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November Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,pumpkin pie

In November it is time to spend time with family and friends enjoying fall favorites dishes with pumpkin, apples, and more.  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for November. Events include A Forest Journey, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Saturday Rambles – Seneca Creek Greenway, Music on the Farm and Sensory Sunday at the Agricultural Historic Park, and more!

Planning:

  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools.
  • Store terra cotta pots in a shed or protected areas.
  • Turn off outdoor water valve and store hoses.
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Sign up your friends and family for garden magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Continue planting hardy, spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Clean out and store containers.
  • After blooming, cut mums back to 6 inches above ground.
  • Cut back perennials that have turned to mush. Leave others with seed heads for birds.
  • Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
  • Continue to divide and transplant perennials.
  • Prune and mulch hybrid tea roses.pansies (2)
  • Force spring bulbs for indoor blooms this January by potting them up, watering thoroughly, and placing them in your vegetable crisper for about 10 weeks.
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Pests to watch for: voles
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s November Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Trees and shrubs can be planted until the ground freezes.
  • Dig hole now if you will be planting  a “live” Christmas tree.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • No more fertilizing for the year. But planting is still OK.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish from other vines.
  • Continue removing diseased leaves.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.holly tree
  • Check for bagworms: pick off, bag, and dispose of them.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, voles, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s November Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Cover carrots, parsnips, and turnips with straw to extend harvest.
  • Protect fig trees from freezing by piling up leaves around them.
  • Plant garlic for harvest next spring.
  • Harvest the last of your vegetables and till compost into the beds.
  • Pick pumpkins at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a farmer’s market.
  • fall farmer marketMulch strawberry beds for winter.
  • Remove this year’s fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground.
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • Harvest sweet potatoes.
  • Watch your pumpkins and squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for November from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Fertilize your lawn and reseed if needed.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • Rake leaves, shred, and gather in compost piles.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s November Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Bring in house plants if you took them out for the summer.
  • Mid-month, pot amaryllis for winter holiday bloom.
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time.
  • Pot up Paper Whites and Amaryllis for holiday blooming.amaryllis
  • Clean the leaves of your indoor houseplants to prevent dust and film to build-up.
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except cyclamen).
  • Rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Do not place live wreaths or greenery in-between your door and a glass storm door, especially if the doorway is facing south. This placement will “cook” the arrangement on a sunny day.
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettias for holiday blooming, see holiday blooming tips: Poinsettia Plant Care, Holiday Plant Care
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s November Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for the winter.
  • Caulk and seal your home to prevent wildlife from coming indoors.
  • Vacuum up any ladybugs that come in the house.vole
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Check for vole problems and set up traps.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s November Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s November Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

November

See below for upcoming local events in November.2017-Fall-Festivals-Facebook-Cover-1800x683

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include A Forest Journey, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Saturday Rambles – Seneca Creek Greenway, Music on the Farm and Sensory Sunday at the Agricultural Historic Park, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Maryland Emancipation Days

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Nature Matters Lecture Series

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Wednesday, November 8–The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

6:45 pm-8:15 pm
Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville
$8 Registration Required | Ages 14+

Join us for this special evening lecture series that focuses on current topics of the natural world. Light hot and cold appetizers, prepared foods, beer and wine will be available as you mingle with your fellow science and nature enthusiasts, followed by an engaging presentation by one of our experts in the field.

Register

A Forest Journey

September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonbrookside_nature_center_entrance
FREE

This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.

Saturday Rambles – Seneca Creek Greenway

Sat. November 18th, 2017 9:30am to 11:30am

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The autumn months are perfect for getting outside! Charmed by vibrant colors, invigorated by cooler temperatures, and awed by migrating monarchs and birds, hikers in Montgomery County return home with memories that warm the cold months ahead. Our walks are on natural surface trails, and usually 3 miles in length. We stop frequently to listen, observe and learn. Directions to the trail head will be emailed two to three days prior to the hiking date to registered participants. Dress for whatever the weather brings us and bring water to quench your thirst!

Music on the FarmAg_Farm_Concert_2017

Sat. November 18th, 2017 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Thank You Pro Home Services!

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The Mill Creek Towne Garden Club would like to thank Pro Home Services for offering to provide the monthly weeding, mowing, and trash collection at both entrances to the Mill Creek Towne Community for FREE.  The owners are residents of Mill Creek Towne and already maintain the areas surrounding the fence at the Shady Grove Road tunnel at Mill Run Drive which is directly in front of their home.  They have helped make our entrances inviting for us, our neighbors, and prospective new neighbors.  Thank you for your support!

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pro home services logo
www.prohomeservicesmd.com

Here is how you can help us continue supporting our community:

To all Mill Creek Towne residents, Pro Home Services will donate 5% of your purchase to the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club. Please mention the ad in the neighborhood directory.

Contact Pro Home Services for your home maintenance needs at 301-330-8597 or email prohomeservices@comcast.net.


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October Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s October, time to enjoy the crisp fall weather and the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, and more!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for October. Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Historic Farm Park, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Cider Days, Pumpkin Panache Family Festival, and more!

