WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

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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compost, or muck at their base to protect them from the freeze-thaw cycles. Lastly, your hard-working gardening tools should be cleaned, oiled, and sharpened; if yours have wooden handles, rub them with tung oil or wood wax. Indoors With the outdoors in order it's time to get the perfect Christmas tree (if you celebrate Christmas) and, when you find it, care for it like it's a bouquet of fresh flowers. Ask for a fresh cut (about ¼-inch) at the base and once home keep the tree well watered and check the stand daily. After the holidays the tree branches can be cut and used to protect perennial beds, and the trunk can be chipped for mulch. Seasonal houseplants are a wel- come splash of color; look for ones with plenty of buds as they last longer. Although the foil wrap is decorative, remove it as it inhibits good drainage. In general, these plants need plenty of light and a draft-free location. Once you've survived the holiday hustle and bustle, it's time to light the fire, sit down, and peruse the New Year's seed catalogs. Go ahead — browse and dream. Happy gardening reveries! 21 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e 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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