Clever Halloween decorations for your garden and home!

With Halloween quickly approaching, now is a great time to start repairing and redecorating the exterior of your home and transform your garden into a mysterious, ominous hotspot to attract nearby family and friends. We want you to take pride in creating a fun, festive garden scene that everyone can appreciate. 

If you find yourself struggling to come up with creative Halloween decorations, considering using the decoration ideas below as a guide - then, add in a unique twist.

Seasonal candles

While Fall arrives in different stages (some later than others), you can produce similar scents inside your home whenever you want. How, you might ask? Absorb a whiff of some of our best seasonal candles. Our well-lit, sensational candles can instantly improve the look and feel of your home.

Pumpkin and Pinecone Wreaths

Season wreaths comprised of pinecones and pumpkins are a clever way to light up the night while also adding flavor and texture to your property. Visitors coming from all different directions with stop and admire the beauty of these wreaths. They are affordable, customizable and easy to care for. In need of supplies? Look no further than stop by today!

Witch decorations

Within our fall selection, you will find notice a group of inspiring Halloween decorations, which includes a frog-like witch decoration (as seen on our Instagram page). The witches are a perfect complement to your setup. They are relatively light, easy to store and sturdy.

Pumpkin Planter

Pumpkin planters make wonderful porch decorations. They are easy to build and fun to design. We supply fresh pumpkins and healthy plants, which will help you piece together the project in minutes.

Plan a visit with us and we will be happy to give you a tour of our purchasable holiday decorations or offer some feedback on your experimental ideas.

Four Garden Tasks for the Month of October

Record-breaking temperatures are on their way out of North Carolina (for now), which paves the way for a much needed cold front and patches of rainstorms to clean up our gardens. If you benefit from living in a frost-free state, October is a great time to plant some cool-weather crops and vegetables and repair any dried out areas of your garden. To sustain a healthy garden through the fall and winter months, we recommend you complete the following five tasks.

1) Divide your perennials

Most species of perennials benefit from enduring a division every couple of years. Like other fast-growing plants, perennials can quickly expand and overcrowd your garden while slowing dying from the inside out. If you have Oriental lilies, hostas, peonies, daylilies, bearded irises, or Oriental poppies planted in your garden, closely monitor their growth patterns. Dividing perennials is easy. Grab a sharp spade and dig around the plant until you are safely able to lift it out of the ground. Then, cut the plant up into smaller pieces. Lastly, plant the new, smaller pieces at the previous depth. 

2) Replenish your mulch inventory

Now is an excellent time to spread an extra layer of mulch around your garden. Tightly pack a pile of mulch around each plant to protect it from freeze and thaw cycles. A 4-to 6-inch layer of shredded leaves, bark, or straw is plenty. For garden items planted less than a year ago, avoid trapping the trunk with too much mulch.

3) Start a compost pile

Have you ever created a compost pile? If not, it is never too late to start. All those long hours of pulling weeds (and maybe a back muscle or two), raking up fallen leaves and discarding of kitchen waste doesn't have to go to waste. Those garden chores do serve a greater purpose.  During some downtime over the weekend, collect and compile a mound of available leaves, dead weeds and kitchen waste, which can later create a nutrient-rich soil amendment. If space isn't available, consider investing in a compost bin.

4) Plant some vegetables

Gardening is loads of fun when you get to eat your creations. In October, you can experiment in your garden by planting the following edible items: cabbage, collards, lettuce, carrots, mustard cauliflower, beets, and garlic.

Easy to Grow Garden Fruits

Gardening is extremely rewarding when you get to taste your creations. For those looking into gardening healthy foods, soft fruits are a solid starting point. Some gardeners like to start with berries and work their way up to larger, sweeter fruits. Beginners wishing to work with smaller berries can start with small containers before transitioning to full-size fruit trees.

So, are you ready to put down those weeds and start growing your food?

Let's get straight to it! 