Planning:

  • Keep an eye out for the first frost date. In Zone 6, it is predicted to be between September 30 and October 30.
  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • As beds empty, make changes to shape and size of beds.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
  • Begin planning for fall plantings.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Divide and move many perennials.
  • From mid-October through November, plant hardy bulbs for spring flowering.
  • Cut foliage of irises to 2″.
  • After hard frost, sow seeds of spring-blooming hardy annuals and perennials, then mark beds.
  • Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
  • Pull out spent summer annuals.yellow-mums
  • Plant hardy mums and fall season annuals.
  • Divide and transplant peony and iris perennials.
  • Divide ornamental grasses.
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s October Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Transplant trees when leaves begin to change color.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish from other vines.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.evergreen
  • Check for bagworms: pick off, bag, and dispose of them.
  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, voles, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s October Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Plant cover crops where nothing is growing in vegetable gardens and annual beds (e.g., rye, clover, hairy vetch, and winter peas)
  • Set u a cold frame, then plant lettuces, radishes, and carrots from seed.
  • Plant garlic for spring.
  • Pick pumpkins at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a farmer’s market.
  • Continue planting cool-season vegetables; plant garlic now through the end of October.
  • Mulch strawberry beds for winter.cover_crop_garden
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • Harvest most fruit before frost.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables  (turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts).
  • Harvest sweet potatoes.
  • Watch your pumpkins and squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for October from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Apply lime as needed to adjust pH.
  • This is the perfect time for seeding the lawn.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Plug aerate when soil is moist.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.soil_unlock_secrets_creativecommons
  • Fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather. Do Not Water.
  • Some grasses can still be planted. Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s October Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • All plants should be inside now!
  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.
  • Bring in house plants if you took them out for the summer.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwinter inside.christmas_cactus
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time.
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettias for holiday blooming, see holiday blooming tips: Poinsettia Plant Care, Holiday Plant Care
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s September Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for the winter.
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders and add new sugar-water every three days.squirrel
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s October Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s October Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

October

See below for upcoming local events in October.2017-Fall-Festivals-Facebook-Cover-1800x683

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Historic Farm Park, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Cider Days, Pumpkin Panache Family Festival,  and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonbrookside_nature_center_entrance
FREE

This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.

Harvest Festival

Annual Ride for the Reserve -Fall Farm Bike Tour

Sunday, October 8, 2017

8:00am

Poolesville Golf Coursebike-tour-logo-horizontal_orig
16601 W. Willard Road
Poolesville, Maryland 20837

Join us October 8, 2017 for this 10th annual fall tradition. Gorgeous Ag Reserve views on routes from 10-75 miles,  farm stopsmoco_bike_event and a gourmet picnic with live music and cider tasting at Kingsbury’s Orchard. New this year is a 10 mile loop suitable for families and novice riders – along with discounts for younger riders.

Contact Name Ellen Letourneau
Contact Phone 248-683-9678
Contact Email ellen@mocoalliance.org
Cost $80 adult – $10 (ages 12-16)
Link http://www.mocoalliance.org/ridereserve2017.html

Brookside Nature Center

Countryside Artisans of MD Fall Tour

Our Fall 2017 Tour will be on October 13, 14, 15, 2017.mocoalliance-countryside-artisan-tour

We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to meet the artists and craftsmen and see their workplaces.

The studios will be open from 10am-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

See link below for locations and contact information for each artisan.

Location Various gallery and studio locations listed on
Brochure/Map. See link below for details
Age Family
Area Upcounty
Cost Free
Link www.countrysideartisans.com

 

Urban Gardening Fall Event

Saturday, October 14

10:30 am–2:30 pmsilverspring_urban_gardening

Silver Spring Library, 3rd Floor
900 Wayne Avenue,
Silver Spring, Maryland

Visit the Silver Spring Library, where Montgomery County Master Gardener volunteers will answer questions, offer information, give demonstrations (some with giveaways) on THREE hot urban gardening topics: Fall Cleanup and Composting, Planting for Spring Bulbs and Houseplants: Winter Care.

https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/master-gardeners/Montgomery/webredesign/UG%202017%20Flyer%20Oct14FINAL.pdf

Free

https://extension.umd.edu/news/urban-gardening-fall-event

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September Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pmplanting_bulbs

Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
Teacher’s Lounge
17700 Park Mill Dr.
Derwood, MD 20855

Hi Fellow Gardeners and Neighbors!

In September, join us to hear Master Gardener, Bonita Condon talk about “Preparing Your Gardens for Winter” and learn some tips on how to get your garden ready for winter.

About Bonita Condon

Bonita became a Master Gardener in 2014 after retiring from the National Institutes of Health. She is an avid vegetable gardener, love perennials, and combats nonnative invasive species in our parks and grasslands. Her special interests include working with individuals with mobility limitations, raised garden beds, and tools that accommodate special needs. She is a certified Weed Warrior, and an advisor on the Town of Kensington GreenScape committee.

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September Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s September, time to enjoy the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, and more!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for September. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Friends of Brookside Gardens Plant Sale,  Fall Lawn Care Workshop, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series, PawPaw Festival, Children’s Day Honey Harvest Festival, Monarch Fiesta Day, Apple Festival and Campfire,  Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter, and more!

