May gardening events and Plant Sales
OUR UPCOMING GARDEN CLUB EVENTS
ALL ARE WELCOME
Tuesday June 21
- Garden Walk- Tours of 8 + Gardens in the Yardley and Morrisville area.
9:30-2PM begins at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd,
Yardley $20 pp to benefit our Jane Parr Memorial and Martha
Washington scholarship Funds. There will be some plants for sale at the
Masonic Hall during this event.
*The membership desk is the first desk you see when you enter our
meetings. Gabriella would like someone to help her out at our monthly
meetings, greeting people at the door and helping to sign in members and
guests. Please speak with her if you can help out
The Churchville Nature Center Native Plant
Sale will begin the weekend the weekend of may 7
& 8. . Mark your calendars. They are also looking for crafters to
join in a craft fair this year. www.churchvillenaturecenter.org
PENN STATE MASTER GARDENERS
At our April meeting, the Penn State Master Gardeners presented
some helpful tips and hints to share with all of you.
Club Member Deborah Moyer, professional Floral Designer, showed us foam
wrapped floral wire that can be used on plants and in floral design. She
also mentioned that Beacon Fabric Tack, sold at ANC Moore and
Michaels is a superior product for gluing anything in an arrangement
together. It dries clear and is easy to clean up. beacon Fabric Tack
MG Sandy Kates spoke about one of her favorites, Knockout Roses Easy to
care for , these roses only grow to 3 1/2 ft, and require little or no
knockout roses care
MG Ann Eidson recommended an adjustable rake from Lee Valley Tools Lee Valley Tools
Ann also recommended Salvia Black and Blue as a real hummingbird magnet.
Black and Blue Salvia
MG Ruth Logan offered a stunning standard of a Shrimp Plant that is also
guaranteed to attract Hummingbirds. Shrimp Plant. Ruth's favorite tool is
actually a mason tool called a mattock, which can be used to plant bulbs
or dig up weeds in the tough clay soil. Mattock.
She mentioned tomatoes need a nighttime temperature of 55 degrees to
grow. ( You can also add crushed egg shells to the hole when planting
tomatoes to control Blossom End Rot )
Club Member Connie Fairchild spoke about bird feeders , and how to
save money by purchasing feeders that keep out squirrels and Grackles.
One recommended feeder is called a Brome squirrel buster Brome feeder. It has a lifetime factory
warranty. Hummingbirds will enjoy nectar from a Hummzinger Hummingbird feeder, complete
with an integral ant trap.. You can also add an ant Trap to your existing
hummingbird feeder . Do not use dye in the hummingbird feeder, and do not
use commercial nectars. Nectar is easily made with one part sugar to 4
parts water. Be sure to keep your feeders clean with a 10 percent
solution of bleach to prevent mold.
. Do not feed suet to the birds when the temperature is over 70 degrees,
it coats their feathers and can coat their eggs in the nest. .
Connie's homemade suet recipe
1/2 block lard or 1 Cup
2 C chunky peanut butter
3 c quick oats
3 c corn meal
thistle/sunflower seeds, etc
We need help in a few positions at the Martha Washington garden club. Here is your chance to get involved, learn more about the club, and help out under the guidance of an experienced club member. Membership - Gabriella need someone to help assist her greeting club members and guests at the door, Membership is also responsible for collecting names of attendees at the meetings, and taking email addresses of guests, and maintain a current membership list.
Beautification - helps to organize help to maintain Tot Lot Yardley and other public grounds
Community Flowers- Simply manage the sign up of members of leave flowers or plants at the township offices
Membership, greet people at the door and collect email addresses for our newsletter
If you can help to assist with any of these items, please contact us at MWGC@ymail.com or let someone know at the Sept 23 meeting.
Lyme Disease Prevention Tips from the Lyme Disease Support Group
Clothes treated with Sawyer Spray ( Permethrin) give protection from ticks, especially nymphs. Gardening or hiking clothes, socks, shoes and hats can be sprayed with this and will give protection through many washings. http://lowerbuckslymegroup.org/
All are welcome to our events. We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month Sept- May at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley
membership is available at any meeting for $30 per year. , Guest fees are $5 per lecture, and vary with other events. See our website for more details.
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