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Will This Keep My Plants Alive During The Winter?

November 15th, 2012

I have a metal frame left standing on my south deck which is 10′ X 10′. If I wrapped and covered this with thick plastic sheeting, would it keep my plants alive through the winter? Thank you, Cecile.

Answer: Well, this will help protect some plants during your winter season, but you will need to know the plants’ Hardiness Zone. Your location is Zone 8a. Typically, adding one layer of protection, like a heavy plastic sheeting or row cover fabric, will add one Zone in protection, so theoretically inside would be Zone 9, and you can add an additional cover or protection inside for an additional Zone. You begin to get a significantly diminished light source with the second layer, so be selective on what plants you are protecting. Make sure that the plastic and structure are securely fastened down, as this will be highly susceptible to high winds and could easily blow apart, exposing the plants to weather they are unaccustomed to.  A UL-approved heater for wet locations could also be added. Just make sure it’s in a properly grounded outlet. I’ve also used a remote thermometer so I can keep track of night temps in my temporary greenhouse, and you want to make sure that there is a way to vent it on sunny days, as the temps can climb rapidly.

Do some reading on greenhouses and cold frames to see how they are best secured to a structure. Also make sure to research the Zone of the plants you are trying to overwinter to see what they like. Some tropicals can be put into dormancy and overwintered in a basement or garage that stays above 45 degrees, much easier than worrying about them outside!

Good luck with your cold frame.

Karen

Garden Gifts for Him

November 13th, 2012

Garden Seeder for SaleWe know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift for that special guy in your life. If he loves his garden, you can never go wrong with a gift that will make his gardening more enjoyable or that will inspire him to try new things while making his favorite hobby easier. You want to let him know that you support and appreciate his gardening prowess, but finding that just right gardening gift in the middle of winter can be a challenge, if not almost impossible.

Let Us Help You Make Him Happy

You know that turning him loose in the gardening section of your local home improvement or discount store is like letting the kids run amok in the toy department. There is hardly a gardening tool or book he doesn't want and you are trying to figure out how to stem the tide of new toys while being able to accomplish your own landscaping and gardening agenda, all without breaking the bank.

Christmastime is the ideal time to thrill him with garden gifts from Santa!

Wolf Garten Garden ToolsYou can buy a bunch of smaller items for stuffing his stocking, or how about using one of our Gather Upsto wrap up a selection of our larger items and books?

Just picture the look on his face when Santa brings him the ultimate WOLF-Garten Interlocking Tool System. You can buy him a handle and a couple of attachments now, and then buy him more attachments for his birthday, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day.Buying the WOLF-Garten system now means you'll never run out of ideas for quality, functional and fun gifts for him.

The Best Garden Hoe

Happy Holiday Shopping,
From All of Us Here at Garden Harvest Supply

We look forward to hearing from you!

Time To Be Thankful

November 7th, 2012

All You Can Eat Thanksgiving MealThis is the time of year when we all take moments to reflect on what we are thankful for.

Here at Garden Harvest Supply, YOU, our valued customer, are high on our list.

Yes, we all have families and we have myriad things to be thankful for, but you are the reason we all have a job.  When we say our prayers at night and around the family dinner table, you are always included. We appreciate your business and our relationship with you.

As the holiday season fast approaches, our staff has discovered a number of time-saving ways to make the holidays much easier; ways to save time in the kitchen, making more time to just enjoy family and company. They would like to share them with you:

