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How To Apply Garden Harvest Supply Discount Codes

June 27th, 2012

There have been some questions about where to apply Garden Harvest Supply discount codes.  All codes get entered during the Payment process, which is right after the shipping section of the checkout page.  It looks like this:

Thanks for your recent purchases, and enjoy your discounts!

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Sincerely, Joe Stutzman
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Perennial Plant Sale On Now!

June 27th, 2012

Now, during our 20% Sale, is the perfect time to stock up on Perennials! Simply enter the code PS2012 at checkout for 20% OFF all our perennials and enjoy an added surprise! We will include one of our Flowering Combos at no additional cost!

double decker echinacea plantYou can buy an old favorite or try something new and look forward to having a brand new look next season when your well-established perennials make their reappearance in the spring.  Many are still in bloom right now, with plenty of opportunity for them to provide a bit of color for the rest of this season…but wait until next year…and the next…and the next.

So, what new plant will find a home with you? We just might have a few suggestions!

Echinacea has long been a customer favorite. Amazingly easy to grow and to care for, you may recognize it as Coneflower, its more common name. Blooming first in early spring, you will be treated to a second, more prolific bloom in the fall if you just cut the plants back after the first blooms are spent. Even after the blossoms have faded for the season, the seed heads will add interest to your late fall and early winter garden while song birds will visit for the crunchy feast they provide. And you can dry the leaves and blossoms to make antioxidant-rich tea to ward off those winter colds. One of our most interesting Echinaceas is our Double Decker. Having daisy-like petals swept gracefully down and back, the cone-like seed head that gives this perennial its nickname amazingly sprouts another blossom on top. Kind of reminds us of the hats and outfits at the Kentucky Derby or the Queen’s Jubilee!

Hercules Heucher PlantSpeaking of a jubilee of color: Heuchera, pronounced HUE-ker-ah, but more commonly called Coral Bells, is a winner! Available in a variety of colors, from darkest purple to electric lime-green, this low-growing foliage plant is usually evergreen and is used most often in borders, as accents in rock-gardens or as a ground cover. Bearing delicate, airy, wave-in-the-slightest-breeze blossoms above the mounded leafy growth, most gardeners grow Coral Bells for the fantastic foliage coloration and variety of leaf-shapes and textures.  On the other hand, if you grow the Hercules Heuchera Plant, you will have the best of both worlds, being treated to an early to midsummer show of intensely scarlet blossoms waving gracefully above heavily marbled, green and cream vegetation; this showy specimen provides color, texture and personality even when not in bloom.

Autumn Joy Sedum PlantAnd finally, if you want a care-free, drought-tolerant, pest-resistant, colorful plant, look no further than the Sedum Plant. Also called Stonecrop, Sedum survives droughty conditions by storing water in its fleshy, succulent-type leaves. An ideal perennial for the xeriscaped landscape or for an area that is hard to water, once established, little additional watering is required to keep sedum growing. In fact, Sedum has very few pests paying it any attention at all, and it does not tend to be susceptible to diseases. One of our most dramatic sedums is Autumn Joy. Putting on a show throughout the entire season, its blossoms change from creamy white to shades of pink and through its orangey phase to become coppery-bronze before its blossoms fade to reveal dark mahogany seed heads, providing yet another show as the songbirds discover their existence! Bird song, all-season color and easy maintenance: what more could you possibly want?

Can’t choose just one? No problem. Every single perennial is on sale!

Just make your selections, enter the code PS2012 at checkout and we’ll do the rest, delivering your new garden additions right to your doorstep.

You save 20% and we’ll even send you one of our Flowering Combos as a bonus!

BUT HURRY—THIS SALE ENDS JULY 6, 2012!

We at Garden Harvest Supply would like to wish you a safe, happy and color-filled rest of the summer!

Need Advice On Ground Cover

June 24th, 2012

My yard is 50×38. I want to get rid of the grass. I live in a suburb off Chicago, IL. I want the yard to have ajuga as a ground cover. I want the light pole in the yard’s center to have a perennial silver plant around it like Dusty Miller. I want the border to be a perennial Sedum. I want the colors to complement the color of the ajuga. Please give me advice. How much should I order? It is my plan to desod (if that is a word) & remove the grass. Thanks, Lordora

Answer: Well, the design you have in mind will dictate exactly how many plants you need to purchase. I can give you an idea of about how many plants per square foot to plant.  Then, draw out the design on some graph paper and once you have the square footage of each area you can figure through that.

