Gardening freebies: trees and perennials (Apr. 3 and 4)

March 31, 2009

Today’s tip is this: Plant something the damn rabbits won’t eat! I never had rabbit problems growing up on the ranch in North Dakota … why do I have them here, in the heart of St. Louis City?!!??!? It’s driving me a little crazy — I feel like Elmer Fudd. So, I’m tempted to get another tree, just because I know it would survive better than my spinach, lettuce, peas, radishes and tulips! DEER are not a problem in my neighborhood.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s marking the state’s Arbor Day on Friday (April 3) by giving away 400 saplings: Willow oak (Quercus phellos), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), pawpaw (Asimina triloba) and fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) will be available at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or while supplies last. I really, really, really want a pawpaw.  (To be convinced yourself, read this old USA Today article! There’s more info about the event and the trees in this online press release.

If your gardening fancy leans more toward perennials, this month’s Fox 2 Children’s Garden Club meeting is for you.  The Great Perennial Divide takes place Saturday (April 4) at Sherwood’s Forest on Barrett Station Road, just off Manchester in West County.  Next month (May 2), the 10-year-old club turns its attention to vegetables.

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3 Responses to “Gardening freebies: trees and perennials (Apr. 3 and 4)”

  1. Charles J Taft Says:

    I’m guessing your dad might have used a shotgun now and again??

  2. mom22kids Says:

    Yeah, the hubby has mentioned a .22 once or twice … Just don’t tell the neighbors! 🙂

  3. Charles J Taft Says:

    Well, really early in the morning? Do you have a Hassenpfeffer )sp?) recipe? Good luck! We have same problem.

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