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    Sept. 30: The Nashville Herb Society presents Through the Garden Gate: A Glimpse of Edwardian England, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Cheekwood Botanic Hall. Celebrate the gardens, foods and flowers that delighted Downton Abby family and friends at the turn of the 20th century. The event begins with a hearty Edwardian breakfast, followed by three speakers: Marta McDowell on Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life; Geraldine A. Laufer on Tussie Mussie – Victorian art of expressing yourself in the language of flowers; and Terry White, The English Garden event florist . Registration includes breakfast, box lunch in the garden with music, English tea and cookies. To learn more or to register, visit www.herbsocietynashvlle.org.

    Tips & tasks – August

    Water lawns and garden beds early in the morning to allow foliage plenty of time to dry before nightfall.

    Container gardens will benefit from a light application of all-purpose fertilizer.

    If petunias have grown long and shaggy, cut them back and give them a dose of fertilizer. They should bloom again quickly.

    If squirrels and birds go after your ripe tomatoes, pick them while they are still green and allow them to turn red indoors. For best quality, don’t store fresh tomatoes in the refrigerator.

    Make sure spring-planted trees and shrubs get plenty of water during hot weather.

    Keep cutting the spent flowers of annuals so they will continue to bloom into the fall.

    To conserve soil moisture during hot weather, replenish mulch in annual and perennial beds as necessary.

    Begin planning a fall garden. Spinach, lettuces, radishes and other fall crops will mature when the weather turns cool.

    Begin clean-up of summer vegetable beds. Remove any decayed or dying foliage to prevent diseases from taking hold.

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The Library

New and noteworthy books for gardeners

Month by Month book* Month-By-Month Gardening in Tennessee & Kentucky, by Judy Lowe, published by Cool Springs Press, $24.99.

 

 

 

Gardening Step By Step: Easy to follow advice for great results

DK Publishing. Hardback. $25.00

 

 

Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Seasons to Create Fresh Designs Year- Round

By Sara Begg Townsend & Roanna Robbins

Storey Publishing. $19.95.

Garden Library Favorites

* Guide to Tennessee Vegetable Gardening, by Walter Reeves & Felder Rushing. Published by Cool Springs Press.

* The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More than 160 Indoor Plants, by Barbara Pleasant. Published by Storey Publishing.

* The Southern Living Garden Book, by the Garden Editors at Southern Living Magazine, published by Oxmoor House.

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