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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of December 10, 2018

Spice up your potatoes by adding herbs of basil, chives, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage or thyme.

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Week of December 3, 2018

The herb, turmeric, has been credited with relieving inflammation. Try a cup of turmeric hot chocolate to get a dose of this healthy herb! In a small saucepan, bring ¾ of a cup of milk to a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in ½ cup (3 oz.) chopped organic white chocolate bar, such as Green & Black, until melted. Whisk in ½ tsp. of turmeric and 1/8 tsp. of ginger. Sip and enjoy!

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Week of November 26, 2018

Consider growing culinary flowers in your garden next season. Blue cornflowers, marigolds, anise hyssop, borage, coriander and squash blossoms are all colorful, fragrant and delicious!

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Week of November 19, 2018

Apply a layer of well-rotted manure over rhubarb plants. Do not use fresh manure. Fresh manure promotes some diseases of rhubarb.

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Week of November 12, 2018

Don’t compost dairy products, meat, fat or grease, cooked foods with sauces, bones, mature weed seeds, diseased plants, weeds that spread by roots and runners, vines or whole branches.  If you haven’t started your compost pile yet, begin with a layer of corn stalks or wood chips.  Either one will help provide air to the pile which will help aid in the decomposition of materials.

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Week of November 5, 2018

Wash containers that held annuals and herbs with a solution of 1 part household bleach and 9 parts water.  Wooden containers will need an application of linseed oil to help preserve them.

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Week of October 29, 2018

When preparing potatoes, choose herbs such as basil, chives, dill, fennel, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme to make them the most flavorful!

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Week of October 22, 2018

Autumn is a great time to begin a compost pile if you don’t already have one. Simply piling up leaves and organic debris in an out-of-the-way location in your yard is a good start! Turn the pile beginning next spring once a month to speed up the decomposition of material. Incorporate compost into your vegetable garden when it’s ready and you are sure to aid in fertilization and enhance the growth of your plants.

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Week of October 15, 2018

If transplanting small trees or shrubs are in your gardening plans for next season, now is a good time to root prune these plants in preparation of being transplanted. Sever half the roots in a circle 2’ from the trunk.

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Week of October 8, 2018

An exciting blueberry as part of the BrazelBerries series from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in Oregon is ‘Pink Icing’ (Vaccinium corymbosum).  Its spring foliage shines in shades of pink, blue and green.  The foliage ages to a shade of iridescent turquoise blue.  The berries are large and sweet and the plant matures at 4’ tall and 3’ wide.  Once you’ve chosen a sunny spot in your garden for your new blueberry plant, remember to do a soil sample.  Blueberries are very soil specific.  Hardy in zones 5-10.

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