Plant Something Weekend

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Celebrate the Season of Growing

 

June 21st-June 23rd is a special weekend.

Maine’s local Independent Garden Centers are gearing up for a statewide push to get families outside and in the dirt with Plant Something Weekend, June 21st-23rd. Kick off the gardening season with the latest and greatest plants, shrubs, and trees, expert advice, and just about everything you need to succeed when you plant this year!

Organized by the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association (MELNA), Plant Something Weekend encourages families to get planting for personal health, community and the environment with incentives and activities, including.

 

Fun Activities are Planned

 

Allen, Sterling & Lothrop, 191 US Route 1, Falmouth, ME: 50% off select glazed pottery, Friday and Saturday.

 

Broadway Gardens, 1640 Broadway, South Portland, ME: $250 gift card raffle. Entries will be taken on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Winner will be notified on Monday June 24th.

 

Coastal Landscaping & Garden Center, 941 US Route 1, York, ME: “Go fruity this weekend and “Plant Something.“ All fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries, grapes and strawberries are 20% off.

 

Estabrook’s, 337 East Main Street, Yarmouth, ME: Estabrook’s in Yarmouth will feature special sales, door prizes, and children’s activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fishin’ Ships food truck will be joining Estabrook’s on Saturday, June 22 from 11:00-2:00 (or sell out!)                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Estabrook’s, 97 York Street, Kennebunk, ME: Estabrook’s in Kennebunk is offering special sales and promotions Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a door prize will be given away.  

 

Highland Farm, Inc., 109 Highland Avenue, Scarborough, ME: Enjoy food and fun for kids, giveaways, and 20% off sale on annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Highland Farm is celebrating 70 Years and Plant Something Weekend. Check their website and Facebook for more information.


Longfellow’s Greenhouses, 81 Puddledock Road, Manchester, ME: Don’t miss great Plant Something Weekend only specials.

 

O’Donal’s Nursery, 6 County Road, Gorham, ME: Join O’Donal’s Nursery as they showcase Native Plants and “Deerlerious” displays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and enjoy their beautiful nursery in full bloom!

 

Plants Unlimited, 629 Commercial Street, Rockport, ME: Spend $50 on annuals and get 50% off pottery – one pot. 20% off native plants.

 

Risbara’s Greenhouse, 26 Randolph Street, Portland, ME: Friday night Girls Night Out will feature adult refreshments and demos on how to plant window boxes and container gardens. Saturday morning activities for kids will include planting activities for ages 3 to 6 and a scavenger hunt for children ages 7 to 11. Master Gardeners will talk about bringing native plants into the garden and planting and using herbs for wellness.

 

Skillins Greenhouses, 89 Foreside Road,  Falmouth, ME: 20% off fruit trees. Double points on perennials purchased for loyalty members.

 

Sprague’s Nursery & Garden Center, 1664 Union Street, Bangor, ME: Free class Saturday and Sunday – Planting natives and understanding the benefits.

 

Visit your local garden center during Plant Something Weekend and get inspired to Plant Something!

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Lemon Queen Sunflowers - Helianthus annuus

Annual

 

Short Description

Beautiful butter yellow flowers blossom mid-summer to frost! Typically grow to more than 5 ft. tall. Expect 70 days to flower.

Growing Guidelines

  1. Around the last frost date, sow seeds directly into the soil.
  2. Plant seeds 1" deep and 6" apart.
  3. Water well after planting.
  4. Apply a 3"-4" layer of mulch to conserve water and keep down weeds.
  5. Thin seedlings to 1 ft. apart to allow 2 to 3 ft. between plants.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun. Sunflowers are drought-resistant, but they'll grow better if you water regularly from the time the flowers begin to develop until they're mature. Thriving in most soils, these flowers will become massive if given ample fertility, space and water. Harvest blossoms for continued flowering.

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Calendula Mix-Calendula officinalis

 

Short Description

Fruition has hand-selected this variety to have a brilliant diversity of colors with dozens of gorgeous, petals on each blossom.

