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Garden Supply Co. Pumpkin Patch

Fall Entry 2013- Garden Supply Co

This fall, bring the family to our Garden Supply Co. pumpkin patch for the best selection of pumpkins and gourds in town.  And don't forget your cameras to capture those precious family memories at some of our favorite photo-op spots throughout the garden center.

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Besides our fabulous selection of pumpkins at our Garden Supply Co. pumpkin patch, we have all your favorite fall plant and gardening supplies. Stop by to stock up on fall-blooming mums, pansies, violas, ornamental cabbages and kale, and ornamental grasses. Now is also a great time for seeding and fertilizing fescue lawns. We have everything you need in our Gardening Essentials section in the Greenhouse. 

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Goji Berries

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 The Goji Berry, also known as the wolfberry, has been cherished throughout Asia as one of the most nutrient-rich foods for thousands of years.  Goji Berry fruit flavor resembles a combination of cranberries and cherries, and like acai, is a delicious superfood you can enjoy a number of ways. Berries can be eaten by the handful, and they provide a superfruit boost to oatmeal, cookies, trail mix and more. A surprisingly strong source of protein, Goji Berries also contain a wealth of antioxidants and over 20 vitamins and minerals. Though they sound exotic and are most often found with a high price tag in health food stores, Goji Berries are actually easy to grow, hardy plants. They've been a huge hit in Asia and Europe, and we are pleased to now offer them to you at Garden Supply Co.
 
Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small leaves. The flowers are a brilliant purple, appearing in late spring or early summer along the length of the canes. Flowers give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Berries should be plucked off by hand when they are brilliant red and taste sweet. They come off the plant easily, without the need for pruners or knife. A single Goji Berry can contain up to 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium and 18 different amino acids.
 
How do I use my Goji Berries?
 
Use your Goji Berries the same way that you use those purchased from the health store. They can be used fresh if you wish, or they can be frozen or dried. To dry your berries, simply spread fresh berries in a single layer on a sheet of parchment. Keep berries in a cool, dry spot, out of direct sunlight, until the berries are dry. These can be used as is, or rehydrated with liquid, as needed. To freeze, place berries in a freezer bag and lay flat until frozen. This keeps berries from sticking together into large clumps. Well-sealed frozen Goji Berries should keep for several months and can be used straight from the freezer in your recipe.
 
Try these fun recipes using both dried and fresh Goji Berries, courtesy of Proven Winners:
 
Uncle Buck's Goji Salsa
8 c. gojis
8 c. tomatoes, peeled and diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T. black pepper
1/4 c. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. white vinegar
3 onions, chopped
4 green peppers, chopped
15 jalapeno peppers, minced
12 oz. tomato paste
 
Bring all ingredients (except tomato paste) to boil. Simmer 45 minutes. After 30 minutes, stir in tomato paste.
Yields: 8 quarts
 
Sweet Goji Breakfast Bars
 
3/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 c. granulated sugar
8 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. nonfat milk
2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. salt (optional)
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. dried goji berries
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk, and vanilla; mix well. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet mix; mix well. Stir in oats and goji berries. Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake 28-32 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.
 
Nutritionally-rich Goji Berries are one of nature's true Superfoods. Long grown and prized in Asia and Europe for their medicinal value, delicious Goji Berries are now available to the North American market, and we are super excited to be able to offer Goji Berries for the very first time at Garden Supply Co. Quantities are limited, so hurry in for the best selection!
 

New & Improved Perennials Section

Our new & improved Perennials section at Garden Supply Co. has been re-vamped and re-organized, making choosing the perfect plants for your garden easier than ever before! We've taken all the guess work of plant selection out of the equation by putting valuable plant information clearly at your fingertips. All our Perennials plants are now clearly organized into separate gardening categories. We love our new system, and hope you will, too.

