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Let’s Talk Blueberries

Blueberry Chandler

In honor of July being National Blueberry Month, let’s talk blueberries! Blueberry bushes make an attractive addition to your landscape and offer delicious sweet berries that provide a wealth of nutritional benefits.

Blueberry bushes make an excellent all seasons plant for your edible landscape. In the Spring, blueberry bushes offer delicate bell-shaped flowers followed by lovely blue-green leaves. During the ripening period, blueberries change from beautiful hues of green to pink to deep blue. In fall, the leaves turn bright red, providing eye-catching color well into winter.blueberry-jellybeanpot

Traditional Italian Marinara Sauce


Home-grown tomatoes are one of the best parts of summer! There are a wide variety of tomatoes in abundance this time of year. Let’s celebrate those juicy fresh from the garden tomatoes with a recipe that highlights the amazing flavor of the famous San Marzano tomato.

Curious why we use the San Marzano tomatoes over another variety in this recipe? What makes the San Marzano “The” tomato for a perfect marinara is that they have fewer seeds, less water content and a firm flesh that almost dissolves after cooking. The flesh mixes smoothly with the pulp for a more concentrated sweet and tart flavor as well as a thicker sauce.

Understanding Heirloom and Hybrid Varieties

Tomato Hybrid Chocolate SprinklesGardeners today have access to a large number of different varieties of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. In some crops, there are so many varieties available that choosing what to grow can be difficult or even overwhelming, especially for new gardeners.

Historically, most plant varieties have been “open pollinated”. This means that when seed is saved and replanted, the resulting seedlings will be very similar to the parent plants. Gardeners of the past had to grow some plants specificially for seed production, to ensure that they would have seed to plant in future seasons. Growing open pollinated varieties allowed them to save seed each year. Over time, this often resulted in locally adapted varieties that grew well in a given region.

Peach Leaf Curl Disease

Wondering what’s wrong with your plant? We love talking plants and are always happy to help with any gardening related questions!

Question: “My peach trees have distorted leaves and I do not know what is wrong. What is happening to my trees and what should I do to stop it?”

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Answer: This is caused by a fungal disease called Peach Leaf Curl. This is a disease that is not uncommon in peaches when there is cool, wet weather in the spring, as we have had this season. Infected leaves have odd, distorted, lump, gall-like growths, often with a red-brown color and they may be twisted. Usually the infected leaves will drop after a few weeks. At this point, these leaves can be raked up and disposed of.

Straw Bale Gardening



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.

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Thoughtful Gardening Gift Ideas for Mom

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 rose-dick-clark-grandifloranature, while white roses are associated with purity and brightness. They are a great choice for a mother who is traditional yet elegant and sophisticated.

Garden Myths Busted: Gravel for Improved Pot Drainage

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.

2017 Catalog Sneak Peek Part 2

Cultivating Thanks

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.

2017 Catalog Sneak Peek

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.

Winter Care for Roses

Rose Hardiness

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.