Archive for June, 2013

Huge Bush and Shrub Sale!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

20% OFF

SHRUBS AND BUSHES GALORE!

LOWEST PRICE OF THE SEASON

Bushes and shrubs, like perennial plants, are the foundation of your landscape plan. Once you've got the colors and varieties of bushes or shrubs in place, the rest is easy just redecorating your flower beds yearly with the colorful annual plants that fit your personality, the color scheme or the mood of that particular year.

For example, if you are a butterfly or hummingbird enthusiast, you'll definitely want to include at least one of our Butterfly Bushes. A customer favorite is our Pink Delight Buddleia plant. Guaranteed to draw those whimsical hummers and a plethora of vividly colored butterflies, the incredibly dense sprays of blossoms will permeate your yard with fragrance and decorate your exterior spaces with gorgeous pink from midsummer through early fall.

Just Enter Discount Code SB0613 at Checkout

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If you like structure and clean lines to define your landscape, you might consider the Spring Grove Arborvitae. You may know arborvitae as White Cedar or Wintergreen. Growing much faster than spruce and growing upwards to form a statuesque pyramid, the yellowy-green color of this evergreen will contrast really nicely with the blue-color-based evergreens you may already have. Spring Grove always manages to look like it has brand-new, early spring growth, even as winter snows fall and temperatures plummet.

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Another great selection, especially if you enjoy a more classic look, is the hydrangea.  Probably featured prominently in your grandmother's or great-grandmother's garden, hydrangeas have come a long way, the varieties of today requiring much less maintenance and able to thrive in fully sun to partially shaded gardens. Our Incrediball Hydrangea is a white variety; if you know hydrangeas at all, you know this is a rarity. With spheres of creamy, pastel-green-tinged, white blossoms measuring up to a foot across, the Incrediball Hydrangea is a fashion statement for your yard! And it looks simply amazing as a solitary blossom in a bud vase or as part of a large fresh flower arrangement.

If one of those didn't strike your fancy or if you have a LOT of decorating to do

 

Browse Our Complete Collection of Bushes And Shrubs:

 

BarberryBuxus (Boxwood)Caryopteris (Blue Mist), Cercis (Red Bud)Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince), ElderberryEuonymus (Burning Bush), Exhochorda (Pearl Bush)ForsythiaItea (Sweet Spire)LantanaLonicera (Honeysuckle)Physocarpus (Ninebark), Rhamnus frangula (Buckthorn)RhododendronRose of SharonRosesSyringa (Lilac) or Weigela.     

Some flowersome don't.

Some are deciduoussome are evergreen.

ALL are guaranteed to arrive alive.

ALL of our Bushes & Shrubs are on sale now!

 

Just Enter Discount Code SB0613 at Checkout and Save 20%.

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How to Grow Aquilegia Plants

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Aquilegia plants are also called columbineHere are some easy tips on how to grow Aquilegia plants: These perennial plants are easy to grow. Use moist, well-draining soil made up of loam, leaf mold, and sand. Put transplants in a hole twice the size of the root ball. Water and cover with organic mulch.

Pronunciation: ak-wee-LEE-jee-uh

Common Names: Columbine, Granny's Bonnet

Description: These meadow and woodland natives have delicate flowers that look like small, folded paper lanterns. These lovely blossoms come in a rainbow of colors. Many Aquilegia plants have blooms with central petals of a different color from the rest of the flower. The stems are grey to dark green. These perennial plants grow from 15-20 in. tall and 1-2 ft. wide. They generally live from 3-5 years.

Sun/Light Needs: Full to part sun; avoid spots with hot afternoon sun.

Origin: Native to North America. The name comes from the Latin word for eagle, to describe the shape of the flower (it looks like an eagle's claw.) The word columba means dove; some think the flowers of Columbine plants look like a group of doves close together.

USDA Zones: 3-8. In Zones 9-10, plants must have shade.

Propagation: Aquilegia plants self-seed.

Fertilizer Needs: A balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer put down in early spring; make a ring 6 in. from the base of the plant.

Maintenance: Low. Just keep soil evenly moist and deadhead spent blooms to keep plants blooming. After plants are done flowering, they can look raggedy. Cut plants down to ground. In several weeks, fresh foliage will grow back. Grow Columbine plants with other perennial plants that will fill in after the Columbine is done flowering; these other plants will hide ugly or cut-back foliage.

Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Display: Along paths or entryways; use as cut flowersthey last a week or more.

Companion Plants: Phlox, Toad lily, Foamflower.

Important Note: Columbine plants are related to Baneberries and Monkshood; they can all be toxic. Never eat any part of these perennial plants.

Foods That Help Fight Cancer

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Freshly prepared brussel sprouts

There is no magic bullet when it comes to cancer prevention. Most people know that smoking greatly increases their risk, as does obesity. But what are the positive things we can do to prevent cancer?

