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DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – May Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

NOW ONTO MAY WITH NEEDED GARDENING TASKS First, let’s re-cap April. April ended with cool days with plenty of rainfall. This is a good thing. Sure, we had some night temperatures down into the thirties but very few of us experienced any damaging frost. April has really helped to create the ideal condition for May…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Choose the Right Peppers

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Some Like It Hot!!! From meatloaf to spaghetti sauce to salsa to salads, we certainly use a lot of peppers. And, there are so many peppers to choose from that it can be overwhelming to pick one. So what are the differences? Sweet peppers have a mild earthy flavor but no heat. Traditionally called green…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Good Watering Practices

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

WATERING ISN’T EASY Here we are in late April. A lot of planting has been done this month when it comes to all the beautiful perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees. The number one challenge for all these newly planted plants is being cared for properly, especially when it comes to watering. In fact, being a…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Keep Birds Out of Your Hanging Baskets

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Beautiful blooming hanging baskets are here. They’re perfect for porches, balconies, even a shepherd’s crook in the yard. And it’s about time for the birds to move in and make them their home for the summer. Every spring, I hang a beautiful hanging basket by my front door. And every year, I have little house…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Tis the Season, to Plant Tomatoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Tomatoes are native to the Americas, like peppers, and were grown by the Aztecs who called the fruits “tomatl”—meaning “plump thing with navel.”  Tomatoes are botanically berries, believe it or not! I get a lot of questions about different tomato varieties so here is a brief description of the ones we’ll be carrying this year….

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Selected Plants of the Year for 2020

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MAKE ROOM IN YOUR GARDENS FOR THESE BEAUTIES Every year different national and international plant societies select a plant to highlight. Never are these plants selected at random. Each plant chosen must meet a strict set of criteria such as easy to grow, readily available, and outstanding performance. Here is a list of plants chosen…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – April Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FINALLY, APRIL IS HERE. WE ARE BURSTING WITH COLOR AND GARDENING SUPPLIES March has now passed. But, March was a very nice gardening month with the continued warm winter temperatures and with some timely rainfall. March of 2016 and 2017 was cold, wet, dreary, and snowy. As of March 31, our soil temperature is sitting…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Peppers – From Mild and Sweet to Killer Heat

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

There are so many peppers to choose from that it can be overwhelming to pick one. What are the differences? Sweet peppers have a nice earthy flavor but no heat. Traditionally called green peppers or bell peppers, they usually mature to a totally different color. Green pepper is basically an unripe bell pepper.  If you…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Butterfly Watch / Butterfly Gardening

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

PLANTS FOR GOOD NECTAR SOURCES. Now that we are approaching the end of April and summer will be here before we know, it’s that time of year when butterflies begin to visit our gardens to feed and help pollinate our plants. Matter of fact, I am seeing quite a few butterflies in the nursery enjoying…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Tomatoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Tis the season—to plant tomatoes Tomatoes are native to the Americas, like peppers, and were grown by the Aztecs who called the fruits “tomatl”—meaning “plump thing with navel.” Tomatoes are botanically berries, believe it or not! So which one is the best? Well, I can only tell you my favorites because there are tiny nuances…

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