Archive for May, 2014

My First Order From Garden Harvest Supply

Friday, May 30th, 2014

To the growers, shippers and others who took part in sending my first order from Garden Harvest Supply, I have been buying plants online since I installed two border beds last summer. I found your business when searching for fuchsia plants. Even though you didn’t have the exact plant I was shopping for, I ordered two of a similar type.

Today, four days later, I received my two fuchsia plants by USPS. The flat shape of the box was unusual for my experience and I thought that it might have been a different order arriving super early, as I order a lot online. Once I opened the packaging, I was surprised. The two fuchsia plants were in a custom made plastic container and were in perfect condition. I am totally impressed by your attention to detail. I order frequently from a competitor and their plants are best described as tiny plugs. What I received this morning was so much more than I expected. Both plants are healthy and over 5 inches tall. I will shop your site first from now on. Thank you for providing such a quality product. Yours Truly, Pamela S.

Reply: Pamela, we can’t tell you how much we appreciate your taking the time to write us, and we’re thrilled you are so happy with your first order!  Thank you for your business, and we hope we’ll continue surprising you by going beyond your expectations.

It’s good to know your fuchsia plants made it there safely, and we hope they produce well throughout the summer months.  Please share photos of your blooming plants on our website and our Facebook page!

Best regards, All of Us at GHS

Think Inside the Box: Growing Veggies in Containers

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Container_Garden_VegetablesDid you know you can grow everything you need for a fresh salad on your deck, patio, or porch? As long as you have an area that gets a good amount of sun, you’re in luck. Container gardening offers great ease and convenience: no weeds to speak of, fewer pests and diseases, and it is generally much more efficient, considering our busy lifestyles. Those with no outdoor green space find they can grow almost all the crops they would have wanted to plant in a conventional garden. So forget about rototillers and wheelbarrows, and pick up your trowel. We’re going to tell you how to get started with container gardening!

Choosing a Container

The only qualities required for a planting container are solid sides and enough holes in the bottom for water to drain freely. You’ll want to consider how deep the container needs to be because different crops have different size root systems. What you want is a container deep enough for the root systems of the crops you intend to plant; this varies between 9 and 18 inches. Here is the recommended depth for several common crops:

Containers can be as diverse as those who use them: some people turn their junk into containers by drilling holes in broken watering cans or using frayed baskets. Others put as much care into their choice of containers as they do any other home furnishing, and purchase artistically designed containers. Some people like to grow their veggies from hanging baskets. Among those designed for planting, the ones using coco fiber are the best.

Add Potting Soil

When growing in containers, you should always use potting soil – it’s designed to provide a greater amount of aeration than even the best dirt can offer, which is a key factor when growing in containers.

Sun, Water, and Wind

Vegetable_Garden_ContainerKeep your containers in the area where they will get the most hours of direct sun each day. If the sun really beats down in your region, avoid black containers that might overheat due to sun absorption. Water regularly, following the directions that came with the plant, but know that your plants might require different watering frequency than with a conventional garden. If you live in an area subject to high winds you might want to secure your containers to prevent them from getting knocked over. To ensure good drainage, be sure that the bottom of your container is raised up from the ground a little bit. This can easily be done by placing small wood blocks under your container. (But be careful not to block the holes.)

Pots, Soil, Plants: Action!

You are now ready to plant. You can either grow your veggies from seed, or order them as plants. For beginner gardeners, we recommend getting the pre-started plants because it’s the easiest way to go.

If you go with pre-grown plants from GrowJoy, know that we guarantee each plant to arrive healthy and ready to thrive. We offer a huge selection, and we are proud of our unique way of packaging plants for shipping. Feel free to call us toll-free at 888-907-4769 if you have any questions or need the advice of a Master Gardener. You can also email us and we will get back to you promptly.

Happy Container Growing from GrowJoy!

How to Grow Lantana Plants

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Growing_Lantana_PlantsHere are some easy tips for how to grow Lantana plants.

Over 100 varieties of these hardy flowering shrubs grow as perennial plants in temperate zones and as annual plants in cooler areas. They grow in a wide range of well-draining soils. Keep soil moderately moist. They do best in full morning sun. Vining varieties can be trained up a trellis or arbor. Lantana plants can grow up to 15 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Warmer = larger.

Description: These perennial plants are vigorous growers and bloom from summer into fall. The flowers grow in clusters 2 in. wide in pink, lavender, purple, yellow, orange, or bronze, depending on variety. Some may have up to 3 different shades of color in one flower cluster. The leaves (2 to 5 in.) and the stems are covered in rough, scratchy hairs. If crushed, the leaves give off an unpleasant smell. Lantana plants are found in both humid and dry, desert-like areas. Compact varieties grow less than 12 in. tall

Propagation: Stem cutting. Keep warm (70-80 degrees) and out of direct sun. If slightly dry, add water until damp. After 4 weeks, carefully remove each cutting to a 6 in. container of potting soil.

Origin: Tropical regions of the Americas

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7–11

Maintenance: Low. Deadhead as needed. Prune larger shrubs to control size and shape. In areas of killing frost, mulch Lantana plants with 3-4 in. pine mulch.

Fertilizer: Use a 20-20-20 water-soluble feed once a month. If growing as a perennial, no fertilizer is needed after the first year. Excess fertilizer means fewer blooms.

Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies.

NOTE: Berries are toxic to humans and pets. Entire plant is poisonous to sheep and cattle.

Photo credit: From flickr user Karen&2mutts