Growing Guidelines

Direct sow (recommended)

  1. After the last frost, sow directly outside in the garden.
  2. Plant seed 24 to 36 inches apart in all directions.

Transplant method

  1. A cool-season plant, calendula can be started indoors in flats, under grow lights 6-8 weeks before the last frost for early season flowering.
  2. Seeds germinate in 5-15 days.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun to partial shade. Easy to grow and remarkably drought tolerant, calendula also thrives in containers and will readily naturalize when let go to seed.

Transplanting Tips

  1. Purchase a good seed starting soil like Espoma Organic seed starting mix or Coast of Maine.
  2. Use a small greenhouse tray(tray with a clear plastic dome) to germinate your seeds.
  3. When it's time to transplant into the garden, use a fertilizer like Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Plant-tone.

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Purple Queen Anne's Lace

"Dara" Daucus carota

 

Short Description

Gorgeously laced 3-5" umbels in shades of burgundy, lilac, mauve & white on long, strong stems perfect for cutting, adored by pollinators. Related to our native carrot, Queen Anne's Lace.

Growing Guidelines

Direct sow (recommended)

  1. In early spring, after late frost, sow seeds directly in soil.
  2. Plant 1 seed 1/8" deep and 2" apart.
  3. Expect 2 weeks for germination.
  4. When seedlings are 2-3" tall, thin to 1 plant every 9-12".
  5. Support may be needed if fertility is high or if your garden is windy.

Transplant method

  1. Chill seed at 40 F 1-2 weeks prior to sowing 1/8" deep, 2 seeds per cell 4-5 weeks before planting out.
  2. Expect germination in 1-2 weeks.
  3. When first leaves appear, transplant into larger containers.
  4. Harden off & transplant with 9-12" between plants after last frost.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun. Expect 65-75 days to maturity. Dara has an exceptionally long vase life; harvest when 80% of an umbel's flowers are open & no pollen has shed. Enjoy 7-15 heads per plant on swaying 35-50" stalks.

Transplanting Tips

  1. Purchase a good seed starting soil like Espoma Organic seed starting mix or Coast of Maine.
  2. Use a small greenhouse tray(tray with a clear plastic dome) to germinate your seeds.
  3. When it's time to transplant into the garden, use a fertilizer like Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Plant-tone.
Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Marigolds

Annual

Care and Feeding

Transplant Only: Sow 4 weeks before last frost shallowly, 2 seeds per cell and thin to 1, keeping soil surface moist until emergence. Transplant to larger containers when true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside when the danger of frost has passed with 12" between plants. Deadhead for blossoms all season.

  • Sowing Date: Indoors before last frost
  • Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 4-7 days at 75-80°F
  • Days to Maturity: 60
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
  • Height: 12 inches

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Organic Mexican Sunflower (Torch Tithonia)

Annual

Care and Feeding
Direct Seed (recommended): After final frost, sow every 8" and thin to one every ~2'. Light required to germ, so barely cover seed. Full sun is best. Any (even poor) soil is suitable. Harvest flowers when 90% open for bouquets.

Transplant: Sow indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost, transplanting after frost with spacing below.
 
  • Sowing Date: After frost; Late May- early June
  • Seed Depth: 1/2 inch
  • Days to Germination: 7-14 days
  • Days to Maturity: 85
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 2 feet
  • Height: 5-7 feet

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Cosmos

Annual

Care and Feeding

Direct Seed (recommended): After last frost, shallowly sow 4 seeds/foot & thin to 1/foot when first true leaves appear. Wider spacing = thicker stronger stems.

Bouquets: harvest when petals first open. Deadhead for blooms all season.

Transplant: Shallowly sow 4 weeks before transplanting after last frost at below spacing. Transplant your cosmos for earlier blooms and more full-size plants per pack; direct sow for blooms throughout the season and simplicity of sowing.

  • Sowing Date: After frost, late May to early June 
  • Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 7-10
  • Days to Maturity: 65-70
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 18-24 inches
  • Height: 3-4 feet

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.