New England

May, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Wild Flower Society Plant Sale
If you want to feel like a kid in a candy store, visit the annual New England Wild Flower Society plant sale on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham, MA. The hard part will be choosing from the more than 500 varieties of wildflowers, all nursery propagated. With a silent auction, children's table, and refreshments, you could make a day of it. But come early. Plant lovers begin lining up at 7 a.m., with their wagons. For more info, visit http://www.newfs.org.

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Red Plastic Mulch
If you've ever used black plastic mulch, you know how it can warm the soil and reduce weeds. Going a step further, you can use a red plastic mulch around tomatoes to also boost yields. This type of mulch was developed by Clemson University and the USDA. The red color reflects far-red light wavelengths up onto your plants, triggering the release of a plant protein that stimulates growth. Spread the mulch over your tomato bed, then cut holes where you want your plants and transplant through the plastic. You can find this mulch at mail-order companies such as Gardener's Supply Company (http://www.gardeners.com).

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