Gardening

 

The Shippan Point Garden Club spends time studying up-to-date methods of gardening especially in the unique conditions of our Shippan Peninsula. Members enjoy sharing ideas and plants with each other and our friends and neighbors. Membership meetings include displays of horticulture specimens grown by members that are then judged against horticultural excellence by NGC trained judges (January, February, March, April, June, July, September, October, November).

Check this space for tips on gardening month-by-month on Shippan. And look for the featured plant of the season to gain some expertise from knowledgeable Club members.
 

Featured Projects for Summer 2017:

Dish Garden, Cherry Tomato, Patio Baby Eggplant 

April: 

1. Dish Garden, in 8” pot, provided by the Club at $1.50 each. (As of early Feb, Dianna D. has a few containers at her front door.) Your collection must be planted together for at least six weeks, (March 9 to April 20).

A dish garden is a miniature landscape in an open container. One or more accessories may be added. If used, they must be in scale with the plant material and with each other.

For tips on dish gardens refer to The Handbook for Flower Shows, page 84, section D, Combination Plantings, and on p. 112-113.

YouTube links: 

a. How to make a dish garden everyone will like:

JoyUsgarden, 8:10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_SKSnHDhD8

b. Antique dough bowl turned succulent planter:

Garden Answer, 9:14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbU5cMZoECM

c. Dish Garden Gallery, 2:38: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg-KD3mzUrE

 

September:
Veggies from Seed.

The 5 seeds / Member for this project are provided by the club, free of charge. ShopRite has Black Gold seedling mix, which is a very good product, on sale in early Feb. Rapid Rooter from General Hydroponics, is sold by Amazon. Do not use regular soil, as you will most likely be disappointed.

For those who missed out on getting seeds, Dianna has them in a sealed container at her front door.
We really hope that you try these projects, as growing plants from seed is so rewarding.

 
2. Window Box Cherry Tomatoes. (click name for more info) Start indoors around March 17th.
Vegetables grown from seeds, provided by the Club, to be exhibited at our September and October shows. Refer to Handbook for Flower Shows, p. 108.

3. Patio Baby Eggplant.  (click name for more info) Start around April 1st.
Vegetables grown from seeds, provided by the Club, to be exhibited at our September and October shows. Refer to Handbook for Flower Shows, p. 108.

 

Previously Featured Plants:

 

Monthly Gardening Tips:

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

 

Tips from our Club’s Past Horticulture Meetings

REMINDER: Connecticut invasive plants and Connecticut endangered plants should not be planted in your garden. Invasive plants spread, often profusely.  They can take over and destroy native plants that are most beneficial to wildlife and plant diversity in our State. While adding endangered plants to your garden might logically seem to increase their numbers, the problem is where they are sourced.  Buying them encourages nurseries to sell them which may mean they have been taken from their native habitat.

 

Gardening and Landscape Design Classes

The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. (SPGC is a member) offers a Gardening Study School, which is a series of four courses, one per year for two days each. Open to Club members and to the public, they are structured to stimulate interest in and impart knowledge for growing plants to the peak of perfection. Course content includes basic botany, soils, houseplants, propagation, pruning and many other interesting gardening topics. The next school will be offered September 26-28, 2017.

Landscape Design Study School. also offered by FGCCT, is structured similarly but covers topics such as the history of landscape design, modern concepts and detailed steps in professional landscape design planning.  The next Landscape Design Study School is March 21 and 22, 2017.


  1. No Comments


  2. Leave a Reply