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National Strawberry Day

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you know that February 27th is National Strawberry Day?  So my favorite fruit has its own day.  To celebrate, I think I’ll have a strawberry milkshake.  For starters…. So here are a few interesting facts about strawberries:  Strawberries are related to roses.  That means they’re also related to apples, plums, peaches, apricots, raspberries, blackberries, and…

Gardening Things To Do In March

March is the month that we, gardeners, have been looking forward to.  For some of us, it has been a long, boring winter.  March means that hibernation is finally over and we can spend more time outside. Just like with meteorology, the green industry looks at the first of March as the beginning of spring…

A Few Tips on Repotting

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Because February is Houseplant Month here at the Great Big Greenhouse and we offer free repotting for the month, we’ve been spending a lot of time with our hands buried up to the wrist in potting soil.  So let us share with you a few observations. When you buy a new houseplant, it doesn’t usually…

Moles, Why Now?

It is only mid-February and many customers have come into the garden center or called the store with concerns about seeing their lawns being torn up with mole tunnels.   The customers are wondering, why now?  With the cold winter we are having, aren’t the grub worms still down deep in our soil? A COMMON QUESTION …

Valentine’s Day: A Day for Romance, or Revelry

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Valentine’s Day:  A day of gentle sighs, pink ribbons, red roses—or a pagan festival rich with drunken revelry and young men and women being matched up by lottery—at last for the duration of the festival? The ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia was celebrated every year on February 15th.  It was a festival of fertility in…

February Gardening Thoughts and Tips

February is finally here.  Sure, we are still in winter and will have some cold days and maybe some more snow days.  But, on the nice days, there are plenty of outdoor chores to get done this month. Hold off on pruning your shrubs just because they look bad.  A lot of our evergreens, such…

New Seeds I’m Planting This Year

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

One of my New Year’s resolutions for my garden was to get back in the habit of trying something new instead of sticking with the tried and true.  So in keeping with that resolution, I dug through our full selection of 2018 seeds here and found some new seed varieties I’m going to try this…

Curing the Winter Blues With Hellebores

Hellebores are truly winter’s most interesting evergreen perennial.  We can have color from any time between December through April when nothing else is growing let alone in bloom.  Not only do hellebores bloom at a time of year when we are desperate for some color, they are also deer resistant. We just experienced our coldest…

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