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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of April 1, 2019

As soon as the weather permits, and the soil is not too damp, rake winter debris from lawns and flower beds. A bamboo, or other springy type, rake is less likely to tear sod.

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Week of March 25, 2019

When shopping for fruit trees, be sure to visit a local, full-service nursery/garden center near your home where trained professionals can help you choose the best trees for your location. Consider a young, bare-root tree that is 1-2 years old and 4’-6’ tall. They become established sooner, grow faster and usually bear fruit earlier than a large tree that require more time to establish its large root system.

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Week of March 18, 2019

As the weather allows, begin picking up sticks and other yard debris.

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Week of March 11, 2019

March is a great month to repot houseplants.

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Week of March 4, 2019

If planting fruit bushes or fruit trees is a consideration for your landscape this year, keep a few things in mind when planning.  Make sure you have enough space; decide which fruits you like and which fruits you would like to grow; perform a soil test; make sure the site you have chosen has enough sun and good air circulation; finally, make a plan to scale.

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Week of February 25, 2019

Start pansies indoors from seed.

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Week of February 18, 2019

Consider using a small fan to help circulate the air among indoor houseplants. Your orchids will especially appreciate it.

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Week of February 11, 2019

African violets will tell us, if we listen, what they need.  Long, upward-pointed leafstalks are telling us that the light is too weak and yellow-reddish leaves and hanging leafstalks mean the light is too strong.  Choose an east or west window for just the right amount of light.  Don’t let the soil dry completely between watering and use a weak dose of fertilizer weekly.

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Week of February 4, 2019

Vegetable gardeners that live in climates with a shorter growing season will be excited about a new cayenne pepper. ‘Red Ember’ matures early and produces hot, bright-red peppers approximately two weeks earlier than the other cayenne varieties. Peppers grow 4 ½” long and 1” wide.

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Week of January 28, 2019

If space is limited in the vegetable garden, avoid crops such as pumpkins, sweet corn, winter squash and melons. All of these require ample room to grow.

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