Helena Beautification Award – June 2014

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Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wade of Townhouse Road, winners of the Helena beautification award.

Blooms in Helena

The roses planted earlier this year in Old Town are now in bloom!

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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.

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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

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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. 

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

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 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

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.

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…

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Crepe Murder 2014 — Oh, the Humanity!

Great info on caring for Crepe Myrtles

The Daily South

Crepe Murder 2014Photo: 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.

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