10 Essential Spring Gardening Tips

By |2019-08-14T09:17:09-05:00April 13th, 2019|Information|

10 Essential Spring Gardening Tips Follow the 10 tips outlined below for a welcoming garden that’s filled with color and fragrance. 1. Survey the Yard Make note of any tree limbs that should be removed, especially those that overhang structures. Hire an arborist to maintain large trees. Cut down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms. Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing. 2. Order Tools and Plants Tune up tools so everything is ready when things start growing. Make note of what is missing, and order tools for the new growing season. Choose new plants for the garden. Order perennials, trees, and shrubs for spring planting. 3. Get Ready to Mow Send the mower and leaf blower for servicing, or if you have the right tools, sharpen the mower blades yourself. Refill your mower with oil, install fresh spark plugs, and lubricate moving parts if necessary. Clear the lawn of winter debris, and look for areas that need reseeding before mowing. 4. Prune Trees and Shrubs Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once [...]

Seeds – Hybrid, Open Pollinated & Heirloom

By |2019-08-14T09:21:11-05:00April 4th, 2019|Information|

Hybrids A hybrid results from the controlled pollination of one genetically uniform variety with the pollen from another genetically uniform variety. A grower (seed company or hybridizer) chooses male and female parents with specific traits and characteristics to produce a brand new offspring variety. Parents may be selected for disease resistance, earliness, unformity, color or flavour depending on the qualities sought after for the new variety. The pollination is done by hand, and it is very labor intensive to produce the quantities of seed needed for mass marketing. That is one reason that hybrid seed is usually more expensive than open-pollinated varieties. […]

Seeds you should be starting now (or soon) & Tips for Success

By |2019-08-14T09:25:42-05:00January 31st, 2019|Information|

It’s not too early to begin thinking about spring planting. Starting certain seeds indoors will help encourage a strong, healthy plant when it’s time to move them outside and to get a jump on the season. Keep in mind; seed starting is not an easy process, it will take patience and trial and error to get it right. However, the results are well worth the time and effort, and once you get the hang of sowing seedlings indoors, your garden is sure to flourish. […]

Gardening Terms – what does that even mean?

By |2018-11-29T15:20:57-05:00August 13th, 2018|Information|

If you are new to gardening, don’t let these words intimidate you! As you grow and read more and get experience, these words will be integrated seamlessly into your own vocabulary. If you’ve been teetering getting started, let me tell you something: experience is your best teacher Good luck! Failure teaches you and success encourages you! […]

Open Pollinated, Heirloom or Hybrid, What is the difference?

By |2018-11-29T15:19:46-05:00August 10th, 2018|Information|

Open-pollination is when pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. This can cause a greater amount of variation within plant populations, which allows plants to slowly adapt to local growing conditions and climate year-to-year. As long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year. […]

Tomato Plant Problems Explained

By |2019-07-09T14:07:41-05:00July 26th, 2018|Information|

TOMATO PLANT PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX If you had any issues with your Tomatoes during this last season, or having any problems now, this info and chart might be helpful. It is important to be able to identify and treat the common Tomato plant ailments that might crop up. […]

Fertilizing made simple

By |2018-11-29T15:26:49-05:00July 24th, 2018|Fertilizing, Information|

Fertilizing Biweekly is one of the most important things you can do to help ensure a successful gardening season! And our sprayer makes it easier than ever! Add 3 scoops of any of our fertilizers to the sprayer. Add 6 scoops liquid seaweed and fill with water to top line of sprayer. Add 1 scoop wetting agent. Attach hose and spray till empty. You've fertilized! Watering Can Instructions

What Causes Twisted Carrots

By |2018-11-28T14:44:33-05:00March 28th, 2018|Information|

Carrots are a root vegetable with a characteristic long-pointed edible root. Deformed carrots can be caused by a variety of problems and may be forked, bumpy or otherwise misshapen. These carrots are usually edible, although the core may become woody and slightly bitter. In fact, many of the baby carrots you purchase as snacks are just whittled down deformed carrots. When you find carrots forked and deformed, it may be cultural, insect or even disease related. Learn what causes these deformities in carrots and what easy controls to apply for healthy, sweet vegetables. […]