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TWIG Newsletter ~ November/December 2015

As we wind down the season, it is always a good feeling for me,knowing that I will have some much needed downtime. But this year, it is a little different. This year,as of October 30, TWIG Horticultural Consulting LLC was sold to my friend and co-worker Sam Perron, AOLCP. I am looking forward to being in Eastport full time with my husband Laszlo. We will be concentrating on running our business The Way It Grows in Maine and developing our educational permaculture farm in Pembroke Maine.

To all of TWIG's current clients, you will be notified in February as usual about the upcoming season. Sam worked with me all season long to get familiar with TWIG's contracted clients. We both felt that a full season of transitioning from one owner to the next would be the best for all involved.

The email address will stay the same The 603.529.9634 number will still be valid, but the 603.491.9929 number will not. If you call that number, it will have Sam's cell phone number in message. Sam's cell phone is 603.553.9727. The billing address will change and will appear on all invoices sent from Sam. Any outstanding invoices from before October 30th should be sent to the address on the invoice.

Sam and I worked hard on making the transition easy on our clients and we will continue to communicate should the need arise. Some of you may be in certain phases of a design, and I will be available to accommodate any needs you may have. I will be visiting periodically and will be available to assist Sam if need be. I know that most of you have gotten to know Sam over the last few months, and I hope that you will continue using TWIG for your horticultural needs. Sam is developing a native plant nursery, something that I always wanted to do, and will be in the near future in Maine.

For those of you in Eastport Maine, nothing will change, we are going to be available full time next season. The number is still 207.922.9735 and my cell is still the same for now, 603.491.9929. The Way It Grows Eastport will be sending out a newsletter soon. If you are in Maine, please email to get on the list. I would remain on both lists, for great information will come your way!

I have truly given so much of myself to TWIG over the past ten years, I am pleased to be able to turn it over to someone who has the same passion for organic gardens as I do. Thanks for everything, bee happy and bee well, I will forever be grateful for my time with you.

PS  if your ever up in Downeast Maine look me up!

New Owner of TWIG - Sam Perron, AOLCP

I am very excited and so grateful for the opportunity to be doing what I love. Paula has been a great mentor for me and has created an awesome organization. The environment, gardening and the outdoors are serious passions of mine and I now have the ability to combine them! I look forward to helping people create and maintain outdoor spaces that will enhance their lives, and hopefully the ecosystem.

I am open to new ideas and suggestions, and I'm very open to and interested in edible landscaping, ecosystem support and 'restorative' land care--basically using natives and/or any plants that support insects, birds and wildlife in general. However, I am also an artist by nature and love garden design and envisioning beautiful and serene gardens and landscapes.

I have a particular passion for shrubs and trees and adding dimension to landscapes. I believe that, like ground covers, small trees and shrubs are often underused in landscapes. There are so many heights, shapes, flowers, types of foliage, etc. and they are so low maintenance once they're established.

We are very excited to start our small nursery, here at TWIG's new location in New Boston. We have several native shrubs that have beautiful blooms as well as great berries to support the birds, such as Elderberries, Dogwoods, Hawthorns and Crab Apples. We're also building our inventory of edible shrubs and trees, like Hazelnuts, Black Walnuts, Chestnuts, Cranberry, Currants, and we'll be ordering lots more this winter. Many of these also have health and medicinal qualities, and we'll be sharing those with you in future articles.

We'll also be developing some new and exciting components of the business next season. We'll be chipping lots of brush and branches, making our own organic mulch, with lots of nutrients to add to gardens. We'll also be making lots of wonderful compost. I'll talk about these in future newsletters—the benefits of this kind of mulch versus pine bark mulch, etc. I will also tell you more about who I'm referring to when I say 'we'. We have some really great people working with TWIG next season—stay tuned! Happy winter!

Poinsettias are Poisonous!

Poinsettias are poisonous
you would need to eat more than 500 leaves for you to get sick.

There has never been a documented death from poinsettia poisoning.

