HAPPY EARTH DAY! This year’s theme is PROTECT THE ANIMAL SPECIES!

Make-Every-Day-Earth-DayNature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and harmful pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here.

The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.

Stop by any of our Payne’s locations for earth-friendly advice and environmentally friendly products.

CLICK here to learn more about Earth Day!

SAVE THE DATE! FREE SPRING WORKSHOPS CONTINUE THIS SATURDAY – APRIL 27th!

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Plan to attend our informative, fun and interesting talks absolutely FREE!

Join us Saturday, April 27th, as we Continue our FREE Spring Workshops
at 11 am at our SOUTH store at 715 St. Michael’s Dr. 
There is FREE parking at BIG R next door.
 
Saturday, April 27
TJ Jones, Manager Payne’s South
will be presenting a workshop on:
Growing Vegetables in Containers

Participants will receive a 20% discount card to use the day of the workshop.

SAVE YOUR SATURDAYS THRU MAY 4!

CLICK HERE
 for a complete list of workshops and dates!

 

NATIONAL GARDENING IN THE NEWS!

PAYNES_nationalgardeningSANTA FE, NEW MEXICO AMONG THE TOP NATIONAL POLLINATOR GARDENS HELPING SURPASS THE GOAL OF 1 MILLION REGISTERED POLLINATOR GARDENS!

RESTON, VA. – In just three years, 1,040,000 gardens were registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) involving an estimated eight million people, concentrated in the United States, and Canada with some in Mexico, and across the globe, according to a press release. From tiny yards to public gardens, the million-plus gardens add up to a network of approximately 5 million acres of enhanced or new pollinator habitat.

Pollinator Gardening Hot Spots, where high percentages of the local population registered gardens, include: the desert southwest, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Prescott and Flagstaff, and the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona metro area. The Smoky Mountain region, which straddles North Carolina and Tennessee, contributed over 35,000 gardens. These areas, along with St. Louis, Missouri and others also support high bee density and diversity. Research indicates that the impact of these small-scale pollinator gardens has added significant support to pollinator abundance and diversity.

Metro areas with the highest number of registered gardens include Atlanta, Chicago, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia-Camden, Washington, D.C, and New York City.

Launched in June 2015 by the National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN), the goal of the MPGC was to create networks of gardens to help save pollinators, which are responsible for 1 out of 3 food bites we take each day. “Together, through collaborative conservation we are restoring pollinator populations that provide the foundation of our ecosystems and our food supply.” said, Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of National Wildlife Federation. “When we save wildlife, we save ourselves.”

CLICK here to read the entire article!

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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PLANTS KNOW WHEN TO GROW!

We have had many customers coming in wondering why we do not have our tomato and chile starts ready to transplant. When I tell them it is too early, they look at me like I am totally crazy. I also tell them that it is too early to transplant their geraniums outdoors. Again, they give me the look.

Our temperatures have been fluctuating like crazy the last few weeks. As usual, we have had all four seasons on the same day. We start out with a nice calm sunny day, then the winds pick up, then it snows, rains, sleets. Whew, it is exhausting.

However, the plants in my yard know the time of season. For instance, the Pasque flowers come up and bloom at Easter, no matter when Easter happens to fall. This year they started blooming last week. The other is a native parsley which my family has always harvested around the Easter holiday. It is up. The grape hyacinths are on time. Having lived here all of my life, I know that we will be getting a few more frosts. Don’t be fooled by the warm weather, it will change.

HAPPY GARDENING!

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HOUSEPLANTS: REPOT, RE-FERTILIZE AND STEP UP THE WATERING!

wateringgirl2As days lengthen, your houseplants will start putting on new growth, signaling the start of the growing season. This means you might want to:

  • repot them into a larger size container
  • resume fertilizing them
  • begin increasing slowly the amount of water you give them

Remember: Never let potted plants sit in water-filled saucers. The water saturating the soil in the pots will prevent oxygen from reaching their roots, increasing the danger of root suffocation and root rot. Always dump out collected water from beneath your pots as soon as you notice it.

TJ’s TIP: Take a couple strips of wood and place them in the saucer to raise the pot, so it’s not sitting in water.

THE GARDEN GURU ENCOURAGES GROWING VEGETABLES IN CONTAINERS!

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On last week’s show, the Garden Guru wanted to encourage everybody to consider growing vegetables in containers! Lynn said that there are many different types of vegetables and they all have different sizes of leaves and textures and colors. And if you follow a few simple rules in container gardening, you’re almost guaranteed success!

Lynn said that the first thing you need to do is start with a large enough pot and what I would recommend is something that is 16 inches across the top or even larger or you might consider a series of pots — so that you can have a larger garden! Listen to the Garden Guru’s show below and find out the outrageous thing that Lynn planted in a container! Plan on attending TJ Jones’ workshop on GROWING VEGETABLES IN CONTAINERS on Saturday, April 27!

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radioTune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK! HOMEGROWN EASTER LILLIES!

 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – HOMEGROWN EASTER LILLIES!

If you have a photo taken in one of our greenhouses or of your own garden or
landscape that contains products from Payne’s, please send it to info@paynes.com!

If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or other marketing
materials, then you will receive a Gift Certificate from Payne’s for $25!

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