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Herbs are such versatile plants. They can be used in foods and teas or as part of your landscape. The Growing Place has over 100 varieties to choose from. They can be grown in containers or in the ground. When harvested they can be used dried or used fresh. There are hundreds of ways and reasons to grow herbs—even the insect world uses herbs. Many butterfly species use herbs as host plants for their caterpillars. This spring we’ve already spotted some Eastern Black Swallowtails and Painted Ladies.

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Swallowtail on a Chive blossom
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One of the more common questions we get is what will bloom in the shade. We have some great answers for you!

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Wax Begonia
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Container Gardening is a wonderful starting point for many new gardeners, a way to create “special gardens” for others, or even a great place to plant edibles in containers right on your patio. Many of us with established gardens are finding that containers are a great way to introduce a beautifully planted architectural feature in the garden.

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Used in this container: Palm Cat, Coleus 'Kong Rose', Fuchsia Autumnale, New Guinea Impatiens, Fuchsia Upright, Fuchsia Trailing, and Lysimachia 'Goldilocks'
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There's nothing better than a BLT sandwich with a freshly picked tomato slice. Yum! Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! The key to great tomatoes is simple, they just need the right combination of sun, water, soil, nutrients and, of course, love. Here's how to do it:

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Choosing Your Site
Tomatoes need lots of sun. Make sure that the area you want to plant them gets a least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day, has good air circulation and well-drained soil. If growing tomatoes in the ground or in raised beds, it's a good idea to change the growing location within your garden each year to avoid soil-borne diseases. If you don't have a sunny spot in your gardens, you can plant some varieties containers and put it in a sunny spot on your porch or patio. Make sure your container has at least a 12”-18” diameter.

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When you fertilize you are adding nutrients back into soil that has been depleted. To add nutrients back into your soil, mix in organic matter like chopped up leaves, compost, and/or TGP Choice Garden Mix along with fertilizer to your flower beds and vegetable gardens.

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What do the numbers mean?

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Every spring we fall in love with so many plants it’s hard to choose our favorites! This week we’ve put together some of the trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that make great additions to your garden.

Perennials For Shady Spots

Bleeding Hearts offer lovely pink, heart-shaped blooms in spring but what is exceptional about Dicentra ‘Goldheart’ is its golden yellow-green leaves that can brighten a shady spot. Combine Goldheart with darker leaved Coral Bells (Latin name: Heuchera) for an eye-catching combination.

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Dicentra 'Goldheart'
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We know you are itching to get in the garden and you can! Now is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials and even some cool weather loving annuals and vegetables.*

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Kale!

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Nothing seems to say “springtime is truly here” as the sight of our native woodland wildflowers in full bloom. With a few exceptions, most of these elusive spring beauties are tied into the seasonal rhythms of their shady woodland homes. Early spring provides a short window when these alluring plants can be enjoyed, even if it is for what seems to be abrief minute. When the warmer temperatures arrive, most species will go dormant for the season. They bloom for just a few weeks, and then their leaves turn yellow and the plants disappear. These plants are called spring ephemerals.

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

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Spring is soooooo close! Our Saturday classes have been full of gardeners getting their creativity flowing and garden plans together in time for planting this year. Last Saturday’s classes were standing room only so we thought we’d share some highlights from both presentations: Native Plants for the Garden and Right Plant in the Right Place.

Why Plant Natives?

Native plants have evolved to survive our climate and can grow successfully in your garden when planted in the right place. Think of natives as planting for the birds, butterflies and bees, not only in the summer but also in winter. So many of the natives add interest and texture to our winter landscapes and are often a source of seed for birds year round. How wonderful would it be to lo...

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As you’re reading this it is officially spring according to our calendars. Though temps are lagging, the ground is thawing and I bet you’re wondering what’s new for your 2015 gardens. Our plant experts Mary Saba and Kyle Lambert revealed many of the new plants at our class last Saturday and some truly bear repeating! They also reminded us of many noteworthy plants that could be overlooked in a pot but can really add impact to our gardens.

Planting Determinates

Mary began discussing the proper locations, highlighting that each plant has primary and secondary determinants for identification of the proper location in your yard. Plants are tagged for sunlight (full sun, part shade, etc.) as a primary determinant. The secondary determinant is th...

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Tuesday 9:00am-7:00pm

 

Wednesday 9:00am-7:00pm

 

Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm

 

Friday 9:00am-7:00pm

 

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