Plant Pumpkins Now For Halloween

Monday, June 18th, 2018

If you have a family tradition of gathering around the table to carve plump, orange pumpkins on Halloween, it’s not too late to plant your own. Growing pumpkins isn’t too difficult as long as you’ve got the right circumstances and conditions and provide them with proper care in the months leading up to late October. If you want to grow your own pumpkins in time for Halloween, we’ll guide you through the simple and rewarding process!
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Mulch Matters: 3 Very Good Reasons to Mulch Your Beds

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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If you’re just getting in to gardening, you may think mulch is simply a way to make a garden bed look orderly and neat. While this is certainly a great benefit of mulching your beds, the real reasons are far greater for your plants than they are for the aesthetics of your garden. Besides the clean look mulch gives your garden, here are three very good reasons to incorporate mulch into your garden beds.
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8 Essential Peppers for Summer Gardens

Monday, June 11th, 2018
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If you want to add a touch of homegrown heat to your summertime recipes, here’s a list of our favorite peppers to grow in a home garden. For best results, peppers should be started indoors, about eight to ten weeks prior to last frost. However, most types of peppers are quick to grow and begin to produce fruits, so as long as you have eight to twelve weeks before cool weather rolls into town, you can grow your own hot peppers outdoors with little to no issues. Peppers are lovers of the sun, so be sure to plant them in an area that receives at least six to ten hours of direct sun per day. As your pepper plants begin to blossom, pinch off early growth to produce a higher yield and larger peppers.
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Gardeners’ Best-Kept Secret on How to Make Your Whole Garden Deer-Resistant

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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Deer: KEEP OUT!
If Bambi likes to chow down on your vegetable plants and maybe strip your rose buds before they open, here’s great news.

Years ago, the second spring after I had just created a new garden with expensive rose bushes and a big vegetable patch, it happened. Deer arrived very early one morning, and had a great feast eating all my young vegetables and stripping all the tender buds from my roses. Of course, I had heard of deer damage for years, but it had never happened to me. They even ate my emerging clematis vines right to the ground, and when that happens, they never come up until the following spring. If deer (or rabbits) are hungry, tender new growth is their favorite meal.

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6 Breathtaking Gardens to Add to Your Bucket List

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Some of us travel to visit exotic beaches, while others traverse the globe to experience historical sites or sporting events. In most major cities around the world, as well as some hidden gems off the beaten path, breathtaking gardens are often hidden in plain sight. In cities like New York City, San Francisco, Beijing, and Copenhagen, botanic gardens house hundreds of meticulously cared for flowers, shrubs, and trees, along with unique fountains and sculptures that make these gardens a botanical paradise that any gardener needs to visit at least once in their lives. Check out the list below to start planning your next trip!

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What Should I Plant with My Lettuce?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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Many of us know lettuce as the versatile leafy green used as a base for salads, a topping for sandwiches, and an occasional edible garnish. It’s mild crunch makes it the perfect companion for many dishes, and often adds a textural zing which enhances equal and opposite flavors and textures. Lettuce is grown on a worldwide scale on farms and in gardens of all sizes. The history of this leafy green can be traced all the ways back to Ancient Egypt, and was even described as a medicinal herb in some ancient texts. Changes in growing, packing, and storing procedures have allowed us to enjoy the fresh crisp of lettuce for longer periods of time, and have allowed it to be shipped over longer distances.

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You can thank Cortez for the Beefsteak Tomato.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
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News Flash:
You can thank Cortez for the Beefsteak Tomato.

Remember Hernando Cortez?  He’s the Spanish Conquistador you learned about in fifth grade who conquered Montezuma and the massive Aztec Empire in Mexico back in the early 1500s.  He and his soldiers arrived in Mexico, just a few years after the Columbus sailings. Cortez is not known as a really nice guy, but very successful.

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What’s your Phlox IQ?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
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Pssst:  There are only two important types.
And they’re totally different.

Ok. OK. There are others, but only two big ones for gardeners—one tall perennial, and one short annual, both easy, easy, easy to grow!  You’ll want them both.  Here they are:

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Planting Lilies in Spring

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
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Lilies are easy!

If you know the 2 major kinds,
that’s all you need to know.

I love Lilies, and who doesn’t?  But the names are confusing, right?  Well, no they’re really not.  If you just know the two major types, that’s all you need to know. But here’s the confusion.  The two types are named ASIATIC and ORIENTAL.  But even though both names speak of the Far East, the two types are completely different—different bloom times, different heights, and different looks, too.

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5 Favorite Vegetable Seeds

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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The numbers are in:
Customers’ Top Five Favorite Vegetables

I asked our Order Department for the results from all of 2017, and here are the winners. Out of the hundreds of varieties of vegetable seeds we carry, these are the top 5 winners. That means thousands and thousands of our customers are choosing them. But of course, with our selection, you’ll find all the favorites—51 famous Heirlooms, over 90 Organic varieties and over 100 that are “Direct Sow Seeds,” which means you plant them directly in your garden, and don’t have to germinate them indoors for a good crop. What’s more they’re all non-GMO. Here’s to a best-ever garden this coming year!………Linda

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Top Five Favorite Herbs to Plant

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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The numbers are in:
Customers’ Top Five Favorite Herbs

I asked our Order Department for the results from all of 2017, and here are the winners. Out of all the herbs we carry, these are the big winners. And why not? They’re some of the all-time tastiest and easy to grow. An herb garden only takes a few feet of space, and it’s always there when you’re ready to cook up a great meal. For a summer full of flavor, take your pick of the five faves:

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Top Five Flower Seeds

Monday, January 29th, 2018
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The numbers are in: Customers’ Top Five Favorites

I asked our Order Department for the results, and here they are.  Out of the hundreds of varieties of Flower Seeds we  carry, these are the big winners.  And why not?  They’re some of the all-time most beautiful flowers, most come in a rainbow of colors and are the easiest to grow.  For a summer full of color, take your pick of the three annuals here, and for even more color next year, the two perennials (Lavender and Echinacea.)

