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The bigger the gift, the better. Correct?

December 9th, 2016

Do you remember what it was like as a child to walk into the living room Christmas morning and see the presents all tucked under the tree?

I sure do, and I also remember that the bigger the size, the more they were anticipated…because bigger always meant better, or at least that’s what we thought as children.

Wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree

Now here we are, adults who need very little, and bigger does not always mean better. If fact, when we have our family gift exchanges, which are often White Elephant events, it is inevitable that the smaller packages, which are often gift cards, are the ones everyone wants to “steal.”

Just as time goes faster the older we become, the gifts we like become smaller.

So, with this in mind, we are offering everyone the opportunity to purchase the “perfect” gift for the gardener in your life: a Garden Harvest Supply Gift Certificate!

Our Gift Certificates are electronic, which means you can email them directly to the recipient, or you can place the codes in envelopes to be given Christmas morning.

So skip the long lines and go for the perfect gift. It makes everyone happy, including your budget, because we have them marked down 20%! This offer expires December 24.

Since our certificates don’t expire, consider buying one for yourself. You can use it to save money on your next plant purchases!

A Garden Harvest Supply Gift CertificateView our Gift Certificates here: Gifts

We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season, and a New Year Filled with Joy!

All the best,
Joe Stutzman
Garden Harvest Supply


“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” — Norman Vincent Peale

Let us never forget this outrageous act!

December 7th, 2016

December 7, 1941, started out like many other Sundays for the military personnel stationed at Pearl Harbor. People waking up, eating breakfast, getting ready to enjoy another gorgeous Hawaiian day.

However, at 7:44 a.m., their lives, and the lives of many others would never be the same. For at that very moment, hundreds of Japanese aircraft appeared in the sky over Pearl Harbor and started their surprise attack.

Over the next 110 minutes, the Japanese attackers killed more than 2,400 American servicemen and wounded over 1,100 more. They also crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet by sinking five of the eight battleships and damaging virtually all the Navy ships that were in port that day. They also managed to destroy 188 U.S. aircraft and damage an additional 159.
Of the battleships that were hit, the USS Arizona was the greatest loss. It was struck a number of times by bombs. One of these bombs, thought to have hit the area where the ammunition was stored, caused a massive explosion, which quickly sank her. Approximately 1,100 of her crew were killed in this attack. A memorial has since been placed over the Arizona’s wreckage.

Memorial over the sunken battleship USS Arizona













The memorial was dedicated in 1962. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. To this day, oil can still be seen rising from the wreckage to the surface of the water. It is sometimes referred to as “the tears of the Arizona” or “black tears.”

This attack was supposed to deter the United States from entering World War II; however, it had quite the opposite effect. By the very next day, war had been declared.

World War II went on to become the most widespread and deadly conflict in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million deaths. The United States lost over 418,000 of her citizens in this war.

So, today we want to pause and remember this day of infamy, and to honor all Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in defense of our country.

We so highly value these Gold Star families that Garden Harvest Supply has partnered with the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation in their cause to erect memorials to Gold Star families in all 50 states. Here is how we are contributing: Gold-Star-Family

Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Wood Williams standing in front of a Gold Star Monument











Let us never forget that our freedom has come at a great price!

Joe Stutzman
Garden Harvest Supply

On the Naughty List? We Can Help!

December 6th, 2016

Santa making out his naughty and nice listIt’s that time of year again. Santa has been working on his “naughty” and “nice” lists. Which list will you be on?

If there have been a few naughty days this year, these suggestions will help move you over to the “nice” list.

If you have only been slightly naughty, you can change your status by growing more vegetables in 2018. And we have it on good authority that Santa places a higher value on Superfoods. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Kale is rich in vitamins A, C and K, it also provides 9% of the recommended daily intake of calcium and it’s loaded with minerals and phytonutrients. It also offers more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies! Added bonus: it’s a fantastic source of fiber and iron.
  • Broccoli is packed with vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting compounds, and the fiber that is essential in any diet. It also stands out for its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C and folate (which can reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke).
  • Watermelon is low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C. Studies suggest it has the potential to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also provides antioxidants (which are thought to help protect the body from cancer), potassium, lycopene, beta-carotene, and citrulline (which relaxes and dilates blood vessels).Inspecting a healthy kale plant
  • Spinach is loaded with anti-inflammatories and vitamins. Just one cup offers up to 12% of the recommended daily dose of calcium and enough vitamin K to help prevent bone loss.
  • Cauliflower contains cancer-fighting compounds that have been shown to prevent damage to the lungs and stomach and to potentially protect against those cancers. And thanks to interactions with estrogen, cauliflower may also help prevent hormone-driven cancers like breast, uterine, and cervical.
  • Goji Berries are a great source of beta-carotene (which helps promote healthy skin), Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.

