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Play with dirt: intermediate gardening tips

You’ve been gardening for a couple of years and want to kick it up a notch. We hear you! These tips are for folks that have been gardening for a couple of seasons, want to increase their productively or expand the variety of their plants. Click on the links below to learn how to grow plants vertically or how to extend the garden season. And be sure to visit your local garden center for advice and encouragement.


Growing tip: Hydrangeas—Color & Fertilizing

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To see if you can encourage your hydrangea to produce blue or pink flowers, determine what kind of hydrangea you have!

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Growing tip: Hydrangeas—Pruning for Blooms

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Six hydrangea types most commonly grace our landscape. In eastern and southeastern Massachusetts, bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), and their many cultivars, are especially popular.

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Growing tip: Preserving Herbs

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Gardeners can preserve herbs for use all year. We know that fresh herbs peak in flavor during summer, but New England summers don’t last long.

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Growing tip: Annuals for Shade 

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Flowering annual plants bloom from spring to fall. They don’t overwinter, but the reward of low maintenance continuous color is worth the effort of planting out in May.

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Growing tip: Deer Resistant Plants

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Damage to valuable landscape plants tends to increase along with the growing population of white‐tailed deer in rural and suburban areas of Massachusetts.

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Fall Bloomers

Fall Bloomers

What to plant to keep the gardening season going into the cool weather Run time: 02:16

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Growing tip: Fall Planting—Successful Care

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New plantings need at least 1” of water every week. If less than 1” of rain has fallen in 5–7 days, water the plants, or they may not survive.

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Fall and Winter Plant Care

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We work hard to make sure that the plants we sell will be able to take care of themselves for you. There are a few cases where the location they get put in is severe, the plant is fairly newly planted, or you want to try something that you know might be “touchy”. This article […]

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Evaluating Tree Damage

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This was excerpted from UMass HORT NOTES Oct. 31, 2011. It is aimed at industry professionals but gives homeowners a good idea of what they are looking for when you have a tree problem that needs to be evaluated and fixed. Halloween Weekend Snow Storm 2011 The Halloween Weekend Snow Storm has been a rough one for […]

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Trunk Splitting and Damage

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Do No Harm! If you have damage like is shown in this picture the first thing to do is NOT to use any kind of tree wound paint. This will always make the problem worse! Tree wound paint is cruel and unusual punishment for a tree. Most tree wound paints are asphalt based. In the […]

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