If you are looking for a low maintenance, easy care plant, perennial grasses are for you! These graceful plants add depth and texture to your garden in summer, fall AND winter. They vary in form and function and are equally at home in an informal or formal setting.
Grasses tolerate a wide range of light and soil conditions and there is a variety for nearly every garden situation. There are both cool and warm season grasses. Cool season grasses begin growing in early spring and hit their prime in early summer. Their plumes, officially called inflorescence, are produced in the cooler months. Warm season grasses begin to grow when the temperatures rise in the spring. By mid-May the new leaves emerge and begin growing very quickly and by mid...Read more
Posted on 7/21/2016 at 11:50:00 AM
All the crazy weather and fluctuating temperatures this summer has us seeing all sorts of things happening in the garden. The goal is always healthy plants because healthy plants are better able to deal with stress of all kinds. But we know sometimes things go awry.
Correct watering is essential during the summer months. Newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials should be checked every day for the first week, every other day during the second week and every third day during the third week. Soil should be dry 1-2” under the surface before watering. For the rest of the summer, once a week should do it.
Annuals and vegetable plants will need more water. Even watering of tomatoes will keep them healthy.
The first step is maintaining ...Read more
Posted on 7/14/2016 at 1:09:00 PM
Have you noticed that almost every magazine photo of a garden has a piece of garden art in them? That is no accident. Every garden needs a focal point, something to draw the eye, something that adds interest. Focal points can be many different things. Containers, benches, found objects, large flowering and/or leafed plants are just a few ideas. Garden sculptures, trellises, arbors, mirrors, fountains, and wall art are some of the many options for garden art. You get the idea, once you get the concept of using focal points, the choices are endless!
Garden art (focal points) do not have to be one of a kind. They can be small groupings of coordinated pieces. The groupings should be viewed as one unit. Be careful not to overload your garden with too many items or to scatter them.
Posted on 6/23/2016 at 11:02:00 AM
Craving a fresh and flavorful summer dinner right from the grill? Start with easy to grow herbs! They give your favorite grilling recipes and classic cocktails rich and delicious flavors. Nothing says summertime like a watermelon mojito and mango bruschetta! Or compound butter and herb-infused marinades! Check out our tips and recipes below for a fun, garden-fresh approach to cooking with herbs and veggies.
Bruschetta is an easy crowd-pleaser, and with a dash of mango salsa and lime, you can take this classic Italian favorite and infuse a bit of multi-cultural flavor for a delicious, fresh bite.
Makes 18-20 pieces
Posted on 6/16/2016 at 12:32:00 PM
Have you ever noticed that the smell of a blooming rose, or a breeze carrying the scent of lilac, takes you back to a distant memory? Or, perhaps, the scent of lavender or night blooming jasmine makes you feel calm or peaceful? Well, according to scientists, smell, or olfaction, is our strongest sense and it plays an important role in memory, mood and emotion.
Fragrant gardens are a wonderful way to celebrate the smell of every season and relish in the aromatic scents of spring, summer and fall. Below, we’ve created a digest to get you started.
Winter has quieted down and the scent of evergreens, cedar, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire has become a distant memory. It’s time to get those shovels ready and take to the ga...Read more
Posted on 6/9/2016 at 12:08:00 PM
Container planting is a fun, simple way to decorate your patio, balcony, front porch or yard. Not to mention, containers are the perfect accent for that backyard barbecue and a great way to explore your creative side. Whether you’re new to gardening and want to stretch that green thumb of yours, or a seasoned gardener looking for a vibrant focal piece, the options are endless. When deciding on what container to create, there are a few things to consider before diving in head first:
There’s an array of materials to consider, glazed/ceramic, cast iron, wrought iron, terracotta, concrete, wood, tin, composite/faux and plastic. Remember, it's important that your container has drainage. Too much water building up in the container...Read more
Posted on 5/26/2016 at 2:19:00 PM
When we think of pollinators, striking hummingbirds and colorful butterflies may take the lead. However, while bees, wasps, flies and bats might not be our favorites of the bunch, the truth of the matter is, they need us too and we need them.
It’s been estimated that more than 1,300 plants are grown worldwide for food, beverages, medicine and even textiles. Of those 1,300 plants, 75% are directly related to pollination by animals. That’s a pretty impressive feat!
Posted on 5/19/2016 at 11:56:00 AM
The weather outside this week has been frightful and we are (not so patiently waiting) to plant our tomatoes and other warm season vegetables. One of our veggie experts, Donna, has put together some simple tips for vegetable success. Donna grows so many vegetables she’s basically a one woman produce department!
Most warm season veggies, like tomatoes and peppers, need lots of sun. Make sure you plant them in a place where they will get 6-8 hours of sun. Plants also need good air circulation and well-drained soil. Don’t plant them too close together.
The ideal pH for a vegetable garden is 6.5-6.8. Mix in TGP Garden Mix and Espoma® Garden-tone to give your plants a healthy start. For tomatoes, you can use Espoma® Toma...Read more
Posted on 5/12/2016 at 9:43:00 AM
Flowers hold fascination from childhood. Remember picking a handful of dandelions to give to mom? We always try to bring a bit of the beauty of nature into our homes in any way we can and gathering flowers for a bouquet is just one of the simple pleasures of planting a garden.
If you want to have a steady stream of flowers to cut, create a production style bed with rows, similar to how you would plant a vegetable garden. If you have space, you could even designate an area of your vegetable garden but we like to keep it simple by mixing plants into your established gardens. In fact, you probably already have some cutting flowers in your garden!
Combine blooms for every season and plants with an array of textures like shiny, rough, frill...Read more
Posted on 5/5/2016 at 12:18:00 PM
When you think of trees, what state jumps to mind? California, with its redwoods? Vermont and its sugar maples? How about Nebraska? A naturally treeless prairie landscape, Nebraska is the birthplace of Arbor Day!
The holiday began with journalist Julius Sterling Morton, who moved from Detroit to Nebraska in 1854. At the time, the wide open spaces of the west weren't working out so well for pioneers — the shadeless prairie was hot in the summer, with few windbreaks to keep tilled soil from blowing right into Kansas. The solution? Plant a tree.
Morton rose to become the state secretary and helped establish the first Arbor Day on April 10, 1872. More than 1 million trees were planted across the state that day. Arbor Day became a natio...Read more
Posted on 4/28/2016 at 7:49:00 AM