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GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – You Have Some Gall

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

DO YOU HAVE AZALEAS AND CAMELLIA SHRUBS? This past week I have had two different guests come into the garden center with samples of gall on their azaleas. Not to make light of this disease but I love using the tagline “you have some gall” with our guests. We both laugh. On a serious note,…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Dealing with Squirrels

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

A couple of weeks ago, I did a blog on repelling mosquitoes. I had a customer come in and say her biggest problem was not mosquitoes—it was squirrels. So here’s how to live with them. First, Some Interesting Facts The word ‘squirrel’ comes from the Anglo-Norman word “esquirel’ meaning ‘shadow-tailed.’ They are native to every…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – American Beauties Native Plants

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MY NATIVE PLANT PICK FOR MAY My AMERICAN BEAUTIES NATIVE PLANT pick for May is …  ITEA virginica ‘HENRY’S GARNET’. You may know this plant by its common name – VIRGINIA SWEETSPIRE. Are you familiar with the American Beauties Native Plants? We have been carrying this line of plants for a few years now. Each…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – I’ve Planted My Vegetables, Now What?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I just got all my veggies planted. I can put up my feet and relax now, right? Well—no. So here’s what I need to do now: Keep Weeding Right now, weeds are already popping up in my freshly planted raised beds. If I slack off, they get out of hand fast, so I’ll check every…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – May Gardening Tasks

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MAY IS FINALLY HERE. IT IS A PERFECT TIME TO GET OUTSIDE AND DO SOME GARDENING As for the month of April, unfortunately, it turned out to be a challenging month for gardeners. April’s weather was up and down. April stayed a little dry for us until around the 20th when we got over an…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Repel Mosquitoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’m getting so many people these days looking for plants that repel mosquitoes, so here you go: Citronella Citronella-scented geraniums are pretty, lacy-leaved members of the geranium family that contain citronella oil. Mosquitoes don’t like them. Other lemon-scented herbs that also contain citronella oil are lemon thyme, lemon balm, and lemongrass.  The lemongrass and citronella-scented…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Just Don’t Stand There, Plant Something

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

NATIONAL ARBOR DAY IS THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH National Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate the value that trees add to our lives and to promote tree planting and care. Now, for this tag line, “JUST DON’T STAND THERE, PLANT SOMETHING”, I want to give a shout-out and credit to a colleague,…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Moving Houseplants Outdoors

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It is almost May. All danger of frost is past—mostly. Another week or two and it will be time to move my houseplants outside. How to Move Houseplants Outside Safely In the 36 years I’ve been with the Great Big Greenhouse, do you know how many customers I’ve seen bring in leaves or pictures of…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Must Have Kitchen Herbs

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

GROWING YOUR OWN FRESH KITCHEN HERBS IS A VERY POPULAR PLANT TREND Now that we are toward the end of April, outdoor gardening is in full demand. And, growing fresh herbs is huge here in 2022. Did you know that many of our popular herbs are mentioned in the Bible? People who lived in Jesus’…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Can We Celebrate Earth Day Every Day?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This coming Friday, April 22 is Earth Day Earth Day was established in 1969 at a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) conference in San Francisco, California. In March of 1970, a sanctioned Proclamation was signed at the U. N. by Secretary-General U Thant giving official United Nations recognition. In the 1950s, the…

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