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Daffodil blossoms and the Easter Bunny. (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

There are so many emerging green shoots and blossoms to admire, especially those of the various daffodils. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), blue Siberian Squills (Scilla siberica) and crocuses are popping up everywhere, and the hellebores are putting on quite a show, too.

Even the colorful stems and branches of our Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Elegantissima') delight the eye....
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Snippets...

The Origins of April Fools' Day

Did You Know?

Easter Lilies Toxic to Pets

Save Your Potted Easter Lily?

Hybridizing vs. Genetic Altering

Replacing Potting Soil
in Containers

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April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21 in Hopkinton to Boston
Daffodils on Marathon Monday - Lexington Field and Garden Club and others

Monday, April 21 in Sandwich
Heritage Museums and Gardens Live Owl Presentation

Tuesday, April 22 in Boston
The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth - Lecture at Arnold Arboretum

Tuesday, April 22 - Thursday, April 24 in Bristol
School Vacation Week: Family Nature Discovery Walks @ Blithewold

Wednesday, April 23 in Framingham
Creating Chocolate from the Garden - Mass. Horticultural Society Culinary Class

Thursday, April 24 in Boston
The Race for Spring: How Climate Change Alters Plant Communities - Free Lecture at Arnold Arboretum

Thursday, April 24 in Wellesley
Spring Care of Trees and Shrubs - Mass Horticultural Society - Lecture

Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26 in Westford
Spring Plant Sale - Middlesex Conservation District

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Green onions and potted chives in the April vegetable garden. (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Get Your Garden Ready for Planting

It's time to get started on the vegetable garden so we can grow our own healthy, organic food this year. Many of us have already started seedlings indoors to transplant out to the garden or the cold frames as soon as weather permits.

Authors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, of "What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?)," have graciously provided the following checklist to get our gardens off to a healthy start.

1. Sanitize. If you didn't get around to cleaning up old left-over garden debris last autumn, do it now. Pay special attention to any dead plant material from diseased or infested plants and get it out of your garden. Fungal spores, insect eggs, and bacteria lurking on old infected dead leaves lying on the ground can quickly infect your new plants and ruin your produce all summer long...

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