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One thing that has not changed with our new Perennials section is the quality of our plant materials and our huge selection of plant choices and options. At Garden Supply Co, we pride ourselves on supplying you with the best plants, perfectly suited for our tough Piedmont area growing conditions. What has changed, however, is the way we've organized our plants. Perennials are now displayed in three main categories.

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The new Perennials section has divided our plants into three types of categories: Perennials that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, Perennials that are drought tolerant, and Perennials that are deer resistant. Of course all the plants will work well together, and you can certainly continue to mix and match your favorite plants in your home garden. But if you've having trouble with deer in your yard and are looking specifically for perennials that will keep them away, we've got a section for that.

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If your yard is pounded by hot summer sun, and you are looking for drought tolerant plants that will thrive in the heat, we've got a section for that.

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Hoping to attract birds and butterflies to your yard? We've got a section for that, too.

Whatever your gardening needs, we've got a solution for you in our new & improved Perennials section at Garden Supply Co. Come take a peek and tell us what you think. And remember, our fabulous Perennials Sale is still going strong. The more you buy, the more you save!

Farm-Fresh Perennials Sale at Garden Supply Co.

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So far, this summer has been rather unique with its cooler than normal temperatures and cloudy gray skies. And although it's different and not very.........well, summery, the unusual weather patterns do have one distinct advantage. Whereas by now most folks don't want to step foot into the garden, this year the planting and growing season has been quite comfortably extended. So if you haven't done all the gardening you were hoping to, it's not too late to get out there. We've got tons of beautiful plants for you, including loads of new perennials, fresh from the farm. And now, while supplies last, we're excited to offer you some spectacular savings with our Farm-Fresh Perennials Sale at Garden Supply Co!

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Farm-Fresh Perennials Sale

With our Farm-Fresh Perennials Sale, you can choose from ANY of our beautiful perennial plants in stock. Select all of one kind, or mix and match, the choice is yours. And best thing is, the more you buy, the more you save. Here's how it works.

Take 5% off 5-9 plants
Take 10% off 10-14 plants
Take 15% off 15-19 plants
Take 20% off 20 or more plants

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To learn more about the sale and for help selecting the perfect perennial plants for your landscape, stop by the garden center. Our friendly staff is on hand seven days a week with answers to all your gardening questions. Hope to see you in the garden!

Top Coneflower Selection from Garden Supply Co.

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Purple coneflower is one of the toughest, most reliable perennials on the market. These flowers are easy to care for, relatively drought-tolerant, and are good for cut flowers. The seeds found in the dried flower head also attract songbirds to your garden. Today, Coneflowers come in more than just purple, with around 30 varieties available in hues of purple, pink, red, yellow, orange, and white.  Here are a few of our favorites available this season at Garden Supply Co.

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Prairie Sun Coneflower

Prairie Sun Coneflower features beautiful gold daisy flowers with chartreuse eyes and yellow tips at the ends of the stems from mid summer to late fall. These make excellent cut flowers, and have the added benefit of attracting butterflies to the garden.

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Summer Breeze Coneflower

Another sunny yellow variety, Summer Breeze Coneflower has large, deep yellow flowers with yellow bronze center cones. Another great choice for cut flowers, and this beauty also attracts butterflies.

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Raspberry Truffle Coneflower

The flowers of Raspberry Truffle emerge as single coral pink with a chocolate cone and then develop their pom-pom center as they mature.  The fully opened 4inch flowers have strawberry peach, horizontally held ray petals and a broad, darker pink pom-pom.  All are produced on showy dark stems that really help to set off the unique flower color.

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Marmalade Coneflower

Marmalade Coneflower boasts giant 4" flowers each containing over 150 vibrant orange petals. Flowers are held atop strong stems that make superb long-lasting cutflowers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and thrives in heat and humidity.