Mahogany Ajuga Ground CoverFor the ajuga, I would suggest our ‘Mahogany‘ variety. It has very nice dark foliage and would make a striking accent. There are several other varieties to choose from. It’s a fairly fast spreader. Remember, it goes dormant in the winter but will reemerge in the spring and produce a beautiful blue flowerscape. For a quick cover plant, it is ideal. I would suggest using no more than 2 per square foot, as they will spread up to 18 inches.

In your location what is commonly called Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) is actually an annual. If you are looking for a perennial with silvery foliage, let me suggest Artemisia ‘Powis Castle. I would plant no more than 1 plant per square foot, as this can be an aggressive plant. It can get as tall as three feet.

Also silvery with purple blooms would be Little Spire Perovskia. Its mature size is 18-25″ and 12-18″ wide, so you would only want one per foot.

And there are also several selections of Lavenders in our herb selections that are perennial and have a silvery to blue-green foliage. Each one lists the mature height and width so you can calculate from there. I personally love the lavender, as it adds a fragrant dimension to your landscape.

Angelina Sedum Ground CoverFor sedums, my personal favorite is the Angelina because of the bright green summer color and then the intense change to reds and oranges in the fall. It’s low and makes a nice edge border. But you might also like Dragon’s Blood or the Tricolor Sedum. These you would need 2-3 plants per square foot.

For full sun areas, the dark leaf Heucheras would also make a nice addition to your garden. The lighter-colored-leaf varieties require shade.

I hope this helps you create a beautiful yard.

Happy Gardening,

Karen

WHOLESALE-PRICED TRAYS ON SPECIAL NOW!

June 22nd, 2012

full tray vegetable and flower specialsWe have wholesale trays of Vegetables, Herbs, Foliage and Flowers!
All on Sale! All Ready-to-Ship! Today!

We have a really nice selection of tomatoes, from our Big Beef hybrid to our Opalka Polish heirloom. The hybrids have taken years to develop and are bred for their resistance to the most common tomato ailments and for their ease in growing. The heirlooms, on the other hand, have been around for years and years, harkening back to our ancestors with the colors, textures and incredible flavors you won’t find in a “market” tomato. Along with a broad selection of herbs and greens, we also have our Habanero hot pepper plants and a Brassica or two, which is a fancy way to say we have cabbage and broccoli. Just take your pick at 50% off! Just Click Here to see our entire section of wholesale specials.

All of our wholesale vegetables and herbs are ideal for growing and taking to your local farmer’s market. What a great family project!  Eat healthier, teach a few lessons, earn some money and bring your family closer together.

And then…we have the lovely Ipomoea plants, which most of you might know as Sweet Potato Vines. This decorative foliage plant will not produce sweet potatoes, but is one of the most commonly grown ground covers, container plants, border plants, you-name-it-plants on the market. Easy to grow, these 50-count trays at 50% off are the way to enhance your landscaping while saving big money.

And last, but definitely not least, we have flowers! Most of the wholesale trays included in this sale will be 50% off and include Lantanas, Begonia, Impatiens, Calibrachoa, Petchoa, Geraniums, Petunias and Verbenas, with new trays being added as we speak.

All you have to do is order them now and they’ll be shipped post-haste, healthy and ready to plant, right to your doorstep! Simply Click Here to add these great deals to your cart and to earn Reward Points towards your future purchases.

Our Annual Sale On Annual Plants Is On!

June 19th, 2012

Our annual sale on annual plants is on! From now until June 24, you can save 40% on a wide selection of annuals. Just enter discount code AS2012 when checking out in order to receive this deep discount. Let’s spotlight a few of these beautiful annuals starting with Calibrachoa.

pink calibrachoa flowering plantCalibrachoa look like small petunias and produce hundreds of petite tubular blooms. Hummingbirds love these flowers that can trail or weep, and remain until the first frost hits. Plant Calibrachoa in hanging baskets, containers, or beds, keeping in mind that the more sun they get, the more they will flower. You don’t need to deadhead them, just apply a good liquid fertilizer once a month. To avoid root rot, grow them in a well-drained area. But if you forget to water them once in a while, don’t worry: they are tolerant of drought. Overall, they are easy to take care of and grow because they are not particularly attractive to pests and are not prone to any particular disease conditions.

Osteospermum is another sun-loving plant that attracts butterflies. Some gardeners count Osteospermum among their favorite plants, such as Brenda Emmett who writes, “Their porcelain looking petals are just breathtaking; they seem to have an iridescent glow that mesmerizes you into utter awe.” Osteospermum produce daisy-like flowers, and don’t require deadheading, although it’s a good idea. They are somewhat drought tolerant but for the first two weeks after planting, be sure to give them plenty of water.  Fertilize them each week with a targeted soil amendment such as Espoma Flower-Tone. For detailed information about how to grow Osteospermum, consult this brochure from North Carolina State University.

coral geranium flowering plantGeraniums are one of the mainstays of the home garden and are enormously popular as potted plants. Often they will also be seen in containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Yet they need not be protected from the elements: recent cultivars such as the Wilhelm Langguth have petals that are tougher than they look and are capable of withstanding wind and rain.  Plant geraniums in a bright spot (the sunnier the better) in soil that drains well, and apply a liquid fertilizer at least once per month. For detailed, information about growing geraniums, consult this brochure from Iowa State Extension.

