Fall is the time for Spring

Fall is the perfect time for planting spring flowering bulbs (tulips, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils and others) and normally we are cool enough by mid-October to plant. The general rule of thumb is to plant these bulbs between October 15th and December 15th.  So don't wait to long because these bulbs need a minimum of 12 weeks of under 45 degrees to bloom.

The key to success with bulbs is understanding what they are and how they grow. The bulb is actually a self-contained plant, the flower bud is already formed and just waiting for a dormant winter treatment, and the sides of the bulb are modified leaves. Tulips must totally regenerate a new bulb after flowering. To improve the bulbs ability to regenerate itself after flowering, the spent flower stalk needs to be removed, the plants fertilized with bulb food or a bloom booster fertilizer, and the foliage needs to remain green and growing as long as possible. These bulbs come from Holland in northern Europe, on about the same latitude as southern Canada. They grow in a much cooler climate and in very porous and sandy soil. With St. Louis turning hot in May, and our heavy clay soils, the bulb has a hard time regenerating. There are some things that you can do to improve your chances for multiple years of returning flowers:

Fall Houseplant Care

The cooler temps should be a signal that the summer vacation has come to an end for our houseplants! Now is the time to bring your houseplants back inside. Well before our first frost, we need to get those houseplants back inside. It’s important to give them time to acclimate to being back indoors. The best time to bring them in is when your windows are still open. The plants will adjust to the change in humidity and temperature better if the change is gradual. Never bring in a plant with bugs! Wash or spray the leaves with water to remove summer dust and pollen. Let plants dry. Then spray with an indoor-safe or organic insecticidal soap just to be sure, or you can use one of the new systemic granules.  You could also use an insecticidal soil drench, or at least spray the soil a few times with your insecticide. Read more...

Fall is Fantastic for Planting

Planting isn’t just a spring activity. If you're wondering what you can plant in the fall, the answer is almost anything.  Spring may be special, but fall is fine for planting. Turf grass, spring-blooming bulbs, cool-season vegetables, perennials, trees, and shrubs can all be effectively planted in the fall.

Fall has distinct planting benefits. Autumn's cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners. The soil is still warm, allowing roots to grow until the ground freezes. In spring, plants don't grow until the soil warms up.

Fall has more good days for planting than spring does, when rain and other unpredictable weather can make working the soil impossible. And there's a lot more free time for gardening in autumn than in always-frantic spring.

What you can find in stock now or very soon at Rolling Ridge:

Bulbs: Tulips, Daffodils, Allium, Crocus, Hyacinth and more.

Cool-Season Vegetables:  Assorted greens like Swiss chard, Romaine, Spinach and Lettuces, Snap-Peas, Beets, Radishes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and others to meet your veggie needs.

 Annuals/Container Plants:  Re-fresh your containers with terrific fall plants like Mums, Kale, Pansies, and many other fun choices.


Our Favorite Trees for Fall Color

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are beginning to drop which makes people think that the planting season has ended. On the contrary, this is possibly the best time of the year to plant, especially trees! We thought we would share with you our favorites for fall color. Of course there are always others selections, but these are our top 5 trees that typically put on a great color show every autumn in the St.Louis area:

Pepper Variety List

We are pleased and proud to be able to offer you an extensive variety of tomatoes, pepper and other vegetables.
Please be aware that some varieties are grown in limited quantities and may not always be available, so we recommend that you shop often and early!

Tomato Variety List

We are pleased and proud to be able to offer you an extensive variety of tomatoes, pepper and other vegetables.
Please be aware that some varieties are grown in limited quantities and may not always be available, so we recommend that you shop often and early!

Timely Tips from Don - November

After the summer we had, fall has been surprisingly colorful! Thanks to "Issac," there was a little fall color and the lawns came back pretty well. We have continued to receive timely rains, but don’t be fooled and think that we are out of the woods and that the drought is over. We ended last year (2011) behind on rainfall and that has continued throughout all of 2012. The ground water levels are still low and with fluctuating temperatures, we need to continue to water through early November. Even with normal rainfall for the rest of the year we will end the year behind.

Upcoming Events

Old Webster Holiday Open House
Sunday, November 11 2012  10am-5pm


Get into the Holiday spirit at Rolling Ridge! Enjoy refreshments, free birdseed samples and Christmas tree seedlings!

And don't miss out on some of our favorite local organizations and vendors who will be joining us that day...

Timely Tips from Don

1. There's still time to plant grass seed! Even though it's October, you have plenty of time to sow grass seed and have it germinate. You will even need to cut it a couple of times this fall! The temperatures are great for germination, 70's in the day and 50's at night and with your watering, you'll have a great lawn for next spring.

KTRS Inside/Out Show Plant of the Week 9/22

If you like wave petunias, you're going to LOVE Cool Wave Pansies!
A brand new variety this fall!! They are perfect in baskets and window boxes—the long stems will cascade over the edges. Cool Wave pansies also make a great groundcover. Plants usually overwinter, if planted in the ground, (not necessarily in containers). Blooms are larger than those on Plentifall trailing pansies, an earlier hybrid.

Timely Tips from Don - September

Did you know that September is the best time of year to work on your lawn??  Because we have warm days, cool nights and moderate rainfall, grass seed will germinate and establish strong roots before winter sets in.  An established root system is extremely important when the hot summer weather arrives.  September is also a perfect time for feeding your lawn. Starter fertilizer will help existing grass spread, and will improve the germination and establishment of your new see. So, stop by on the 9th or anytime this month and let us help you get started!!

Outdoor Furniture

These environmentally friendly outdoor adirondack chairs, benches, rockers, chaise lounge, pub sets, tables, and accessories made from durable, heavy duty recycled plastics, make for fun outdoor furniture all year long! The Generation Line of outdoor furniture is the fastest growing and greenest product line of its kind in North America.


We have recently restocked our supply of terrariums and plants suitable for terrariums. A creative, fun and low maintenance way to garden at anytime of the year.