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Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower

One benefit of new coneflower varieties is that they produce more blooms on each branch. This is definitely the case with Sombrero Salsa Red. 'Salsa Red' is part of the Sombrero™ series that were carefully bred and selected to have well-branched, sturdy and compact foliage with a high bud count. These sturdy, compact plants have proven hardiness for years of enjoyment in the garden. Its abundant deep-red blooms will steal the show for more than three months.

For more information on Coneflower varieties and growing Coneflowers in your landscape, stop by the garden center. Our friendly experts are on hand seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

Gardeners for the Cure

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The 2013 Komen Triangle Race for the Cure is now less than two weeks away. If you haven't had a chance to yet, it's not too late to join our Komen team, Gardeners for the Cure. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of women and their families by not only funding cutting edge research for Breast Cancer being done here in the Triangle, but to fund over 40,000 underserved families around us facing a lack of resources for screening and treatment. As of today, we are halfway to our fundraising goal, and we are dedicated to making it all the way to $15,000 again this year. Will you help?

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To donate and register for our Gardeners for the Cure team, please visit our team page: http://nctc.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/DUR_NCTriangleAffiliate/1508544811?pg=team&fr_id=3275&team_id=256597

When you join our team with a $50 donation, you will receive a 12% discount off all your purchases the rest of the year as well as our Team t-shirt.  For a $100 donation, we'll throw in a coupon good for 35% off any one item from the garden center.

In addition, we have some prizes up for grabs, including  two airline tickets anywhere in the contiguous U.S. for whoever raises the most dollars. Ask 10 friends for $10 and help us eradicate Breast Cancer in our lifetime! 

We're also holding a raffle drawing for this gorgeous flower basket. Raffle tickets are just $1 each and are available at the front registers.

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Race Details

The Triangle Race for the Cure® will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Race Day Schedule:

5:30 a.m. – Shuttle buses begin at the PNC Arena (formerly named the RBC Center).  All parking is at the PNC Arena.

6:00 a.m. – Registration/Packet Pickup Opens

6:45 a.m. – Survivor Breakfast Begins

7:00 a.m. – Competitive Open 5K (co-ed)

7:00 a.m. – Survivor Photo

7:15 a.m. – Zumba Warm-up

7:45 a.m. – Women's Only - Jeanne's Race 5K Run/Walk

8:30 a.m. – Recreational Open 5K Run/Walk (co-ed)

9:30 a.m. – One-Mile Fun Run/Walk (co-ed)

10:00 a.m. – Kids Dash (ages 3-5)

10:30 a.m. – Survivor Tribute

We'll be there, walking again this year with our team, and we'd love to have you join us. If you registered with us before May 20th, we'll have your team shirt and race bib available for pick up at the garden center. If you haven't yet registered, and would like to join us, you'll have to pick up your registration packet and race bib at one of these locations.

  • June 3rd – 6-8:30  p.m. – Streets of Southpoint Mall – Center court near Nordstrom
  • June 4th – 6-8:30  p.m. – Crabtree Valley Mall – Lower level outside Belk
  • June 5th – 6-8:30 p.m. – Cary Town Center – Outside Belk
  • June 6th – 6-8:30 p.m. – Triangle Town Center – Lower level center court
  • June 7th – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Meredith College – Near the chapel
  • June 8th – 6 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Meredith College – Near the chapel

If you'd prefer to "sleep-in for the cure", we have that option, too!

For more information on the event, please visit the Susan G. Komen Triangle website here, and our Gardeners for the Cure team page here. And thank you all for your support!

Wave® Petunias Offer Non-Stop Summer Color

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For non-stop powerhouse color all summer long, try Wave® Petunias, the most popular, award-winning series of Petunias ever grown. These spreading, trailing plants bloom like crazy and grow incredibly fast, and they are simply choked with flowers all summer and into fall. Wave Petunias also have the added benefit of being extremely low-maintenance. Unlike old-fashioned petunias, it's not necessary to pinch back or deadhead Wave varieties - they can take care of themselves.  And better yet, they can withstand extremes of heat and cold, rain and humidity, making them ideal for our tough Piedmont area growing conditions. Wave Petunias are available in lots of beautiful colors and their easy growing habits make them a perfect candidate for beds, borders, and container gardens alike.

