Spring

Grow Your Own!

There are few things as satisfying to a home gardener than to wander out into the garden and harvest and consume the fruits of their labors.

Consider just a few of the benefits of growing your own vegetables:

- Lowers the cost of providing your family with healthy, organic vegetables

- Reduces the environmental impact of transporting and warehousing food

- Makes your meals more personal and interesting

- Connects your family with the natural cycles of weather, growth, and renewal

- Provides a wholesome activity and lasting memories for children

- It's fun AND good for you!

 

June Timely Tips

Attracting pollinators, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds to your yard and garden is appealing to many gardeners. To make a positive impact in your home environment, you should plant a diverse assortment of native species and flowering plants. This may also attract some unwanted pests that can do damage to the garden.

April Lawn & Garden Tips

We have just survived another crazy March! The month started with a shot of winter, the middle was spring like and now back to winter for the end. At least we never had severe weather! Like last year, we are off to a slow start, and hopefully will have a gradual warm up though April. Wouldn't it be nice to have a long spring, with all the trees, shrubs and flowers having a beautiful blooming season? Like last year, the cooler soil temperatures will give you additional time to complete those early gardening jobs. We are just now having weather that is optimal for planting grass seed.

PJM Rhododendron

As the last of the short, cold days of winter come to a close, we can start anticipating the blossoms of all the early spring harbingers. Amongst them are the oft-overlooked broadleaf evergreen in the Ericaceae family of acid loving plants, the PJM Rhododendron. This smaller leafed rhodo begins its season early, about the same time as forsythia. Purple to lavender or pink flowers, depending on variety, start to appear in late March or early April and usually cover the plant with color.

February Timely Tips

What a difference a year makes!  We seem to be back into our “non-winter, winter!" I’m sure that most of you are not complaining, but your plants may be looking for a little help soon.  Our up and down temperatures can dry out the soil and the evergreens fairly quickly.  Throw in some heavy winds and colder, but not frozen soil, and you have plants that may show signs of above ground dehydration.  If in the next few weeks we don’t have significant rain or snow, a good watering on a 50-degree day would really help!

Timely Tips - June

Though not officially summer, for most of us the summer season starts with Memorial Day! Even though we are in a new season, I am going to bring up an old topic and that’s the lack of rainfall in our area. There have been scattered storms all around, but very little significant rain throughout the St. Louis metro area. We have been behind on rainfall since last July. If you haven’t started watering, start now! A good deep soaking once every 4 to 5 days for garden beds and every 7 to 10 days for lawns.

May Timely Tips

We are seeing an outbreak of Eastern Tent Caterpillar, often called “bagworms,” because of the large web they spin around the branches of small trees and shrubs. The good news is that they have a short life cycle and will only be around for 3 to 4 weeks. The caterpillars come out of the tent after dark and feed on the new leaves, so left untreated they can damage or destroy young trees and shrubs. We have a number of Organic solutions to this problem.

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!

ZONE 5 or ZONE 6?

You probably hadn't noticed, but while the debate over whether or not our climate is changing and our planet is experiencing a general warming trend, the nation's hardiness zone maps were reconfigured several years ago. So, as you read this while looking out over another fresh coating of snow, and feeling single digit temperatures for the umpteenth time this winter, keep a wary mind over what I'm about to tell you!

Specialty, Custom Designed Hanging Baskets

These are no ordinary hanging baskets like you'd pick up at the box stores!! We start each fall working with one of of favorite local growers (known for their meticulous standards) and design each one with St. Louis summers in mind. Our greenhouse staff is known for putting together incredible blends of flowers and foliage for spectacular displays. We strive to build amazingly long-lasting combos that burst and cascade with color and texture, for sun or shade.

Timely Tips from Don - May 2013

DON’T RUSH SPRING, THE SOIL IS STILL COLD!
I know that the calendar says May, but the soil temperature says early April. Soil temperature, not the calendar tells us when it’s time to plant. Yesterday I measured the soil temperature on the hill in front of Rolling Ridge, the 5 foot wide strip surrounded by concrete, and it was only 55 degrees! Then I walked up Marshall Place and took a reading up that street and it was in the high 40’s and low 50’s. These temperatures are fine for early spring crops, but not for summer annuals or vegetables.

LOCAL, ORGANIC and NEW!

We are super excited about our new line of local, organically grown veggies and herbs from Crown Valley Organics!! They all are free from residues of harmful chemicals, which makes them safer for you, the environment, and the people who grow them! Organic vegetables and herbs are also more flavorful and nutritious due to the fertilization techniques used in organic growing. Stop in and check out the selection, which will change as the season progresses!

Timely Tips- April 2013

What a difference a year makes! Last year we had 80 degree temperatures since the middle of March. Most of the trees were bloomed out, as well as most of the spring flowering shrubs. Pansies that had bloomed all winter and all of our spring blubs were bloomed out. In other words, it was not the best spring for lasting beauty. Spring of 2013 has been the exact opposite; cold temperatures, cloudy dreary days, rain and snow have taken their toll on the early spring gardener, but has it really?

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.

Lawn Care Tips

FESCUE AND BLUEGRASS LAWN CARE TIPS:

  1. Mow high and often, as you never want to remove more than 1/3 of the blade at any mowing. By mowing high, 2 ½ to 3 inches, you keep the soil surface cooler reducing evaporation and reducing the need for as much irrigation. Shading the soil surface reduces the amount of weed germination as well.
  2. Keep your lawn mower blade sharp to give a cleaner cut to the grass. This will reduce damage, and the possibility of secondary insect or disease outbreaks.

Lilacs

Ahhh...nothing quite like the smell of lilacs in the spring! Try planting one right outside a window-you won't regret it!

Spring Forward

It's that time of the year when we all anticipate the first color of the fresh, new year in the landscape! As the end of one of the mildest winters in recent memory nears, our enthusiasm is no less significant. Witchhazels (Hamamelis spp.) are typically the first hardy shrubs to bloom in this area. We, in particular, like the Arnold Promise variety as its bright yellow blossoms stand out cheerfully in the otherwise bleak planting.

Recipes

Lime Mint Mojitos

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 large sprig of Lime mint*
  • 1.5 oz. white rum
  • 1/2 fresh lime cut in quarters
  • Club soda
  • Ice

Terrariums

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.