October Tips & Events

As temperatures cool, schedule winterizing for irrigation systems, but remember to keep watering through the autumn!  Continue with a watering schedule appropriate for the age of new plants, as long as air and soil temps are in the 40s.  Watering mid-day ensures that the water will reach roots when the soil is at its warmest.  (For responsible waterers who have their systems set to go off at 4 a.m. in the summer, this will be an adjustment.)

Extend your growing season by building a coldframe to shelter winter greens.  The Garden Girl shows you how.

Carol Stocker’s “A Rake’s Progress” remains a great reminder for general fall clean-up tasks.

Upcoming Events:

Chainsaws: Use, Safety, and Maintenance – Oct 17th, 9:30am – 2:30pm Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum, 1050 Centre Street, Boston.  John DelRosso, Head Arborist, Arnold Arboretum covers the basics of chainsaw use.  John will talk about essential safety equipment and maintenance requirements. He will demonstrate sharpening and bar tensioning and discuss limbing and felling techniques, including tension cuts. Bring your saw, along with ear protection, for the maintenance discussion. Bring a lunch, and dress for the outdoors.

The Gardens at Mount Auburn Cemetery: A Guided, Ecological Walking Tour – Nov 7th, 2009 – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA) Join Dennis Collins, Horticultural Curator, for a unique “Eco” tour of this beautiful 175 acre landscape. Get professional information about the ecological landscaping methods used to maintain the 5,000 trees and thousands of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Registration info.

NOFA/MASS Winter Conference: Food From Farms For Families – Jan 16th, 2010, 9am-5.30pm, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA.  Over 40 workshops on organic farming, gardening, landscaping, and sustainable living!  Includes children’s programming, expo of organic products/services, and local, organic lunch.

Join Carolyn Edsell-Vetter of A Yard & A Half for her course on Gardening in Small Spaces:

Living densely has many benefits, but may come at the price of growing our own food or relaxing outdoors.  Yet, we can nourish our bodies and souls using space afforded by a roof deck, patio, or small yard.  Learn about small space design, edibles for containers, and vertical gardening, plus small-scale bioshelters, composting, and rainwater harvesting.