1) Strawberries

Strawberries offer flexibility when it comes to usage and durability. They fit in well with a variety of seasonal dishes and maintain their flavor all year long. A strawberry's ability to thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments make it a fan favorite. They only need to be planted once and are easily movable when frost hits the ground. Ever bearing strawberries are popular because gardeners can get two harvests a year (June and late August/early September).

2) Pineapple

Pineapples are surprisingly easy to grow when planted properly. When ready, cut the crown off of a pineapple. Next, soak it in water for a day or two. Lastly, place the pineapple in a  gallon-sized container and place it under direct sunlight. It is that simple! Let it soak up the sun's rays and within no time, you will have yourself a delicious pineapple.

3) Tomatoes 

Shocking twist, I know. But yes, Tomatoes are considered a fruit. Like other small berries, tomatoes are often raised in a container. Tomatoes need more room to grow because they expand quickly and need a strong foundation to support their weight.

4)  Watermelons

Watermelons can grow outdoors or in a large container. Some people prefer to use a container because the vine often has a mind of its own. A vine left unmanaged can spiral out of control and wrap around other plants. If you are considering growing watermelons, keep in mind, they need a lot of water and direct access to sunlight to grow. Artificial sunlight or a comfortable living space next to a window will suffice.

Four Easy, Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Plants For Your Garden

Four Easy, Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Plants For Your Garden

Have you struggled with memorizing complex plant care routines recently? If so, consider adding these four easy, low-maintenance shrubs and plants to your garden. The following garden items will grow and thrive independently, which is great for someone who does not feel comfortable watching and maintaining plants daily. 

Special September Pansy Recipe

To celebrate a successful first week of September, we have a special pansy recipe to share with you. Pansies, popular cool-weather garden additions, keep their vibrant, smooth texture during the fall and winter seasons. If taken care of properly, pansies can thrive in cold climates and often retain their color through the end of the year. Pansies can bloom twice when treated well. Gardeners generally enjoy planting these flowers now rather than during the summer months because they have been known to stand tall when challenged by colder temperatures.  

Now, are you ready to get outside and improve the attractiveness of your garden with a perfect pack of pansies? With great pleasure, we share our signature Garden Supply Company recipe.

First, collect half a bag soil conditioner, one bag composted cow manure and one bag (4 lb.) of Plant Tone Organic Fertilizer. Once collected and layered over the ground, rake the supplies together, so the materials are evenly spread out. Next, insert the pansies, which should be placed 6" apart from one another. Finally, pack the bedding with the remaining soil conditioner. 

The planting process is that easy.  Throughout the next couple of months, you will need to thoroughly water the plants, fertilize them every week with liquid food and apply granular fertilizer once a month.

We hope you enjoy the pansy planting process as much as we do. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out to a garden specialist. We are open every day of the week.

September in the Garden

September is nearly here, which means gardening is quickly becoming more enjoyable. Less heat and humidity, fall colors blossoming all around us and warm treats, will arrive shortly. Now that it is safer to partake in gardening activities again, we have compiled a list of exciting recipes and a maintenance to-do list for you to follow. We look forward to revamping our supply of garden tools and plantable items, and so should you.

You may be asking yourself, what should I plant? During the fall months, fresh, vibrant vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale grow well. They are fun to watch evolve and are delicious in lean meals. Also, seasonal mums, asters, ornamental cabbages/kales and beautiful pansies are arriving in batches and are expected to sell out quickly. They will instantly increase the overall attractiveness of your garden until next spring.

In September, we recommend smoothing out all patches of soil and applying fertilizer to prepare for future aeration and overseeding projects. Apply a hefty supply of fertilizer once a month, for three consecutive months, for the remainder of the year. We recommend only applying a brand of fertilizer that is high in Nitrogen.

Check on any perennials you planted earlier this year. They grow tall and wide, which can be problematic for neighboring plants and herbs. If your garden gets too crowded, feel free to dig up any perennials and build them a new home. If perennials are well protected, they should survive until the end of fall. 

