoided due to excessive bleeding from pruning cuts.  Additionally, plants that bloom in early spring (Forsythia, Lilacs, etc.) should not be pruned until after blooming.  

The best advice I was given  is : When pruning, remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches and then step back from the plant and assess its shape.  Quite often you will be done with pruning after removing these problems.  If not, continue to carefully remove branches until the desired shape is achieved.  

 
 
Valentines'  Day is  a perfect time to gift a plant, garden tool, birdhouse or gift certificate.
Hello Gardening Friends

It's a great time of year to get inspired.   We've got new inventory, a large selection of seeds,
a greenhouse full of beautiful plants and lots of time for advice. Talk to the experts at one of our clinics.   

Sincerely,

Tom and Janine Giles
and the Staff at Hadley Garden Center