They are mildly toxic to cats and dogs and again, they will not die from ingesting a leaf or two.

Name This Fruit Tree


Email with your answer! The American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation

Propagating Trees from Hardwood Cuttings

Propagating Trees There are many trees that you can take cuttings from this winter and propagate into your own trees. Propagation is species specific and it is imperative that you know the best way to make new trees from old. Cuttings will guarantee the tree to be true (seeds will revert back to the mother plant in hybrids; will stay true to seed in straight species). Experiment!  Here is a list of woody plants that you may have in your yard, that you could propagate this winter. All are environmentally friendly and N indicates native.

  • Ilex (Holly)
  • Ilex (Winterberry) N
  • Juniperus spp. Some species are N
  • Nyssa (Tupelo), N
  • Ostrya (Hop Hornbeam), N
  • Populus (Poplar or Aspen), N
  • Salix (Willow) Some species are N
  • Sorbus (Mountain Ash) N

What you will need:

  • Sharp Bypass Pruners
  • Container – Reused nursery pots 2 gallon size is best.
  • Organic Seed Starting Mix or Coast of Maine Potting Soil mixed with sand (½ & ½)
  • Label, Sharpy

Step one: Identify the species. If it is one of the above, winter cuttings will work. If it is not, do your research to see what specific type of propagation works best. Some will need cuttings taken in mid summer, some early spring, etc. It is species specific. The book recommendation in this newsletter is a great book to have on hand.

Step two: Take the cutting, right above a node, which is a point of attachment (bud), at an angle, from the current years growth. See pic. Cutting must have at least two buds, preferably 3 or more. Length can vary between species. Take only from healthy branches, with visible healthy buds. The twigs will root at the nodes, so the more nodes you have the better chances of roots forming. Remove terminal buds and any remnants of leaves (evergreens included).

Step three: Place cuttings 3” apart in potted seed starting mix, covering the twig entirely. Water thoroughly (when water is coming out the drainage hole, it is sufficiently watered) and put in a place that is no more than 60 degrees in temp. Sunlight is not needed. Keep watered and hopefully by spring you will have some rooted cuttings that can be placed outside (plant with roots in ground and tip with a few exposed buds above the soil) in a nursery to grow for another year or two, before placing in the landscape.

This is a great project for the kids during the winter. Increase your biodiversity in your yard, ask your neighbors and friends what they might have in their yard to propagate. For further information on the subject, schedule a Propagation Talk with TWIG!

Wetlands on Your Property? Design with Natives!

There are laws against removing trees and understory plantings from your property if you are near a wetland. Instead of removing, try adding native species that could give you some variety and color throughout the year. The following is a list of native wetland plants that will attract wildlife and add diversity to your landscape. By increasing diversity, we increase functioning ecosystems which only benefit our gardens by keeping nature in balance. Consider using natives and remove any invasive species before hand. Make sure to not plant near your leach field. Roots will reach for the 'waste matter' and can damage the field.

  • Acer rubrum – Red Maple
  • Acer negundo – Box Elder
  • Amelanchier canadensis – Shadblow, Serviceberry
  • Aronia arbutifolia – Red Chokeberry
  • Betula nigra – River Birch
  • Betula populifolia – Gray Birch
  • Clethra alnifolia – Summersweet
  • Cornus alternifolia – Alternate Leaved Dogwood
  • Cornus sericea – Redosier Dogwood
  • Hamamelis virginiana – Witch Hazel
  • Ilex verticillata - Winterberry
  • Nyssa sylvatica – Black Gum, Tupelo
  • Quercus palustris – Pin Oak
  • Salix discolor – Pussy Willow

Learn to identify what you have on your property. TWIG's next walk on Native and Invasive Species is in June. Details will be forthcoming. Or have us identify what you have on your property, both the good and the bad.

If your wetland is not a designated wetland by the State of NH, please remember still follow the laws. Destroying wetlands destroys wildlife habitats. For current laws go to

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