Franklin Garden Club/Hardy Plant Society

Love to Garden?

Interested in meeting your neighbors that share that interest?  Drop in and help us grow!  The Franklin Garden Club meets monthly.  Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library (please call first as meetings have been postponed). If you are interested in joining come to a meeting or for more information call the Library at 642-6207.

The Hardy Plant Society of New England (CT Chapter) is also always looking for new members. The Hardy Plant Society is “a gathering of plant enthusiasts. We love plants from the tiniest herbaceous alpine to immense trees and all plants in-between. HPS members strive to cultivate and promote interest in plants that are hardy.” Interested? Membership dues are $40 a year and include meetings via zoom and all programs (non-members are $10 a program/meeting). You can see a list of upcoming events and learn more by clicking HERE for their Facebook page.


From Meghan Shann at Horticulture Magazine

Seeds to Sow in the Garden In Spring

Afraid you missed the boat on starting seeds for a vegetable garden because you didn’t start any indoors earlier this season? Never fear. Some vegetables are perfectly happy to be sown outdoors, directly into garden soil or large containers in the spring. Here are a few of Horticulture’s favorites to direct sow:

Pole beans can be seeded once the soil warms up.

Pole beans can be seeded once the soil warms up.


Seeds of bush beans and pole beans should be sown outside when the soil has warmed and dried. Both types are easy to plant and quick to sprout, but bush beans mature more quickly overall. Beans do not like cold, damp soil and will rot in those conditions. Wait until after the last frost to sow bean seeds.


Beet seeds can be sown once the soil has warmed to above 50 degrees. They may sprout slowly, but the process can be hastened by soaking the seeds in water overnight before planting them. Once the seed germinates, beets grow quickly. They prefer cool weather and can also be sown in late summer as a fall crop.


Cucumbers can be started indoors or outdoors. They like warm weather and grow rapidly once it arrives. If you’re sowing cucumber seed in the garden, wait until after the last frost.


Sow lettuce seeds in the garden once the soil temperature remains between 40 and 50 degrees (F). Lettuce loves the cool temps of spring. Seed can also be sown in late summer for a fall crop.


Sow radish seeds outside when the soil temp remains above 45 degrees. They mature quickly and they’ll loosen the soil as they develop. Because spring radishes grow so quickly, you can sow seed every couple of weeks until the weather turns hot.