Planning:

  • Keep an eye out for the first frost date. In Zone 6, it is predicted to be between September 30 and October 30.
  • It is harvest time and also a good time to start taking stock of what worked well for you this season and what didn’t.
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.garden_plan
  • Begin planning for fall plantings.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Order garlic, onions, and shallots for fall planting.
  • Check your local garden center for end-of-summer bargains.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting or plant exchange.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Begin replanting pots with hardy annuals.
  • Plant newly purchased plants.
  • Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
  • Divide and transplant peony and iris perennials.
  • Divide ornamental grasses.orange mums
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Your summer annuals will be reviving, now with cooler temperatures and some rain. Cut back any ragged growth and give them some fertilizer. They should put on a good show until the first hard frost.
  • Remove spent annuals, replacing with hardy mums and fall season annuals. Water deeply.
  • Dig up bulbs from your Gladiolus, Canna, Caladiums, and other tender bulbs. Cut off foliage; let dry for a week; and store for winter.
  • Cut fully yellow lily stalks.
  • Start bulb plantings of early spring bloomers at the end of the month.
  • Fertilize established bulb beds.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s September Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Fertilize if necessary for last time.
  • Avoid late summer pruning.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs.

    poison ivy
    Poison Ivy
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish from other vines.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.
  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s September Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • The first week in September is the last week recommended to plant lettuce in an open garden.
  • The third week in September is the last week to plant radishes in an open garden.
  • Pick apples at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a farmer’s market.
  • Continue planting cool-season vegetables; plant garlic now through the end of October.Vole
  • Plant strawberries in a site with good drainage for harvest next spring.
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables  (turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts).
  • Plant cover crops in vegetable gardens and annual beds (e.g., rye, clover, hairy vetch, and winter peas)
  • Watch your pumpkins and squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for August from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • This is the perfect time for seeding the lawn.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Plug aerate when soil is moist.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.grass
  • Fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather. Do Not Water.
  • Some grasses can still be planted. Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s September Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.
  • Bring in house plants if you took them out for the summer.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwinter inside.
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time.amaryllis
  • Bring Christmas cactus and poinsettias indoors if you took them out for the summer in preparation for holiday blooming. Fertilize them and put them where they’ll get just 10 hours of bright light per day.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s September Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for the winter.birdbath
  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders and add new sugar-water every three days.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s September Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s September Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

September

See below for upcoming local events in September.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Friends of Brookside Gardens Plant Sale,  Fall Lawn Care Workshop, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series, PawPaw Festival, Children’s Day Honey Harvest Festival, Monarch Fiesta Day, Apple Festival and Campfire,  Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2butterfly-wof-right

The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

More Info

Fall Lawn Care and Lawn Renovation Workshop

Saturday, September 9, 2017Fall_Lawncare_workshop-Arboretum-DC

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Information/directions.html

Metro Stop: Stadium Armory Station on the Blue and Orange lines

Fall Lawn Care and Lawn Renovation Workshop with turf specialist Geoff Rinehart of the Grass Roots Initiative at the National Arboretum, Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This informal indoor and outdoor learning activity is focused on the simple and correct lawn care practices will make your lawn look better with less work and expense. Registration is free, but space is limited and registration is encouraged. Call 202-245-5965 or e-mail Geoffrey Rinehart at geoffrey.rinehart@ars.usda.gov to register.

Friends of Brookside Gardens Plant Sale

Saturday, Sept. 9th FOBG_Annual_Plant_Sale_Sep2017
10 am – 3 pm, and
(members-only early hours, Saturday, 8 am – 10 am).
Sun., Sept. 10, 9 am – 12 pm. 

10% discount for FOBG members – you can join at the sale. Plant list here: http://www.friendsofbrooksidegardens.org/s/Plants_2017_list.pdf

 

A Forest Journey

September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonbrookside_nature_center_entrance
FREE

This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.

Brookside Nature Center

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017planting_bulbs

Time: 7:30pm

Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
Teacher’s Lounge
17700 Park Mill Dr.
Derwood, MD 20855

Hi Fellow Gardeners and Neighbors!

In September, join us to hear Master Gardener, Bonita Condon talk about “Preparing Your Gardens for Winter” and learn some tips on how to get your garden ready for winter.

About Bonita Condon

Bonita became a Master Gardener in 2014 after retiring from the National Institutes of Health. She is an avid vegetable gardener, love perennials, and combats nonnative invasive species in our parks and grasslands. Her special interests include working with individuals with mobility limitations, raised garden beds, and tools that accommodate special needs. She is a certified Weed Warrior, and an advisor on the Town of Kensington GreenScape committee.

 

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August Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s August already, and summer has gone by too fast.  There is a lot to do to enjoy summer before the season ends. Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for August. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin, Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays, From Field to Fabric workshop at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Underground Railroad Trail Saturday Guided Hike, Hiking Through History, and more!

Planning:

  • It is harvest time and also a good time to start taking stock of what worked well for you this season and what didn’t.
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
  • Begin planning for fall plantings.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Order garlic, onions, and shallots for fall planting.
  • Take advantage of plant sales.
  • Check your local garden center for end-of-summer bargains.
  • Attend a county fair and enter some of your garden bounty.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you. Or visit the main Montgomery County Farmers Market website. Don’t miss Montgomery County’s Ag Fair August 11–19, 2017!
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming.floral_collage
  • Cut petunia stems back by 2/3rds and fertilize.
  • Divide and cut back Bearded Iris and Peonies.
  • Divide Hostas and Daylilies.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Don’t fertilize plants that slow down in the heat, but keep them watered. Fertilize lightly plants that are blooming heavily.
  • Pinch back any leggy Asters or mums.
  • Inspect for powdery mildew. If seen, prune back perennials to create needed circulation.
  • Renew your container plantings, which may be looking a bit ragged at this point.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s August Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Don’t transplant azaleas this month. Avoid late summer pruning.
  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water slowly and deeply if summer is very dry.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s August Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • The first week in August is the last week recommended to plant beans, peas, and carrots for fall.
  • The third week in August is the last week recommended to plant broccoli and cabbage plants for fall.
  • Buy raspberries and peaches at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • Water deeply when needed. Last week to plant sweet corn and cucumbers.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Deadhead garlic chives before they go to seed. Makes a nice cut flower.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables  (turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts)
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for August from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather. Do Not Water.
  • Some grasses can still be planted. Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • Mow in the early evening and cut off no more than one-third of the grass height at one time. Leave clippings on the ground to provide nutrients.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s August Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwinter inside.
  • Bring Christmas cactus and poinsettias indoors if you took them out for the summer in preparation for holiday blooming. Fertilize them and put them where they’ll get just 10 hours of bright light per day.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s August Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders and add new sugar-water every three days.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s August Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s August Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

