When you're looking for a welcome splash of color for your garden or patio, there's nothing quicker or better than annuals. These amazing plants do well on their own or when combined with other annuals.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
You don't have to have a garden in order to enjoy fresh tomatoes and vegetables. With products like EarthBox™, Smart Pots and a wide variety of clay and ceramic pottery, you can grow almost anything on your patio or deck. Gardening in containers can be rewarding if you consider these things: the container type, the container size you need, the type of potting soil, which fertilizer you choose and watering correctly. Containers are available in clay, plastic, ceramic and cast stone.Clay pots "breathe" better than plastic and they look natural. They are still a favorite of gardeners everywhere. Plastic pots are available in different colors and aren't as heavy as terracotta or ceramic. Ceramic pottery is available in many colors and offers a "finished" look. Cast stone containers are heavy, especially when filled with potting soil and plants and not easily moved. Choose a container that drains. No matter how careful you are, water will build up over time and cause damage to the roots of your plants. Adding gravel or pot shards to the bottom of the container doesn't help drainage. tomato plants and cage, peppers, cucumbers, choose a container that's 24" in diameter or larger. An 18" diameter container would hold a bush tomato, cauliflower, cabbage or mixed greens. In a 14" diameter container you could plant cabbage, collards, arugula or leaf lettuce. A 10" container would accommodate herbs, lettuce, leafy greens. Not all containers are round and tall. Many are bowl-shaped, or taper from top to bottom. It's best to talk to us about what you want to grow and then we can show you your options in container size, shape and color. ™make it easier to grow tomatoes and other vegetables. are fabric containers. You put good soil in along with your seed or plant and feed and water. The benefits of Smart Pots is aeration, water drainage and heat release. hoose a quality potting soil to put in it. are light and airy, do not contain clay or garden soil or water retention crystals. A watering wand will help you water your containers and a moisture meter will help you decide when to water. There's nothing like growing your own tomatoes, vegetables and herbs. Whether you're short on gardening space or just want to add to your existing garden area, we're here to help you create a great container garden.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
It's May, our garden beds are ready and we're all anxious to start planting, but it's important to take time now to get your annual and vegetable starts as ready to plant as you are.Whether you started plants in the basement under lights or purchased starts from our greenhouse, annuals and vegetables need to be acclimated to the outdoors before you actually plant them. This process of acclimating plants to the outdoor environment is called "hardening off". Hardening off plants gradually exposes them to outdoor light, wind and temperatures. The process is easy, but it takes time. In fact, you should plan on a week or so to get your immature plants ready to transplant into the garden. On the first day, pick a sheltered, shady spot under a tree or on the patio and leave them there for 3 or 4 hours. Bring them in that night. The second day, leave them out 5 or 6 hours, the third day 6 or 7 hours, including night time. On the fourth day, set your plants in a place where they will receive morning sun. Morning sun is not as harsh as afternoon sun. This will help your plants adjust to direct sunlight. Gradually increase sunlight exposure over the next few days. By the fifth day, they should be spending most of the night outside, unless night time temperatures are very cold. After 7 or 8 days, your plants should be ready for the outdoors. Even then, you'll want to keep an eye on the forecast. The average last day of frost is May 17, but this can vary greatly. Be prepared to bring your plants back in if the night time temperatures fall. Products like Wall-O’-Water will protect your plants into the low 30°’s. If plants are small enough, throw a box or bucket over them to keep the frost off. Make sure you keep your plants watered during this hardening off process. Being outside means they will dry out faster, so keep an eye on the watering. Finally, when you’re ready to plant, pick a cloudy day or plant late in the afternoon. This will help your plants make the transition from small container into the garden even easier.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The best tasting tomatoes are the ones you grow in your own garden. Whether you start your own or buy starts from us, there's nothing like growing and picking your own tomatoes. It doesn't matter if you have a large garden bed or grow your tomatoes in a container on your patio, there's a tomato variety for you. Start by deciding whether to grow determinate or indeterminate tomatoes.Determinate variety tomatoes, also called bush tomatoes grow to a certain height and set fruit all at once. Determinate tomatoes include Bush Early Girl, Celebrity and Patio, among others. Determinate tomatoes are great for container gardening. They can be grown in your garden bed, as well. Indeterminate tomato varieties, also called vining tomatoes continue to grow and produce fruit all season long. Indeterminate tomatoes require some sort of trellis or cage to support the vine as it gets larger. Indeterminate tomatoes do best in your garden bed. Mortgage Lifter, Sun Gold and Fourth of July are just a few of the indeterminate varieties available. Another distinction to consider is whether to grow heirloom or modern tomatoes. yield, uniformity and resistance to diseases. Grafted tomatoes offer the best of both worlds; heirloom tomato taste grafted onto a modern rootstock. Be careful to keep the graft line above the soil level when planting grafted tomatoes. Don't have a lot of space for growing tomatoes? There are a variety of containers you can grow tomatoes in, including the original EarthBox™. Smart Pots, nursery pots, clay and plastic pots will also grow tomatoes very well on your patio and deck. Tomatoes need full sun to do their best, so pick the sunniest spot in your garden or on the patio. Amend the soil in your garden with peat moss and compost. If your planting in containers, use fresh potting soil. Fertilome Tomato and Vegetable (7-22-8) or Happy Frog Tomato and Vegetable (7-4-5). Water your tomato plants 2 to 3 times a week. Let the water run slowly at the drip line so that each plant gets a good soaking. Avoid watering overhead. Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable. The time to get started growing your own tomatoes is now.