May 2016 Newsletter
May has gotten off to a cold start but it's still a good time to plant peas. You can transplant or seed some lettuce now as well as broccoli and any other cold hardy plants. It’s too wet and cold for beans and peppers and other heat loving plants will also need to wait. The seed library still has some pea seeds for those of you who haven't planted them yet. Check the seed library's seed inventory at
www.concordseedlendinglibrary.org and click on menu choice: Seeds then Seed Inventory.
The second week in May is looking good with, hopefully, highs in the low 70’s and the lows in the low 50’s. Tomatoes can probably be safely planted out as well as any other tender plants after they've been hardened off. If you got your starts at a nursery they have already been hardened off. If they are home grown starts you need to put them outside out of direct sun and away from wind for a few hours. Do this for several days adding hours to the time the plants spend outside. On day 4 try leaving them out over night. They are now ready to transplant into your garden. They may still need to be covered at night so be vigilant about nighttime temperatures.
We've had some wonderful programs recently. Last Saturday we were treated to a great presentation by Betsy Williams on Herb Container Gardening. We learned a lot about herbs, planting, and even cooking! Don't miss the program this Saturday at Fowler at 3:00 pm on Composting with Worms with Carol Wing.
The Concord Seed Lending Library
Concord Seed Lending Library Bookmark Art Contest
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, James Rennert! This design will be used on our calendar of events bookmark in the new year.
We received so many fantastic submissions and we'd like to sincerely thank everyone who participated. Our judges were thoroughly impressed with the creativity and talent displayed.