National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.” We are celebrating by putting all of our native plants on sale all week, as well as any ‘pollinator’ plants. To kick off the week, we will be hosting a Butterfly Gardening Class on Saturday June 18th at 2 pm with educator Carol Gurney. Explore the butterfly’s life cycle, receive information on host and nectar plants, make your own butterfly cage, receive a Painted Lady AND a Monarch chrysalis to take home and then watch as they emerge into butterflies. Monarchs are having a rough time these days-come give one a good start! Pre-Registration is required and space is limited. $35.00
Early June in the Garden
What to do now:
Finally we can plant veggies like tomatoes & peppers safely!
Keep weeds down by adding a few inches of mulch. Try Lucerne’s hay mulch for your veggie garden, (readthis list of mulching tips), and see this video about Coast of Maine Dark Bark ,for your perennial beds.
Watch for insect damage on everything! My biggest issue are these ‘4 lined plant bugs’.
Next is animal browsing–Deer, Rabbit, Chipmunk, Groundhog. Check your gardens every day and use repellents when needed.
Use your compost! Use compost with almost everything you plant. Top dress your shrubs, trees and gardens with any compost you’ve made, or try these: Coast of Maine’s Lobster compost is great for your veggies, but also your roses.Penobscot Blend Compost and Peat is perfect for your perennial beds, blueberries and even containers.
When mowing your lawn, remember to only cut a third of the grass off at a time, and let the grass lay there. It helps feed the lawn. If you don’t mow often enough and end up with big clumps, and you treat your lawn organically, rake them up and put into your compost pile.
Mother, blogger, cyclist, travel enthusiast, accountant and writer, Charla Dury blogs about her experience in humanity. Whether fact, fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction, Charla’s writing brings out the human experience in each of us.
“We are all part of one big human family and can relate to each other on multiple levels,” Charla said. “It doesn’t have to be only skin deep.”
One of the most profound reasons Charla blogs is to bring back a sense of community and connectedness that is often lost in the world of technology.