Mark your calendar (and your garden!) for May 5

Monday, April 16, 2012

That’s the date of the Charles County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale with hundreds of interesting plants from our local gardens, as well as seedlings of tomatoes and peppers and all sorts of interesting herbs all ready to plant out in your garden.  There will be other goodies too – salad boxes where you can grow your own greens, and wonderful soaps in natural fragrances.

And if you’re having problems or want to talk over issues about your garden or your landscape, there will be Master Gardener gurus there to advise you and even to set up a site visit if needed.

Where is all this happening?  In front of the P.D. Brown Library in Waldorf and in the parking lot behind the courthouse in La Plata, next to the farmers’ market.  In both locations the sale lasts from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.   Come early for the best selection!
 
Are you Bay-Wise? 

It’s not hard to find out.  Get the Yardstick and measure yourself.  Bay-Wise is a University of Maryland Extension program of the Master Gardeners, designed to help homeowners make choices about their landscapes that will be good for the health of the Chesapeake Bay.   And unlike some of the choices we make to reduce our impact on our Earth that might be more money out of pocket, many Bay-Wise choices actually result in saving money.  For instance, did you know that more is not better where lawn fertilizing is concerned?  Your grass can only absorb a limited amount of nutrients at one feeding.  Also, fertilizing when the lawn isn’t actively growing just gives you expensive runoff that the algae in the Bay are very happy to use, resulting in those yucky algal blooms.

More on Bay-Wise next time, but in the meantime, to learn more you can visit: http://www.baywise.umd.edu/index.cfm

Jessica Milstead is a native of Charles County, and has been gardening indoors or outdoors for over 30 years.  After her college years in Massachusetts, she lived in New England and New York, finally returning “home” in 1999.  Her professional career was in information science, with time in academe, as an executive of a publishing company, and finally with her own consulting firm.

In retirement, Jessica returned both to her home place, and took up her avocational interests, becoming a Master Gardener in 2002.  She leads plant walks and site visits for the Master Gardeners, and studies geology in the time left over from those activities and from being Treasurer of the Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs
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