  • Our Canned Meats are a real time saver, being the ideal addition to one-pot, slow-cooked meals with no pre-cooking or browning required before adding them to your favorite recipe. You can use our canned meats to make any number of soups, stews, salads, hors d'oeuvres, sandwich fixin's or even to add extra protein to quick meals for the kids, like Ramen noodles or Mac & Cheese.
  • Our Homemade Jams and Fruit Spreads are also a big hit. Our staff tells us their guests are always impressed by the homemade label and canning jar on the breakfast table. The adults don't even mind a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich made from these homemade recipes to fill the space between lunch and dinner. Mrs. Miller's Homemade Jams & Jellies and Jake & Amos butter spreads include some sugar-free options, as wellalways good to have on hand, but not so easy to find, for those with special dietary needs.
  • And no family movie night or get-together is complete without popcorn! Popcorn is a treat everyone loves, made in the microwave or popped the old-fashioned way. In fact, some of our staff has kept alive their old-time family tradition of popping the corn over the fire or on the stove, something most people under the age of 30 have not seen in their lifetime. Our popcorn poppers, along with a selection of popcorn and popcorn seasonings,make fun and original gifts.

Gourmet Popcorn For SaleThere you have it, how our staff members better manage their time, working to create a more stress-free holiday season. After all, whoever is doing the lion's share of the cooking and cleaning should have the opportunity to just sit and chat, play a board game, put together a puzzle or simply cuddle a grandchild.  We know the importance of families and heartily believe that in these busy times, it is important to do what you can to make more time for those things that matter most.

My staff and I look forward to serving you. We wish you and yours a happy, healthy, memory-making holiday season.

Sincerely,

Joe Stutzman

And the staff at Garden Harvest Supply

Preparing Your Fall Garden For Spring

November 5th, 2012

Don’t Put Off What You Can Do Today…

Because Otherwise You’ll Have to Do It in the Spring!

With the cooler temperatures and crisp, clear air, fall garden chores just don’t seem so much like chores. Just think of the satisfaction you’ll gain in knowing that come spring you’ll have a much easier time transitioning from winter as the weather starts to warm; you will be so happy you took the time to prepare now. Next spring’s yard work will be a breeze and next season’s gardens getting rid of garden debriswill look and perform better than last year’s. Doing a few fall tasks now will leave you more time later for enjoying other, more delightful pleasures, like planting new colorful annuals or building that gazebo you’ve been planning for years.

So, let’s make a list:

      1. Spruce up your flower and vegetable beds: Clean out all of the old, dead wood, leftover dead tomato plants, vines and weeds that are currently making your gardens, both veggie and flower, look anything but attractive. This is the time to cut back those asparagus ferns or other plants, shrubs and bushes that will benefit from a fall clipping. This also might be the ideal time to start that compost pile you’ve been meaning establish. We found this great article on composting in the winter, for anyone who already has a compost pile or wants to start one. One note: any diseased plants should be thrown away or burned; never add them to your compost pile.
      2. Pick up all the leaves and debris from your yard: Yeah, we knowthis is everyone’s favorite job. NOT! But, all those leaves make great compost or mulch for those garden areas you have just cleaned out. And did you know that raking is a great form of exercise? It works just about every muscle in your body; and you are guaranteed to find a few muscles you haven’t worked in a while if raking is not part of your regular routine.
      3. Test your garden soil and amend now:  In many situations, especially when it comes to adjusting the pH, it takes time for soil amendments to work; therefore, adding them now means your soil will be garden-ready come
        springtime and planting season. You don’t have to take your soil to the local extension office to have it tested. Soil testers are relatively inexpensive, though priceless in terms of determining what your soil needs to grow the Garden Soil Test Kithealthiest and most beautiful plants and vegetables. Our selection of soil amendments is extensive. Be sure to read our three-part series (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) on soil and soil testing. We’ve tried to break it all down for you, in an easy-to-read and understand informational blog. If you still have questions, you are welcome to contact our Master Gardener.
      4. Add a thick layer of horse manure or other favorite amender: Adding manure to a gardenHorse manure, chicken manure and others will ensure rich, organic soil for next year’s gardens; however, using fresh manures can burn and damage tender seedlings. Instead, lay the manure in the fall, allowing it time to age and to soak into the soil throughout the winter. Laying a thick covering, about 1 inch, will act like mulch, slowing weed growth while allowing the nutrients to leach into the soil with the freeze and thaw of winter, or you can lightly work it into the soil at this time.  Also remember: when choosing manure, it is best to only use those manures from animals that have been fed on green stuff. Pigs, for example, eat dairy and meat productsnot a good recipe for healthy soil.
      5. Finally mulch! We cannot say this enough. We hear, year after year, how our customers finally decided to mulch and what a difference it made in terms of water use, weed control and overall garden health and productivity. Mulch is worth its weight in gold when it comes to the appearance of your garden beds, as well as the time and money it saves on weed control and water use. Straw works ideally, as do other commercially prepared mulches, though the colored mulches do not break down as well as natural mulches. Natural choices, such as wood chips, pine needles, straw and leaves will not only make your gardens look good, they will add rich organic material over time, enriching your soil, making it more amenable to water retention and natural aeration. Mulch well and mulch as often as needed for the most care-free garden beds. A note: This is the time to mulch your strawberry and garlic plants. If you live where snow cover will not adequately insulate your plants throughout the winter, 6 to 10 inches of straw will keep those plants from heaving out of the ground with the freezing temperatures.