Just give Wave® Petunias a good feeding of an all-purpose plant food every few weeks, water and watch them grow!

New Impatiens Introduction: Simply Beautiful Fusion Impatiens Series

Gardeners have long prized Impatiens for delivering long-lasting color in shade. Reds, pinks, lavenders and pure white Impatiens will brighten any dark corner throughout the growing season. The breeders at Ball Horticultural Company have recently introduced a new series of Impatiens that we are so excited about and think you are going to love: Simply Beautiful Fusion™ series. Fusion Series Impatiens2- Garden Supply Co

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The Fusion Impatiens series has the distinction of offering the first yellow Impatiens flowers. It has taken years to isolate the yellow strain from its wild parents, but the wait has been worth it. From their efforts creating ‘Glow’ came a whole series of exotic warm colors.

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The Fusion series still has the non-stop blooming power of traditional Impatiens, but the flowers are an interesting cup shape with a deeper colored center. The flowers are a little reminiscent of the orchid. Mature plants will reach 12 - 16" in height and width.

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The Fusion series is as undemanding as common Impatiens, but since these annual flowers are going to bloom until frost, you’ll want to give them a rich, well drained soil to grow in.

For more planting tips and information on the new Simply Beautiful Fusion™ Impatiens Series, stop by the garden center. Our friendly experts are on-hand seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

JC Raulston Arboretum Choice Plants

 At Garden Supply Co. we are constantly striving to bring you the highest quality plant materials, perfectly suited for our tough Piedmont area growing conditions. That's why we are so pleased to be able to offer to you a selection of Choice Plants from the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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Choice Plants are superior selections of new and underused plants for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic from the JC Raulston Arboretum landscape trials. Plants are chosen for their adaptability, beauty, and overall garden worth. All Choice Plants are grown by local nurseries in a collaborative effort between the Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association and the JCRA. The first selections became available just last fall, with more plants coming soon. We are so excited to have two wonderful Choice Plants available for you this spring.

Mrs. Schiller's Dwarf Viburnum

Mrs. Schiller's Dwarf viburnum is a tough, but beautiful native plant perfect for any garden. It makes a small, neat mound without pruning and is topped in the spring with masses of white flowers. Plants are very drought tolerant once established.

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Mrs. Schiller's Dwarf Viburnum grows to about 3' tall by slightly wider. The plant covers itself in clusters of white flowers in April but will often begin flowering in fall and continue sporadically until spring. Flowers are followed by red fruits which become black and are highly favored by birds. In milder winters, Mrs. Schiller's will remain mostly evergreen, although the leaves make take on slightly purplish tones after frost.

Redwing Heteropterys Glabra

Redwing Heteropterys Glabra is an unusual vine originating from South American. It has lovely gold flowers from late June until fall. Flowers are quickly followed by red, wing-like fruits which appear alongside the flowers for an unique multicolor effect. Plant is perfect for training on an arbor or growing as a wide-spreading low shrub.

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Redwing is a woody vine that will grow up a support or through the lower branches of small trees or large shrubs. Without support, it will make a mounded, shrubby plant with branches weaving through its neighbors. Young plants will often die back to the ground for their first couple of years in the garden but once established the stems will stay green during all but the coldest winters. Established plants are fairly drought tolerant, although Redwing will be more prolific in a slightly moist, well-drained soil.

The multi-hued flower and fruit display make this a worthy candidate for any garden. Although not in bloom until the end of June, here is tiny peek at the blooms and fruit taken from the JC Raulston Arboretum.RedwingRedwing Heteropterys Glabra (source)

For more information on Choice Plants and the best plant options for your landscape, stop by the garden center. We're here seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

Summer-Blooming Annuals Have Arrived

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Add instant color and drama to beds, borders, and container gardens with summer-blooming annuals.

