Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last Frost Dates in Massachusetts; Safe Planting







The first bloom of the season in my sun garden in Massachusetts is a tiny iris that grows in bulb form and blooms for about one week.  This iris blooms before crocus or about the same time.  My crocus have buds ready to show.  The daffodils are producing buds, but they are still only 3" tall and my tulips have leaves emerging, and then the Hyacinth and Grape Hyacinth will follow later.

If you have already planted your bulbs in the Fall and are waiting for them to erupt, check the packaging and it will give you an estimate of when they should be in bloom.

If you're planting new bulbs or want to start planting transplants from seed or annuals, please follow the USDA recommended last frost dates in your town, state, or zip code.  This information is readily available on the internet.

Here are the last frost dates for Southern Massachusetts.


Boston Last Frost: Apr. 11 - Apr. 20
Brockton Last Frost: May 1 - May 10
Cambridge Last Frost: Apr. 21 - Apr. 30
Fall River Last Frost: Apr. 11 - Apr. 20
Lowell Last Frost: May 1 - May 10
Lynn Last Frost: Apr. 21 - Apr. 3
New Bedford Last Frost: Apr. 11 - Apr. 20
Newton Last Frost: Apr. 21 - Apr. 30
Quincy Last Frost: Apr. 21 - Apr. 30
Somerville Last Frost: Apr. 11 - Apr. 20
Springfield Last Frost: Apr. 11 - Apr. 20
Worcester Last Frost: May 1 - May 10



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Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Design Ideas for about Ten Bucks ~ #6




This is about headboards.  They add a dramatic elegance to your bed. You can make one yourself. They can be attached directly to the frame  (which this one is) or they can be hung just above the mattress, or even in the middle of the wall.

This is my re-purposing of a piece of our old garage door.  I looked at the door and thought, "perfect length and perfect height".  But, It needed some sprucing up.  I removed one section of the door repainted the wood going from a dark brown paint to a bright white primer and latex paint.  The door had five recessed panels with molding and I had an idea to fill it with something.  Something soft.

So I cut five 2" thick pieces of foam, backed them with cardboard, and covered them with a sage damask fabric that matches the wall color, a great contrast.  All using hot glue.  Lastly, I hot glued them into the recessed panels.