Ipomoea plants grow vigorously and produce decorative foliage that can provide lovely ground cover or be used to beautify window boxes, hanging baskets, and containers. The cultivar known as Blackie is especially popular due to its enchantingly dark foliage that looks great to offset vivid-color in flowers. The Tricolor is another cultivar that has become a tried-and-true fixture in many gardens and containers.

One final tip: if you’re dealing with difficult soil or climate conditions, check out this free booklet from the University of Minnesota Extension: The Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites.

neptune's harvest fish and seaweed fertilizerThat’s all the gardening info for now, but in closing we’d like to mention that not only are all our annuals on sale but our best liquid fertilizer, Neptune’s Harvest, is currently on sale for 40% off, as well! This is a great opportunity to stock up on the fertilizer that is responsible for many of those prize-winning giant pumpkins and squash, and which is likely to also work wonders in your own garden. Packed with vitamins and minerals from the sea, Neptune’s Harvest is arguably the finest general-use fertilizer on the market at this time. We don’t usually put it on sale, so take advantage of this offer before it expires on June 24.

Place your order today to take advantage of these great savings, and remember to use the discount code AS2012 when you’re checking out.

Happy gardening from all of us at Garden Harvest Supply!

Love Your Geum Plants!

June 11th, 2012

flames of passion geum plantHello from North Idaho, I wanted to share with you that I was a little hesitant to purchase the Geum’s, not knowing what the plants would look like, and with shipping taking three days.

I have nothing but good things to say about your Geum plants and honestly, I was happily surprised at the size of the actual plants. WOW! You most definetely have a loyal costumer for the future.

You see, this beautiful plant is the exact color and shape that I need for our daughter’s wedding, which will take place in our gardens. I had been searching for more of this type of plant at the local nurseries but was only able to purchase a dozen of them.  I had been restructuring a few of my beds and needed fill plants.  I chose this plant because of its color, which will match my daughter’s colors beautifully.

Thank you for making this happen. Here is to the future!

Kathy H. Idaho

Your Shipping Is The Best

June 5th, 2012

I order plants from all over the country for our garden here in Florida and I just wanted to let you know that the way you ship your plants is the best I’ve seen. I always know when I order from you the plants will come to me healthy and undamaged. This one fact brings me back to your company time after time.  Thanks, Barry F.

Answer: Barry, we really appreciate your taking the time to write us and let us know we’re hitting the mark on growing healthy and hearty plants, and getting them to you in great condition.  We love knowing we’re making gardening and landscaping easier and more productive for our customers.  We look forward to serving your planting needs in the future.  Please share photos of your garden.  We enjoy seeing our plants all grown up!

Best regards,
All of us at GHS

GHS Guide to Controlling Japanese Beetles

June 4th, 2012

japanese beetle on a green leafEver been asked by an agricultural inspector at an airport if you’ve been on a farm, are bringing home any plants, or have handled snails? Long before Homeland Security was worrying about terrorist attacks, the USDA was worrying about a different kind of attack.

Consider the Japanese beetle: for centuries it lived peacefully in its country of origin where, because of the climate and lack of large grassy areas, it never became much of a problem. Then, nearly a century ago, the organizers of the 1916 World’s Fair arranged for a shipment of irises to be sent from Japan to New Jersey to help decorate the fairgrounds. The irises arrived safely at the port in Newark, and hiding in their leaves were a few pretty little metallic beetles.

Their new habitat proved to be a bonanza of food and security for the Japanese beetle. Around them were more than three hundred species of flowers, plants, vines, ornamentals, shrubs, and trees that they liked to eat, as well as large tracts of turf grass that were a perfect environment for them to lay their eggs. Best of all: not a single natural enemy! The beetles soon spread throughout the entire northeast, working their way north up into Canada, south as far as Alabama, and west all the way to Colorado.

At this point, no one even talks about trying to get rid of them completely—there are just too many spread over too great an area. But it is definitely possible to control them, and that is what we’ll be discussing in this month’s newsletter.

