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2013 Varieties of Annual Plants on Sale!

December 28th, 2012

Happy New Year!

from Garden Harvest Supply

To Do List:

    • Return that ugly Christmas sweater
    • Have a safe and enjoyable New Year celebration
    • Make your New Year's Resolutionor not
    • Take a deep cleansing breath, relax for a bit, and then……
    • Preorder your potted annual plants for spring delivery

and Save 10%* Marguerite Sweet Potato Vine Plant

For a shady corner that needs brightening up, consider the Marguerite Ipomoea Plant. This easy-to-grow, widely adaptable ground cover spreads up to 36 inches.

SunPatiens Impatiens Plants for Sale


If you have a sunny spot, even with high heat and humidity, our SunPatiens Spreading White Impatiens Plant is the answer. For planting in beds or containers, these large blossoms have the wow factor.

Hanging Ivy Geranium Plants for Sale


Spring brings an end to winter blizzards, but you can keep the excitement going with a storm of vivid red color. Our Blizzard® Dark Red Ivy Geranium Plant yields mounds of lipstick-red blossoms that will cascade wonderfully from atop walls, baskets or window boxes.

Black Petunia Plants for Sale


And no flower or container garden is quite complete without the lovely petunia. May we suggest you take a look at our Black Velvet Petunia Plant? Definitely not your mother's, or even your grandmother's, petunia plant, this truly black petunia will have all the neighbors talking!


Every single annual plant is on sale now. Browse our selection. Choose from Ipomoeas (Sweet Potato Plants), Impatiens, Fuchsias, Geraniums, Mandevillas, or any number of ANNUAL PLANTS to add striking color, texture and fragrance to your patio or yard.

Rogue Flower Garden Hoe for Sale


When it comes to cultivating your garden beds, our customers agree the Rogue Triangle Garden Hoe is the #1 go-to, ideal tool to get the job done right, quickly and effortlessly. The quality is unsurpassed!

Vacation Drought Treatment for Flowers


We'll even make it remarkably easy and affordable to keep everything healthy and beautiful. Take 10% off all of our Espoma® Flower-tone and Neptune's Harvest organic fertilizers. We've also got you covered if you have to be gone for a week or two: our Vacation® Plant Treatment makes it possible for you to take up to two weeks off and come back home to water and revive your plants to their original pre-vacation glory.


Pre-order for scheduled Spring Shipping now and

Save 10%*

You can even request earlier or later delivery times at checkout.
(Just tell us what you'd like in the Comment section.)

*Enter discount code APS12 and order before January 3!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season and we at Garden Harvest Supply
look forward to serving you in 2013.

How to Grow Begonia Plants

December 27th, 2012

Begonia plant growing in a containerHere are some easy tips on how to grow Begonia plants.

Begonias grow from fleshy stems called tubers. Fill a starter pot 3/4 full of loose potting soil. Place the tuber in the pot, with the hollow side pointing up. Cover lightly with 1 in. potting soil. Water well; do not let soil dry out. Move into a permanent pot when plant sprouts to 1-2 in. tall. Fill pot 3/4 with a potting soil/vermiculite mix. Make a hole big enough to fit the roots; gently put Begonia plant in pot. Cover with 2 in. of soil. Water lightly. Once danger of frost is over, move plant outdoors.

Common Name: Begonia

Propagation: Stem cuttings made in the spring

Description: Begonia plants are flowering tubers. They grow both indoors and out. In hot, humid areas, they make good houseplants. These annual plants have long-lasting blooms from summer up to first frost. They are heat and drought tolerant. Begonias grow from 6 to 18 in. tall.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-11

Companion Plants: Lobelia, Impatiens, Fuchsia

Fertilizer Needs: For flowerbeds, add fertilizer to the soil in the bed before spring planting. Use 1 lb. of 10-10-10 fertilizer for every 100 sq. ft. in the flowerbed. Do not get any fertilizer on the plant stems or leaves. Water flowerbeds after each feeding. Poke your finger into the soil; it should feel damp as deep as 6 in. down. Stop fertilizing in late summer or early fall (about 8 wks. before the first fall frost) to stop any late-season growth.

For container-grown Begonias, fertilize in spring when plants send up the first shoots. Use a balanced liquid houseplant food at half the rate given on the package. Feed every 2 wks. all spring and summer.

Maintenance: Low; these annual plants are easy to grow and care for. Just keep watered in hot weather.

Display Tips: Begonias grow well in flowerbeds under trees and near shrubs. They look nice in containers like window boxes and hanging baskets. They can grow in sun, partial sun, or shade.

