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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.


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
community. 

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.

TAGUA SEED JEWELS: SAVE THE ELEPHANTS

TAGUA SEED JEWELS: SAVE THE ELEPHANTS

Tagua Seeds are commonly known as ivory palms, ivory-nut palms or tagua palms. Its scientific name is phytelephas which means “Plant elephant.” Tagua is a botanical seed that grows in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. It has the same physical characteristics of elephant ivory, and is commonly referred to as vegetable ivory.  

Monstera: Swiss Cheese Plant

 Monstera: Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera is a large tropical climbing plant from the Araceae family. It features corky aerial roots and big divided or perforated leaves that look like they have holes or cuts in them, giving rise to two of its other common names: Swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron (while monstera is not a type of philodendron, it is closely related to them). Though there are many varieties of Monstera, the best-known variety is Monstera Deliciosa.

HOUSEPLANTS AND THEIR AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS

HOUSEPLANTS AND THEIR AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants which are both functional and decorative, you're not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind, and home, in ways that will enhance your quality of life from countering sleep deprivation to reducing pain.

Bee Merry: Meet the Bee Guy & find out how to get buzzed with us

Bee Merry: Meet the Bee Guy & find out how to get buzzed with us

Meet Jason Cirioli––otherwise known as the Bee Guy––who is our full-time bee specialist. Have you ever seen that golden honey near the register with our name on it? Yep, that's all Jason! At Garden Supply Company, Jason does everything from feeding to keeping to selling to harvesting honey and teaching everything about bees. Let's take a look and see how Jason learned his A-Bee-C's, why GSCO got involved and how you can learn to keep your own bees. 

Garden to Table Recipe: Cinco de Cilantro-Cumber Margarita

Garden to Table Recipe: Cinco de Cilantro-Cumber Margarita

Who's ready for a fiesta?! We are! Gear up for Cinco de Mayo by grabbing some grub from your garden (cilantro and cucumbers to be specific) to hand-craft your own garden to table cocktail. We know you'll love this Cinco de Cilantro-Cumber Margarita just as much as we do!

In living color: Changing the hue of your hydrangeas

In living color: Changing the hue of your hydrangeas

They say not to play with nature but when it comes to hydrangeas, we have a pretty fun experiment you can try out in your own yard. It’s a great way to give the kids a little science project and a lesson on pH too!

Ready to change the color of your Springtime shrubs? Here’s how…

Garden to Table Recipe: Pickled Snap Peas

Garden to Table Recipe: Pickled Snap Peas

If you've already started your vegetable garden, you probably have snap pea vines that are beginning to trail along the topsoil or up a lattice. Come early May, these babies will be producing more snap peas than you can eat in one sitting. If you're looking for a super simple way to prepare your fresh pickings, try this Pickled Snap Pea recipe! They make great snacks, apps and go perfectly atop a fresh salad! You'll have your family saying: "Pretty peas! Can we have some more!"