August

See below for upcoming local events in August.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming Summer events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin, Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays, From Field to Fabric workshop at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, UGRR Trail Saturday Guided Hike, Hiking Through History, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2butterfly-wof-right

The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

More Info

 

Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin!

Sunday, June 11 through August 20wheaton-regional-park-harpers_cabin
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton
$7

Join us for a taste of African American Heritage as we learn about the history of the Harper’s Cabin. Observe and help with hearthside cooking techniques while learning the history, nutrition and rich culture of African-American foods. Learn how soul food became a dominant theme among African American Family, their church and social gatherings during the 19th century and extending to the end of the 20th century. The program begins with preparing the food and continues until a tasty supper is ready for serving.

Register

Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays

12:00pm – 4:00pm | June 29th, 2017 to August 17th, 2017

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18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park Thursdays through the summer. Explore the historic farmhouse; help with seasonal chores such as planting, weeding, and harvesting in the World War I Victory Garden;  visit with the farm animals; and meet costumed living history interpreters who will tell you all about farm life in Montgomery County in 1917!

From Field to Fabric

Sat. August 5th, 2017
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18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

In this hands-on workshop, learn to identify common fabrics from various time periods, how materials were processed, and how they were dyed. Try your hand at breaking and combing flax for linen, carding and spinning wool, and using elements found in nature to make dyes and stains.

Intended for ages All Ages

This event will be held at Agricultural History Farm Park

Register                                    

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

August 11 – August 19, 2017montgomery-ag-fair_aug2017

Montgomery County Ag Fair, MD

501 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

The showcase for Agriculture and Family Fun in Montgomery County, MD! August 11th – 19th, 2017. www.mcagfair.com

Fair Hours:
Friday, August 11th: 3 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday, August 12th – Saturday, August 19th: 10 a.m. – 12 midnight

Carnival Hours:
Friday, August 11th: 3 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday, August 12th – Saturday, August 19th: 12 noon – 12 midnight

Free shuttle busses run from Lakeforest Mall beginning August 11th, 11:30 a.m. – midnight and August 12th – 19, 8 a.m. – 12midnight.

Animal exhibits open on Sunday, August 13th at 12noon through the end of Fair.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners at Montgomery County Ag Fairmaster_gardeners_ag_fair

August 11 – August 19, 2017

Montgomery County Ag Fair, MD

501 Perry Pkwy
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

Have gardening questions? Bring your questions and talk with experienced University of MD trained, Master Gardeners! Located between Chilly Mall and Old MacDonald’s Barn.

UGRR Trail Saturday Guided Hike

Sat. August 12th, 2017

9:30am to 12:00pm

16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

This photo of Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Guided hikes last approximately 2.5 hours and are provided by talented “conductors” who lead groups on a simulated Underground Railroad experience covering 2.0 miles from Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park along a wooded, natural surface trail to the historic Sandy Spring, then back to experience the new Woodlawn Museum and Visitor Center. Hikers learn about various techniques that “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way North to freedom. Interpretive content best suited for children 7 and up.

Intended for ages 7 & up

Fee:  $8

 

This event will be held at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Register                                    

Hiking Through History

Wed. August 16th, 2017
9:00pm to 11:00pm

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18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register                                   

World War I Ragtime Dance

Sat. August 26th, 2017
5:00pm to 9:00pmragtime_dance

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

FREE EVENT. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us for our popular music series and experience the swinging hot sounds of pre-World War II jazz. Bring your family, friends, a picnic dinner, your dancing shoes and experience the fun of the Farm as the sun sets over the fields! Historic children’s games, friendly farm animals, and s’mores around the campfire make this the perfect summer evening for everyone! Free.

Intended for ages All Ages

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July Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

This July there is a lot to celebrate as the growing season really gets underway. Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for July. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  History in the Park events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, Canning & Preserving Made Easy Class, and more!

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming.
  • Introduction of native plant varieties for gardening is a long, careful process. | Mt. black-eyed susans_croppedCuba Center
  • Don’t fertilize plants that slow down in the heat, but keep them watered. Fertilize lightly plants that are blooming heavily.
  • Pinch back mums so they grow bushier and won’t flower until autumn.
  • Water thoroughly, especially if you receive no rain for more than seven days.
  • Check on your container plants daily and keep them well-watered.
  • Inspect your garden for powdery mildew. If seen, prune back perennials to create needed circulation.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s July Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water slowly and deeply if summer is very dry.
  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s July Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • July is the month for southern blight. Check for this damaging soil-borne fungal disease that attacks a wide range of herbs, tomato, and pepper.
  • Cut off bottom, yellow foliage on tomato plants.
  • Plant heat-tolerant vegetables (Malabar spinach, Swiss chard).
  • Fertilize according to the University of MD recommendations.
  • Water deeply when needed. Last week to plant sweet corn and cucumbers.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Clean up fallen fruit and berries.
  • Cover berry bushes and fruit trees with bird netting.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for July from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • Mow in the early evening and cut off no more than one-third of the grass height at one time. Leave clippings on the ground to provide nutrients.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s July Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Caulk and seal your outside walls to prevent insect entry into your home.
  • Hand-pick Japanese Beetles or shake them off over a bucket of dishwater. Early morning is a good time to catch them, while they are still drowsy.
  • Be vigilant for mosquito breeding spots—any standing water from a bottle cap to blocked gutters and clean them up immediately.
  • Put out slug traps around your vulnerable edibles and hostas.
  • See HGIC’s July Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s July Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

July

See below for upcoming local events in July.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming Summer events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  History in the Park events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, Canning & Preserving Made Easy Class, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2butterfly-wof-right

The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

More Info

 

Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin!

