Going green has always been about giving back. Around the yard, in the greenhouse and at Garden Supply Company, we tend to think going green has to do with recycling plastic water bottles, planting our own fruits and veggies, saving the bees and collecting water in rain barrels. And it does. But we green thumbs have found another way to go about going green and we're excited to announce that you can be involved in this green project too.
There's something special about the path from the garden to the kitchen–picking fresh herbs with your own hands and bringing them inside to the kitchen to cook with right then and there. For many of us, this tradition comes and goes with the summer season. Our summertime herbs, like basil and cilantro, that don't like the cold, won't be with us too much longer. That is, unless we save them for cooler days. While freezing alone tends to yield strange-tasting and browned herbs, there's one simple trick to better preserving your summer yield–oil!
There is no greater gift we can give ourselves than the flowers we pick from our gardens. And while we love to gaze at them outdoors, the dog days of summer are here and that means it's time to–snip-snip–take them indoors! Try these simple steps when cutting your fresh floral arrangement for maximum viewing pleasure!
Many shade gardens don't get the color they deserve. Need to spice up your shady areas with a boost of color? Coral Bells are the perfect perennial addition for the fully shaded, partially shady and even the partially sunny spaces in your yard. Scroll through our slideshow below to view six gorgeous Coral Bell varieties that might just make your shade garden pop!
The dog days of summer are here, the North Carolina humidity is kicking and it's time to get out of the outdoors and off on your vacation. But as your well-awaited time away approaches, perhaps you're thinking you want to bring the outdoors in with an oasis of house plants. No need to sweat it out in the garden and there's no need to wait until after you get back from your week off of work! There are plenty of easy-care, indoor plants that are vacation-proof.
Read about these five plants that don't mind if you go:
Air plants–or tillandsias–can be found in the wild growing from the branches of trees in rain forests, rocky cliffs of mountain ranges and in the dry sand of deserts. In wild environments such as these, some 650 varieties of the bromeliad family evolved to thrive without soil. Those air plants that have roots, only use them to affix themselves to a host with optimal living conditions like a tree or rock.
Tomato (pronounced to-MAY-to)? Or Tomato (pronounced to-MAH-to)? No one really cares how we pronounce the name of our favorite garden veggie (even though, technically, a tomato is a fruit). What everyone really wants to know is how to grow the tastiest tomato for a dreamy summertime BLT. Looking for a few tricks to grow your own ‘maters? Try our tips below.
Mosquitos have headlined the news for months due to the Zika virus outbreak. While there are shelves full of chemicals to repel those pesky insects, there are also many plants we can add to our gardens to detract mosquitos. Using citronella as a mosquito deterrent is common knowledge, but did you know that these six plants repel mosquitos too?