How to Grow Bacopa Plants

December 18th, 2012

Here are some easy tips for how to grow Bacopa plants.

This annual plant likes full sun to part shade and acid soil. To grow outdoors in the ground, plant at least 6 in. deep; space Bacopa about 16 in. apart. Mix some peat moss into the soil so ground stays moist. Put 3-4 inches of mulch down. Water the Bacopa plants well; give each plant 1-2 cups of water. Bacopa does not wilt when it dries out, but instead loses its flowers. It takes 2-3 weeks to bloom again. Give the plant at least 1 inch of water daily. Make sure soil drains well. Bacopa also grows in hanging baskets, window boxes, or pots.

Bacopa plant growing in a hanging basket

Common Name: Water Hyssop

Description: Bacopa is a trailing plant growing 4 to 8 in. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide; colors range from white to blue, purple, or lavender. The 10 to 12 in. long stems hold groups of small, five-petal flowers. Crush the fleshy leaves and they smell sharply of lemon.

Propagation: By seed or stem cutting. Take a 4- to 6-inch stem cutting and put it in a glass of water.  Set glass in a sunny window. Change the water every 1-2 days. When you see roots growing, remove from glass and pot up the new Bacopa plant.

Origin of Name: South Africa

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-10

Companion Plants: Begonia, Geranium

Fertilizer Needs: Monthly with an all-purpose food, or use liquid seaweed every week or two.

Maintenance: These annual plants are easy to grow. Trim stems to shape plants and keep them looking good, but don't over prune. Deadhead old, faded flowers to keep your Bacopa plant blooming. Remove dead stems from under the plants will stop disease.

Display Tips: Bacopa look nice as groundcover at the edge of flower beds. For a real show, mix with trailing Verbenas in colors from pink to dark purple or with trailing Snapdragons in bronze and yellow.

Thanks For Your Help With My Eagle Scout Project

December 17th, 2012

Dear Garden Harvest Supply,

I am writing to thank you for your donation towards my Eagle Scout project. The project was completed in August and went extremely well. I could not have done it without your support and the support of numerous other businesses around the community. The project was targeted to improve a park in the Village of Moscow that as destroyed after the tornado in March. I think that the project accomplished its goal and will serve the community well. I have finished turning in all my paperwork and officially became an Eagle Scout Thursday, December 6th.

I am attaching a couple of photos from my project showing how the bushes turned out and helped my project. The project consisted of installing a brand new sidewalk connecting a shelter to the walking trail. We then planted ten Lynwood Gold Forsythia Bushes to add some live plants to create a privacy wall for the park and its neighbors. We then proceeded to mulch the whole tree nursery and the whole park. Finally, we installed bricks from a building that fell during the tornado along both sides of the two sidewalks to act as a memorial to the people of Moscow, with one brick engraved with the date of the tornado.

I cannot express how thankful I am for your donation and help in completing my Eagle Scout project, which led me to being able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Thanks You, Nathan D, Troop 155

Nathans Eagle Scout Project


A Springtime to Remember in December

December 4th, 2012

Planting vegetable seedlings into the garden

It’s Time to Pre-Order Your

2013 Vegetable Plants 

With the single largest inventory of vegetable plants available online, we often have to wonder how we manage to sell out but we do.

  • It could be our fantastically low prices.
  • It could be the superior quality of our vegetable plants.
  • It could be our guarantee that your plants will arrive alive and ready to thrive, or we'll send out new plants at no additional cost to you. Our special shipping containers allow your plants to breathe while being well-supported within the box, ensuring a safe trip to your garden.
  • Or it could be you, our happy customers, spreading the word about our strong commitment to exceptional customer service.

Whatever the reason, we simply hate to sell out of anything, leaving even just one of our customers disappointed. So, to help prevent that from happening, we are taking pre-orders for your spring vegetable plants right now.

And as an added incentive

  • No minimum orderYou can order just one or you can order hundreds of vegetable plants and have them delivered right to your door.
  • Shipped in time for plantingYour entire order of vegetable plants will be shipped according to our shipping schedule for your area, unless you specify a different date in the comments section during checkout, in which case, we'll ship them according to your request.

Now is the time to pre-plan your vegetable garden because now is the time to save. You will not see our vegetable plants at these incredibly low prices again before it's time to plant.

This year, we'll be adding some new vegetable plants to our extensive inventory, especially for container gardeners or for those with limited space.

