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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of August 19, 2019

Harvest okra when pods are 3” long or smaller.

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Week of August 12, 2019

Harvest pickling cucumbers when they are 2” – 6” long

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Week of August 5, 2019

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentais) is one of the few native shrubs that provide midsummer blooms for pollinators and also, one of the few that grows in wet soils and shade. With flowers in shades of pink and white, buttonbush is visited by hummingbirds, butterflies and several bee species. It grows up to 12’ tall and is hardy in zones 4-8.

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Week of July 29, 2019

Install bird netting or scare devices on fruits trees just before fruits start to color.

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Week of July 22, 2019

Continue to feed annuals and potted plants, however, stop fertilizing perennials for the rest of the season. This allows the plants time to prepare for winter.

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Week of July 15, 2019

Water container gardens daily during the hot weather. Outdoor container plantings are especially vulnerable to dehydration because moisture evaporates on all side of the pots and the roots are confined to a small area.

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Week of July 8, 2019

Harvest eggplant when they reach 4” long and still have a shiny skin.

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Week of July 1, 2019

Sow seeds of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli for a late-season harvest. Start the seeds in pots, flats or small garden beds. Transplant the seedlings into areas of the vegetable garden that have been vacated by early-season crops such as peas. Seedlings will be ready for transplanting in approximately 4-6 weeks.

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Week of June 24, 2019

Pea plants will appreciate a light layer of straw around the base of the plants. It protects their shallow roots from being damaged by weeding. It helps control weed growth and keeps soil moisture high. The cool soil that the mulch provides is also something that the peas love.

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Week of June 17, 2019

Before transplanting clematis, reduce the bulk of the vines by pruning them down to within 2’ of the level of the soil. To make a delicious herb cream cheese, begin with 8 ounces of cream cheese. Add ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon horse-radish and 2 teaspoons of chives. Enjoy! Serving as a larvae host for […]

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