, Salem, MA


March 28, 2014

North Shore Gardener: A natural root growth stimulant


Don’t be in too much of a hurry to plant these begonias outdoors. Wait until the soil warms up, and you’ll be on the way to a beautiful display.

This week’s dirt: Spring Proverbs

“March comes in like a lion, but goes out like a lamb...”

“When deer reappear, spring is near...”

“When maple syrup fire’s smoke goes straight up, weather will be mild...”

“When pine needles sweat, spring’s an early bet...”

“If the snowdrifts face north, spring will come early...”

“Trees split their bark, it will be a warm, dry spring...”

“Spring has come when you can put your foot on three daisies...”

North Shore Gardener by Barbara Barger of Beverly is a feature of Friday’s Lifestyles section. Reach Barbara by email at or write to her c/o The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Previous North Shore Gardener columns can be found at

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