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Garden Forum

A place to talk about our ornamental gardens. What's blooming?

Location: Beacon, NY
Members: 42
Latest Activity: Oct 20, 2012


Garden Design Magazine

I have a two-for-one offer; it will come to $13/year each.  Anyone interested in going in with me?  It's a gorgeous magazine.Continue

Started by Joan Martorano Oct 20, 2012.

We have a couple living in our garden 6 Replies


Tags: praying mantis

Started by Ben Royce. Last reply by Anna West Sep 28, 2012.

2012 Beacon Garden Tour - Thanks!

Thanks to all of the Beacon gardeners who graciously shared their gardens, expert advice, and plants.We were charmed and inspired.Thanks too to Joan and others for organizing the event.…Continue

Tags: Doniger, Rafiqua

Started by Sarah Boyd Jun 10, 2012.

Free mulch at transfer station? 6 Replies

Is this indeed true? Compost too?Thanks for repliesContinue

Started by Christopher Schaljo. Last reply by Philomena May 14, 2012.

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Comment by Sarah B. F. on October 16, 2012 at 9:33am

Hello Gardeners! I hope you might consider joining Common Ground Farm at their Harvest Celebration & Benefit Auction, to be held November 3rd at 7:00pm. More info on the Event Page:


Comment by Ed Benavente on May 4, 2012 at 12:48pm

FYI - Manza Family Farm in Montgomery is having another tree and plant auction tomorrow. They have everything from ground cover to larger trees. The auctions take some time and stock is hit or miss but many great deals to be had. Details and directions on their website.

Comment by Joan Martorano on May 3, 2012 at 8:08am

This HV garden source sells plants at very reasonable rates:

You must make an appointment to go.

Comment by Sarah B. F. on May 1, 2012 at 3:44pm

Hello Gardeners!

Please consider joining us for the building of a new Children's Garden at Common Ground Farm on Saturday, May 19th. Email or follow this link for more info:


Comment by Joan Martorano on April 19, 2012 at 7:16am

Plans are going forward for a Beacon Garden Tour, to be held on June 9.  If you would like to have your garden included you must attend the planning meeting this Saturday, April 21, at 10 AM to be held at Bank Square Cafe.

Comment by Joan Martorano on April 18, 2012 at 7:11am

I have lots of extra pink peonies if anyone wants them.  Email me at

Comment by Joan Martorano on April 6, 2012 at 7:28am

The 2012 Garden and Composting Tour will take place on Saturday, June 9th.  More details to come.

Comment by Joan Martorano on April 4, 2012 at 8:29am

Our member Anna West has started a gardening group on Facebook.  Here's the link:

There are some very knowledgeable members there.

Comment by Sarah Boyd on February 27, 2012 at 9:17am

Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew has very handy planting charts including seed germination times, Spring indoor seed-starting schedule, and outdoor planting schedules. Howland library has this book, but its well worth buying your own copy.

Comment by Anna West on February 26, 2012 at 8:42am

My post disappeared.  Like Philomena says our date of last frost is May 15th or Mothers Day.   On your seed packets it should say how many weeks before last frost to start. The Tomato pack I looked at said 6 to 8 weeks.

Peas, Kale and many other veggies say "plant seeds outside as soon as soil can be worked". That means soon or March 15th.  They can take frost.

Squashes, cukes shouldn't be started until mid/end of April as they grow very fast will need to to be outside quickly while requiring heat.

Green beans grow so fast that it is not worth starting inside. Just plant the seeds outside May 15th or later.

We can get a surprise frost even into June, so be prepared to cover everything with either plastic bags, pots or old shower curtains.


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