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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.

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