January is the best time to start planning your garden.
1. Start collecting your seeds and looking at various plants that you would like to see in your gardens.
2. Once your list is compiled, get your seeds early so you can have the best selection!
3. Consider growing your own seedlings indoors if you have the time and space.
4. Plan on building a plant stand to start seeds indoors, particularly if you have adequate light.
5. Consult your garden notebook or notes from previous years on what grew and performed best in your landscape.
6. Sterilize old containers and pots by scrubbing off old soil and debris with a scouring pad. Soak in a solution of bleach and warm water for a half-hour or so then, rinse with clear water.
Our 2021 seeds are here and our seed racks are stocked and ready – with plenty of varieties to choose from. Brands like: Lake Valley Organics, Peppers of the World, Botanical Interests and more! If you’re not sure about which variety to choose, our gardening experts will help you decide!
At the South store we are getting ready to plant Ivy Geranium baskets and pots. Our North store is busy planting and up-potting perennials for early spring sales. I took a walk through the greenhouse at the North store yesterday. The tables are being filled with new plantings. One of the most popular perennials we carry is the Peony. We have several varieties popping out of the soil. Once these start to bloom, we have a hard time keeping them in stock.
We try to concentrate on the standards like peonies, agastaches and salvias. We grow many groundcovers such as creeping thyme, wooly veronica and creeping phlox. But, as a local nursery, we have the ability to vary what we grow and stock. We have many varieties of hostas, columbines and oriental poppies.
This year has been off-kilter. I have seen postings of bull snakes out sunning. The other night, I had to dodge a whole family of quail crossing the road in front of me. It is too early for these creatures to be out and about. What we need is more moisture. Hope we get more soon. Take some time and walk through the greenhouses to see what will be available in the coming months. Thanks for your continued support.
1. If You’re Not a Gardener, Become OneYou don’t even have to have a yard. Condo and apartment dwellers might be surprised to know how many flowers, herbs, and small vegetables they can grow in pots. Beginning gardeners might also be surprised to learn the many other benefits of gardening. Like all exercise, gardening burns calories while also helping you to destress and unplug. It will also teach you patience – after all, you can’t hurry Mother Nature.
2. Reduce Your Lawn AreaLawns are high-maintenance money pits. If you replace some of your grass with shrubs, perennials, or even vegetables, you’ll spend less time behind the lawnmower and less money on fertilizing, watering during droughts, and re-seeding in the spring or fall. You can even begin this project now by organically killing a portion of your lawn. All you have to do is select an area of grass and smother it with compost and aged manure or “burn it up” by solarizing it under plastic sheets. By spring, the area should be ready for planting and mulching.
3. Add Native PlantsThis will really simplify your life! Native plants adapt much easier to periods of stressful weather, such as droughts or bitter winter cold snaps than the hybrids and non-natives that are often seen in nurseries across the U.S. Native plants also help sustain beneficial insects and bird populations because they attract native pollinators and birds that might not be drawn to non-natives.
4. Start a Compost BinHere, again, you don’t need a yard or large space to create garden compost. Small composters no bigger than a patio grill are available from garden centers or online. They’ll turn kitchen scraps, leaves, or yard waste into what some gardeners call “black gold” – nutrient-rich material for your pots or in-ground plants. Industrious and handy gardeners, of course, can build their own bins using 4×4 posts and heavy gauge wire or slatted boards. Either way, for the eco-conscious they serve the added purpose of reducing the amount of recycled material that otherwise would go to the curb.
5. Add One New Sustainable Method to Your Gardening RoutineWorking in harmony with nature instead of fighting it will improve the health of your soil, increase the bounty from your garden, and minimize negative effects on the environment – as well as cut down on your stress! There are many sustainable practices you can use to increase your gardening enjoyment. One would be to install one or more rain barrels to capture rain runoff from the roof. You could also start using a drip or soaker hose that would put water directly on the plant root zone rather than broadcasting it to unintended places from an oscillating sprinkler.