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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 3, 2016 PAGE 5 Mayor's Garden Contest Deadline July 8 A Frank De Pasquale Venture .: Mayor Martin J. Walsh is Gardeners, or those nomi- alerting Boston's green thumbs nating their favorite garden- that they have until Friday, July ers, may find printable and 8th, to register for Mayor Walsh's online nomination forms at 2016 Garden Contest presented www.cityofbosfon.gov/parks/ by the Boston Parks and Recre- gardencontest. First place win- ation Department with a grand ners will receive the coveted prize provided by JetBlue. "Golden Trowel" award from Now in its 20th year, the Mayor Walsh and prize packag- contest recognizes gardeners es from the Parks Department, who have landscaped, planted Mahoney's Garden Centers of flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, Brighton, and other sponsors at in the process, helped beautify an awards ceremony in August Boston's neighborhoods, in the Public Garden. to Basics- Low M, First place winners in this year's Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for two to any nonstop destination from Boston. Terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply. Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last ten years will be automati- caUy entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony in late August. These distinguished Hall-of-Famers will be ineligible to enter as contestants, but are welcome to return as judges. To enter the contest, apply online at www.cityofboston. gov/parks/ gardencontest or pick up entry forms at Boston City Hall, Boston Community Centers, and Boston Public Library branches. For further information, please call 617- 961-3051. Mar Seafood, Crudo & Oyster Bar 000 Mare Place 223 Hanover St. o 6l 7.723.MARE Quattro Grille. Rosticceria & Pizzeria 000 266 Hanover St. * 617,720.0444 Sfizl Mediterranean Tapas Bar Coming Soon 000 t 35 Richmond Sl. Bricco Salumeria & Pasta shoppe voted Besi Sandwiches 000 B~icco Place 241 Hanover St. - 617,248~9629 (next to Bricco Panelteria) Bricco Boutique italian Cuisine OOO 241 Hanover St, * 617.248,6800 Trattoria II Panino Boston's I st Original Trattoria 000 11 Pam',,enter St. ~} 7.720.1336 Bricco Paneffeda Homemade Artisan Breads OO O Bdcco Place 241 Hanover SL, 617.248.9859 Gelateria & Cannoli Factory Homemade Getato & Cannolis OOO 272 Hanover St. 64 Cross St. 617,720,4243 wwwdepasqualeventures,com .by Melinda Myers Rudbeck/a ("Prairie Sun") and Ageratum ("Blue Horizon"} make a nice combination, add/ng plenty of color to the garden. (Photo by Melinda Myers, Z,Z,C) Grow a beautiful flower gar- holding ability. Incorporate a den with minimal care by in- low-nitrogen organic fertilizer vesting a bit of time at the start like Milorganite (milorganite. of the season to reduce on-going com) at the same time. The slow care. release formulation provides Always match flowers to the needed nutrients throughout growing conditions and the most, if not all, of the season. care you are willing to provide. Plus, it promotes slow steady Low maintenance plants need growth that won't interfere with minimal or no deadheading flowering, is less susceptible and staking. This means you'll to pests, and is more drought be growing good-looking plants tolerant. with little effort on your part. Properly space the plants, And if the plants are suited to making sure they have suf- the growing conditions and re- ficient room to reach their full sistant to common pests, you'll size. Overcrowding means you be doing less work managing will be thinning or dividing insect and disease problems, plants more often, or battling Further reduce your work- disease problems instead of load by selecting self-cleaning enjoying the full beauty the or free-flowering annuals and plants provide. perennials and those bred Consider removing flowers for long bloom and compact on annuals at planting. This growth. You'll enjoy more col- allows plants to focus energy orful flowers with less pruning on establishing roots instead and grooming, of flowers. Can't bear to do Ageratum, angelonia, calibro- this? Then remove the flowers choa and many of the newer on every other plant or every petunia cultivars are just a few other row. Then a week or two of the annuals that do not need later remove the flowers on the regular deadheading for contin- remaining plants. You will soon ual bloom. Include perennials be rewarded with full compact like willow amsonia, bugbane, plants that will produce more Solomon seal, turtlehead and flowers throughout the season. sedum autumn joy for lower Pinch back long and leggy maintenance and big results, transplants. Use a hard pinch Prepare the soil and provide to remove the tip and several proper fertilization before plant- inches of stem. Use your prun- ing. Work several inches of ers or fingers to remove stems compost or other organic matter just above a set of leaves. The into the top 8 to 12 inches of soil remaining plant will still look to improve drainage and water good while you wait for new leaves and stems to grow and produce new blooms. Encourage branching on single-stemmed plants with a soft pinch. Remove just the uppermost portion of the stem where the leaves and tip are starting to develop. Soon you will have a well branched plant and more blossoms. Improve plant posture and reduce the need for staking with early .... season pruning. Keep mums and asters compact by pinching them back to six inch- es throughout June to encour- age compact growth. Eliminate floppy growth and the need for staking on late bloomers like Boltonia, Autumn Joy sedum, Russian sage and Heliopsis. Revive catmint and perennial salvia that flop open in the cen- ter with pruning. Cut flopping plants back halfway once or twice a season as needed. And don't forget to mulch. Covering the soil surface with an inch or two of shredded leaves, evergreen needles/pine straw or other organic material will conserve moisture, sup- press weeds .and improve the soil as they decompose. Always water new plantings often enough to keep the top few inches of soil moist. Once es- tablished, water thoroughly and only as needed. This encourages drought-tolerant roots, so you'll need to do less watering in the future. With proper planning, plant selection and soil preparation you, can keep your ongoing care to a minimum. That means more time to relax and enjoy your beautiful garden. Gardening expert Melinda My- ers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over20 gardening books, including Small Space Garden- ing and the Midwest Gardener's Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Any- thing: Food Gardening for Every- one" DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contrib- uting editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and spokesperson for Milorganite. Myers' website is www. melindamyers, com. Donne 2000 Mercatino.Italian Craft Fair Vendors and Crafters Wanted Please join in celebrating Italian Heritage Month with the first Mercatino- Italian Craft Fair to be held on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Irish American Club, 177 West Street, Malden, MA. 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