gardenwheelbarrowAnd now that that’s all done start planning for spring! Walk your yard, admire the work you’ve done, take your partner and kids along, take measurements and visualize what you’d like your garden beds to look like next year. Browse our site, thinking about colors, textures, height, moisture and sunlight requirements, and ultimately, what will make you and yours happiest when garden season is here again.

We wish you many happy fall days!

Organic Vegetable Seed Sale

October 25th, 2012

 It's Time to Plan Next Season's Vegetable Garden

And SAVE 20% NOW!

Organic Carrot Seed for SaleThere is just something so satisfying about planting those vegetable seeds and watching them grow. Just think of the satisfaction you will get from watching them sprout and mature, and the resulting gratification from harvesting those homegrown vegetables and fruits for your family's table. And think of the money you will save and the quality family memories you will make.

One trip through the produce aisle at your local grocery store is enough to make you balk at spending the money necessary to feed your family the healthiest, freshest foods.

The solution is: Grow your own garden!

Our Organic Vegetable Seeds are 20% Off!

Certified Organic Vegetable Seeds for SaleOur organic vegetable seeds are certified organic, in writing. You can trust that they have not been genetically or chemically altered in any way. We have hundreds of assorted vegetable varieties to choose from, at some of the most reasonable prices you'll find anywhere

And now, Our Organic Vegetable Seeds are On Sale!

Not sure about the benefits of Growing Organic? Read this: Growing OrganicStudies vs. Common Sense –Or: The Why and How of Organic Vegetable Seeds.

Are you a novice and want to start small? Do you need some advice? We've got pointers for you here: Backyard Garden Questions –and: What's Bugging You?

Organic Tomato Seed for SaleAnd our commitment to your safety is explained here: We've Taken the Safe Seed Pledge.

So, now is the time! Get out a piece of paper and a pencil. Measure your garden space. Make a plan and get in touch with us if you need some help or have questions.

And Then – Order Your Seeds!

Simply Enter Discount Code FVS12 at Checkout to Get Your 20% Discount

But do it soon. This fantastic sale won't last long:

It expires November 2, 2012.

And if you want to be fully prepared for spring planting,

order your seed starting supplies at the same time.

Double Cold Frame Manual

October 18th, 2012

Manual for installing double cold frame

Our Palram Double Cold Frame Kit is very easy to assemble. View the manual here, double_cold_frame_manual

Single Cold Frame Manual

October 18th, 2012

Palram Single Cold Frame Kit Manual

Our Palram Single Cold Frame Kit only takes 10 minutes to assemble! View the manual here, Single_Cold_Frame_Manual

Plant CoversA Wise Investment

October 4th, 2012

Keep Frost Off Plants With Plant CoverIt's getting to be that time of year again. The temperatures are cooling down; the cold fronts are moving in, and it's time to get your yard ready for the winter. Most everyone will apply a good fertilizer now to help their lawn withstand the rigors of winter wind and ice. Most of us will have cleaned out the summer garden and either have a fall garden underway or will be preparing the garden spot for its rebirth in the spring. But, have you thought about the damage a severe winter could do to your shrubbery, hedges, bushes or young trees?

