Marshall Farms August Newsletter

 

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August Gardening Tips

Diane's Garden

August Gardening Tips 

Planning
Plan changes in your perennial plantings now. Autumn is usually the best time for moving and dividing perennials since the gardening pace has slowed considerably.
Peonies, and bleeding heart, grow better if left undisturbed, so plan to work around them.
 
By the time the seed catalogs arrive in January, you may have only a vague idea of what this year's garden was like. Make notes now so you can have a better garden next year.
 
Plant about a month before the average first frost date in your area. Planting should be completed before the first killing frost occurs.
 
Maintenance
Feed summer annuals and container plants. Shear tops off ragged-looking petunias, feed again and water regularly. They will flower again within four weeks.  Add a new layer of mulch or organic matter such as ground bark, compost, grass clippings, or leaves to keep down weeds and help hold in moisture.

 

Nancy's recipes for August 
So many wonderful foods coming in from the fields it is hard to chose the recipes! So we will be sending out recipes on a bi-weekly basis until the end of summer if you subscribe to our monthly newsletter. To subscribe, see our website.
 

In Loving Memory of Diane Marshall

May 2, 1941-April 14, 2009 
 
As friends and family we all know the long struggle Diane endured while fighting her battle with cancer. One of the things we all remember was her love of gardening and her joy in picking those first few flowers of the season to make that first bouquet.
 
I believe that her love of gardening and the time and care she took with her gardens helped her to better cope with this battle. I would encourage everyone to take a moment while you garden and admire those beautiful blooms of the season to think of Diane, and all those others who are currently fighting their own battles with cancer. 
 
I want to pass on a website I discovered in hopes that this might inspire each of us to contribute or volunteer to help those who continue in thier individual battles! I think if Diane were here today, she would most certainly have approved of this!!
 
Hope in Bloom 
 
Hope in Bloom is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that plants gardens free of charge at the homes of women and men undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The program operates throughout Massachusetts.
 
"Healing gardens have been proven to be therapeutic sanctuaries offering both comfort and hope to meet the emotional and psychological needs of patients and their families."  

 
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