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Nothing adds impact to the garden quite as easily as annuals. These cost-effective powerhouses generally require very little care and will bloom profusely throughout the summer months, providing continuous color now through the first frosts of fall.

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With new plant species, colors, and cultivars being developed every day, the gardening possibilities are endless. Annuals come in pretty much every color of the rainbow. There are two-toned, mono-chromatic, and multicolored variations. The only difficulty is choosing.

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But once you decide, we are ready for you. At Garden Supply Co, we have all your favorite summer-blooming annuals filling our shelves, from petunias and marigolds, to impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, geraniums, and coleus, just to name a few.

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We even have hanging baskets.

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In many styles, colors, and combos.

This spring and summer, come color your world at Garden Supply Co!

 

A Perennial Favorite, the Rose

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Roses have captured the hearts of gardeners for centuries. Throughout recorded history, people have been growing roses. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. During the Roman period, roses were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roses were in such high demand during the seventeenth century that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender, and they were often used as barter and for payments. No other plant has such a rich and extensive history. In fact, according to fossil records, the rose is 35 million years old.

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The popularity of roses continues on today, with more than 2,000 different varieties to choose from. New varieties with increased disease resistance and winter hardiness make roses an excellent choice for shrub borders and perennial gardens, alike. From old classics like tea roses, shrub roses and old garden roses to climbers, miniatures, and the ever-popular Knock-Out series of roses, we have all your favorites at Garden Supply Co.

Going Tropical

Although it's officially been spring for several weeks, it seems that Mother Nature didn't decide to grace us with true spring until now. Yes, we've finally turned the corner into beautiful spring weather, perfect for gardening. And as a result, we have literally received 30 truckloads of fresh plants this week! It really looks like Spring is here to stay and we are full to the brim with bright tropicals and annuals for summer color, beautiful perennials, shrubs, and trees. Edibles, also, are here and ready for your garden.

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Of all the wonderful plants we've received this week, nothing screams warm weather quite as much as the tropicals. Their exotic look, lush foliage, and exuberant blooms are a sure harbinger that the sunshine is here to stay. There are a multitude of types of tropical plants that blend nicely with other plants and trees and will add charm to almost any garden. These "companion plants" add different colors, textures, leaf patterns and appearances to the garden. If you're looking to add vivid color and diversity, then tropicals are for you.

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Of course, some of the best known tropical plants are the hibiscus. Hibiscus flowers might be the most dramatic in the garden and can bloom as large as a child's head in gorgeous colors. The hibiscus plant itself is large and dramatic, and does well with plenty of space to show off. Although the huge funnel-shape flowers seldom last more than a day, they are abundant and the plant blooms over several weeks.

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We have many Hibiscus to choose from in standard and braided-stem form, including this new multi-color braided Hibiscus tree that boasts two colors of flowers on one plant.

Another well-known popular tropical plant is the Mandevilla. This popular twining vine is laden with blooms from late spring to frost. If you are excited about the idea of multiple colors, then you'll love the red and white mixed vine we've received this season.

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Tropical plants are known for either their exuberant color or unique foliage, and we have an amazing variety to choose from. Here are a few more of our most recent arrivals.

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Remember, tropicals are available only during certain times of the year. So now is your chance!

Stop by the garden center to see more!

Earth Day 2013

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April 22nd, marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, an annual effort to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire actions to clean it up. The global theme for Earth Day 2013 is "The Face of Climate Change", as we see global changes impacting real people, animals, and beloved places all over the world everyday. We at Garden Supply Co. believe that everyone can do something small but sustainable in their own lives to improve the planet’s health. To help you get started, here’s a few simple ideas of things you could do around your own home that can make a real difference.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Making a simple switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs will save energy and reduce the cost of your power bills. Compact fluorescents give the same amount of visible light, use less energy, and last longer than incandescent bulbs. And although the initial cost of compact fluorescents are higher, typical usage will save on average $40 in electricity costs over the lamp’s lifetime.

