We 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.
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…)
Sedum in snow
Wendy Ory, Trees & Shrubs Assistant Manager
I was enjoying my coffee this morning, sitting in a sunny window, marveling at the beauty of the glistening new snow. The snow clung to little red crabapples and parchment colored hydrangea flowers and ornamental grasses. Evergreens in shades of blue, green and yellow stood out against the pure whiteness. And then I started to dream…the green heads of the little snowdrops planted by my south facing deck will be pushing up toward the warming sun once this snow melts. (more…)
What are those nifty spidery plants? Air plants or tillandsia, have invaded! We love these plants for their funky form and carefree maintenance. These elegant little bromeliads make great additions to offices, dorm rooms, living rooms or just about any indoor space with bright indirect light. You can mount them on bark, cork, and rock, or hang them with fishing line to create a unique look. They can be tucked into shells, glass globes, ceramic holders or almost anything you have around the house. Try them on place settings or in centerpieces. Let your imagination take wing! (more…)
Does your garden become a wall of green later in the summer? Add drama with colorful containers, garden art or painted garden furniture. Experiment and move your pieces during the season to highlight a spectacular plant, hide a bare spot, or create a focal point. Many garden accents can be left out year round for four-season interest. (more…)
Spring has finally arrived and our thoughts are turning to fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes. This cold, wet spring, means that soil and air temperatures are still cool, especially at night. Tomatoes are tropical plants and do best when soil is above 60 degrees. We have already seen several frosts, and our typical frost free date is around mid-May. The Growing Place staff recommends waiting to plant tomatoes in the ground until after that time and to protect plants from temperatures below 45° F. Cool temperatures will stunt tomato growth (more…)