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Hurry in today and create your own indoor paradise! Now’s a good time to stock up on indoor plants since it’s a proven fact that they are natural air purifiers and make your indoor environment healthier!

Payne’s can help you make your own indoor paradise with bright, colorful houseplants in beautiful new pots such as bougainvillea, cactus and bromeliads. Take home these plants that are good for you in many ways.

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

START OF THE GROWING SEASON!  

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When we get a newbie working in the greenhouse, I have to instruct him or her to read all the papers enclosed with the plugs and or bare root plants arriving daily for potting. Not only do we have to make sure we received all that we ordered, but that the plants did not get damaged in transit. With all that is going on nowadays, having plant shortages, trucking shortages and employee shortages, we have to be creative on how we process each week.
 
I have had staff call me in a panic because they believe the plants arrived frozen or are dead. These plants are not dead they are dormant. For instance, the peonies come in as bare root. They look like something pulled out of the dumpster. The newbies areamazed when they see them start to sprout in the pots. The pasque flowers look like brown crushed leaves. 
 
We never take a tray of starters for granted. We check and recheck to make sure they are just dormant and not dead. 
 
HAPPY GARDENING!

WHAT IS MERCURY IN RETROGRADE AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU AND GARDENING?

by The Old Farmer’s Almanac
PHOTO CREDIT:  Parts of this image sourced from NASA

Mercury’s first period of retrograde motion in 2022 lasts from January 13 to February 3! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. What exactly does it mean for each of us, though? Read on to find out.

What Is “Mercury Retrograde”?

Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.


Mercury and the Zodiac
The type of influence you feel also depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde. What’s your Zodiac Sign? Check out the paragraph below and learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when Mercury is in retrograde by reading your zodiac profile for gardening in our Green Thumb Gazette – monthly!

Here’s THIS MONTHS ZODIAC SIGN PROFILE AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU GARDEN:
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 19)quarius deepens the winter. Being an extremely independent individual, you favor easy-care plants like pumpkins and squashes (whose leaves quickly shade and kill weeds) meandering alongside your walkways and patios. Peas and snow peas can be found climbing radiantly up your porch railings, while tomatoes appeal to your egalitarian nature. The annual scattering of wildflowers brings great joy to your heart. In the kitchen, all manner of fruits can be found stacked in your bowls and on counters and tables. What can be simpler than wash-and-eat? Eclectic friends bring ethnic tabboulehs, ratatouilles, and couscous to share enthusiastically.


What Is Retrograde Motion?
The astronomical explanation for retrograde motion starts with understanding that the planets in our solar system orbit the Sun at different distances and speeds. While we orbit the Sun ourselves, we can observe the other planets moving across our sky, following their own paths. Sometimes, it can appear (from our perspective) that a planet has abruptly switched directions and has started to move in reverse across the sky. This is, of course, an illusion caused by the position of Earth in relation to that of the planet, since a planet in orbit always travels in one set direction and can’t suddenly reverse course. This is why we call the phenomenon apparent retrograde motion, as it only looks like the planet is moving backward (“retrograde motion”)!

When Is Mercury in Retrograde in 2022?
In 2022, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates: 

  • January 13 to February 3 
  • May 10 to June 2
  • September 9 to October 1
  • December 28 to January 18 (2023)

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OUR 2022 SEEDS ARE HERE!


Our 2022 seeds are here and our seed racks are stocked and ready – with plenty of varieties to choose from. Brands like: Botanical Interests, Lake Valley Organics, Peppers of the World and more!

We ALSO have seeding mix and cactus mix!

If you’re not sure about which variety to choose, our gardening experts will help you decide!


ASK THE GARDEN GURU?

SHOULD I USE MAYO TO SHINE UP MY PLANTS?

ANOTHER GREAT QUESTION!

In this week’s archived show from previous years, the Garden Guru answered a few questions about how to keep our houseplants healthy during the winter and discussed a few ideas.


Lynn mentioned that some of his customers like to use milk or mayonnaise to clean the leaves on their plants because it helps them look shiny and makes them vibrant. Using these home remedies is really not good for plants at all! By applying milk or mayo, these products will tend to leave a sticky residue on them and will … well… you need to listen to the Garden Guru’s tip on how to clean your leaves and what else to watch out for … and save 20% OFF all indoor plants with the coupon below!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE GARDEN GURU’S ARCHIVED RADIO SHOW ON THIS TOPIC.

HAPPY GARDENING!

WATERING TIPS FOR YOUR ANNUALS GROWING INDOORS!

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Annuals that have been growing indoors need bright light in the winter months to grow healthy, pest-free foliage and to set flower buds.

1. During the Winter months it is really important to routinely check potted annual cuttings for moisture. If your house is warm and dry, the potting mix may dry out more rapidly. Water when the growing mix feels dry to the touch.

2. Newly sown seed will need proper moisture to ensure good germination. Do not waterlog the growing mixture.

3. Cover the plant trays with plastic, but as soon as the seeds have germinated, remove the plastic cover to protect the seedlings from damping-off disease (caused by a pathogen in soil which is aggravated by keeping the growing mix too wet).

4. Once the seeds have germinated, remove the plastic cover. Water the growing mixture when it begins to dry out slightly or before seedlings begin to look droopy. Use a mister or watering can. It is better to slightly underwater, as the former reduces the onset of diseases.

TJs TIP: Remember to keep all of your potted plants away from heat vents so as not to dry up the soil too fast. Also, those with radiant heat, raise your plants off the floor.

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