Plant a Tree

The simple act of planting a tree not only beautifies the landscape, it offers many environmental benefits as well. Trees improve our air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe. Trees also lessen the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. And many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. Not only that, trees provide the oxygen that we need to breathe.

Organic Landcare

Each year, thousands of tons of harmful chemicals are dumped onto neighborhood lawns, and into our water systems from lawn care companies in an attempt to keep our grassways green and weed free, with varying degrees of success. In an effort to reduce chemical wastage and over-use, Garden Supply Co.’s newest sister affiliate, Leapfrog Landcare offers a safer, more environmentally friendly approach. Leapfrog Landcare believes strongly in sustainability and supporting your local community. The majority of the products we use are produced locally and are organic. Like you, we would rather have our family hanging out on a chemical free lawn. Leapfrog Landcare is pleased to provide Compost Tea treatments, the best natural soil amendment on the planet for our local soils.

Compost

Composting offers the obvious benefits of resource efficiency and creating a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. Compost is a soil amendment that can be incorporated into garden soil to help it retain moisture and nutrients. It improves the texture of problem soils and encourages the growth of microorganisms that maintain plant and soil health. And perhaps best of all, it’s a free and easy way to dispose of organic waste, which decreases trash pickups and landfill usage.

Earth Day Kids Workshop- Easy Compost Bins

Teach your kids valuable lessons that will last a lifetime in our new Earth Day Kids Compost Bin Workshop. We'll show them how to create healthy compost material from your own kitchen scraps and get them started with their own recyclable compost bin to take home. Simply bring in any size RubberMaid container and lid, and we'll help your child drill the proper drainage holes and personalize the outside of their bins, as well as provide the soil and newspapers needed to get started.

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Workshop is FREE, however registration is required, and you must bring your own compost container.

Earth Day Kids Compost Bin Workshop:

Saturday, April 20th from 10 am- 12 pm
Register In-Store or call us at 919-460-7747

For more information on Earth Day 2013, please visit the Earth Day Network.

Spring Arrivals

Although it doesn't really feel like it yet, spring has arrived here in the Carolinas. And when you are ready to begin your seasonal planting, we are ready for you. If you're craving a bit of color right about now, there are lots of beautiful blooming plants to choose from. Here's a peek at just a few of our recent arrivals and top favorite picks for early spring. Trees

As you drive around town this week, you may notice that many of the trees, such as the cherries and pears, are in bloom right now. Some of our other favorite trees blooming now are:

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Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry

As a weeping tree, Snow Fountains Cherry features cascading branches that dip all the way to the ground, giving it the appearance of a white fountain when covered with pure white flowers in early spring.

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Star Magnolia (white) and Red Bud (pink)

Reaching a height of 15 to 20 feet at maturity, the Star Magnolia boasts star-burst white blossoms in March and April, making it one of the true harbingers of spring.

The Red Bud's rosy pink flowers appear in  early spring, March-April. Reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, then to yellow. Forms a spreading, graceful crown.

Shrubs

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Forsythia

These early bloomers sport the vibrant yellow flowers that have become a fixture of our spring dreams. Their flowers precede their leaves. Border forsythias are fast-growing shrubs with an upright and arching form.

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Standard Camelia- Kramer's Supreme

The deep red buds of Kramer's Supreme open to magnificent peony-like, rosy-red blooms with a delightful fragrance. Flowers make a dazzling contrast with the glossy, dark green foliage.

Annuals and Perennials

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Pansies

Although a favorite for winter plantings, the pansy will add luscious color to the landscape throughout spring and into the early heat of summer and work well in container plantings, hanging baskets, and garden beds, alike.

