Have you ever dreamed of owning your own grove of Christmas trees? Would you like to attract song birds and wildlife to your property? Do you have a view you’d like to screen or an eroding hillside you’d like to stabilize at low cost?
Well, you can do all of that and much more by ordering plants from the New Hampshire State Forestry Nursery. The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands operates this nursery to “provide customers with the highest quality, bare root seedlings for forestry, conservation and education purposes at attractive prices.”
And the prices certainly are attractive; Where else can you buy 2 year old, 6-12″ Rugosa Rose seedlings for $1.00 each? Bulk quantities cost even less, with 100 seedlings selling for $60.00. These roses are among the toughest known, and are excellent for hedgerows and erosion control. The very fragrant, pink or white blossoms give way to bright red rose hips which attract birds and other wildlife.
Though Rosa Rugosa is not a New Hampshire native, much of what is sold at the New Hampshire State Forestry Nursery is. Whether these plants are native or not, all are grown from seed in New Hampshire and will do well here.
They sell many varieties of conifer and hardwood trees, native and non native shrubs and grapes, and mixed variety packages, such as their songbird / wildlife package. Don’t wait too long though; Balsam Fir and Hemlock seedlings have already sold out for 2011.
There isn’t enough room here to list all of the different plants sold by the New Hampshire State Forestry Nursery, so if you’re interested in their plants you should visit their website. Just click on “NH Forestry Dept. Nursery” under favorite links to the right.
Keene Farmers Market opens this Tuesday, May 3. Hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays 9-2 through October.
Another under used resource is the Keene Farmers Market. Located on Gilbo Ave. behind the Colonial theater, the market sells everything from fresh herbs and vegetables to local cheeses, breads and crafts. Cut flowers, bedding plants; you name it, it can be found there. The only place you’ll find fresher herbs and vegetables is in your own garden.
Please pay the market a visit and support your local farmers and crafts people.