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Fall Color with Natives

Kim EllsonSep 19, '20

We gardeners all long for one last burst of color to enjoy before winter arrives. Why not try looking to native plants for both color and vital wildlife services this autumn. For autumn we tend to reach for those cultivated favorites we have come to know and love: mums, pansies, asters, ornamental kales, cabbages,...

Mum's the Word

Kim EllsonAug 26, '20

Whether they are grown as cut flowers, potted houseplants or as an outdoor fall crop, it would be hard to imagine the horticultural and floral industry without them.  Chrysanthemums are in fact a grower’s delight, both private and commercial, due to their vast advantageous characteristics; versatility, diversity, multitude and longevity...

Hummingbird Favorites

Kim EllsonJul 18, '20

Hummingbirds are so entirely unique and captivating, that it seems like a treat anytime we are graced by their presence with a visit to our plants.  Even more so when we planted those plants specifically with this in mind!  Undoubtedly hummingbird feeders have their value, and yet somehow there is...

How Not to Have Blossom End Rot

Ben HenryMay 25, '20

Many of our customers have been have been coming into our Garden Center with tomatoes that have an ugly brown-black flat spot on the bottom of the tomatoes. This can happen to tomatoes planted in the ground but also happens frequently to tomatoes, peppers and eggplants grown in containers. It...

Japanese Beetles

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Adult beetles feed on over 400 species of broadleaved plants but they prefer about 50 species. Adults skeletonize leafs, eating the tissue between the veins. Attacked leaves are laced and soon wither and die. Beetles also enjoy eating flower bulbs and fruit. Natural/Organic controls for Japanese Beetles Adult beetles prefer...

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