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May Happenings

Art Scarpa made a return visit to EAGC, this time to show members how to assemble a terrarium. With plants, containers & materials supplied by Art, members quickly transformed empty jars into beautiful mini-gardens. As always, Art was an excellent source of plant information and humor. (See copies of Art’s terrarium preparation and care instructions here.)

 

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As always, refreshments were lovely to look at as well as delicious!

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At the same meeting, Environment & Conservation provided a helpful display on controlling pests in the garden, without resorting to harmful chemicals.

 

E&C also announced plans for their annual summer party. This year’s theme: Appleicious Afternoon. Sign-up for the August 17 party has started.  For party details, click on Appleicious Afternoon Information. A sign-up sheet will be available at the June 14 luncheon or contact Linda V or Edie to sign up.

 

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On May 25, Nance J and her Beautification crew went to work cleaning up the bandstand area and installing the new plantings. Their hard work and the beautiful result are evident in these pictures. Judging by the big smiles, it appears that everyone enjoyed the morning.

   

  

Handouts from Art Scarpa’s Terrarium Workshop

For those of you who didn’t receive a handout at Art Scarpa’s workshop on May 18 and for anyone who would like some information about terrariums and their assembly and care, Art has sent these very helpful instructions and resources.

Art used Anchor Hocking Jars

(For more pictures of the terrarium workshop, go to May Happenings.)

TERRARIUM CARE

For heavy glass jars with lids

Compiled by Art Scarpa, Atkinson, NH artscarpa@aol.com

  

Terrariums are one of the easiest ways to care for houseplants. They are very attractive, blending in with most any decor, make great gifts, and they are easy to make and maintain.

Now that your terrarium is at home, complete the landscape by adding some stones, twigs, pieces of bark or small clumps of moss.

Water very sparingly. Too much water will cause your plants to rot, and excess moisture cannot be easily removed from a terrarium. Use about 1/4 cup or less of tepid water for every gallon of container size. Do not pour the water directly onto the plants or soil.  Instead, tilt the container and let it trickle against the glass and run down the inside into the soil.  Using a clean new (unused) turkey baster is helpful.  If you have a lid on your terrarium, you may not have to water more often than once a month or so.

Do not leave your terrarium in direct sunlight.  A spot with good light will work.  An east or north window is best, although an east or west facing window may be all right during the winter.  A few hours of early morning or late afternoon sunshine in winter should be OK but a good rule is to leave the cover ajar to avoid heat build-up.   If you wish to grow under lights, the lights must be placed very close, just several inches above the plants.  A wide spectrum bulb is best; fluorescent bulbs are fine. Ott (brand) lights are also good.

Ventilate your container by leaving the lid slightly ajar for a day or so and if excessive mist forms on the glass or mold begins to form, it needs fresh air. Remove the cover for a few days or leave the glass lid slightly ajar – prop it open with a piece of wood, eraser or similar.

Mold spores are present in cool damp air and if you notice white mold beginning to grow on your plants and ventilatng for a day or two doesn’t help, treat immediately with a fungicide such as Physan, Daconil, Captan or similar brands.  They are available at better garden supply stores.  Some fungicides are drenches; they are mixed with water in small doses and then watered into the soil once.  The fungicide is absorbed into the plants through the roots.

Plants that are damaged from mold or insects should immediately be removed to prevent infecting other plants.  After treating the rest of the plants with a fungicide, you can replace the affected plant with a new one.

As plants outgrow their space in the terrarium, they can either be pruned back or carefully removed with a long-handled spoon and replaced with new ones.

If you made the terrarium to give as a gift, be sure to allow enough time to get the plants settled in before the big event!   Good luck, and have fun!

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TERRARIUM PLANTS LIST

Compiled by Art Scarpa, Atkinson, NH    artscarpa@aol.com

Here’s a list of houseplants that might be suitable for a terrarium or a bottle garden. Remember,plants for a terrarium or a bottle garden need to like humidity, indirect light (no direct sun needed), and enjoy a closed atmosphere!  NO cactus or succulents!  Scientific name is listed first, followed by the common name in parentheses.

