Dunnville Horticulture Society

Dunnville Horticultural Society offers suggestions on how to cater to different plants’ needs

Marlene Link describes the ‘pot within a pot’ planting method

Do some of your plants in the same container demand different care needs?

A simple solution to this problem is the ‘pot within a pot’ method.

Water-needy plants can be watered either by hand or drip line. Plants with low-water needs can be spot watered when necessary, as you can easily find the separate pot.

This method can also be used for different soil needs, fertilizing, and transplanting small rooted plants, e.g. succulents. This keeps the small root balls from falling apart.

This method also works great for removing tender plants in the fall, which need to go inside. Then you can pop in a replacement plant to spruce up your fall planters.

Now that the weather is improving and we can get our hands dirty in the garden, why not come out and help the Dunnville Horticultural Society with its planting days?

On May 25, 26 and 27, we will be planting the public gardens with beautiful, colourful annuals.

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the company of other gardeners, while physically distancing, of course.

Meet on May 25 at 8 a.m. in Dunnville’s downtown core. Hope to see you there.

For updates on the group’s activities, or to connect with other area gardeners, visit us online at our Facebook page or website, www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org

For questions or comments, contact president Deb Zynomirski at 416-566-9337 or debzyn@gmail.com.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society

The pot within a pot method of gardening can be a great way to give individualized care to your plants. - Torstar file photo

Do seeds have a sense of direction?

Do seeds have a sense of direction?

If this sounds too laborious or if you use a mechanical seeding device, regardless of the direction the radicle points, seeds have the ability to germinate as they contain a growth hormone that responds to gravity and causes the root to grow downwards and the stem upward.

If you enjoy research, you might wish to experiment by planting some seeds with the point downward and others upward. 

Anticipating some early gardening, my zucchini and cucumber seeds have germinated in two days. Of course, this was indoors with bottom heat and radicle end planted downwards.

Lester C. Fretz, M.Sc., is a member of the Dunnville Horticulture Society.

Dunnville will be awash with colour

By Deb Zynomirski

The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—Thanks to recent restrictions being lifted, the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) has been given the green light by Haldimand County to plant the community flower beds this month! 

DHS is excited to bring back the colour and beauty to our town, especially during these difficult days. Since we will be working within some limitations still with respect to the number of people working in each garden and maintaining distancing, this year our planting will take place over three days instead of our usual one day: Monday, May 25, 2020; Tuesday, May 26; and Wednesday, May 27 have been earmarked as our planting days.

No doubt many of you are itching to get out and get active with your family in a different environment. 

If you are interested in assisting with the gardens this year, we are always in need of help! 

If you are interested, contact myself, Deb Zynomirski, at 905-774-8453 or debzyn@gmail.com.

On another note, we have had to cancel our May and June Program nights and our June Garden Tour at the home of Beth Powell and Ken Sherwood. We are hopeful that by September, restrictions will continue to ease and perhaps we can meet up at our September Program Night on September 17. 

No doubt many of you who are gardeners have been outside cleaning up the yard and your garden beds. What a relief to hear that garden centres are now permitted to open so that we can once again fill our gardening desires with new plants and flowers. They will surely brighten not only our own lives, but those of all who pass by our homes.

Spring is much colder this year than I can remember it being in a long time. 

As these cold and dreary days wear on, keep your perspective. 

All this will one day be behind us, and we will enjoy the warmth and cheer of sunshine, family, and friends. Until then, take care of each other, stay connected, and get those green thumbs ready!