Bugs and insects will be sticking around. Some will flee when temperatures drop, but a majority of them will be sticking around, cozying up in and around your precious cargo. Not all of them are harmful, but do carefully look for damaged goods, and fix the situation accordingly, in a timely manner. If you are ever unsure about an unusual growth pattern, abnormal coloring, or an unidentifiable bite mark in your garden, bring a small sample to us, and an experienced gardener will help you understand the problem at hand.

Five DIY Garden Projects

Did you know that there are endless ways in which you too, can make your garden look amazing without breaking the bank? That's right, from do it yourself (DIY) wall planters to elaborate, elegant walkways, you'll be sure to find the perfect gardening activity to suit your needs. Here are five DIY garden projects for you to try this month.

1) A stone border to guard your precious plants and vegetables.

Per Jenna Burger Design, you first purchase an abundance of edge stones (usually found at your local home improvement store) and then line them up one-by-one around the perimeter of your garden. Finally, tightly pack them together with mulch. There are no special tools required to create a stone border.

2) Build a walkway for visitors.

From Ohio Thoughts, you can save your grass and plants from having to endure excessive foot traffic by piecing together wooden beams with concrete. Keep in mind, digging is required to craft the desired slope, so you may want to recruit some extra labor to complete this project. A detailed installation guide can be found on Ohio Thoughts' website.

3) Add some bright, cunning lights to your garden.

Outdoors lights are almost always both aesthetically pleasing and super helpful when natural light is limited. Once the sun goes down, it is dangerous to be walking around without an adequate source of light. There are numerous DIY light projects, which again, can be found at your local home improvement store. Lowe's has an easy-to-follow installation video on their website.

4) Dust off and clean an old walkway.

Sometimes brushing the dirt off of an old walkway and cleaning the creases can greatly improve the look of your garden. Best of all, it's much cheaper than building a new walkway. Per Rain on a Tin Roof, you will need a container of sidewalk cleaner, a gallon (minimum) of tank sprayer, a large brush, and a water hose. You will start by brushing off the dirt and slightly wetting the walkway with warm water.

5) Divide your property into sections with a berm.

Berms, small mounds composed of fill dirt and soil, can be used to highlight certain areas of your garden and protect precious cargo. They look natural when kept at a height of 2-4 inches. Plus, at that height range, the grass surrounding the berms can easily be mowed. You will need a garden hose, spray paint, sod cutter, shovel, fill dirt, clay soil, topsoil, boulders (optional), and mulch. SFGATE has a great step-by-step installation guide on their website.

Three Popular Garden Recipes for the month of August!

For some people, August is a month filled with constant trips to and from sporting events, school, work, and various retail stores. The amount of daylight is diminishing and time for meal prep is limited. 

The good news, shiny, fresh fruits and vegetables are blossoming all around us. These easily accessible vibrant ingredients coincide to form the foundation for a lovely, healthy seasonal dish that everyone can enjoy. Peaches, Tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and green beans are especially ripe this time of year.

If you are interested in harvesting, crafting, and perfecting your own sensational seasonal dish to celebrate the distant cool temperatures, check out some of the top recipes of August below.

Per, Spiralized Zucchini, Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Peppers, a compilation of warm, vibrant peppers stuffed with a soothing combination of spices and garlic. Here is what you will need.

6 bell peppers of assorted colors

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 medium zucchini spiralized or diced, about 4 cups

2 tablespoons olive oil divided

1 pound ground turkey

4 cloves garlic minced or pressed

1/2 teaspoon dried fennel seed crushed

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup chopped yellow onion

1 cup crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

4 cups cooked quinoa

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Grilled corn and peach cobb salad, an energizing salad with fresh vegetables and bite-size meats, is made to satisfy your cravings and keep you in shape. Also, it is gluten-free. Here are the ingredients you will need to complete this dish.