  • Acorus (Sweet Flag)
  • Actiniopteris australis (mini fern)
  • Begonia rex (small-leaf varieties e.g. Begonia ‘Tiger Kitten’))
  • Calathea species (Zebra Plant, Peacock Plant, Rattlesnake Plant)
  • Cryptanthus (Earth Star)
  • Dracaena sanderiana (Ribbon Plant)
  • Ferns, small varieties: (Actiniopteris australis, Nephrolepis ‘Tiny Tim’ etc)
  • Ficus pumila,Ficus pumila quercifolia, Ficus repens (Creeping Fig, Trailing Fig)
  • Fittonia species (Snakeskin Plant, Nerve Plant, Painted Net Leaf, Silver Net Leaf)
  • Hedera helix (mini English Ivy – tiny-leaf varieties e.g. ‘Duckfoot’)
  • Hoya bella (Miniature Wax Plant)
  • Maranta species (Prayer Plant)
  • Neanthe bella or Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor Palm)
  • Pellionia daveauana (Watermelon Pellionia, Satin Pellionia)
  • Peperomia species
  • Philodendron ‘Red Dwarf’’
  • Pilea (Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny, Aluminum Plant, Friendship Plant)
  • Saxifraga sarmentosa (Strawberry Begonia, Strawberry Geranium)
  • Selaginella (Club Moss, Spike Moss, Peacock Fern)
  • Sinningia pusillla
  • Syngonium or Nephrolepis species, miniature varieties (Arrowhead Plant)

Plants with one or more of the following words in their botanic (Latin) names MAY be suitable:

  • abbreviatus (shortened)
  • brevis (short)
  • forma minor (dwarf form)
  • humilis (low growing)
  • micro (small)
  • minima or minimus (very small)
  • minor (small)
  • nana or nanus (dwarf)
  • pumila or pumilus (dwarfish)
  • repens or reptans (creeping)

ONLINE SOURCES

www.meehansminiatures.com

www.blackjungle.com

www.kartuz.com

www.glasshouseworks.com

www.logees.com

www.lyndonlyons.com

 

LOCAL SOURCES    

Lake St. Garden Center                      Salem, NH

Mahoney’s Garden Center                   Winchester and other locations

Russell’s Garden Center                     Wayland

 

 

Upcoming Gardening Workshops

The following was copied from the “EXETER PATCH”, April 3, 2015:

Gardners workshop-hanging vegs.No space for a garden? No problem, well, almost no problem. Containers and Verticals are two common ways to enjoy home grown vegetables at your doorstep. New Creation Healing Center, 80 Rt. 125 in Kingston, will host two workshops this spring on this common problem.

On April 25th, Saturday morning 10:00-12:00, Master Gardener Dan Weaver will lead a hands-on workshop about building trellises and wire columns to take your vegetables to the sky. You can gain up to ten times the produce on the same ground space by selecting climbing vegetables (some may need tying assistance.) Other ideas and suggestions of vertical gardening will be presented and discussed.

On May 9th, Saturday at 1:00 Master Gardener Marge Badois will lead a workshop on Container Gardening. With these two basic concepts you can maximize opportunities when confronted with difficult space limitations. In addition, on May 9th from 10-12, Master Gardener Ginny Shannon will lead a hands-on workshop on the fascinating possibilities of planting, tending, and preserving herbs. For more information and registration please call Dan Weaver at 603-679-1808. Registration for each workshop is $10, or 15$ for both workshops.

Garden Recycling – Save the Eggshells

Tip for today for our gardening friends:  Save your eggshells for a nutritional boost in your garden.  Let them dry out in a container and then pulverize them in your blender to use as a calcium source for your tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.  Lack of calcium can cause blossom end rot, the dark rotted bottoms that can occur if your soil is lacking this critical mineral.  When planting, place a sprinkling of the pulverized shell in the hole. Or, simple mix in with the soil surface after planting.

eggshells

If your garden is prone to slugs and snails, roughly crush the eggshells and encircle them around your plants as a deadly barrier.  The soft bodies of these pests are sliced as they pass over the jagged edges.

Best of all, this recycles what might otherwise end up in the trash and is a natural alternative to using chemical products!

NH Stone Wall Program

Discovering Stone Walls – a talk by Kevin Gardner

Monday Sept. 8, 7 pm @ Stratham Fire Station

 

In this program co-sponsored by the Stratham Historical Society and the Wiggin Memorial Library, Kevin Gardner, author of ‘The Granite Kiss’ will discuss how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.

The EAGC had Kevin Gardner speak at a club meeting a couple of years ago.  It was a fascinating program, and he was amazing to watch during his presentation as he built  a miniature wall or walls on a table top, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.

If you missed this program then, you will not be disappointed if you are able to attend this one upcoming at the Stratham Fire Station!

 There is always a generous question-and-answer period during which audience members are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own property.  Copies of ‘The Granite Kiss’ will be available for sale at the program.  ~ Patti