Now, if you have had more than a few naughty days, you should consider giving someone a gift that gives back all season long.

This penance will get you on the right list:

  • The Sweet Baby Girl cherry tomato was the number one plant given as a gift last season! It was judged the sweetest of all cherry tomatoes. Its ½ to 1-ounce fruits resist cracking and the plant offers good disease resistance. Make someone’s day by sending this plant to their door as a gift.
  • We would also recommend giving our Sunpatiens as a gift.These beautiful flowers can be grown in the sun or shade, they love heat and humidity, and they are resistant to Powdery Mildew. They are so easy to grow that anyone you send them to will enjoy their color all season long. No gardening experience necessary!
  • Santa also gives major bonus points for gifting Monarda plants. Not only do they produce colorful masses of fluffy-looking mixed colors of sunpatines in a containerflowers that bring a smile to everyone, but they are also highly beneficial to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. And they come back year after year.

In case you have been downright bad this year, we have a solution for that as well. As you may have heard, we are partnering with community gardens across the nation to fight hunger in those communities. We will be donating plants to these gardens, so every plant you purchase helps us donate more plants to these gardens. Of course, the more plants you order, the more likely Santa’s judgment will be swayed about placing you on the “nice” list. Are you ready to help yourself and others?

Sincerely, Joe Stutzman (and Elves) at Garden Harvest Supply


November 11th, 2016

Hello Friends,

We have just come through a very hard election season. Some may be happy with the outcome, while others may be saddened.

No matter the feeling, let’s not forget those who, through their selfless dedication over these last 241 years, have preserved for us the freedoms we have today: our veterans!

Being a veteran myself, I can say that we aren’t looking for glory; however, on this one special day that has been set aside for recognition, let’s make sure we take every opportunity to personally thank those veterans with whom we may cross paths on this Veterans Day.

On this day, we also acknowledge those who have lost loved ones in the defense of our great country. We owe these Gold Star families a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid. However, that should not stop us from doing all we can to keep their memories alive.A monument that honors Gold Star Families

With this goal in mind, we have teamed up with the HERSHEL “WOODY” WILLIAMS MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION in their quest to erect monuments in all 50 states that will honor our Gold Star families and preserve the memories of our fallen. You can read more about their mission here.

One of the ways we are helping is by donating $5 to the HWWMOHF for every Gold Star perennial mum sold. Would you be willing to help us? If so, make your purchase here.

To my fellow veterans, Happy Veterans Day and THANKS for your service!

Semper Fidelis,

Joe Stutzman
Garden Harvest Supply

SunPatiens: Unstoppable Flower Power for Sun or Shade!

November 7th, 2016

mixed colors of sunpatines in a containerNot only are SunPatiens® the first impatiens that can grow in full sun or shade, they can’t be beat for easy care and non-stop color. Aside from regular watering, they are virtually maintenance free. Plant them, step back and enjoy the exceptional performance.

SunPatiens can be grown in baskets and containers, and as bedding plants in flower beds.

With their strong, durable root systems, SunPatiens will grow quickly and fill in fast. They also offer strong sturdy stems that can tolerate high heat and humidity, rain and adverse weather conditions. And these disease-resistant plants aren’t affected by downy mildew!

White sunpatiens growing in a hanging basketFor the best performance, plant your SunPatiens in a well-drained spot. If you have clay soil, amend it with peat or compost when transplanting. The location can receive full sun or as little as a few hours of sunlight. The variegated leaf varieties are great options for locations with heavier shade.

