Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


June, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tough as Nails: Hardworking Perennials
On Wednesday, June 18, from 6-8 p.m., Chanticleer Garden horticulturist Lisa Roper will lead a walk around Chanticleer highlighting sites that offer challenging growing conditions. Lisa will show examples of dry shade, full sun, and lean soil, and will explain how to plant under large trees with lots of roots. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Chanticleer Garden is located at 786 Church Rd., Wayne, PA 19092. For more information or to register, go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Use A Bucket or Nursery Pot When Mulching
By now your perennials, annuals, shrubs, and veggies are filling the beds. A summer garden bed with plants is more of a challenge to mulch than an early spring, nearly empty bed. To place bark or root mulch between the maturing plants, use the bucket/nursery pot method. We scoop the mulch from the wheelbarrow with a bucket or sturdy, medium-sized nursery pot (rather than a shovel). In the garden, we pull back plant leaves and shake about 3 inches of mulch from the bucket onto the soil. Place mulch at least 3 inches from any plant parts. Otherwise the warm/hot mulch could kill plants immediately ... or moist mulch cause rot in weeks ahead.


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