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A free internet visit to Keukenhof, the famous tulip garden in Holland

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
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There’s no other place like it on earth. And whether you’ve heard of the world-famous 79-acre Tulip Garden in Lisse, Holland or not, here’s your chance to have a great look at it all without leaving home. It’s named Keukenhof, (Kew’-ken-hoff) and is visited by more than 800,000 people during its 8-week opening in spring, when the tulips bloom. 7 million bulbs are planted each year.

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Celebrity Wildflowers

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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A few famous plants are named for celebrities, but not the celebrities you know.

If you read gardening books like I do, you pick up fascinating stories about plants.  Did you know there was a famous doctor and plant expert in Charleston, SC during the Colonial Period named Dr. Garden?  And did you know that when the Spanish Conquistadors sailed up our California coast after conquering Mexico, they saw the coastal hills clothed in gold, but it wasn’t the gold they were looking for, it was California Poppies!  Here are few celebrity stories about plants. Enjoy.

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Plant Lettuce, Kale and Other Cold Crops Right Now!

Monday, October 9th, 2017
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Hurry. It’s not too late!

Plant Lettuce, Kale and other cold crops right now, and surprise everybody at Thanksgiving with fresh greens from your garden.

Yes, it’s late, but not too late.  Most leaf lettuce and almost all kales love fall weather.  In fact, they prefer it to spring! If you haven’t put in fall greens, do it now.  We’ll ship your seed quickly.

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Now’s the Time: Plant Peonies and Hostas in Fall

Friday, October 6th, 2017
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Most all perennials are fine for fall planting.  But there are some that almost demand it–—like Peonies and Hostas.

Peonies, the big beautiful flowers that bloom in late spring, have very large roots which take time to develop.  An established peony root looks a lot like a bunch of carrots, except they aren’t orange!  Those big thick roots have plenty of time to grow all winter long when you plant in fall.  If you plant them in spring, they have to struggle to produce roots and flowers all at once.

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Paint your own Rembrandt

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
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Do you know about “Rembrandt Tulips?”  They’re some of the oldest of them all.  Named after the 16th Century hybrids which were some of the earliest efforts of the Dutch tulip growers, they are the ones that touched off “Tulipomania.”  It was an astonishing financial craze in Holland over the new bulb production industry which was just getting going.

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Plan Your Bulb Garden for Months of Bloom

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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This is a big deal with bulbs.  Most gardeners just pick the prettiest bulbs and plant them, ignoring their bloom times. That’s one reason the display is often lackluster.  Don’t do that.  Plan your choices based on when they bloom, not just your favorites. Because if you plan, you can have two or even three solid months of bulbs blooming in spring, and don’t worry, there are plenty of beauties from beginning to end.

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Remember King Alfred?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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When it comes to daffodils, King Alfred  was king of them all for decades, especially in the USA.  Just ask your mom or grandmother—they’ll remember King Alfred Daffodils, always the one to plant, famous since its introduction early in the 1900’s.

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“Naturalizing” Daffodils

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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“Naturalizing” is simply a big word meaning planting something outside the flower garden.  With daffodils, it’s usually in woodland, since they’ll be happy in any unprepared soil—yes, you can plant them anywhere, sun or shade, and in whatever soil is there (except in wet spots or under dense evergreens).

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Don’t Forget Hyacinths

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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Don’t forget Hyacinths, the bulbs with the big perfume, and an alluring history.

The “other” major bulb for spring glory is the Hyacinth. It was made famous by Madame Pompadour, Louis XV’s favorite mistress at Versailles from 1741 until her death. As history tells us, she was a woman who knew how to get men’s attention. From childhood, her mother schooled her to become the King’s mistress, and she did even better than that. After a few years with him, she was serving as the unnamed Prime Minister of France.
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Plant Wildflower Seeds in Fall

Monday, September 11th, 2017
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Don’t argue with Mother Nature.
Plant Wildflower Seeds in fall.

OK, most people plant them in spring, and that’s fine. But think about it. In the wild, when wildflowers “go to seed” after the flowers fade, that’s when the seed is dropped. It simply falls to the ground and waits for the cycle through winter to spring. So the naturally-planted seed is planted in fall, not in spring.

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Fall Flowers and the No. 1 Gardening Book All About Them

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Is your garden (and maybe the gardener) tired when fall rolls around?  Well, it’s historically the most typical thing among gardeners to sort of give up after August.  After all, you’ve already done a great job with your Tulips, Daffodils, Irises, Peonies, and maybe Roses, but that’s all about spring.  Then you labored over your summer flowers like Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Phlox, the Echinaceas, and others, but by late August, they’re about gone too.

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