Check these out:

Grow Lizzano cherry tomatoes in a basket


The Lizzano Cherry Tomato Plant is one of our newest arrivals and one we expect to become a customer favorite, being particularly well suited to container growing and having fantastic flavor.


Banana Sweet Pepper Plants


Our Sweet Banana Sweet Pepper Plant is a long-time patio favorite, grown for its colorful addition to salads. This mild sweet pepper is scrumptious, whether harvested when yellow, orange or bright scarlet.

Faerie Watermelon Plants Grow In Smaller Spaces


Would you believe watermelons? Yes, we have discovered the Faerie Watermelon Plant, with sweet, small fruits and with vines easily supported on trellises in containers or small garden plots.



As always, we have a huge selection of heirloom vegetables, each one handed down for more than 60 years. The seeds are carefully preserved, offering appearance and flavor second to none.

Heirloom Tomato Plants for SalePlan Now         Order Now Heirloom Cantaloupe Plants for Sale

and have the best garden ever this spring!

How to Grow Achillea Plants

December 3rd, 2012

Growing Achillea FlowersFollowing are some tips for how to grow Achillea plants.

Common Names: Milfoil, Yarrow, Thousand-Seal, Nosebleed Plant

Description: This hardy perennial is easily identified by its spicy chrysanthemum-like smell, feathery grey-green leaves, and mustard-yellow flower heads. But it also comes in a dark, orange-red color. It stands 18 to 36 in. tall and spreads out anywhere from 9 to 12 in. around. It grows best in a well-drained, acid or neutral mix of loam and sand. Yarrow can take partial shade or full sun. It is a fast-growing plant. In Europe, the leaves and flowers (collected from June through August) are used as medicine. A bitter herb, the Achillea plant stimulates the appetite and helps with digestion. It’s also used in treating liver and gall bladder problems. It is thought to have a wound-healing effect. This multi-purpose plant is used in skin treatments; yarrow is supposed to be good for oily skin. Some folks chop the young leaves into a spring salad with equal parts plantain and watercress or else mix the herb into butter as a healthy breakfast spread.

USDA Zones of Hardiness: From Zone 3 to 10

Propagation: From seed: Plant indoors in March or early April, using a mix of leaf mold, sand, and garden soil. Set outdoors in early May. Plants generally flower the first season. To grow from root division, chop root clump with a spade into smaller clumps.

Origin of name: Comes from the Greek hero Achilles, a soldier in the Trojan War.

Maintenance: Achillea is a dependable, low-maintenance perennial plant. It attracts butterflies and birds. The flowers are nice dried. The herb makes a good filler plant or can be used to edge the lawn or garden bed. Deadhead the plants to keep them blooming. Cut back after the second bloom to refresh these perennial plants; it also reduces the need for staking. Divide the plants every 2 to 3 years.

Companion Plants: The flat flowers and the feathery leaves look nice planted next to spiky plants like liatris, penstemon, or veronica.

Fertilizer Needs: Unless your soil is very poor, Achillea plants do not need fertilizer.

How To Overwinter Herbs

December 1st, 2012

Herb plants growing inside for the winterPerennial herb gardens come back each spring with very little effort on the gardener’s part. Hardy perennials like tarragon and lavender die back in winter. Prune them down to last year’s growth. Put a 2-3 in. layer of mulch on top to protect roots and to prevent heaving out of the soil with freezing and thawing. Onions and garlic (considered herbs by many, even though they’re actually bulbs) do well with either straw mulch or row covers.

For a supply of fresh mint through the fall months, cut off the top of the plant, put the roots in seed trays (or deeper boxes) and cover with soil. Keep in the greenhouse or cold frame.

Extend the growing season of annual herbs by bringing them indoors before the first frost.  You can grow herbs like rosemary, chives or parsley inside your home in winter on a sunny windowsill. Herbs will also keep in the basement or garage if there is a small window for light.

Herbs do best if they have 5-6 hours of sun a day. Potted herb plants can be placed on tables or on the floor near any sunny window. Don’t put saucers under the potsthey don’t like wet feet! Generally, don’t water more often than once a week in winter. It’s best to water herbs in the morning. Use a spray bottle and mist lightly to maintain some humidity in the air, especially if your home has forced air heat. Use warm water. Check soil moisture regularly to prevent herbs from drying out completely.

Fertilizer is generally not needed for herbs over the ‘dormant’ winter months.

