WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"enhance your summer garden" J A C A LY N G O U L D L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N the green scene Summer Chores in Store: Tips for Maintaining a Beautiful Garden n Cut back chrysanthemums now so you have bushy plants for the fall. n Harvesting in the vegetable patch is at a peak. Freeze, can, or donate the extra bounty to a local food bank. n Mow grass to two to three inches as this helps conserve water and keeps the roots shaded. If there is a water ban and the lawn turns brown, don't worry, the grass has just gone dormant and it ONGOING Water in the morning. 4:00 am to 6:00 am is n Mulch beds and borders or refresh the will green up as soon as there is rain. existing mulch to conserve moisture and n ideal, to allow foliage to dry. Wet foliage at night reduce weeds. spray with white vinegar. encourages disease. n n When the last of the asparagus is harvested, n When the foliage on garlic starts to yellow and mulch and fertilize to reduce weeds and boost dry, it's time to harvest; let the bulbs dry for a week rather than a little bit frequently. One inch per them for next year. to ten days in a shady spot. week is a good rule of thumb to encourage a n strong deep root system. home. All that's needed is a small block of wood. LATE SUMMER Check it out at www.nature.org/activities. n n If the weather stays dry, water lawns deeply If weeds invade walkways or crevices on patios, EARLY SUMMER Prune spring flowering trees and shrubs such as n Help honeybees by providing them with a Remember Father's Day. Give Dad a new If there are vacant spots in the vegetable patch, sow lettuce, radish, spinach, carrots, kale, and gardening tool or offer to help with a major beets for a late season crop. dogwoods, forsythia, and lilacs. If the shrubs are gardening project. n older, rejuvenate them by cutting out one-third of n the oldest stems. the longest day of the year. n n Don't forget the June 21 Summer Solstice – Continue harvesting herbs to keep them bushy and productive. n Make sure your mower blades remain sharp. n Plant out the rest of your annuals, filling in any Bring houseplants indoors but make a thorough empty spots with splashes of color; plant trees and MID-SUMMER shrubs, too. Apply a general purpose fertilizer to all n the newly planted material. extend flowering and to keep them tidy. Roses too n Bearded iris can be dug and divided now. will rebloom if the spent flowers are removed. n Pinch off flowers on winter squash and pumpkins, n The heat loving vegetables can go out now: tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins, to name a few. n Re-pot houseplants or freshen up the soil and set n inspection first as there's no need to bring in Start deadheading annuals and perennials to Container plants need watering daily at the height of summer. n insects. which will speed up development and produce larger fruits. Growth is in high gear and so are weeds. Turn n Remove the older canes on summer producing outdoors. Apply a time release fertilizer which your back for a day and they will be around in raspberries after harvesting. saves time, applying it "weekly-weakly". force. If you didn't put mulch down earlier in the n summer, wait, as mulching in the hot, dry summer nutrients will help with next spring's growth. only keeps the soil dry. n n Sow seeds of lettuce, carrot, and radish for on-going harvest; continue picking peas. n Dahlias are good to plant now. Remember to put n Put netting over your blueberries to keep the Now is a good time to fertilize lawns, as the Continue deadheading annuals or trim back lightly for a last push of color. a stake in at planting time to avoid stabbing the birds from eating them. Let them ripen on the bush n tuber later. for the best flavor. and the fruits of all your efforts. Take time to sit back and enjoy your garden hydrangeas are such adored shrubs, it's tempting to just keep trying diameter. A reliable cultivar is 'Annabelle,' which has the largest flowWe l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 big pom-pom-like flowers emerge mid-summer they can reach a foot in them all. Whether you have none, one, or many, there's room for ers; 'White Dome' is another good performer for the landscape. another perfect choice shrub to enhance your summer garden. The hydrangeas mentioned above are tried-and-true types and there are lots of new hydrangea cultivars being introduced with improved characteristics. It's all quite a dizzying array and, like too much of anything, one could (almost) reach a saturation point. But as 20 RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com.

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