EARTH DAY 2021 – AS THE WORLD RETURNS TO NORMAL, WE CAN’T GO BACK TO BUSINESS-AS-USUAL.

From April 20-22, join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Together, we can Restore Our Earth™.

APRIL 22 | EARTH DAY
Parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event, right here. The global show begins at 12 PM Eastern Time.

Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on Restore Our Earth™ — we’ll cover natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.More topics will include:

  • Climate and environmental literacy
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  • Reforestation efforts
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Equity and environmental justice
  • Citizen science
  • Cleanups, and more.

World climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, industry leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and the leaders of tomorrow will come to push us towards a better world.

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VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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MANY OF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE COMING IN LOOKING FOR VEGETABLES.

We currently only have the cool weather crops available such as cabbage, kale, spinach. We have started planting our tomatoes and chile and other peppers, but won’t have those ready for a few weeks. We make every effort to have our vegetables ready for when they can be planted outside safely avoiding frost damage. As I mentioned before, our frost-free date is May 15.
 
What we do have an abundance of, is strawberry starts. This year we are growing two Everbearing varieties. Everbearing means they will produce approximately 3 to 4 crops of fruit throughout the growing season as long as the temperatures do not hover over 90 degrees for long periods of time.
 
One variety is Albion. This is a relatively recent hybrid which is very uniform in shape, color and firmness. Also very sweet. The second variety we are growing is Seascape. This variety is known for being tall but has a smaller plant spread, but very delectable fruit. Both are perennial. For those with small spaces, we also offer these in hanging baskets.
 

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE. HAPPY GARDENING!

 

GARDENING TRENDS 2021 – How Herb Gardening Can Save Home Cooks a Ton of Money

PHOTO CREDIT: BOB STEFKO
By Karen Wytmans, Better Homes & Gardens

Spring begins for me when I start planning, preparing, and planting my garden. I live in a duplex and only have space for a narrow raised bed and a few containers, so I have to be deliberate in my plant selection. I’m also not known for my gardening skills; my family looks with pity upon most of the plants I bring home, knowing they probably won’t last long. That said, I have found several herbs that even I can keep alive. And the benefits of growing an herb garden make these aromatic plants well worth growing: they don’t need much room to thrive, you can easily use them in your cooking, and herbs taste so much better when they are fresh-picked. But you may not have considered that an herb garden can also save you money.

Of course, cost savings isn’t the only reason to plant an herb garden, but it may be the best reason to motivate you this year. Not only do herbs take a smaller area to grow than many other edible plants; they also can be relatively costly if you buy them at the grocery store rather than growing them yourself.

Let’s break it down. If you want to make a delicious herb chicken for dinner tonight, you may need to purchase two to three different herbs. Fresh herbs usually run in the range of $2-$5 per bundle, so if you spring for all the herbs the recipe calls for, the cost can quickly add up. Additionally, you probably won’t need the whole bunch for most recipes, just one or two sprigs, so the rest ends up going to waste. And the cycle repeats itself every time you find a new recipe. By contrast, growing an herb garden requires only purchasing the initial seeds or seedlings and preparing the space to cultivate them. Once established, you have all the herbs you need for your favorite recipe any night of the week.

After minimal setup costs, there is little additional financial outlay involved in maintaining your herb garden other than elbow grease. You can clip off and use just a leaf or two or whatever amount you need for the particular recipe you want to whip up. Additionally, the herbs will be fresher and more flavorful than if you had bought them in the store. That’s a win-win!

If you have only a limited area to plant your garden, start by thinking about the herbs you use most for your cooking. Which ones are your go-to herbs? If you grow herbs that you already know how to use in recipes, you’re more likely to make good use of them. Of course, it’s also fun to experiment; maybe there are some herbs you can’t find at your local market, and the only way to bring them into your cooking is by growing them yourself. I recommend adding one or two herbs that you are curious to sample in your cuisine.

Next, think about the space and location for growing your herbs. Will they be indoors or out in your garden? In the ground or pots? Will they have full sun or mostly shade? For herbs that are perennials, check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to see if the plants you want to grow will be able to thrive where you are. Selecting herbs that fit the environment and physical space you have available for them will also help maximize your harvests while using your resources efficiently. Here are my top picks that maximize space-saving, cost-cutting, and cooking possibilities.

TJ’S TIP: Stop by either location and see what aromatic and colorful herbs we have in stock, here’s a few to mention: Basil, Parsley, Rosemary, Dill, a variety of Mint, Catmint and more!


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK!

2021 SUPERBENA VERBENA GROWING IN THE GREENHOUSE!

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