The overview is that by getting regular exercise, controlling stress, and having two-thirds of our diet consist of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, we can go a long way to reducing our personal cancer risk.

The following are some veggies and fruits that have properties that help keep us healthier.

Bok ChoyCabbageBroccoliBrussels SproutsCauliflowerCollardsKaleKohlrabiMustard GreensRadishTurnipWatercress.

These and all veggies from the Cruciferae or Brassicaceae family contain the antioxidant sulforaphane that significantly inhibits the growth of harmful cells and prevents healthy cells from being broken down by oxidation. Research by the American Cancer Society has established these types of veggies as being on the forefront of anti-cancer foods.

StrawberriesGoji Berries, Blueberries.

These and other berries are rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and Gallic acid, as well as phytochemicals such as anthocyanins that give them their color. All of these help protect the body against cancer as well as fight the effects of aging. Wash berries in cool soapy water. Take them out quickly before the soap penetrates. Non-organic strawberries are heavily sprayed, so choose organic strawberries if you can, or even better, grow your own. Then you'll only need to rinse them with cool water.

GarlicOnionsLeeksChives.

All members of the allium family contain compounds such as allicinalliin and allyl sulfides that slow or stop the growth of tumors in the bladder, colon, prostate, and stomach. Garlic especially has been found to be a treasure trove of health-giving phytochemicals and nutraceuticals, in addition to its vitamins and minerals. The good news is there is no need to eat these veggies raw to obtain their health benefits: whether roasted, baked, boiled, or sautéed, they will help protect your body from cancer and other major diseases, as well.

Tomatoes

Freshly sliced tomatoes on a plateFor centuries people thought tomatoes were poisonous. This fruit’s red color comes from lycopene, a phytochemical that has been found to protect against prostate and other cancers. Cooked tomatoes are even better than raw in this respect, because the cooking process makes the lycopene more absorbable by the body. So keep making that homemade tomato sauce and ketchup.

Snap Beans, Black beans, Pole Beans, Lima BeansWax Beans.

Beans are high in fiber. Research indicates that including them in your daily diet will reduce your risk of colon cancer. Beans also have a high protein content and if eaten with brown rice, they form a complete protein as nutritious as beef but without the saturated fat. To increase the digestibility of hard beans, add some fennel or cumin as they are being cooked, or add a little bit of vinegar about half an hour before they are ready.

To learn more about how to stay healthy and prevent cancer, visit the Stay Healthy section of the ACS website. If you or a loved one is currently facing the challenge of cancer, visit the Find Support and Treatment section. And if you'd like to help the American Cancer Society by volunteering, visit the Get Involved section.

With best wishes from all of us at Garden Harvest Supply.

30% Off Our Entire Stock of Perennials

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

This is the ideal time to plant perennials, so we’d like to make your summer a little brighter. Right now, we are offering 30% off of our entire stock of perennials!  What this means is you can splurge a lot without even a little guilt.

Check out some of our gorgeous ways to add color to your landscape:  Amethyst Dream Centaurea PlantRuby Frost Coreopsis PlantMagic Fountains Sky Blue Delphinium Plant, or Cone-Fections Southern Belle Echinacea Plant.

Want more tempting ideas for flowering beauties to fill in your areas needing a boost?  How about Mesa Bright Bicolor Gaillardia PlantMidnight Marvel Hardy Hibiscus PlantPrincess Louise Papaver Plant, or the Matrona Sedum Plant?

Perennials are a good value and a wise choice for all landscape designs.  Since they come back each year, you only have to purchase once but you get to enjoy them for countless seasons.  Many perennials have long blooming periods, and even when they’re not in bloom, they can add texture, color, and interest with their foliage.  Some perennials are appreciated only for their foliage, as their flowers are nearly irrelevant features.  Perennials and annuals can make excellent pairings, as well.

As you choose your new perennials, consider the growing conditions where you wish to plant them such as hours of sunlight daily, exposure to pests that might either eat or trample them, and access to water.  Read plant descriptions to make sure your new plants are well suited to their intended growing spots, and allow plenty of space for your perennials to grow and fill in.  Pay attention to the mature height of the plant, and place the tallest growers behind the shorter ones.  Also, choose plants whose sizes and styles work well with each other and with your existing plants.  Obviously, it’s best to have a color plan in your design, so neighboring flowers are visually compatible. If you can’t decide, ask our Master Gardener (who is also a graphic designer) for some tips in planning your color palate.

We love perennials and we hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to stock up on your favorites, or try some new-to-you varieties.  At 30% off, how can you resist?  Use code PPE13 at checkout to enjoy your savings, but don’t wait too long.  This sale only lasts through 6/19/13.

 

 

 

Strengthen Your Soil with Agricultural Limestone

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Agricultural Limestone for Your Garden SoilYou might take calcium supplements to strengthen your bones, but have you thought about giving a calcium supplement to your soil?

