Upper South

March, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Daffodil Show
Over 2200 daffodil bloom entries will be on display at the daffodil show sponsored by the Washington Daffodil Society on Saturday, April 15, from 2 to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will be held in the Visitors Center at Brookside Gardens. Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902. This daffodil show is among the largest and oldest in the country. In addition to the daffodil entries, there are also educational exhibits, lectures, and information on growing daffodils. For further information, call (301) 962-1400, or visit: http://www.mc-mncppc.org/parks/brookside/index.shtm.

Clever Gardening Technique

Plastic Mulch for Vegetable Gardens
Covering a large area of the vegetable garden with black plastic, cutting holes, and planting in the holes is not a new concept for weed control and water conservation, but there are improved ways to do it. One of the best materials to use is a tightly woven polypropylene that is permeable to air and water. This is a heavy-duty material that will last for several seasons, especially if rolled up and stored for the winter. I used a 6-foot-wide roll, but the 3-foot width is more readily available. I spaced the lengths of weed barrier about 18 inches apart. Crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant were planted in the black plastic, while row crops like beans were planted in the in-between areas. Although some weeding was necessary, it was much less than if I had planted traditionally, plus the plants readily withstood drought conditions.

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