Growing winter greens talk with Camden Garden Club

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Camden Garden Club will meet at the Congregational Church, Elm Street, Camden. The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. followed by refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and guest speaker, Judy Berk, at 10 a.m. Her topic: “Growing Winter Greens in Maine All Winter Long.” She will tell about her gardens, her work with the Natural Resources Council, and what can be done to keep Maine’s natural resources safe for now and in the future. The public is iencouraged to attend.

Volunteers needed at Erickson Preserve to harvest for local food pantries

Looking for a chance to serve the community, help those in need, do something as a family, or simply get some fresh air and physical exercise? If so, join Maine Coast Heritage Trust staff during one of its volunteer harvest days, Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., Sept. 13 through Oct. 20 at the Erickson Fields Preserve on Route 90 in Rockport. So far, more than 2,000 pounds of food from the Erickson gardens has been donated to the local food banks.

Seeds of Hope

A school/community garden group for all ages and levels of gardening experience meets Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Hatchet Mountain Publik House to discuss fall gardening plans and volunteer opportunities. Play in the dirt and sow! For information, call Dawn Cote-Smith, 763-3275.

Gardening tips from Plants Unlimited:

Cultivating grass: Lawn grasses are cool-season plants, and late summer and early fall are the best times to start a lawn from seed. The seed must come in contact with the soil either by tilling or vigorous raking prior to seeding or by using a slit-seeder that cuts slits in the old sod and drops the seed at just the right depth. Several light waterings each week will get new lawns or re-seeded patches off to a good start.

Planting Bulbs in the Fall:
During the fall months of September, October and November, after soil temperature drops below 60 degrees F, the bulbs of spring flowering tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, Siberian squill, dwarf irises, Anemone, and crocus should be planted. Select healthy, disease free bulbs. Add bulb fertilizer into the planting hole. As a rule of thumb, bulbs should be covered with soil three times as deep as the bulb is tall. A crocus that is 1 inch tall should be placed in a 4-inch hole so it can be covered with 3 inches of soil. Don’t forget to add mole repellent with most bulbs.

Size does matter. The bigger the bulbs, the more flowers will bloom.