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

                       (413) 584-1423

Mon - Sat 8-6, Sun 9-6

 

           www.hadleygardencenter.com

 

 

Everything you need to make your garden grow!
Hello Gardening Friends,

June is finally here and after all this rain, hopefully we can move forward with lots of planting.
 
Father's Day, coming up soon on June 19th, brings thoughts of garden tools, sentimental trees and shrubs, specialty Tomato plants, Fruit trees and of course lawn products. Browse the garden center and see if you can make the Father in your life smile.

    Staking Options

         
Many plants will benefit from staking, as some are naturally tall and leggy, (certain Asters) others may become that way from over fertilization, stretching for the sun or simply due to an oversized flower such as Peonies. Staking and using supports are the best way to keep those plants healthy and disease free, as well as looking strong and vibrant. Tomatoes need staking to keep the fruit healthy and encourage the plants to continue growing and producing more fruit. 
 
Why Stake Plants? 
  • Plants can grow without bending to the point where they might break.
  • It prevents the fruit from beginning to rot if it sits on the ground, as with Tomatoes.
  • Plants will grow upward after they are staked allowing them to get necessary sunlight.
  • Helps to keep the aisles of each row of plants clear and  disease free.
Staking Methods

In nature, many plants simply "lean on" other plants for support.You can do that also by pairing plants with firmer and stronger stems next to those that are floppy. 
  • There are a variety of staking options, as seen above. 
  • Grow-through supports - best for Peonies, Phlox, and others that tend to flop
  • Wire Cages - these should be used before the plant starts to really grow
  • Wooden or Bamboo Stakes - Easy to use, can put them in any time, although earlier is better, but remember to tie the plants to the stake with something soft, such as coated wire or even fabric strips.
  • Use chicken wire to make-your-own cages
  • Be creative and invent your own staking system. Artistic sculptures as supports are quite lovely in the garden, especially with plants growing on them.
      New Rose Varieties  by Dan Ziomek

Miracle on the Hudson                     Campfire Roses

Plant breeders are always busy and those in the Rose industry are no different.  Two of the new varieties that we really like are Miracle on the Hudson and Campfire Roses.  Miracle is an award winning shrub rose introduced by Certified Roses in Tyler, Texas.  It combines velvet red blooms with glossy green foliage and excellent disease resistance. 

Campfire Rose comes from Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota.  Shapely buds with yellow and red tones open to semi-double yellow flowers edged in pink.  Glossy green foliage with excellent disease resistance and few if any thorns make this plant a great garden addition.   Both of these roses are very low maintenance and will work well in rose borders, perennial gardens or any sunny spot in your yard.  

Gypsy Moths - It's that time of year. 
Gypsy Moth caterpillars are making their presence known in the valley right now.  It has been 20 years since we have seen a major outbreak of these voracious insects.  They feed primarily on Oaks, Birches and Apples but when these are not present, Maples, Poplars, and even Pines may be defoliated.  They hatch from egg masses on the host tree where they overwintered.  They can also spin a thread and use this to be carried on the wind from tree to tree.  When they are young they can easily be controlled using Bt or Spinosad.  As they grow, products such as Pyrethrins, Sevin or Eight become more effective.  The silver lining is that with all the rain we have had, Extension Specialists are telling us the population will crash after this year due to a fungus that infects them
during the weather.  
 
Pictured at the right are a few of the products we carry to help you get rid of them, before they damage or defoliate our trees.
 
  
Tools Galore
Organic Vegetable Plants
Watering Equipment
Father's Day Gift Ideas!
Colorful Tomato Cages
Gift Certificates 
Fruit Trees
 
Dear Gardening Friends,

We had a great April and May despite the cooler, wetter weather but as the temperatures and sun increase this week, it is a great time to come see all the plants we continue to have in stock.  It is a little less chaotic which makes answering your questions and making suggestions a little easier.  Things are just getting started so stop in and and see what's new and take a stroll through our yard and greenhouse.  We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Tom and Janine Giles
and the Staff at Hadley Garden Center

 June is the month to:
  • Apply mulch to prevent moisture loss in landscapes.
  • Dig and divide crowded spring bulbs.  Replant immediately or store until fall.
  • Place straw around strawberry plants to keep fruit off of wet soil.
  • Apply Merit to control grubs in your lawn.
  • You can still start from seed:  Beans, Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Radish, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower.