The Growing Place

We are proud to announce that both our children have joined us at The Growing Place and will be learning and growing with us. As many of you already know, Michael has been an integral part of The Growing Place for some years and Becca for about a year, learning the ins and outs of The Growing Place. Some of you have known them since they were little. If you have, be sure to stop by and tell them so!

We received many positive and helpful suggestions from last fall's customer survey. We value your input greatly and are implementing the advice where we can. Many of you mentioned our peaceful garden atmosphere. We love it too! Stop by often to experience their ever-changing beauty.

We’ve planned more activities and classes at our Naperville location.

We've added a Downton Abbey Flower Faire in July, a Beer and BBQ Day in August for our Growing Rewards members and…a monthly 'Garden to Table' culinary series featuring our favorite recipes and tips.

We've incorporated many kid friendly activities into our events and classes We've added more 'Make & Take' garden craft classes throughout the year. They have been a popular way for gardeners to add a little personality to their gardens.

Thank you and happy gardening!
Rich and Carol Massat

April 17, 2014

Plant It Right This Spring

planttoolsgenAfter this past winter we are so ready to be outside and gardening! As you pick out your flowers, shrubs and trees, take a little time to plant them right. Give your plants a great start and they’ll reward you with months, if not years of gardening pleasure.

Make sure you are planting the right plant in the right place!  Full sun plants need at least six to eight hours of sun, part sun plants thrive in four to six hours and full shade plants grow in four hours or less of sun. Consider your soil moisture and drainage where you plan to plant.  Some plants thrive in consistently moist soils, some prefer dry and some like to be well drained.  The Growing Place Sales Associates are good resources if you have any questions on the culture a plant prefers. (more…)

April 10, 2014

Saving Time (and Sanity) in the Garden

redchaircroppedWe love vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees, but we may not love the time it takes to maintain them. To truly enjoy your garden this year, take a little time to think about your expectations for your yard and what you want to get out of it.

Planning Edibles

If you’re doing a vegetable patch, grow the crops your family likes best. This way you’re not spending precious time and resources on food that goes uneaten. Decide what to start from seed and what to purchase as plants. If your family loves salads, plan on starting new crops of quick-growing lettuces from seed every couple of weeks for a fresh supply. For crops that take longer to ripen, like tomatoes, sometimes it’s worth it to begin with plants so you get fruit sooner. Love herbs for cooking? Herbs are undemanding in the garden and many do well in containers. Place them right outside your kitchen door or near the grill for easy harvesting. Most herbs are rabbit resistant, so they can be excellent groundcover options or planted throughout your beds. (more…)

April 7, 2014

Bare Root Trees for 2014 Now In!

Redbud in bloom

Redbud in bloom

Bare root plants are lightweight, easy to handle, transport and plant.  They often adapt quickly and begin growing right away. Check out the list of bare root trees now available. Quantities are limited. Please call the Tree and Shrub Department at either location to reserve your tree. Trees should be planted immediately (planting instructions included). Planting services are available for a fee. Bare root trees are warranted for one year for the purchase price. Click on the tree name for more details. (more…)

April 3, 2014

Welcoming Birds This Spring

robin drinkingOur world is loud with birds returning or migrating through. A welcome sign of spring, attract birds to your yard and keep them healthy and happy, with these tips:

  • Clean and scrub your bird feeders, houses, and baths with a 10% bleach solution. This removes leftover winter detritus and reduces the chances of passing on parasites and diseases.
  • Keep feeding birds if you are already. Birds are returning or migrating through and need precious calories to make the journey. (more…)

March 20, 2014

How to Plant Bare Root Trees

Bare root trees are a great way to plant a tree as it is easy to spread the roots correctly and judge proper planting depth. Because the roots are in direct contact with the soil, bare root trees start growing quickly and do not require additional amendments. Here’s a step-by-step guide to planting a bare root tree correctly. (more…)

March 13, 2014

Pruning Roses in Spring

Late March is the time to examine shrub roses and uncover tea, floribunda and grandiflora roses as temperatures rise above 40 degrees. This keeps fungal diseases from getting a head start. For shrub roses, look for winter-killed canes or rabbit damage. Rabbit damage resembles clean cuts, as if pruned, and roses are one of their favorite winter snacks. Winter-kill resembles dry, dark stems instead of woody or green canes. You can also trim off rose hips that were left for winter interest. (more…)

March 6, 2014

Pruning Hydrangeas in Spring

Endless Summer hydrangeaOne of the questions we get the most in spring is “How do I prune my hydrangea?”. It seems like we all have one somewhere in the yard adding much needed summer flowers and winter interest. There are a couple of questions to ask yourself before you pick up the pruners. (more…)

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