Get Growing Helena – Why Pollinators are Important

Get Growing Helena! Check out this chart of what to plant to attract pollinators to your garden. We would have no flowers or fruit without them….. Read more on this topic from the USDA website: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/What_is_Pollination/index.shtml

 

10252010_10154040341060051_2409278023137366416_n

Teaching Children and Adults About Gardening – First Friday

Introducing people to gardening at any age is a worthwhile endeavor and the Helena Beautification Board was out in force at the April First Friday event iwith a planting station for kids, garden seeds, tools and fertilizers and the giveaway of a “Get In The Garden” gift basket. “Encouraging our community to garden is a large part of our cities beautification efforts”, said Chris VanCleave, Chairman of the Beautification Board. “We’ve had such a positive response from our citizens from this effort and we hope to continue our educational efforts as we move forward” VanCleave said.

20140409-102259.jpg

Zinnias are a favorite southern flower and they are so easy to grow. The Ferry-Morse seed company provided seeds for our planting station and the board gave away seeds, garden labels and gardening guides to folks who stopped by our booth.

This is a great way to kick off Spring planting in Helena. It’s great to see so many children interested in growing flowers. – Leslie Bartlett, City Council Member

20140409-102312.jpg

Corona Tools provided gardening tools and Haven Brand Soil Conditioners provided a unique all natural fertilizer; Moo Poo tea for the gift basket giveaway.

Watch for the Helena Beautification Board at upcoming First Friday and other community wide events.

Come GROW With Us!

This spring, the Helena Beautification Board has been busy planting new shrubs in Old Town. These shrubs of Double KnockOut Roses and Rosemary will provide color, texture and fragrance to the landscape while keeping with the look and feel of the area. Other projects are being planned as well as clean up days for area parks. 

Image

.Image

 

Thanks to all our volunteers who come out to make these work days a success. Together, we are making Helena Beautiful.

Image

 Work Days for the Helena Beautification Board are the third Saturday of each month and your invited to participate.
Check out Facebook Page for times and locations. 

Helena City News: Volunteers help clean up library

Helena City News: Volunteers help clean up library.

via Helena City News: Volunteers help clean up library.

Start Zinnia Seeds Indoors For Early Blooms

RedneckRosarian:

Helena Beautification Board Chairman offers seed starting tips on his blog today. Growing zinnias from seed is an easy way to brighten up your garden space.

Originally posted on The Redneck Rosarian:

Zinnias complement our roses with beautiful blooms

Zinnias complement our roses with beautiful blooms

If there is one flower I must have in the garden other than roses, it is zinnias. One of the easiest flowers to grow, Zinnias provide a multitude of blooms all season long.  To get a jump start on the season, I typically sow seeds indoors in early March and by the time April comes round, i’m ready to plant them in the ground or in containers.

I start with Jiffy seed pellets. Very inexpensive (less than $3) at local stores.

I start with Jiffy soil pelletts

I start with Jiffy soil pelletts

Place the seed pellets them in a tray or other container. I have one seed starting tray that I bought several years ago for this purpose, and I reuse it every year, but any container will do. I also use pie pans, butter bowls or the proverbial dixie cup…..

Add warm water to expand the pelletsadd warm water to cover the pellets…

View original 267 more words

Crepe Murder 2014 — Oh, the Humanity!

RedneckRosarian:

Great info on caring for Crepe Myrtles

Originally posted on The Daily South:

Crepe Murder 2014

Photo: Courtney Bolton

The person responsible for this mass crepe murder in McComb, Mississippi obviously believes any crime worth committing is worth committing 50 times. Imagine the joy he must have torturing one innocent crepe myrtle a day for nearly two months! And so we present you with winner #4 in Crepe Murder 2014.

View original 204 more words

Best Decorated House in Helena – 2013

Congratulations to the Goins Family of 1941 Riva Ridge Road, winners of the 2013 Best Decorated House in Helena Contest.  “It was quite difficult to come up with a winner. All of the houses nominated are worthy of accolades for their stunning displays of holiday lights. It’s a magical time of the year and all those whose houses were entered certainly put in a lot of hard work and effort. Each decorated home adds to the magic of Christmas for children of all ages” said Helena Beautification Board Chairman, Chris VanCleave. He added that as a child growing up in Tennessee, one of the highlights of each year was riding around with his family looking at the lights in their Nashville neighborhood. “I want to encourage all Helena residents to jump in the car and drive around and look at all the lights this year. It’s a surefire way to put you in the holiday spirit, VanCleave said. The Goins family was awarded a special Christmas ornament to commemorate this event and wanted to wish all their friends and neighbors a very Merry Christmas.

 

1941 Riva Ridge Road

Here is a complete list of the nominees:

1941 Riva Ridge Road 

464 Tocoa Road

1419 Secretariat Drive

1239 Southwind Drive

474 Old Cahaba Way

545 Fieldstone Drive

240 Stonecreek Way

509 Rosebury Road

510 Rosebury Road

The time is NOW to start thinking about 2014!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 228 other followers

%d bloggers like this: