Fine Gardening

August 9, 2008

If you enjoy The Taunton Press’ Fine Gardening magazine, you might also find their website helpful and enjoyable to peruse through. They have supplements to the current issue including videos and narrated slideshows and a pronunciation guide with full sound. Of course, the website is chock-full of gardening advice.

http://www.taunton.com/finegardening/

Help The Honey Bees

June 19, 2008

Häagen Dazs, the New Jersey ice cream maker, has put together a website that aims to help the honey bees. Honey bees are necessary for pollinating many fruit and nut trees–among other plants, which means those crops depend on a healthy honey bee population. Navigate the site and learn about the important role honey bees play and what you can do to help.

http://helpthehoneybees.com/

How Green Is Your Lawn?

June 11, 2008

If you are looking to improve your lawn care habits, look no further. The Better Lawn & Turf Institute have produced free online brochures for best lawn care practices. Topics include: how to select the best grass for Northern lawns, how to establish, renovate or overseed your lawn, lawn care programs and proper watering practices.

http://www.turfgrasssod.org/lawninstitute/guide.html

Go Pick Your Own!

June 1, 2008

The CT Department of Agriculture provides a list of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables locations in Connecticut which can be searched by county. June is the perfect month to go pick strawberries!

http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=1368&q=258898

Looking for inspiration for your own garden? Try visiting one of The Garden Conservancy’s gardens through their Open Days program.

“Here at the Garden Conservancy, we believe that the best way to learn about gardens and to appreciate them, is to simply spend more time in them. Through the more than 300 gardens that will be open in 2008, we invite you to explore first-hand examples of outstanding design and horticultural practice that are growing in America’s gardens.”

You can search through their 2008 schedule online or, we have copies of the print schedule available at the Library.

http://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays/

Spring Bulbs

April 9, 2008

Yes, we know that you must plant spring flowering bulbs in the fall. However, it’s never too early to think about designing your landscape, gardens or even just putting up a few indoor pots of these easy-to-grow beauties. The University of Illinois Extension service provides a website with planting & care information as well as design ideas and lots of links to other bulb information sites.

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/bulbs/springbulbs.html

PickYourOwn.org  provides 
a complete list of 
pick-your-own farms and 
orchards in Connecticut. 
It also provides lists of hay rides, 
pumpkin patches and cut-your-own 
Christmas tree farms. 

http://www.pickyourown.org/CT.htm