Archive for December, 2016

The bigger the gift, the better. Correct?

Friday, 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
Owner
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!

Wednesday, 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!

Sincerely,
Joe Stutzman
Owner
Garden Harvest Supply

On the Naughty List? We Can Help!

Tuesday, 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