Master Gardeners Burlington County

Pine needlesPinelands Preservation Alliance - Update June 17, 2015

There have been quite a few changes in the gardens at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

The first thing we did this year is to create a shade garden on either side of the winding path that leads into the rest of the gardens. In the shade garden you will find a variety of ferns, Solomon's Seal, Sweet Woodruff and Hosta.

The Kitchen Garden has been completely redone. We took out everything that was planted there, added a cover of compost and then divided each quadrant of the garden in half. One half of the quadrant is planted with herbs and the other with flowers. No sooner did we plant the Dill and Fennel, than the beautiful caterpillars of the Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly arrive and begin munching.

We have changed the name of the garden across from the Kitchen Garden. It used to be called "The Blended Garden", now it is called "The Pollinator's Garden". We are trying as much as possible to use native plants, especially those that attract pollinators.

The next things that we will be doing are weeding and mulching, tagging all the plants as well as putting a small sign in each garden explaining what it is and working on one bed to bring it up to the quality of the rest of the beds.

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