Straw bale gardens are easy to create and can be ideal for creating new garden beds or developing a brand new garden. They can be used to overcome difficult soil conditions or areas where soil-borne diseases are present. Bale gardens are a creative way to compost, are space efficient, and they have reduced weeding needs.
When setting up a new straw bale garden, consider starting small. Even a single bale or just a few bales will serve well as a starter garden. Think of each bale as a 40 gallon capacity container.
Mother’s Day can be overwhelming with all the gardening gifts available. Let us help you match a thoughtful gift with special meaning to the unique Mom in your life!
Does your Mom love flowers? Each flower has its own meaning, show her how much you care with a symbol that best represents her.
Roses symbolize love and classic beauty. The spring-time colored roses represent a caring nature, while white roses are associated with purity and brightness. They are a great choice for a mother who is traditional yet elegant and sophisticated.
When I was growing up on a farm in Indiana, my most important dinner table goal was avoiding beets and brussels sprouts. Who could have known that I would grow up to love them with such a passion?
Beets make one of the most fantastic ornamental edibles to mix in with flower containers and work well in a cool season garden or for successive planting. Generally grown for their root, the beet green is my favorite part – it’s ornamental above ground and can be harvested for a delicious salad several times throughout the season.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables – it is full of nutritious vitamins and is excellent roughage for a healthy diet.
This season I experimented with Summer Purple Sprouting Broccoli, which produced amazing purple flower buds which were very tasty and produced a continuous stream of veg. I left the plant up and harvested the tops in snips and starts until I’d exhausted each plant’s summer growing season.
There are too many gardening tricks out there that just don’t work or even worse can hurt your plants! As lovers of the garden, we feel it is our duty to right these wrongs and help you to better understand your garden and plants.
Myth Debunked: Adding Gravel or Styrofoam to the Bottom of Pots Improves Drainage.
A gardening myth that is very commonly encountered is the suggestion of putting gravel or Styrofoam chips at the bottom of a pot to improve drainage. This practice has the opposite effect and makes pots drain more slowly! Though this seems counter-intuitive, this effect is due to how water moves through soil.
As we approach the new year, it is a time for reflection and recognition of the things in life that we are most thankful for. All of us here wish to express a very heartfelt thanks to all our growers and suppliers who help us to serve our customers. And most of all, we want to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to all our customers. As a family-owned company celebrating its 110th year in business in 2017, we recognize that it is individual gardeners who sustain our business and keep us growing. We also recognize that all gardeners’ efforts enrich the lives of their families, friends, and communities. We greatly appreciate your business and trust in us, and we pledge to continue to offer the best products and information to help you succeed with your garden.
December can be filled with snow and mud – we garden addicts are needing a garden-fix in a bad way. Creating some amazing container gardens to display in a sunny window is a must. Try planting these amazing poinsettia ball containers which I originally spotted at the Chicago Botanic Garden greenhouse.
Make the balls small or large and give your holiday guests something creative to talk about for the holiday season.
How To Make Hanging Poinsettia Balls –
- Find or make a garden container that has holes on the bottom and sides (see photo right of an example)
We have welcomed a week of mild weather here in Wisconsin while we are hard at work finalizing our 2017 catalog and preparing for next season. We’re excited about the upcoming season and are pleased to be able to offer a range of interesting new items to our customers. Here is a sneak preview of a few selected additions for 2017.
Featured New Varieties for 2017
Chiffon Hybrid summer squash is a unique new summer squash with attractive, creamy ivory skin. Its straight fruit develop seeds very slowly, allowing even extra-large fruit to be enjoyed without the need to scoop out seeds! The plants are very productive and are resistant to cucumber mosaic virus.
Roses vary quite a bit in their cold hardiness across different rose classes and even among different varieties in the same class. Gardeners in cold climates should take care to select varieties appropriate for their hardiness zone, to minimize the need for extensive winter protection.
All but the hardiest shrub roses may require protection when grown in cold climates where winter temperatures fall below 0°F (zone 7 and below). With good variety choice, gardeners in zone 6 and above usually do not need to make significant efforts to protect roses in winter.
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum species) is a tender perennial bulb native to Central and South America. It is commonly grown as a houseplant or indoor-outdoor potted plant. Only in very mild climates (zone 8 or warmer) can it be grown outside year round.
Few houseplants can equal or rival the beauty of amaryllis, with its large, lily-like flowers. Varieties are available in a range of heights, flower colors, and flower forms.
Although sometimes treated as a disposable gift plant, amaryllis is actually a long-lived bulb that will grow and flower for many years after planting when given the proper care throughout the season.