!SPRING IS TIME FOR PLANTING



May and June Offerings...





Spring is our busiest time of year, as it is the time when we have the most to offer. As noted before, we sell a huge variety of plants during the height of our season. This section will detail more about what we have to offer and when you can put them in your garden or flower beds.



Early Season -- During the first couple weeks after we open, the weather is not often great for planting and the ground has not usually warmed enough to plant everything, but there are plenty of early season options to be found. It is safe to start planting cold hardy vegetables and herbs, perennials and some of the more cold-tolerant annuals.


Mid Season -- During the time from the middle of May until early June we will have passed our last frost date, and the nights will rarely drop below 40F. We have usually had enough warm sunny days to heat the ground and to make if safe to put in most any summer vegetable or annual available. It is the time when most people will plant their garden plots, flower beds and boxes, and buy their hanging baskets. You can continue planting early season vegetables until early in June, but some of these will struggle if planted too late.


Late Season -- Beyond the middle of June it is too late to plant many of the early season vegetables but you can still put in short season vine crops and most tomatoes and peppers will still produce for you if planted before the first week of July. You will still find a limited selection of vegetables, herbs, annuals and perennials that may be planted at any time, and usually plenty of hanging baskets and patio pots are still for sale.


End Season -- By the Fourth of July holiday we have generally sold out of our plants. The last few perennials, hanging baskets and herbs/vegetables will be sold at clearance pricing and we will close our garden section until the arrival of hardy mums around Labor Day.



FAQ's About Plants...





There is a lot to know when it comes to planting a garden or preparing a flower bed. We sell so many different types of plants that it can be hard to decide what to do with the ones you choose. Here are some examples of common questions and concerns involving the proper planting and maintenance of your garden.


Annual or Perennial?


Some plants will survive our winter and return in the garden for a number of years ranging from three to around thirty or more--these are the perennials. Other plants cannot survive our winter and you have to replant them every year--these are the annuals. Vegetable plants are annuals, so you can remember that because you have to plant your garden every year, flowers and herbs that are annual must be planted every year as well.


Why not just plant perennials so that I don't have to plant every year?


A perennial flower generally does not flower profusely for the entire season like an annual. They have a set time of year when their flowers come on and many do not keep color for more than 4 to 6 weeks. If you build your perennial garden carefully, you can include flowers that bloom during all times of the season, but texture should be considered as much as anything.


How close together can I plant my flowers/vegetables?


We all want to plant the right amount of annuals and vegetables to give them the best look and to use the space in our garden wisely. With bedding plants, you can easily plant them within six inches of one another and achieve a full, colorful bed, but less is more in most cases and you have to consider the mature size of the plant when planting, even if it means waiting a few weeks for them to fill in. The vegetable garden is no different. It is very common and easier than you realize to overplant. The little starts don't look like much, but some plants get very large and will perform best if they are not crowded by their neighbors. It's always good to do some research to find out how big any given plant will grow.


Which herbs work best in planters?


We sell nearly 100 different herb species so it can be easy to get carried away and buy more than you need or can fit in your space. It is important to note that some herbs are perennial and may be placed in a garden bed and used year after year. The most common herbs are a mixture of both annual and perennial and are used together in annual planters. That being said, the only ones to avoid in planters are those that want to grow more than about 18 inches tall as they will take up too much space and crowd the others. Stick with the basics when planting a mixed herb planter--parsley, oregano, basil, chives and tarragon are easy to grow and should you clip and use them regularly, they can be kept to a reasonable size.


How do I know if my soil is good for planting?


This is a decidedly complex question but can be answered without a lot of details. Most garden soil is good enough to plant in but will yield variable results if it is too compact, too sandy or lacking in nutrients. The best thing you can do is amend your soil with fresh compost, black top soil, peat moss or a combination of things. By doing this and tilling or turning the soil to aerate, you can turn any plot into an acceptable site for growing flowers and vegetables. It is important to note that certain types of soil will grow some things better than others and you can experiment to find out which work best for you.


When is the right time to start planting?


There are many different levels of hardiness among plants. We offer the ones that can tolerate the coldest weather when we first open and add to our stock from there. In our area, the average date of the last frost is around May 15th and the soil usually has warmed enough for most summer vegetables shortly after that. However, you can plant a number of different annual flowers, vegetable plants, herbs and perennials safely even when the temperatures are still cold at night.




In addition to the plants...





We offer plenty of accessories to help you get more of your garden needs in one place. Though we don't have a large enough store to sell a huge number of items, we can help you with many of the basics.


Professional potting soil, peat moss, fertilizer and other soil amendments.


Tomato cages, A-Frames, bamboo and steel stakes, plant hoops and prop-ups.


Terra cotta and plastic pots, drain saucers, hand tools, gloves and watering cans.


Pest control items, plant hangers, and more!