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Early Summer Gardening Tips

Late May is a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yards looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. The spring weather has certainly been very interesting. The ups. The downs. And all of that rain, which has probably set us up for a fungal battle...

Grub Control

It’s almost June and many gardeners’ most hated day of the entire summer will soon be here-the annual emergence of the dreaded Japanese Beetles. Not much has changed for treatment of adult beetles, but there are a couple of really good options for...

Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Butter

Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons oil-packed sundries-tomatoes, drained and chopped 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced Black pepper, to taste Directions In a bowl, using a hand mixer (or by hand with...

our tips for planting success

‘Tis the season of issuing store credits on trees and shrubs that failed to establish. It can be demoralizing, both for the Plant Desk staff and customers no matter how much gardening experience they have. No one wants to kill plants, but we all do at one...

Lawn Care ABC’s

This spring’s alternating warm and cool temperatures have been great for seeding lawns and the frequent rains have helped with germination as long as they weren’t hard enough to wash out your seed. If you have bare or thin spots in your lawn, follow these...

Strawberry Peach Springtime Pie

Ingredients 1 Cup sugar 1/3 Cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp salt 4 Cups sliced fresh peaches (3 to 4 large) 2 Cups sliced fresh strawberries (1 pint) 2 tsp lemon juice Milk, enough for brushing on 2 Tbsp blanched almonds 2 tsp...

Spring Gardening Tips

“Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change.” These words are can certainly be applied to the weather this spring. The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating between the urge to...

hummingbirds are here again

Our Perennial Buyer saw this spring’s first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds just a couple of days ago. They zoomed past her cats on their way to a fuschia she had conveniently brought home that day. We haven’t seen any at the Garden Center yet, but should now...

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Ingredients non-stick cooking spray 8 slices bacon ¾ cup hot buffalo sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot ¼ cup cream cheese, at room temperature ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese 1½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken half a stick celery, chopped ¼ cup green onions,...

Spring Gardening 101

Now that it seems as though spring has finally sprung, gardeners will be making their lists and checking them twice. No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end. Since the outdoor chores that must be done conflict with more...
Early Summer Gardening Tips

Early Summer Gardening Tips

Late May is a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yards looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. The spring weather has certainly been very interesting. The ups. The downs. And all of that rain, which has probably set us up for a fungal battle royale.

read more
Grub Control

Grub Control

It’s almost June and many gardeners’ most hated day of the entire summer will soon be here-the annual emergence of the dreaded Japanese Beetles. Not much has changed for treatment of adult beetles, but there are a couple of really good options for controlling the grub stage.

read more
Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Butter

Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Butter

Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons oil-packed sundries-tomatoes, drained and chopped 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced Black pepper, to taste Directions In a bowl, using a hand mixer (or by hand with...

read more
our tips for planting success

our tips for planting success

It sometimes seems that there are secret tricks to successfully establishing trees and shrubs in your landscape. It isn’t that magical though. Most plants will thrive if they’re given the right growing conditions.

read more
Lawn Care ABC’s

Lawn Care ABC’s

This spring’s alternating warm and cool temperatures have been great for seeding lawns and the frequent rains have helped with germination as long as they weren’t hard enough to wash out your seed.

read more
Strawberry Peach Springtime Pie

Strawberry Peach Springtime Pie

Ingredients 1 Cup sugar 1/3 Cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp salt 4 Cups sliced fresh peaches (3 to 4 large) 2 Cups sliced fresh strawberries (1 pint) 2 tsp lemon juice Milk, enough for brushing on 2 Tbsp blanched almonds 2 tsp...

read more
Spring Gardening Tips

Spring Gardening Tips

Many gardeners use Mother’s Day weekend as permission from Mother Nature to plant all of their tender annuals and vegetables. But keep your ears tuned to your favorite forecaster.

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Spring Gardening 101

Spring Gardening 101

No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end. Since the outdoor chores that must be done conflict with more pleasurable activities, it may be hard to know where to start.

read more

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