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Growing season close at hand

Are you in a hurry to clear away any and all signs of winter from your lawn and gardens?

While the left-over plant debris from last year may be an eyesore to you, it is actually a home to many beneficial insects that bury themselves under plant debris to wait out the winter and only begin to emerge once the days begin to warm up.

Waiting an extra week to clean up your gardens may just save these valuable resources that are a key to the success of having a healthy garden. Soon the sun will warm up the earth in our gardens and we’ll be growing once again.

Are you worried that you haven’t planted your tomato seeds or other veggies yet? No need to fret, you still have time to get your seeds planted and have a bountiful harvest this growing season.

In fact, if you solely rely on the growing power from the sun for your seedlings, you may notice that when you plant earlier, they tend to get leggy and have weak stems this is because they are stretching to reach for the light. A later planting date for your veggie seeds may help you produce a stockier, healthier plant. If an earlier planting is required, the addition of a small grow light may help to give your seedlings the boost they need to produce strong, healthy stalks.

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Did you know that Monday, April 22 is Earth Day?

It is a day marked to celebrate Earth, which we are so very fortunate to live on and to help bring attention to the daily impact our actions have on the environment.

Whether you pick up litter, donate clothes you no longer wear, clean up your property or even plant a tree, any and all of these activities and so many more like this help to limit our impact on the environment and help to make the Earth a better place for many generations to come.

If the weather is unfavourable or if you are unable to participate this weekend, we welcome you to choose another day that is more convenient for you and help us to make Earth Day an everyday event, by helping to take care of our community!

The Town of Amherst, Cumberland Central Landfill, Communities in Bloom and The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up have joined together in a collaborative effort to support and encourage all who live, work, and play in Amherst to get out and pick up litter to help tidy up Amherst.

Students and businesses are challenged to clean up around their school grounds and workplace. Friends, families, service clubs and community groups are encouraged to participate in cleaning up an area around town or in your neighbourhood that requires a little TLC.

As part of the Community Clean Up event on Saturday, April 20, bags for the litter pick up, a battery drop off box for safe disposal of your old and used batteries, and vouchers for a compost giveaway for those involved in the clean up will be available at Amherst Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Show us your Earth Love! We are asking for individuals, groups and businesses to send us your litter pickup pictures or share with us what you are doing to help celebrate Earth and how you are making a difference within your community for a chance to win a prize!

Photo entries can be submitted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via our Amherst Recreation Facebook page.

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Did you know that Amherst now has an active Communities in Bloom committee?

Communities in Bloom focuses on using green initiatives to help improve and enhance our green spaces through community involvement and volunteer efforts.

It provides communities with an active network of like-minded communities who are striving to see their own communities thrive. Communities participate with other communities within their population category either provincially, nationally or internationally.

Judges evaluate the communities based on six criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Some benefits that have been seen throughout other communities involved are an increase in civic pride and community involvement, increase in tourism and economic development, and an improved quality of life.

For more information, please call (902) 667-6500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have questions, community events and information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Thursday, April 18 -10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Adult Pickleball - YMCA
  • Saturday, April 20 – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs- Park Your Paws
  • Monday April 22 - Earth Day
  • Sunday, April 28 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Amherst Lions Club - Amherst Lioness Spring Fashion Show