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Come join us for our last 2018 Garden Clinic


March 3 Pollinator Habitat Design for all Seasons
with Master Gardeners, Larri Cochran & Peggy MacLeod from WMass Pollinator Networks.

Larri & Peggy will discuss ways of tweaking your home garden design to serve the needs of native Bees & Butterflies year round.

Saturday at 1:00 pm
 
They are free, but space is limited, so come early. Additional parking available next door at All About Learning.

For further information please call 413-584-1423


House Plant Corner

If you are itching to get your hands dirty, seeds starting, terrariums or houseplants are a good way to start playing in the dirt. Try these three remedies:

*Start some seeds. We have plenty of seeds and seed starting supplies.

*Create a Terrarium. Our terrarium kits and very cute miniature plants make it easy and fun.

*Transplant your house plants
It's time to give those plants some extra space.

It's a warm delight to walk through the greenhouse and absorb the colors and textures of all our new house plants. Browse our vast seed collection and dabble in the miniature plant collections.
Let's try something new to grow!
PEPPERS - START THEM NOW!
 
Now's the time to start thinking about sowing peppers indoors! Whether you like the heat or like them sweet, peppers are a kitchen staple.
 
Temperature is crucial for starting peppers. Pepper seeds germinate much faster if the soil/media is kept at 70°-90°F. At cooler temperatures, they can either fail to sprout, or sprouting may take a month. The longer seeds take to emerge, the more susceptible they are to rotting in the wet conditions or being attacked by fungus in the media. Seedling heat mats are especially helpful in maintaining warm soil for peppers. Once germinated, peppers can be grown at air temperatures of 60°F at night and 70°F during the day.
 

GENERAL SOWING OUTSIDE

  Peppers are very frost sensitive, so wait to harden off until outdoors temperatures are frost-free and settled. Soil should be over 55°F when peppers are transplanted. If your spring warm-up is lagging, use plastic mulch or season extension products like hot caps or walls of water to warm the soil.


SETTING FRUIT

Peppers do not set fruit in periods of extended cool temperature (below 55°F) or hot (over 90°F daytime and over 75°F nighttime) temperatures.


FERTILIZING

Fertilizing with kelp or seaweed can help plants with stress from heat, drought, or transplanting.


Plant of the Month
Featured Plant – Hellebores

There are many plants that have taken off in the market in recent years. Hydrangeas, Coneflowers and Sedums to name a few. A new addition to this list is the spring blooming family of plants called Hellebores. At a recent trade show this plant was featured in many Nurseries’ displays. 

New series such as Honeymoon , Wedding Party and Frostkiss feature longer blooms and new colors for this plant. The flowers can be various shades of white, pink and purple and either single or double flowered. It is an evergreen perennial with beautiful foliage and prefers moist, shaded locations. Look for these exciting new varieties on our outdoor greenhouse benches in the coming weeks.  

One of the most exciting things about Hellebores is their early arrival in March, sometimes amidst snow. Yes, their evergreen quality is unusual and ads a lovely dark green in the barren winter, but the surprise of beautiful flowers in March is the real delight.
  
Roses
echinacea
Perennials & Nursery Stock
Fruits
March is the Month
March is the month to get back out in the garden and start to clean up from winter’s wrath. As the snow melts, we can begin our spring pruning chores and cut back perennials and grasses that may have been missed in the fall. Check trees and shrubs for vole, mouse and deer damage. If damage has occurred cover bark wounds in pruning sealer. 

Deer damage can simply be cleaned up with hand pruners. As lawns become exposed mole and vole damage can be identified and snow plow scars can begin to be repaired. Lastly, here's the fun part - now is a great time to identify holes in your landscape that may need that new shrub or perennial you have been coveting. A small amount of work cleaning up now will save you a lot of effort during the peak planting season to come.  
Messsage from Tom and Janine

The days are starting to lengthen and warm and our nursery yard sits ready for the 2018 plant arrivals. We are anticipating the arrival of the Fruit trees the first week in March and it won't be long before things really start to ramp up here. We hope you all enjoyed another season of our Saturday Winter clinics. We received some great feedback on them again this year. Our customers are wonderfully engaged learners and they provide us with great insight from their own experiences. We are looking forward to another great year as the garden center turns 55! We'll keep you posted on our Anniversary Sale. See you all soon.

Tom & Janine Giles
& the staff of the Hadley Garden Center
Hadley Garden Center | 413-584-1423 www.hadleygardencenter.com