Sunday, June 11 through August 20
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton
$7

Join us for a taste of African American Heritage as we learn about the history of the Harper’s Cabin. Observe and help with hearthside cooking techniques while learning the history, nutrition and rich culture of African-American foods. Learn how soul food became a dominant theme among African American Family, their church and social gatherings during the 19th century and extending to the end of the 20th century. The program begins with preparing the food and continues until a tasty supper is ready for serving.

Register

Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays

12:00pm – 4:00pm | June 29th, 2017 to August 17th, 2017

Agricultural History Farm ParkAg_Farm_goats
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park Thursdays through the summer. Explore the historic farmhouse; help with seasonal chores such as planting, weeding, and harvesting in the World War I Victory Garden;  visit with the farm animals; and meet costumed living history interpreters who will tell you all about farm life in Montgomery County in 1917!

Hiking Through History

Wed. July 5th, 2017montgomery-county-trail-maps
9:00pm to 11:00pm

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/hiking-through-history/

Grow Your Own Bog & Carnivorous Container Garden

Thu. July 6th, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Instructor: Michael Szesze, owner of Carnivorous Plant Nursery. Looking for a fun new twist on your typical terrarium? Explore the curious world of carnivorous plants in this engaging workshop that will present practical knowledge about their habitats and how to easily grow them yourself. Participants will make their own carnivorous plant terrarium to take home.

FOBG:$45

Intended for ages 18 & up

This event will be held at Brookside Gardens

Canning & Preserving Made Easy!

Sat. July 8th, 2017
6:30pm to 1:00pm

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Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

 

Instructor: Lisa Gonzales, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UMDWondering what to do with the extra vegetables in your garden or the diversity of seasonal produce at your local farmers? market? You?ll learn the types of canned products that can be safely made at home and the necessary ingredients, equipment, and supplies. The basic steps of water bath canning and food safety considerations will be demonstrated. Included in your registration fee are a take home canned product, handouts and the book, ?So Easy To Preserve,? which includes tested recipes and in-depth information designed for both the new and experienced food preserver.

FOBG:$31

Intended for ages 18 & up

This event will be held at Brookside Gardens

Register                                    

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/canning-preserving-made-easy/

Garden After Dark: Full Moon Cocktail Dinner

Sat. July 8th, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Looking for a special night out with friends or a loved one? Let Brookside take care of the details! Each fee covers the cost of one person. 21 and up. Enjoy a magical evening in our beautiful new Evening Affair garden filled with fragrant white flowers that glow in the moonlight. Designer Kelley Heim will lead a full moon tour through her garden discussing the design process and pointing out some of the unusual fragrant specimens growing there. Enjoy cocktails created by a mixologist and a light catered dinner under garden lights.

FOBG:$46

Intended for ages 21 & up

This event will be held at Brookside Gardens

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/garden-after-dark-full-moon-cocktail-dinner/

Shakespeare In the Garden

Shakespeare-in-the-Park-brookside-gardensTuesday, July 11

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Brookside Gardens
FREE

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Pack a picnic, and enjoy a beautiful summer’s night of Shakespeare in the Garden. Come with us as we travel back to the Forest of Arden for Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, As You Like It. Follow Rosalind, Shakespeare’s original feminist heroine, on her quest to seduce handsome and clever Orlando by any means necessary—sneaking around in disguise, hiding love letters in trees, and eliciting help from a strange band of singing shepherd philosophers. Whether this is your first taste of Shakespeare, or you are a practiced pedant, this play has everything you like! Production provided by Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Garden and sponsored by Friends of Brookside Gardens.

Visit Brookside Gardens

The Modern Victory Garden

Thu. July 13th, 2017Agricultural-History-Farm_park_2016_AV_160803_8033261
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

During World War I and World War II, families were encouraged to grow Victory Gardens to help supplement rations and help those left on the home front stay healthy and strong. Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park to learn about Victory Gardens, explore our on-site demonstration Victory Garden, and learn how to begin using the principles of Victory Gardens in your own backyard to help supplement your own healthy diet!

Intended for ages All Ages

This event will be held at Agricultural History Farm Park

Register                                    

Hiking Through History

Wed. July 19th, 2017
9:00pm to 11:00pm

 Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register                                   

28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

July 22–23, Saturday-SundayFarmtour-2017

Various Montgomery County Farms

The Farm Tour is an annual event that occurs the 4th weekend in July.  During the Farm Tour there are opportunities to enjoy hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations, and other fun, planned activities.  Come spend a day or two in the country for an educational experience/family outing or just enjoy the scenery. You can also purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more. Visit our website for more details.
2017 Farm Tour Brochure

Contact: Melissa Steed
Phone: 301-590-2810
Email: melissa.steed@montgomerycountymd.gov
Cost: Free
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html

Music on the Farm

Sat. July 22nd, 2017 Ag_Farm_Concert_2017
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

FREE EVENT. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us for our popular music series and experience the swinging hot sounds of pre-World War II jazz. Bring your family, friends, a picnic dinner, your dancing shoes and experience the fun of the Farm as the sun sets over the fields! Historic children’s games, friendly farm animals, and s’mores around the campfire make this the perfect summer evening for everyone! Free.