Use 8 to 12 in. diameter pots to allow roots plenty of growing room.  Also, only use pots or containers with good drainage holes, but make sure the holes are partially blocked with cheesecloth or gravel to prevent soil from leaking out when you water. Fill pots about 3/4 full with a mix of compost and quality potting soil. Group several pots close to each other so there is plenty of moist air from the leaves being crowded together. Placing potted herb plants in a gravel-lined tray prevents root rot.

Before bringing any plants indoors, check for bugs and pull off any dead leaves. Cut back any scraggly growth. Allow plants to sit a week or two in a covered porch or garage before moving them into the house, so they can adapt gradually to changes in light, temperature and moisture.

To enjoy your herbs in recipes or for therapeutic needs, simply snip leaves as needed, and the plants should continue to grow and replenish throughout the chilly months.

How to Grow Alternanthera Plants

November 29th, 2012

How to grow Alternanthera PlantsHere are some helpful hints on how to grow Alternanthera plants.

Common Names: Calico Plant, Joseph’s Coat, Alligator Weed, Parrot Leaf, Joyweed

Description: A tropical and tender perennial, the Calico Plant is treated as an annual and grown for its brightly colored leaves. They come in a wide range of showy shades: red, green, pink, copper, purple, and yellow. The broad, oval leaves may also be marked with blotches of orange, red, or yellow and look similar to coleus. In late fall, check for white flowers, set on short stalks; they are small and hard to see. A compact, fast-growing annual plant, the Alternanthera (all-ter-NAN-ther-ah) has been a landscaper’s favorite for centuries. The small mounds and showy colors were used in English knot gardens and even inspired Victorian needlework designs. This exotic plant is also used as a medicinal in Africa, India, and Taiwan. There are nearly 200 different types of Joyweed growing all across the U.S. and around the world. In some places, it’s called an invasive weed.

USDA Hardiness Zones: Winter hardy in Zones 10-11.

Growth and Shape: Plant 4 to 9 in. apart for ground cover; can also be used to edge the lawn. Since Joseph’s Coat grows quickly, you’ll need to pinch off stems or trim with shears to keep the compact, mounded shape.

Maintenance: Alternanthera plants need a rich, organic soil that drains well and is kept moist. Full sun develops the best colors, although it can stand partial shade.

Fertilizer Needs: Liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks or granular once a month; granular needs water to activate it. Follow directions on container.

Propagation: From seed: start Alternanthera seeds indoors in late winter and transplant outdoors after last frost. Check seed packet for directions. Stem tip cuttings may be done in late summer. Order live Alternanthera plants for the more popular varieties if you choose not to bother with the seed or the cuttings.

Display Tips: For a tropical garden, start with some elephant ears, cannas, or caladiums to contrast with your alternanthera annual plants. If a cottage garden is more to your liking, try Black-eyed Susans, shasta daisies, purple coneflower, or blue salvia alongside your Joseph’s Coat. “Purple Knight” Alternanthera looks nice with Tidal Wave Petunia, New Gold Lantana, or the French Dwarf Marigold Bonanza. This tropical perennial also makes a striking accent plant grown in a container.

Shop Cyber Monday

November 26th, 2012

Avoid the Rush

Avoid the Crush

Shop With Us Online

Save 15% on Everything in Our Store

Growing Plants in a GreenhouseThere is a whole lot to be said about shopping from the comfort of your computer, maybe with a beverage or snack, browsing at your leisure and saving fuel, all while staying within your budget.

Say NO to Big Box Store Mania

Shop from Home

And Save 15% Site-Wide

Here at Garden Harvest Supply, we urge you to stay home and stay safe, opting instead for the most enjoyable shopping experience ever. Unlike the big box stores, we do one thing, and we do it really well: Garden Supplies. And when it comes to Home and Garden Supplies, we have exceptionally competitive pricing, a dedication to you, our valued customer, and hands on knowledge and experience.

We Do This ONLY Once a Year!

This Is the Time to Shop for Gifts and Stock Up on Supplies for Spring

Shop in our All You Can Eat department for Homemade Jam, Spreads and Gourmet Popcorn. These make great gifts, but they're so good you'll want to keep some for yourself.

Garden Caddy for sitting on while gardeningNow, during this site-wide sale, is the ideal time to stock up on Garden Tools and Organic Vegetable Seeds. Or really surprise that someone special with a cold frame or green house kit, the ultimate gift for the avid gardener. At 15% off, you will save over $150.00 on our 8-foot square green house kit, pay no sales tax and get FREE Shipping. Just imagine having healthy, affordable veggies and gorgeous flowers, year-round!