Prepare Now: Japanese Beetles Emerge in the Summer

Japanese beetles remain dormant below the soil during the winter and spring, and emerge as early as mid-June to begin eating and mating. After a day or two the females burrow a few inches below lawns and pastures and start laying their eggs. They keep busy with this and don’t let up until summer is almost over, coming up regularly to eat and mate. Meanwhile, the males just hang around 24/7, eating and mating, while their grubs mature every week or two and join their dads in the food fest. Sound like fun? Only if you’re a Japanese beetle! Now is the time to figure out how you’re going to control these critters.

Control of Japanese Beetles 101

The good news is that you can do away with Japanese beetle grubs using entirely organic methods that will not harm people, pets, birds, bees, fish, or the ecosystem. Though only toxic pesticides will entirely wipe out the adult population, you don’t need to: once the grubs are gone, whatever adult beetles show up on your land will probably only amount to a minor nuisance. And while you’re working to eliminate the grubs, the organic products we sell will keep the adult population down to manageable levels. So let’s talk about two products you can use on the adults: NOCDOWN III and Bonide Neem Oil.

nocdown japanese beetle controlNOCDOWN III is a natural pesticide whose active ingredient is cedar oil. It is made by CedarCide, a company that has been working for almost fifteen years to harness the power of cedar oil to repel or kill a wide variety of pests. NOCDOWN III has been approved by the EPA as a “minimum risk pesticide” and has also gotten the seal of approval from NOFA and OMRI, two major organic certifiers. If you follow the directions on the package, you’ll be surprised by its effectiveness to repel not only adult Japanese beetles but also a wide variety of other pests.

neem oil for japanese beetle repellentNeem Oil, made from the seed of the Neem tree, is recognized by county extension services and other gardening professionals as being an effective way to deter Japanese Beetles and many other pests. It’s classified as an antifeeder because once you spray it on a plant, the beetles won’t want to eat it anymore. We recommend you first pick off the beetles by hand in the morning when they’re sluggish, and throw them in soapy water. Then spray Neem on the plants they were attacking, either by mixing up the Neem yourself from concentrate or by using the prepackaged spray.

You will see that the beetles will then leave your plants alone, although you’ll need to repeat the routine as soon as you see they are returning. The point is to cut down on the number of adults and protect your plants while you’re in the process of eliminating the grubs.

Defeating Grubs with Milky Spore Powder

The eggs that become grubs are laid two to four inches below the ground, usually in grassy areas. One sign that you have a serious grub infestation is that you’ll see brown or yellow patches in your turf. This is because the grubs chew off grass roots, preventing them from taking in adequate water. The damaged sod becomes insecurely anchored and sometimes can even be rolled back like a carpet. If the damage to your turf has gone this far, it may be too late to save it, so be sure to take action before it reaches this stage.

Milky Spore Powder is a simple, natural way to kill these grubs. It’s actually a kind of bacteria, and it’s been used on Japanese beetle grubs since 1948. As the USDA explains, “Upon ingestion, these spores germinate in the grub’s gut, infect the gut cells, and enter the blood, where they multiply. The buildup of the spores in the blood causes the grub to take on a characteristic milky appearance.”

milky spore powder for japanese beetle controlTherefore Milky Spore Powder is the most effective and environmentally safe, long-range solution for controlling Japanese beetles. As the grubs ingest the spores, they become infected and die, and then release billions more spores back into the soil. Though it takes a few years for the spore concentration to reach ideal levels, you will certainly see a decrease in grubs after the initial application.

We sell Milky Spore in boxes of various sizes that can treat areas of between 2,500 and 10,000 square feet. We recommend treating as large an area as possible, because adult Japanese beetles can fly anywhere on your property—unless your property extends more than five miles!

This flying ability is one reason the Japanese beetles are so insidious and it’s also the reason that the best results come about through a community effort. Talk to your neighbors and see if you can work together to keep everyone’s property free of infestations. You might even want to collectively purchase a 50 lb. drum of Milky Spore to divide up between everyone. By attacking the problem together, you will not only get the best results but will save money, as well.

The Way of the Pros: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

There are other natural ways to control Japanese beetles using integrated pest management (IPM) techniques. These involve planting plants that the beetles don’t like and phasing out those they do, using parasites and nematodes against them, employing mechanical traps, and more. For serious infestations, it is also recommended that you take samples of your soil from several different locations to determine what you’re up against and therefore what it will take to control the Japanese beetles on your land. To learn more about the IPM approach, consult Managing the Japanese Beetle: A Homeowner’s Handbook, a free publication of the USDA.

One last thing: we don’t want to sound too much like the USDA ourselves, but if you’re driving or flying from east to west, check your clothes and bags to make sure no beetles are coming along for the ride. Let’s keep Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington free of Japanese beetles for as long as possible.

Good Luck and Happy Gardening from all of us at Garden Harvest Supply!

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