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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…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – April Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

APRIL IS A GREAT GARDENING MONTH Here we are in the middle of April. So much is happening with gardening right now. However—PLEASE WATCH THE WEATHER FORECAST for any possible late-season frost or freeze. Our average last frost for our area is around the 20th of April. A few years ago we had a frost…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Caladiums

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I have a raised bed at the front of my yard, just under a large maple tree. I used to grow impatiens there. They did great in the shade; however, they are thirsty little plants. By mid-summer I was having to water every single solitary day—and if it was a little on the hot and…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – This Saturday is Alzheimer’s Day

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HOW GARDENING CAN HELP WITH ALZHEIMER’S All of us know this horrible disease. All of us know that there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. Many of us have experienced loved ones and friends who have suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s. The founder of Meadows Farms, Bill Meadows, who was the father of the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Grow an Elephant…Ear, That Is

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Elephant ears have been cultivated for more than 10,000 years as a food crop—making it one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. The botanical name is Colocasia esculenta—esculenta comes from the Latin word for edible. It’s toxic when raw due to calcium oxalate crystals, but edible when cooked. On the other hand, I’m…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – My Top 5 Favorite Perennials for the Shade

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

I’M HAVING A HARD TIME LIMITING MY FAVORITE PERENNIALS FOR A SHADY YARD Last month our nursery plant expert, Nick Atkinson, gave a very informative seminar on plants to use in a shady backyard. Bottom line, a shady yard can be a beautiful yard when using the right plants for the right location. Hardy, shade-loving…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – In Defense of Dandelions

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Dandelions — the bane of any gardener, right? Or….not? Dandelions are related to Asters. They have a basal rosette of heavily toothed leaves-hence the name ‘dandelion’ which comes from the French ‘dent-de-Lion’—meaning tooth of the Lion. The botanical name is taraxacum officinale, from the Greek ‘taraxos’ meaning disorder and ‘akos’ meaning remedy—referring to the many…

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