Intended for ages All Ages

 

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June Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s summer and this June there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for June. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Sandy Spring Museum’s Strawberry Festival, Brookside Garden’s Twilight Concert Series, lots of events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Field & Fiddle 2017, Heritage Days, and more!

Planning:

  • Check out plants going on sale.
  • Peruse fall bulb catalogs.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Plan who is going to water plants during your vacation.
  • Plan where fall bulbs will go.
  • Take photos and update your garden  journal.
  • Inspect your garden hose for leaks and tighten all connections.
  • As the heat and humidity move in, take it easy by working in the morning or early evening to avoid intense sun and humidity. Leave the big projects for this fall. For now, concentrate on maintaining the beds you’ve already established and nurturing your new plantings.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you. Or visit the main Montgomery County Farmers Market website.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming.
  • Remove spent lilac and rhododendron blossoms.
  • Direct-sow annual flower seeds.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Pinch buds of fall-blooming plants (asters, mums, Joe-Pye weed).
  • Prune azaleas directly after blooming.
  • Fertilize your azaleas and rhododendrons and monitor them closely for any lacebug damage.
  • Take cuttings from azaleas and roses to start new plants.
  • Spray roses with Neem oil every two weeks.
  • Start a sunflower patch with help from a few kids.
  • Stake tall plants.
  • Tie-up climbing roses and other wandering vines.
  • Try a few new tropical plants on your patio.
  • Check on your container plants daily and keep them well-watered.

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    Baptisia australis
  • Baptisia is a native plant and is deer-resistant. Not only does it have beautiful flowers, but handsome foliage and interesting seedpods in the fall. | HGIC
  • Cut a few flowers to enjoy at your workplace.
  • Fill in bare spots in the garden with annuals.
  • Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a nice companion plant to ferns and is an excellent nectar plant for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. | HGIC
  • Heliopsis
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    Heliopsis helianthoides is a native perennial which does best in full sun. It blooms from June to August. You can cut the stems back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early June to reduce the height. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming. | HGIC

  • Aphids are common plant feeding insects Low aphid numbers usually do not result in plant damage. However, large aphid populations can cause wilting, yellowing, and curling of leaves. |  Aphids on Ornamental Plants, HGIC
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, 4-lined plant bug, lace bug, spidermites, slugs, snails, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s June Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Transplanting azaleas still is possible.
  • Take soft wood cuttings of plants to propagate.
  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Contact a certified arborist to have your trees’ health inspected.
  • Shape your evergreens and hedges.

    Yellowood (Cladrastis kentukea)
    Yellowwood
  • Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) is medium-sized, deciduous tree with fragrant, white flowers in the spring. It also has nice fall color. | HGIC
  • Prune long shoots on shrubs to keep plant neat looking.
  • Prune flowering shrubs as their flowers fade. Last chance to do so for fall-blooming camellias.

    Galls
    Galls on Maple leaf
  • If you must mulch: Remove old mulch and then add 2″ to 3″ shredded pine or pine needles, keeping 3″ away from trunk.
  • Galls may disfigure twigs and foliage, but they do not seriously affect the health of trees and shrubs. Chemical control is usually not recommended. | (photo credit HGIC, UMD)
  • Soil test established trees that have not been performing well.
  • Keep mowers and trimmers away from trunks!
  • wintercreeper
    Wintercreeper

    Two new additions to the Maryland Department of Agriculture invasive plant list: Euonymus fortunei (wintercreeper), Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle). See https://tinyurl.com/j3lhokr for details.

  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s June Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Remove finished plants.
  • Plant/seed warm season plants.
  • Plant tender transplants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet potato.
  • Sow beets, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash for fall harvest.
  • New fruit plants – keep watered their first spring, summer, and fall.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Harvest strawberry beds daily.
  • Clean up fallen fruit and berries.
  • Cover berry bushes and fruit trees with bird netting.
  • Dig up garlic when the tops turn brown. Let dry in the sun, then store.
  • Sow heat-tolerant greens like Swiss Chard and mustard greens in part-shade.
  • This is the perfect time to apply grub control.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for June from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Sharpen your lawnmower blade.
  • Mow in the early evening and cut off no more than one-third of the grass height at one time. Leave clippings on the ground to provide nutrients.UME_Turf_Fertilizer_Recommendations
  • If you have a zoysiagrass lawn, after the spring green-up, starting in June, is the primary time to fertilize if needed. The UMD Extension recommendations for turfgrass fertilization, consistent with the 2011 Maryland fertilizer law, are here: Turfgrass Maintenance Calendars for Maryland Lawns | UMD
  • Crabgrass has germinated. It is now too late to apply a pre-emergent herbicide. Small patches of crabgrass can be controlled during the growing season by pulling it out by hand or applying a post-emergent herbicide as a spot treatment.” | Crabgrass, HGIC
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s June Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Make hummingbird food by boiling two cups of sugar in four cups of water.
  • Be vigilant for mosquito breeding spots—any standing water from a bottle cap to blocked gutters and clean them up immediately.
  • Put out slug traps around your vulnerable edibles and hostas.Tick_season-guide
  • A fact sheet on ticks from the Extension of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: https://grobigred.com/2017/05/18/its-the-season-for-ticks-how-do-you-prevent-them-from-finding-you/
  • See HGIC’s June Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s June Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

June

See below for upcoming local events in June.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming Summer events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Sandy Spring Museum’s Strawberry Festival, Brookside Garden’s Summer Twilight Concert Series, Hometown Habitat: Lecture and Screening at Brookside Gardens,  lots of events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Field & Fiddle 2017, Heritage Days, and more!