1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup honey

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or cider vinegar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

From, Peach crumble bars, a warm and tasty sweet treat, which is particularly popular in July in August, is a must-try dessert item. Here is how you can make a batch for yourself:

For the crust:

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

 ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

 ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

 ¼ teaspoon salt

 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

For the filling:

1 cup granulated sugar

 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

 6 large peaches, peeled and chopped (about 6 cups)

 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the toppings:

1 cup all-purpose flour

 ⅔ cup packed brown sugar

 ⅔ cup cold butter, cut into pieces

 ⅔ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

 ½ cup shredded coconut

Five Tips for Protecting Your Beloved Garden

To some, July is a wonderful month for numerous reasons. Schools out, fireworks light up the sky, pools are open, amusement parks are flooded with energetic tourists and refreshing drinks are flying off of the shelves. While humans have access to amenities and shelter to keep them cool when temperatures become unbearable, plants usually don't have that luxury. They are forced to stand tall and fighting through the dry, humid air. 

Be honest, how often do you thoroughly inspect your garden during the month of July? Probably not very often, right? It may be too hot or you are busy traveling the world. Understandable, but we recommend seeking out some assistance from a nearby gardening buddy. A little bit of maintenance can go a long way in ensuring that your precious plants reach their full growth potential. We want your garden to shine when the light gets dimmer. Here is how you, too, can protect during the scorching summer months. 

1) Now is the perfect time to clear out any dead, injured or permanently damaged flowers to make room for new prospects to grow in.

2) Look out for snakes meandering through your garden during the quiet times of the day. We recommend you stock up on snake repellent and have one container loaded and ready to use just in case an unexpected slim, but scaly intruder sneaks onto your property. Consider checking out the organic repellent from I Must Garden, which is made with botanical oils and several other completely natural ingredients to avoid harming yourself or your plants.

3) Looking to add some flavor to your garden? Trellis’ for vines are looking exceptionally healthy this time of year.

4) Protect your bedding plants and vegetables with an extra layer of healthy fertilizer during the warmest and driest months of the year to prevent them from losing too many nutrients. Plant-Tone, a premium organizer fertilizer product, is a great brand to try.

5) Don't terrorize the bees! Once you can look past their (somewhat) frightening looks and odd buzzing sounds, you will quickly realize they don't mean any harm. Besides, they help plants to grow up big and strong. If you must spray chemicals, it is best to wait until later in the evening or after sunset.

We wish you the best and hope that you and your garden have a happy summer. Come by and see us if you have any additional questions. An expert will be happy to help you protect your beloved garden during your battle against the heat waves.

4th of July Cocktail Recipe

4th of July Cocktail Recipe

If you plan on throwing a BBQ party for Independence Day add this tasty refreshing + delicious Spiked Triple Berry Basil Lemonade cocktail to your party.  It’s a perfect balance of sweet + tart. Smirnoff Red, White + Berry vodka mixed with tart lemonade + fresh, sweet berries are not only the ultimate summertime cocktail, but they also add fireworks to your Independence Day party.

National Garden Center Week

National Garden Center Week

Kickoff the Summer with NGC Week. National Garden Week was founded by National Garden Clubs. These are fun + unique National Days to celebrate throughout the Nation. This week is an opportunity to encourage pride in your community and promote the NGC objectives of beautification, education of
environmental efforts, gardening + involvement of Garden Clubs in your

DIY Summer Wreath

DIY Summer Wreath

Since May is almost going to end - it is time to start getting ready for summer - the most wonderful time of the year! So, let’s start with a fun and simple DIY Summer wreath for your front porch + prep your home for the season in style. Make a wreath which is super easy, affordable + pretty darn cute.

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid tea roses are the most popular roses in the world, and perhaps the most popular flowers for any occasion. They are created by cross-breeding between hybrid perpetual roses and old-fashioned tea roses. This particular roses’ beauty and fragrance boasts the most impeccable + picture-perfect form of any rose — it’s no wonder they are the most popular flower for exhibition.