During the first few weeks following transplant, don’t allow the soil around the SunPatiens to dry out. If they happen to wilt, increase the amount of water you’re applying. It’s best to do the watering early in the day. If mulch is used, avoid mounding too much close to the base of the plants, as this could cause stem rot.

SunPatiens do not require much fertilizer. If a liquid fertilizer is used, only apply 1/3 of the recommended rate and don’t apply more than every 2-3 weeks. If a slow-release fertilizer is used in the soil, apply at half the rate. Too much fertilizer will result in less flower production and leaf-tip burn.

Sunpatiens growing a flower bed around a houseIn most cases, SunPatiens should not be cut back to control size, but if they get taller than desired by late summer, they can be cut back by taking off the top 1/3 of growth. New leaves and flowers will cover old blooms, so there is no need to remove old flowers or cut off older growth.

Now sit back and get ready to enjoy the unstoppable flower show these SunPatiens will put on for you!

A Streamlined and More Generous Garden Harvest Supply

October 20th, 2016

butterfly-on-echinacea-plantsFor many years we have not only been selling you plants, but everything that has to do with plants—from fertilizer to tools to fencing, right down to birdbaths and books.

Recently we did some thinking about our mission and vision, and reflected on what we like to do the most (and what we are best at.)

We came to the conclusion that the thing we like to do the most is grow and sell plants. Not surprisingly, that is also what we are best at. We have therefore decided to zero-in on both our strength and our passion, and focus our business on the growing and selling of plants.

We also realized that simply turning a profit is not enough for us: we want Garden Harvest Supply to make a difference in the world.

Although growing and selling plants is certainly a positive livelihood, we decided to take it a step further and form ties with organizations that are teaching people in need how to grow their own food. We will soon be revealing the details of this community service component of the newly streamlined and restructured GHS.

We’ve been featuring a lot of 50% off sales in order to clear out our non-plant inventory. These will continue until we are left with just plants. If you need organic seeds, growing supplies, high quality tools, books, or any other items in our inventory, stay tuned…because we will continue to offer exceptional discounts while supplies last.

And stay tuned for news about our upcoming charitable program. Not only will we be growing and shipping the very best potted plants, but together with our customers—you!—we will be making a difference in people’s lives through helping the needy to be self-sufficient by growing their own gardens.

We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you in the future.

Joe Stutzman and Everyone at GHS!

Vegetable Planting Guides for all 50 States

September 1st, 2016

Vegetable planting guides for all 50 statesGrowing your own vegetables isn’t hard. The first step is to determine the location; most started in areas that receive at least 8 hours of sunlight per day. Next you’ll want to make sure you have a handy source for water. Then comes the fun part, determining what vegetables you want to grow. Part of this process is knowing how much space they will need, how long they will be growing, and the best time of the year to get them started.

Depending on where you live, vegetables can be grown at different times. Some areas of the country only have one season, while others have multiple seasons. Knowing the proper planting time will help maximize your growing space and ensure a rewarding experience.

We have vegetable planting guides for all 50 states. To get started, click on the state you will be gardening in.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California (Northern) | California (Southern) | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming | District of Columbia

We Need Plant Suggestions for English Style Gardens

February 4th, 2016

English Cottage Style GardenMy husband and I are set to close on our first home in the Pensecola Florida area. Our house sits on a third of an acre, and for the first time ever we will have a back yard! We plan to build three large planter boxes and begin growing our own vegetables. We would like to purchase many plants to adorn the remainder of our backyard in an “English country” style. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for perennials that you feel would be suitable to our area. I cannot tell you how excited we are to get started! Having our own yard and garden has been a dream of ours for years! Thank you so much for your help! Lauren D

Answer: Lauren, congratulations on your new home! Your area is either Hardiness Zone 8b or 9a. Your planting timing for vegetables is going to be much earlier than many parts of the country. Your season almost ends for most cool-season vegetables about the time it begins in climates farther north. Your local extension office should be able to provide you with a planting guide for what to plant, and when.

Since our plants are grown in the Midwest, we have to maintain a shipping schedule that’s consistent with their growth and readiness to be transported to their new homes.  Also,  we ship all over the U.S., so we shoot for averages when we determine best shipping dates.  We work hard to ensure the healthiest plants available anywhere, and we hope the extra wait won’t deter you from entrusting us to furnish your young plants as you begin your landscape and garden projects.