We are already hearing from our customers about how the spiders, ants, mice and other creepy crawly things are starting to invade their homes. These little signs can be the harbinger of an earlier-than-normal and colder-than-normal winter. Unfortunately, we can no more accurately predict the weather than can the experts, our esteemed meteorologists, Mother Nature being a fickle and ever-changing lady who can make the most knowledgeable weather person look like a fool. But, we can always hope for the best while preparing for the worst.

You have invested a lot in hedges, bushes and trees, the more permanent aspects of your landscaping, so it really doesn't make sense to risk their injury, or even their death, by not protecting them. Any bush, shrub or tree might be extraordinarily costly to replace, especially if it has grown significantly from the time you first planted it. Replacing a prized rose bush or well-established shrub could cost much more in terms of dollars, as opposed to what you paid originally, for the much smaller version, and is virtually priceless when it comes to the time and money you have already spentand emotionally, for many of us, losing a precious shrub or tree would be like losing a favorite part of our homes.

Fortunately, there is an economically sound and ultimately easy way to protect those living and breathing things that make your personal outdoor space so very special.

Bag to Cover PlantsWith varying levels of frost protection, most plant covers will also provide protection from other elements, such as fierce winds, heavy rain and damaging hail. One such cover is our 2-Pack-Decorative Plant Protector Bag. Measuring 40W x 45H, drawstrings at the top and bottom allow for a secure fit, while the decorative leaf pattern blends harmoniously with your landscape. For freezing temperatures, consider our reusable and indispensable Fleece Frost Protection Bag. Allowing light, air and moisture to reach the covered shrub or plant, it can be left in place for an extended period of time, trapping the plant's own warmth and assuring its continued survival when the weather does not allow your more personalized attention. In fact, we have a full selection of reasonably priced and easy-to-use plant covers and blankets to choose from.

The truth is, you never know what any season will bring. We have seen our share of extreme heat, freezing rains, hurricane force winds and flooding across this great nation of ours. The climate is in a constant state of flux, an unavoidable fact of life. We may not be able to control the weather, but we can certainly control the effects of the weather. Just as you would buy flood insurance to protect your home if you live in New Orleans, or hurricane insurance if you live on the Gulf Coast, a small investment in plant covers to ensure the survival of your valuable landscaping, is, indeed, a smart investment.

We wish you a safe, warm and memory-filled fall and winter season.

The management and staff at Garden Harvest Supply

Growing Garlic in the Fall

September 27th, 2012

Planting fall garlic bulbs in the gardenWhat to Do (Or Not to Do) First

When it comes to planting fall garlic, timing can be everything.

First, when you receive your garlic bulbs, do NOT separate them until just before you put them in the ground. Put them in a dark, cool spot until planting if you cannot plant them fairly quickly, so as to prevent premature sprouting. Separating the bulbs from the clove prematurely will allow the root nodules to dry out, meaning it will take longer for the bulbs to set roots.

Garlic, a remarkably hardy root vegetable, in most cases, will perform much better when subjected to severe winter conditions. In fact, many varieties prove to be the most flavorful following a harsh winter. So, the trick is to plant early enough for the seeds (cloves/sets) to establish a good root system, but not so early that the plants have time to send up mature shoots before the onset of winter halts growth completely. A little above ground growth won’t hurt, but you definitely don’t want the formation of bulbs to start. The experts suggest planting your garlic seeds 4 to 6 weeks prior to the time the first hard freeze is expected in your area.

What Next?