Look through our Backyard Décor department for just about everything you can imagine to decorate your yard, feed the birds, house the butterflies and make wonderful garden music with fountains and windchimes. These fantastic gifts last season after season and will be a permanent reminder of your thoughtfulness.

And don't forget to protect your bushes and shrubs this winter with our reusable and invaluable plant covers. The weird weather patterns across the U.S. have made it almost impossible to predict what will happen where, so the best course of action is to be prepared, ensuring you won't be taken by surprise by bitterly freezing weather or hurricane-force winds.

Copper dragonfly fountain for the backyard water displayThis Is the Time to Browse!

You may just find that one perfect gift for the

 impossible-to-buy-for gardener in your life.

Take your time. Shop alone or shop with family members. Then, just sit back and wait for your items to arrive on your doorstep. You've got to agree, Christmas shopping has never been easier. Pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate, gather the shoppers around your computer and have some fun!

This sale ends at Midnight, December 2. Remember, we will not have a site-wide sale with such deep discounts until next year at this time. If you want to save big, now is the time to do it.

Just enter discount code CBMY12 at checkout to activate your

15% savings on every purchase.

We sincerely hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

We look forward to serving you today,

The Staff at Garden Harvest Supply

How to Grow Abutilon Plants

November 19th, 2012

Abutilon plants growing in a container

Here are some easy tips for how to grow your abutilon plants: Given good light and proper care, abutilon rewards its keeper with a steady show of lovely hibiscus-like flowers, available in a wide range of dazzling colors. Does best with temperature between 65 and 75 degrees. Abutilon plants need bright light.  Water thoroughly and then let plants dry until the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch before watering again. Feed monthy with an all purpose (20-20-20) fertilizer. As frost approaches, bring abutilon indoors.  It can be overwintered inside, but when the air is very dry, mist every few days or set plants on a bed of damp pebbles to prevent problems with spider mites. In spring or summer, take 4-inch-long stem tip cuttings and put to root in damp seed-starting mix. Use rooting hormone powder, and transplant to any peaty potting soil after 4 to 6 weeks; set three rooted cuttings in a 6 in. container. In about a month, repot individual plants to 8 in. pots. Never add lime, since abutilon does best in acid soil.

Description: A mass of handsome drooping flowers (1 to 3 in. long) blooming nearly year-round makes the abutilon plant a favorite accent plant for indoor blooming. The Chinese bellflower, or Indian mallow, does well in the greenhouse or window box. This exotic tropical transplant comes in many different forms: handsome, erect, tree-like specimens; shrubby, herbaceous mounds; and long, trailing vines. The five-lobed leaves are usually edged or attractively mottled with white. The papery blossoms come in a wide range of bright colors, including vivid reds and yellows, pure white, striped, and many more in between. The flowering maple with solid green leaves is thought to be the strongest grower. Abutilon are most often grown indoors as colorful and lush houseplants, being treated like geraniums or fuchsias (placed outdoors in summer and brought indoors as the weather turns cold.)

Origin of Plant Name: In the18th century a Scottish botanist named Philip Miller changed the original Arabic name to its present form.

Propagation: If started outdoors as annuals, abutilon may be lifted, cut back, and potted in the fall to bring indoors. This way it flowers during the winter, and may grow up to several feet.  It also grows from stem-tip cuttings taken anytime during active plant growth. Young plants should be staked and pinched back frequently to encourage the growth of side branches, or they become spindly.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-10

Growth and Shape:  Regularly pruned, abutilon plants keep a bushy shape of 18 in. Tied to sturdy stakes, upright plants can easily reach 3 ft. They tend to be leggy, so careful pruning (by 1/3 their size in spring) just before the vigorous flush of new growth keeps the flowering maple in check.

Maintenance: Repot young abutilon plants every 6 months or so to allow room for growing roots. After plants fill an 8-inch pot (usually when they are 3 yrs. old), start new plants from stem tip cuttings.

Attributes: A nearly year-round show of delicate papery blossoms on gently drooping stems makes abutilon a charming ornamental plant. Extensive hybridization has produced dozens of cultivars with a wide range of colors, including contrasting veining.  A single parent plant will reward the gardener with a generous supply of new plants.  Display Tips: Bush rose, petunia, lobelia, Japanese aralia, and licorice plant are all good companions to the flowering maple plant. In addition to being grown in pots or hanging baskets, abutilon plants can be trained to a tree-like shape by tying the main stem to a sturdy stake. Pinch off all branches that grow from the lowest 15 in. of stem.

Special thanks to Cathy from Words and Herbs for the beautiful abutilon photo.

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