As for the English country-style landscaping, there are several things to think about. While cottage gardens may look random, they are far from it.  First is the hardscape to think about, such as rocks, walls, buildings, pergolas, etc. Then you need to look at large plants as anchors, like your trees and any large shrubs. From there you can add in the filler plants, the perennials, vines, smaller blooming shrubs and annuals. The blooming periods are carefully staged so there is always something in bloom. You can add in your local palms, azaleas, and ferns as filler.

We have a large selection of perennials and shrubs on our website; however, many of the plants that are typical in the cottage gardens are not fond of the heat and long growing season of your area without a lot of protection. Northern full-sun conditions would be more like your partial shade. Some plants will not be happy with the soil structure of the Pensacola area. There are many plants that are considered annuals in cooler regions that would make great perennials for your location and would help you emulate the look and feel of a cottage garden–so be sure to take a look at our Annuals offerings. Plants like Bougainvillea, Colocasia, Mandevilla, and Coleus all would do great in your area and potentially grow as perennials.

As you peruse the large selection of plants we have available, make sure to check their Zone ranges and soil requirements, all listed under the details of each plant. And if a plant has a different soil requirement than your native soil, try growing it in a pot. Big colorful pots filled with small shrubs are a perfect accent in this type of a garden. A cottage garden is about flows of color and texture that make you want to move from garden space to garden space.

Check out our Perennials, Shrubs, Annuals, and even herbs, like lavender and rosemary. In your area, they make marvelous borders. If you have questions about a specific plant suited to your area, please let us know. It's helpful to also know your light situation, full sun or shade, what direction the location is facing and the relationship to the house. Feel free to send photos. These are important in helping to determine if a plant is right for that location.

Happy planning and creating your new dream gardens, Karen

Save Your Bird Feeders By Feeding The Squirrels

January 4th, 2016

This May Sound Corny

Squirrel dining on an ear of cornSquirrels are active critters, and they're fascinating to watch. Just like birds, squirrels stay warm and protected in nests they have built in hollow tree trunks or in the limbs and branches of tall trees. Sometimes, the elements destroy their nests, so they have to rebuild and they leave their old homes behind.

Squirrels bury food but they don't find it again from memory. They have a great sense of smell and find food buried by other animals. Squirrels love to chew, and they will chew on nearly anything within their access, to keep their teeth sharp. They also have extremely sharp toenails that can shred skin, so don't ever try to pick up a squirrel, even if he's friendly. Squirrels are wildlife and make terrible pets, but if you keep a supply of food available, they'll make your yard their regular dining spot.

During inclement weather, squirrels have a nice fur coat to keep them warm, but if their food sources are buried under blankets of snow or layers of ice, they can get pretty frustrated. Even the nuts and seeds they've stored for the winter can become inaccessible in heavy snows. So, in cold months, your birdfeeders are more appealing to squirrels than ever.

Squirrels love corn and they will often leave bird feeders alone (even the black oil sunflower seeds) when offered corn feed in one form or another. Our squirrel feeders are made to hold cob corn or corn kernels and can be elaborate and tricky to perch on, or simple.

Our most economical corn feeder, the Chain Squirrel Feeder, holds an ear of corn off the ground, suspended from a branch or a roof eave.  The chain feeder provides food and quite a bit of fun as the squirrels leap to the corncob and hang on for dear life as they munch.

If you prefer to make squirrels really work for their dinner, install our Squirrel Spinner or Squirrel-Go-Round. And for the most challenging of all, put up a Squngee bungee feeder. These feeders will provide the most entertainment for your money, delivering hours of giggles as you watch the squirrels perform acrobatics to earn their meals. No one said you had to make it easy for them. Feed the squirrels: laughter is good for your health!

Squirrels are extremely active and stay on the go all day, which means they need a constant food source. Primarily vegetarians, their diet consists fruits, buds, seeds, nuts, roots, pinecones, leaves, twigs and bark. Many types of squirrel feeders and squirrel food are available commercially, to keep squirrels happy and coming back to your yard for their dinners.

Bon Appetit!

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