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Stock

Stock offers a wonderfully spicy, distinctive scent. Plant it in spring several weeks before your region's last frost date -- this annual thrives in cool temperatures and stops blooming once hot weather arrives. It's especially wonderful in window boxes and planters at nose level, where its sometimes subtle effect can best be appreciated.

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Perennial Candytuft sends up showy blooms very early in the spring. Flowers are startlingly bright white on shrubby little plants with needle-like leaves, and when in full bloom, they cover the entire plant.

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Geranium

Geraniums have been a gardener's favorite for well over a century. The old-fashioned standard for beds, borders, and containers, geranium is still one of the most popular plants today.

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Chocolate Chip Ajuga pictured here with 'Anne Greenaway' Spotted Nettle

The Chocolate Chip Ajuga's evergreen foliage is attractive year-round, showing off a satin sheen finish embossed with rich hues of chocolate brown, bronze and maroon. Don't let all this beauty fool you though; it is as tough as it is gorgeous and can even withstand light foot traffic.

For more great blooming plants and all your gardening essentials, stop by the garden center. We've got loads of fresh arrivals coming in weekly and all the gardening help and advice you're looking for. Hope to see you soon at Garden Supply Co.!

Spring Check List

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GSC in springIt's here! Spring is finally officially here! And with spring comes peak planting time. Time to break out your gardening tools, lawn mowers, and those garden plans you've been pouring over all winter, and get out in the yard! Well.........maybe just as soon as it warms up a bit more, right? But before you get too busy with your spring planting, there are a few things you should do to get ready first. Follow our spring check list now and enjoy successful and smooth gardening in the months to come.

Clean Up Those Garden Beds

It's a good idea to clean up your garden beds before too much new growth occurs with the onset of warmer weather. As the new growth emerges, prune away any dead, winter-killed leaves and shoots, and compost them or bury them in the vegetable garden.

Press back any plants that may have frost-heaved over the winter. Maintain a 2-inch layer of mulch around your plants. Keep the mulch away from the crowns and directly away from the stems to avoid rot.

Dig up, divide, and replant any established plants if they've become too crowded. A key sign of crowding is if flowering has been sparse. Some fast-growing perennials need to be divided between one and three years after planting.

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Tune Up Those Lawn Mowers

Soon, it will be time to break out the lawn mowers, but before you do, it's a good idea to give them a tune-up. Plan to service your lawn mower yourself or take it to a lawn repair shop. A few of the items that should be looked at include:

  • Air Filter- Clean or replace if damaged
  • Spark Plug- Clean or replace if cracked
  • Oil- Check to see that it's filled to the right level. Change the oil as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Mower Blade- Replace if chipped, cracked, or bent. Maintain a sharp mower blade to cut the grass cleanly. This is important not only for a great looking lawn, but a healthy one, too. A dull mower blade tears the grass, leaving a rough appearance, and leaving it vulnerable to insect or disease attacks.
  • Tires- Examine the tires for wear and replace them if necessary to give you better traction and maneuverability.
  • Check for loose screws and bolts on the handle controls and the motor, now and throughout the season

Pull Out Those Weeds

Handpull or spot treat any winter annual weeds that may have already sprouted in your lawn and bedding areas. These pesky little invaders are not only unsightly, they actually pull moisture and nutrients out of the soil, robbing your plants of needed benefits.

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Check Those Garden Tools

Dull and broken garden tools are a side-effect of working in the yard. Of course, it's downright difficult to, say, prune with dull shears. But shears that won't cut will pull and tear instead, which only damages your plants, leaving them vulnerable to disease. So inspect your garden tools and repair where you can, and replace if necessary.

For more gardening tips, be sure to visit the garden center. Our friendly staff is on-hand seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

Happy Spring everyone!

