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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year

STACHYS ‘HUMMELO’ IS THE CHOSEN ONE. SOME GARDENERS MAY CALL IT BETONY. Many of you may not know that every year the Perennial Plant Association selects a perennial to highlight.  The chosen perennial is voted on by hundreds of growers, designers, and perennial plant geeks.  The winner is a good plant that is hardy in…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Six Things You Should Do Now In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Okay, so I’ve got all my veggies planted.  I can put up my feet and relax now, right?  Not exactly. Here’s what I need to do now: Stay on top of weeds Right now, weed seedlings are already popping up in my freshly planted raised beds. If I slack off, they can quickly get out…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Caring for Hanging Baskets

HANGING BASKETS ARE A STAPLE WHEN DECORATING PORCHES, PATIOS, DECKS. Now that it is May, blooming and foliage hanging baskets are very popular with most all homeowners and with people living in apartment complexes.  And, for good reason:  Hanging baskets are an instant way to add color and pizzazz to your outdoor spaces. There are…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Vampires? No, Just Mosquitoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Considering the number of customers I’ve had looking for plants to repel mosquitoes, I thought I’d repost this blog from a couple of years ago… Swirling cloaks, spooky music, and a voice with a Hungarian accent saying “Good E-e-e-vening.” Or incredibly annoying little insects buzzing around your face and feasting on every square inch of…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – May Gardening To-Do Tasks

Wow!! Thank you, April!!! Now on to May with needed gardening chores. Let me take a minute to re-cap April. I have been in this business for a “few” years and I do not recall ever having an April where we did not experience a frost. We went the entire month of April without any…

Have You Had Enough Petrichor This Past Week?

By the way, PETRICHOR is defined as “THE SMELL OF EARTH AFTER RAIN”. To a gardener, rain is generally a welcome blessing.  Rainfall and plants are usually a match made in heaven.  We sure have had our share of rainfall, and petrichor,  this past week in the Richmond area.  Going into this latest rainfall, we were about…

Mulching Your Vegetable Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Should you mulch your vegetable garden?  Well, it can help with such problems as weeds and conserve moisture. But what you use on a vegetable garden is almost as important as what you put in it. Here are some options: Black Plastic–Black plastic mulch can warm the soil.  Earlier in the spring, around the end…

Hanging Basket Care

Over the past month, The Great Big Greenhouse and Meadows Farms Nursery have sold thousands of hanging baskets.  Blooming hanging baskets are a staple for adding color to decks, patios, porches, and balconies.  Although they are an instant way to add color to our outdoor space, they do require a bit of care to stay…

7 Things You Need To Know About Tomatoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Seems like almost every day, I get asked: “What do I have to do to be successful with my tomatoes?” So here are a few things we need to know. Tomatoes need FULL sun! Anything less and their productivity goes down. If you only get five hours of good, strong, midday sun, you’ll still get…

Mother’s Day = Flowers

Spring is finally here to stay and this is such a beautiful time of year for The Great Big Greenhouse when it comes to flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, and hanging baskets.  Our selection is almost overwhelming with all this beauty.  And, what a perfect time to have so much color especially with Mother’s Day this…

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