Vinegar & gin and other fun gardening tips from DINE innkeepers

Flowers in bloom at Manor On Golden PondIf April showers bring May flowers, you can look forward to abundant gardens at DINE member inns this summer. We’re closing in on May and we certainly know there have been no shortage of April showers in the backyards of DINE member inns.  The good news is that means that May flowers are not too far behind!  We’re in the thick of gardening season at the inns and no doubt in your home too.  That’s why we thought  these gardening tips from New England’s distinctive inns would come in handy right about now. 

From Jane at the Deerfield Inn: In the fall, dig three times more crocus bulbs than you think you need into the lawn, so chipmunks can enjoy some and you can enjoy the rest sprinkling the lawn with color in the spring.

From Judy at the Chesterfield Inn: Plant plenty of mint and rosemary in the herb garden-they look great and smell great in bouquets with cut flowers.

From Jill at Captain’s House Inn:

  • Using a rain gauge will help you from overwatering your lawn.  You only need to water about 3/4″ to 1″ per week.  Try to water as early in the day as possible and as infrequently as possible.
  • To keep your plants flowering, remember to deadhead

From Mary Ellen at Manor On Golden Pond: Kill weeds with a natural toddy of 1 ounce of white vinegar, 1 ounce of inexpensive gin, and 8 ounces of water. Pour on the weeds and say good-bye. No sipping allowed until done.

From Rosemary at the Gateways Inn: We have a Mother’s Day Brunch here at the Inn, and decorate the tables with potted herb plants as centerpieces. The Mother at each table gets to take it home for planting in her garden. Try it at your house!