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Weekend Gardening Tasks To Do Outside!

By: Lisa Briggs | March 26th, 2020 Remember March 1st? Calm winds. 52 degrees. Definitely lamb weather! And the forecast for the 31st doesn’t look particularly lion-like. Though early spring weather is fickle, we count on April to be a more golden month. Don’t you...

Care Tips For Your Outdoor Furniture

By: Lisa Briggs | March 26th, 2020 After a few seasons on your deck or patio, your outdoor furniture may begin to show some wear and tear. Especially if you aren’t doing regular maintenance. No matter the material, good quality pieces are manufactured with outdoor use...

Forcing Shrubs & Tree Branches for Indoor Blooms

By: Lisa Briggs | March 12th, 2020 A beautiful vase of flowers is a perfect remedy for chasing away the late winter blues. Traditional forcing bulbs, like amaryllis, paperwhites, and hyacinth may still be going strong, but they won’t last much longer. And all we...

Ask The Experts: Spring Gardening Tips

By: Lisa Briggs | March 12th, 2020 As winter recedes, each sign of spring seems more symbolic than the last. And the season’s teasing tone always makes us a little crazy. We’re longing for thunderstorms instead of snow showers. The sandhill crane’s raspy call or the...

Early Spring Houseplant Care Tips

By: Lisa Briggs | February 26th, 2020 Thank goodness for last weekend as it seems so long since we’d felt the sun’s warmth. We hope that you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. And even though, it seems that we are back into a gloomy stretch,...

From Wintry Chill to Spring Fever!

By: Lisa Briggs | February 25th, 2020 Unlike the incredible disappearing snowstorm of earlier this week, the forecasters do seem to agree that March is coming in like a lamb. Finding consensus about past weather events is tricky because our memories can be so...

The Language of Flowers

By: Lisa Briggs | February 12th, 2020 Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Bruce Company! Have you wondered why red roses are the go-to flower for Valentine’s Day giving? Or why white calla lilies are in so many traditional bridal bouquets? The answers to these...

Our February Gardening Checklist!

By: Lisa Briggs | February 12th, 2020 If you’ve already started some plants from seed, those baby seedlings may be growing like Jack’s beanstalks. Be sure that you check them every day and observe their progress. Water whenever the soil surface is dry to the touch and...

The Gardener’s Guide to Pruning Like a Pro!

By: Lisa Briggs | January 30th, 2020 The frantic pace of the holidays has a way of giving in to the quiet contemplation of mid-winter, making it a great time to settle in and nurture some spring projects. And the recent snowy weather certainly lends itself to...

How To Properly Grow Seedlings During Mid-Winter

By: Lisa Briggs | January 30th, 2020 The forecast for the next couple of weekends is pretty mild, making them perfect for crossing a few mid-winter gardening chores off our lists. We hope that you’ll have a chance to get out and do a little pruning and clean-up. And...
Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Given the interest in growing our own food, one resolution that many gardeners are considering is to start a compost pile. Not only will composting reduce your carbon footprint, but using the homegrown stuff will save you money.

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Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s a relief to direct our energy inward for a little while and focus on some new projects. Winter is such a great time to make plans for the future. You can gather the courage to put those gardening lessons learned last summer into practice.

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The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

Have you ever wondered how some of them got started? The origin of the Christmas tree is well documented. The modern version originated in Germany and spread to the United States in the 1820s with the influx of European immigrants.

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Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and happy in rooms sparkling with bright lights, views of any impending storms softened by steamy windows. This time of year we gather together to celebrate family and friends. But don’t forget your indoor gardening chores.

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Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting above-average snowfall for the lower Great Lakes region, so the past week is a portent of weather to come. The snow will make it difficult to get those bulbs in but stop into the Garden Center to save 50% on remaining tulips and daffodils and ask the Plant Information Desk for bulbs forcing instructions.

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