garden tips

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.

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. 

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 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.

Planning to plant: How to plan your landscape

Planning to plant: How to plan your landscape

It might be a little too chilly to do much work in the yard at the moment but spring will be here before we know it. Are you ready?! We are! That's why we're busy planning for it. Want a few tips to help you prepare your own private paradise? Read up on how to plan your landscape.  

Planting for the future: Cool season vegetable gardening

Planting for the future: Cool season vegetable gardening

What's cool to plant while you're hot? Cool season vegetables. That's what! Although the dog days of summer make it tough to think about milder days, they are coming and fall will be here before we know it. That means it's time to start planning and planting your cool season vegetable garden so that soon enough you'll be feasting on garden-to-table meals using your own fresh broccoli, cauliflower, beets, swiss chard, lettuce, kale, cabbage, radishes and your other favorite fall veggies.

Let's get tropical: Hibiscus how to

Let's get tropical: Hibiscus how to

We can't all afford to fly to Hawaii this summer for a tropical vacation but it's safe to say a tropical plant purchase could fit in your budget. So let's bring the tropics home for a nice little stay-cation! Want to know how to best keep Hawaii's state flower blooming and healthy through the summer? Read our hibiscus how to. 

Ride the wave: Best practices for petunia hanging baskets

Ride the wave: Best practices for petunia hanging baskets

Anyone can buy a colorful hanging basket but it takes a little know-how to keep them full of color all summer long. Take the following steps to ensure your hanging basket of petunias stays bountiful and blooming throughout the dog days of summer.

Pot O' Gold: Five tricks of the container gardening trade

Pot O' Gold: Five tricks of the container gardening trade

At the end of every rainbow, there’s a pot of gold and by that we mean a pot full of fragrant flowers and foliage. Container gardens are easy to maintain. They’re practically in the palm or your hand and, oftentimes, moveable so who doesn’t want to garden in pretty pots? Whether they’re for show on your front porch or for the veggies that you’re hoping to start early in the back, take a look at these five easy tricks of the trade to be sure you say no to pot rot and yes to a pot of gold...