Greetings gardeners! This is a new gardening blog by Globe garden writer Carol Stocker.
Questions: I have a live chat room to answer your gardening questions on Boston.com every other Thursday from 1-2 p.m. I can also answer questions you send me at this blog if you send them as "comments."
Garden Tip: This is one of the times of year when we sprinkle lime on our lawns and gardens and around our lime loving plants such as lilacs, hellebores, daphnes and clematis. But most of the lime sold at nurseries is the wrong kind for our New England soil. It is dolamite lime, which is heavy in magnesium. What our soil needs is calcitic lime which will have more calcium in it to make up for the calcium deficiency particular to our local soil. I only know of two local nurseries that carry the kind of lime I'm looking for. One is Russell's Nursery in on Route 20 in Wayland and the other is Thayer Nursery on Hillside Street in Milton, which carries Magical Lime. For more information, visit johnathanorganics.com. The purpose of liming is to raise pH. to make soil nutrients more available to plants that like high pH. Do not sprinkle lime around plants that like acidic soil such as broad leaved evergreens such as rhododendrons, or blueberries, dogwoods and other native plants.
Lectures: Tomorrow I will be speaking about "Confessions of a Garden Writer" and signing my book "The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac" Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at The Grand Army of the Republic Hall on Country Way in Scituate. The event is sponsored by the Scituate Garden Club and is open to the public.
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