Volunteers Needed: Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibitbutterfly-wof-right

Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, April through September. North American, South American and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Ticket Takers and Flight Attendants to help support our staff with running the show.

Click here for more information and to sign up!

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2blue_butterfly

The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

More Info

Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry FestivalSandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10am-5:00pm

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Rd
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860

The Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival features live music, pony rides, a climbing wall, beer and wine garden, food truck rally raffels games for the kids and so much more. Come support your community museum this Saturday, June 3rd 10-5. #SSMStrawFest Info at http://www.SandySpringMuseum.org/Strawberry-Festival/

Summer Twilight Concert Series

Tuesdays in June | 6:30 pm – 8 pmbrookside_gardens_summer-concert-series_2017
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
FREE

Join us on the lawn at Brookside Gardens each Tuesday evening in June for a series of musical performances set in the beauty of the Gardens! Bring your friends and family, and don’t forget your chairs or blankets (allowed in the Gardens on concert evenings ONLY). Food trucks will also be available.

June 6: Ocho de Bastos-Latin Rock
June 13: U-Liners-Americana and Bluegrass
June 20: Sandra Dean Band-Classic Rock
June 27: Karen Gray Quintet-Jazz and Swing

This is a rain or shine event.

Brookside Gardens

Hiking Through History

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9:00pm to 11:00pm

 

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

 

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register                                    

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/hiking-through-history/

Peerless and Rockville Launch Speaker Series

Celebrating Glenview Mansion’s Formal Gardens and Grounds

Thursday, June 8, 2017speakers-series-298x300
7:00pm

Glenview Mansion
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851

Speaker: Rob Orndorff, horticulturist, City of Rockville

Peerless Rockville and Rockville’s Glenview Mansion have partnered to sponsor a speakers’ series, set to kickoff June 8 with a talk by City of Rockville Horticulturist Rob Orndorff on the mansion’s formal gardens and grounds.

Six events are planned in total, one every two months into 2018. They begin at 7 p.m. at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive, and are free to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Following topics include:

  • Aug. 10: “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Revealing Her Life as a Visual Artist.” Roberta Mandrekes, secretary, Fitzgerald Literary Festival.
  • Oct. 12: “The Evolution: From Farms to Community.” John Carter, AIA, architect and planner.
  • Dec. 14: “Rockville: Portrait of a City.” Eileen McGuckain, Rockville historian.
  • Feb. 8, 2018: Film Screening of Community Cornerstone’s “African American Communities in Montgomery County, MD.” Film produced by Heritage Montgomery.
  • April 12, 2018: “Learn the Three B’s: Bee, Beneficials and Blooms.” Marie Rojas, owner of Borders & Butterflies.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/glenview or www.peerlessrockville.org.

 

Speaker Series: Catherine Zimmerman—Hometown Habitat: Lecture and Screening

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, US 20902
Phone: (301) 962-1404

FOBG Sponsored Program
(Also Sponsored by Maryland Native Plant Society)

Catherine Zimmerman, documentary filmmaker, author and landscape designer
Fee: FREE; registration required; Visitors Center Auditorium

Learn how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems with author, landscape designer and documentary lmmaker Catherine Zimmerman. Talk will be followed by a screening of her latest documentary, Hometown Habitat, made in partnership with the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and featuring Doug Tallamy, entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home. Limited seating, reserve your spot today!

CLICK HERE to register for Course #30718

 

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/hiking-through-history/

Pickin’ on the Porch

Fri. June 23, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

Wind down from the work week with an evening of local acoustic, roots, and bluegrass music on the porch of the historic Farmhouse at the Agricultural History Farm Park! Event includes featured local music artists, open mic, and the opportunity to pull out your own acoustic instrument to play with other talented musicians under the stars. Pack a picnic, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a laid back evening in the country.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/pickin-on-the-porch/

Field & Fiddle fundraising festival to “Preserve the Reserve” is back and better than ever! This year enjoy Rocklands Wine (a portion of the proceeds benefitting MCA) & Waredaca Brew, and eats by 3rd Alarm BBQ & Cipolla Rossa Pizza with locally sourced ingredients! Back by popular demand are Justin Trawick & The Common Good, along with the Amazing Barry Louis Polisar of “Juno” fame, warmed up by Jokgu the Patriotic Chicken and her band The Flockstars! We’ll have incredible equestrian demonstrations, hay rides, “ask a farmer”, and much more! Included in your ticket price is a raffle ticket, non-alcoholic beverages* (*beer, wine, vendor food is extra), games, and the happy feeling of membership in MCA that helps preserve farmland and open space for all!

Contact: Montgomery Countryside Alliance
Phone: 301-461-9831
Email: info@mocoalliance.org
Cost: $10 – $25 based on age see registration link below for detail
Registration   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/field-fiddle-2017-tickets-32327860501

Heritage Day at the Agricultural History Farm Park

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Agricultural-History-Farm_park_2016_AV_160803_8033261Open at 11:00am

 

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

 

Tour the turn-of-the-20th century Magruder-Bussard farmstead. Old-fashioned farm demonstrations, hands-on activities for families, games for children.