The soil where you plant your garlic sets should be loosened and well-prepared, with compost or organic material worked in to provide the suitable nutrition and to give your fall-planted garlic a healthy start. The root end of each garlic clove that is attached to the bulb should be planted facing down, about 4 to 8 inches apart and 2 to 3 inches deep. Garlic seeds planted closer together will produce smaller bulbs in greater numbers, while those planted farther apart will produce fewer bulbs but with larger cloves. Once the ground freezes, cover the entire bed with 3 to 4 inches of leaves or hay, avoiding straw, as mites found in straw can attack the garlic. This will conserve moisture, provide insulation and control weed growth until spring arrives.

Now What?

You just wait. Sit in front of the fire, make snowmen with the kids, indulge in evenings with hot cocoa and good moviesand just when you think winter couldn’t last any longer, spring will arrive and you will already have done all the hard part when it comes to your garlic crop.

garlic plants growing in the gardenNow you just gently rake the leaves or straw off the new sprouts popping up; apply some organic fertilizer and harvest when ready! In wetter areas, you may not want to mulch at all throughout the season, but if it dries out, re-mulching will help to conserve moisture, control weed growth and moderate soil temperatures. Garlic does not appreciate competition in the form of weeds or grass, nor does it care for hot summer temperatures, so adapt these suggestions as needed for your particular area.

As for wateringgarlic requires somewhat even moisture throughout the season, though it is better to let it dry out some during the last few weeks prior to harvesting. Not enough watering will result in undersized bulbs, while too much watering affects the storage quality of the bulbs, greatly shortening garlic’s shelf life. It is better to stop watering earlier than to overwater later.How To Harvest Garlic Plants

When Can I and How Do I Harvest?

The time to harvest will vary, depending upon your zone and the growing conditions of any particular season. The only sure way to know is to regularly check the bulbs, feeling for the bumps of the cloves through the wrappers of the mature bulbs. Most gardeners will harvest starting in July, with the lion’s share being harvested in mid- to late August. This is one crop with no set times; your experience, and trial and error, are the best gauges.

Amazingly, garlic does bruise kind of easily, so be careful when harvesting. We suggest a fairly flat, narrow-bladed shovel to loosen the soil around the plants, and then lift the plants by hand. If harvesting on a sunny day, the bulbs can actually become sunburned, with some varieties changing flavor in the sun. Move your garlic bulbs to a cooler location, out of direct sunlight as you harvest.

Hanging freshly harvested garlic plants to dry

Photo courtesy of lisascenic

Enjoy!

If you’ve harvested young or new season, immature garlic, you will want to store it in the refrigerator and use it within a week or so. These cloves will normally have a more subtle flavor and can be used just as you would leeks or onions. For mature garlic, you will want to dry it well, after washing the bulbs and roots. You can hang the bulbs from their stalks if you wish. The area should be dry, shady and well-ventilated, the drying process taking in excess of a week, but enabling you to store it for an extended period.

Okay, NOW you can enjoy!

Garden Harvest Supply Coupon

September 20th, 2012

We’ve heard you asking for Garden Harvest Supply coupons and discount codes in greater numbers and we are listening. Though we already have some of the best prices on garden plants, seeds and supplies, we know that today’s economy has everyone stretching their hard-earned dollars and looking for the best value possible. We want to make that easier for you.

So, bookmark this page, add it to your Favorites Menu Bar and check back regularly to find the latest Garden Harvest Supply coupons being offered. As always, the discount will be activated at checkout by using the Garden Harvest Supply discount code mentioned in the coupon. Simple and straight forward, you don’t even have to leave the site to search the web for Garden Harvest Supply discount codes. We will always have them listed right here! Just click on the comments link and scroll down to find the active Garden Harvest Supply coupon that most suits you, and then start shopping!

And tell your friends! There isn’t anyone who can’t benefit from saving a little more money!

As always, we sincerely thank you for your business and look forward to serving you often,

Garden Harvest Supply

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