Cool- Season Vegetable Gardening

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cool season veggiesMarch is here and spring is around the corner, and if you are anything like me, then you are longing for some flowers and dreaming of spring planting. Although it's still a bit early for many plants, now is definitely the time to be planting cool-season vegetables in your edible gardens. Cool-season veggies grow best at temperatures averaging 15° cooler than those needed by warm season types. Many have edible leaves or roots (lettuce, spinach, carrots, and radishes); others (artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower) are grown for their immature flowers. A few (peas, broad beans) produce edible seeds. Most can endure short periods of frost.

For best results, you need to grow them to maturity in cool weather; otherwise, they can turn bitter tasting, or bolt to seed rather than producing edible parts. Except in coldest climates, plant them in very early spring so the crop will mature before summer heat settles in, or in late summer for a crop in fall in winter.

Here's a few tips for successful cool-season vegetable gardening this month.

Indoor Transplants

If you started transplants indoor from seed, you will need to harden these home-grown transplants before moving them into the garden. Hardening is a procedure that prepares indoor-grown plants for the rigors of the outdoors. Reduce watering and set them outdoors during the day. Bring them inside at night. Continue this for 3-4 days. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, take the plants inside. After four days, allow the plants to be outside all day and night. After about a week or two, the plants should be hardened off and ready to be transplanted with a minimum of shock.

Helpful Hint- Rotate Your Garden

Rotate your vegetables by not planting the same vegetable or related vegetable in the same location year after year. Rotate at least once every three years. If you have to, and if space permits, rotate the entire garden to a new location and allow the original garden to remain fallow for a year. By rotating vegetables from different families you can prevent the buildup of insect and disease problems. Refer to the following list of vegetable families when rotating your garden.

  • Carrot Family: carrot, chervil, celery, coriander, dill, Florence fennel, parsley, and parsnip
  • Goosefoot Family: beet, spinach, and Swiss chard
  • Gourd Family: cucumber, gourd, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkin, and squash
  • Grass Family: popcorn and sweet corn
  • Lily Family: asparagus
  • Mallow Family: okra
  • Mustard Family: bok choi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, collards, cress, kale, horseradish, holrabi, mustard greens, radish, rutabaga, and turnip
  • Nightshade Family: eggplant, pepper, Irish potato, and tomato
  • Onion Family: chive, garlic, leek, onion, and shallot
  • Pea Family: beans and peas
  • Sunflower Family: endive, chicory, globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce, salsify, and sunflower

Potatoes

Piedmont gardeners can buy seed potatoes and cut them into egg-sized pieces containing one or two eyes. Allow the cuts to dry and callous for a day or two before planting. Plant them when the soil temperature remains above 50 degrees F.

Asparagus

Plant asparagus crowns before new growth emerges from the buds.

Fertilizing

Some vegetables have heavier demands for nitrogen than others and need extra nitrogen during the growing season. These heavy-feeders benefit from an application of primarily a nitrogen-containing fertilizer applied along one side of the row, about 4-6 inches from the plants. This is called sidedressing. Use a nitrogen fertilizer, such as calcium nitrate, bloodmeal, or cotton seed meal.

Sidedress beets and carrots four to six weeks after planting. Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower benefit from an application two to three weeks after planting, and again four to six weeks later. Sidedress lettuce soon after the seedlings emerge and grow. Fertilize English peas when they are 4 to 6 inches tall.

Herbs

Plant perennial herbs such as chives, oregano, and thyme as they become available. Also dill and parsley are okay to sow or set out at this time.

Warm-Season Vegetables

For those of you wishing to get a jump start on your warm-season vegetable gardens, try sowing warm-season vegetable seeds indoors for transplant outdoors later. In flats or trays, try eggplant, New Zealand spinach ( a heat-tolerant substitute for spinach), pepper, and tomato. Tender-rooted vegetables such as cucumber, muskmelon, summer squash, and watermelon should be sown in individual pots or peat pellets.

For more gardening tips, be sure to visit the garden center. Our friendly staff is on-hand seven days a week with answers to all your gardening needs.