HistoryintheParks.org

Heritage Days

Saturday – Sunday, June 24–25, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Multiple Locations throughout Montgomery County, MD.

Please join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Heritage Days Weekend! Heritage Days features 40 parks, museums, and historic sites throughout Montgomery County open with FREE admission. Activities for all ages include history exhibits & programs, walking tours, children’s games & crafts, live music, & FUN!heritage_montgomery_logo

This year, many sites are celebrating heritage food traditions with unique cooking demonstrations, presentations by acclaimed chefs, farm & garden displays, and food trucks.

Heritage Days 2017 Brochure/Guide

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May Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

This May there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with this warmer weather!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for May. Events include a Family Archeology Day, Raptor Festival, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Silver Spring Garden Club’s Annual Garden Mart Fundraiser, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference, and more!

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Remove and discard dead annuals and old growth on perennials.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy plants.pansies (2)
  • Pinch back mums, salvias, and other late-season bloomers to encourage bushy, not leggy growth.
  • After the last frost date, plant warm-season annuals and tender bulbs (calla lilies, dahlias, gladiolus) in the ground and in containers.
  • After spring bulbs bloom, let leaves turn yellow and die before trimming.
  • Transplant spring flowering bulbs after flowering.
  • Fertilize transplants.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Provide supports for fast-growing perennials such as delphiniums, peonies, and lilies.
  • Start seeds for: Cosmos, Celosia, Impatiens, Petunias, Tall Marigolds, Tall Zinnias
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, slugs, snails, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s May Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Plant and transplant shrubs that have finished blooming.
  • Check often and water newly planted and transplanted trees if they don’t pass the “finger test” (stick your finger deep into the soil – dry? Water!)
  • Prune crepe myrtle when you can see what is still alive.
  • Prune long shoots on shrubs to keep plant neat looking.
  • Prune back forsythia, spirea, and other early-spring blooming shrubs.
  • If you must mulch: Remove old mulch and then add 2″ to 3″ shredded pine or pine needles, keeping 3″ away from trunk.
  • Soil test established trees that have not been performing well.
  • Keep mowers and trimmers away from trunks!
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, leafminers, scale, sawfly, and spidermites.
  • Diseases to watch for: Apple scab, Cedar-apple; hawthorn or quince rust, Verticullum wilt, Oak leaf blister
  • See HGIC’s May Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • After the last frost date, plant warm-season vegetables (squash, peppers, tomatoes, corn, beans).
  • Do not set out seedlings or tender annuals until after Mother’s Day (traditional last frost-free date for our entire area).
  • Plant tender transplants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet potato.vegetable_box
  • Sow seeds of: beans, cucumbers, melons, and squash.
  • New fruit plants – keep watered their first spring, summer, and fall.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, cutworms, rabbits, deer, woodchucks, and birds.
  • Diseases to watch for: Apple scab, Cedar-apple rust
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for May from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Fertilize Turf ONLY if week: apply 1 lb N/1000 sq ft
  • Calibrate your spreader before fertilizing.
  • Dethatch if necessary and plug aerate BEFORE applying weed control.
  • Mow high to reduce weeds and stress and leave clippings on the lawn: Fescue and Bluegrass: 3″ – 3 1/2″
  • Mow zoysia grass at 2″
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s May Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.flower_pot
  • Begin hardening off prior to putting outside in the shade for summer.
  • Repot larger plants that are going outside for the summer.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, mealybug, scale.
  • See HGIC’s May Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Feed birds and provide nesting material (try dryer lint) as well as houses for the start of their family season.bluebird
  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled and provide a source of water.
  • Check indoors for termites and winter ants.
  • Set out traps for mice, moles, and voles.
  • Be vigilant for mosquito breeding spots—any standing water from a bottle cap to blocked gutters and clean them up immediately.
  • Put out slug traps around your vulnerable edibles and hostas.
  • See HGIC’s May Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s May Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
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May

See below for upcoming local events in May.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Save the dates for these upcoming Spring events!   Events include a Family Archeology Day, Raptor Festival, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Silver Spring Garden Club’s Annual Garden Mart Fundraiser, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference, and more!

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Saturday, May 6 | Noon – 4 pm
Needwood Mansion, Rock Creek Regional Park
$10 per person or $20 per person

Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day! Montgomery Parks staff will be on hand for tours of  Needwood Mansion, simulated archaeology dig for children, and storytelling. Old-time games and crafts will also round out a family-fun filled day!

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Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
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The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

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Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference

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Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Where: Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland College Park
3972 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Event Type:  Conference

 

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April MCT Garden Club Meeting Topic: Garden Critters

Happy April neighbors, friends, and fellow gardeners!

Spring is VERY much in the air with the trees, plants, and bushes all coming into bloom – we hope you are enjoying this lovely time of year! The Mill Creek Towne Garden Club meeting will be hosting Montgomery County Master Gardener, Mary Hagedorn, at our April 25th meeting. Mary will be speaking about Garden Critters – we all have them, so lets learn more about them!! Please plan to join us for a fun and enlightening evening – the meeting details are below.

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Date:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Mill Creek Towne Elementary School Teacher’s Lounge
Speaker:  Mary Hagedorn
Topic: Garden Critters

Hostesses: Carol Hyland, Joan Carpenter