The calcium in agricultural limestone makes the cells of your plants healthier by strengthening their walls. This improves their stems and leaves as well as their root systems. It also helps them absorb and utilize sunlight more effectively.

One great use of limestone is to break up hard-packed clay soil. Many farmers and gardeners do this to improve their soil's drainage and aeration.

But the most popular use of limestone is to make soil sweeterthat is, less acidic.

What Tums Do for Your Stomach, Limestone Can Do for Your Soil

Though some plants are acid loving, soil that is too acidic usually spells problems because the high acid levels cause nutrients to become locked up and unavailable. At the same time, fertilizer added to acid soil is not well absorbed and valuable minerals like nitrogen end up washing away. What's more, too much acid kills beneficial bacteria that would otherwise work on the soil to enrich it.

Agricultural limestone is a time-honored solution used by generations of farmers and gardeners. Completely nontoxic, the calcium carbonate in limestone happens to be the active ingredient in Tums. So just as you might take an antacid made of calcium carbonate to neutralize stomach acid, when you add calcium carbonate in the form of limestone to your garden, it reduces the acid levels.

As the Tums commercial says, Concentrated relief that goes to work in seconds.

Soil Testing to Determine Soil AcidityAgricultural_Limestone

Just as you take Tums only when you have an acid stomach, you don't want to apply limestone if your soil doesn't need it. That's why it's best to test your soil.

These days soil testing is quick, easy, and inexpensive. You can get an inexpensive mini-tester that you stick in the ground whenever you need a reading. Within seconds it will tell you your soil's pH.

If you want an extensive soil test that will also tell you the levels of the various minerals in your soil, get in touch with the nearest Extension service, or contact a professional gardening or landscaping company.

What is pH?

The pH of your soil indicates how acidic or alkaline it is. Acidic soil has a pH lower than 5 while alkaline soil has a pH greater than 7. The ideal pH for most plants is somewhere in the middle.

Master gardeners fine-tune the pH of their soil depending on what they're planning to grow. To do this, consult a chart that shows the optimal pH for various plants.

Limestone to Break Up Clay Soil

An important but lesser known use of limestone is to break up hard-packed clay soil. This improves its drainage and aeration. All you have to do is apply the limestone to the surface of the soil and it will work its way in and break it up through a chemical reaction called flocculation.

healthy_soilWhat happens is that the calcium in the limestone interacts with the silicon in the clay and causes it to separate on a molecular level. This causes the clay to become less dense without any need for elbow grease.

Limestone: Inexpensive and Effective

Because limestone is so plentiful in the earth, it is one of the least expensive soil amendments available. We offer a 40 lb. bag of dissolvable limestone pellets that's enough for 4,000 square feet and it can be applied with any spreader. For smaller areas, we also carry six-pound bags that cover between 100–200 square feet.

If a professional soil test indicates you have a severe deficiency of magnesium as well as a need for calcium, go with dolomite limestone which is 50% calcium and 40% magnesium. Otherwise, we recommend plain old limestone, because it does the job and does it well.

Enjoy the spring and Happy Gardening from all of us at Garden Harvest Supply!

 

How to Grow Spring Grove Arborvitae Plants

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Here are some easy tips on how to grow Spring Grove Arborvitae plants: These lush, low-maintenance and winter-hardy evergreen shrubs grow well in many different soils, from loose loam to compacted clay. They grow best in full light, but will tolerate partial sun. Dig a planting hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball, and make sure the crown is level with the soil surface. Water your arborvitae plants well, and avoid compacting the soil; loose dirt allows the roots to establish a strong support for the shrub.

Description: Spring Grove Arborvitae plants are narrow-shaped shrubs that grow upright in columns. They top out at 20-30 ft. tall and reach 10-15 ft. wide. The foliage resists winter burn and will not bronze out or scorch in summer. Even at minus 25 degrees F, they stay a deep, dark green. These arborvitae plants have a fast growth rate of up to 3 ft. a year. The foliage is full, even down to the ground, so they provide full coverage to the landscape. Used as a privacy screen or as a bold specimen in mixed borders, Spring Grove Arborvitae plants are excellent choices for the yard.

Origin: These evergreen shrubs are native to North America. Can be found in boggy areas, along riverbanks and slopes, and in woodland locations.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 5 to 7b

Sun/Light Requirements: Full is best, but will tolerate partial sun.

Fertilizer Needs: In the spring, apply a controlled release feed specially made for evergreens. Follow the package directions.

Maintenance: Low. If desired, may prune in fall to shape shrub's appearance.

Water/Moisture: Moderate. When planting, water well and often during spring and summer. Once established, Spring Grove Arborvitae plants are very hardy shrubs.

Wildlife Value: Bagworm and deer resistant. Grows well in almost any soil. Bears up well under heavy snow and ice.