July 2015

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4th of July Sale!

Celebrate the 4th of July with color! Add that festive touch to your deck or patio with colorful annuals.

10% off all annuals and hanging baskets,  Sale starts July 2nd

We will be closed on July 4th. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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3rd Annual Big Zucchini Contest:

Back by popular demand, our Big Zucchini Contest will take place August 15th. Bring in your homegrown zucchini for judging between 9:00 am and noon. Zucchini must be grown in Teton County Idaho or Wyoming. Contest is free to enter and fun for all ages.  The winner gets bragging rights and a $50 MD gift card.

5 Steps to Eco Friendly Landscaping

 

  1. Enhance Habitat

Consider using plants that support wildlife such as birds and pollinators. Fruit-bearing and flowering shrubs and trees, perennials, annuals and bulbs all provide food for birds and pollinators. The bonus? They look spectacular too!

  1. Irrigate Efficiently

Reduce the amount of water wasted by irrigating early in the morning or in the evening, adjusting sprinklers to water only your plants ( and not your driveway!) and employing soaker hoses to water the root zones of trees.

  1. Improve the soil

Healthy soils lead to healthy plants. Healthy plants are less prone to stress and insect infestations, requiring fewer chemical controls. Amending soil yearly with compost and using organic fertilizers will help improve soil quality.

  1. Use Mulch

Mulch helps preserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, improve soil fertility and enhances the appearance and health of your plants.

  1. Practice Appropriate Maintenance

Use organic techniques and materials whenever possible. There are many natural and organic products for fertilizing and pest control available for the home gardener.

What bugs us: Spittlebugs:

Who spit on my plants?
If you are asking this question, you have seen the evidence of the spittlebug. Spittlebugs are tiny insects that emerge in the spring and feed on a host plant through the growing season. They secrete a foamy white substance to protect themselves while they are on the host plant. Although unsightly, these bugs do very little damage to the plants themselves. A quick blast with a strong jet of water is usually all it takes to get rid of them. A good fall clean up will help prevent next year’s infestation, removing dead plant material where the eggs can over winter.

Try this: Fantastic Foliage

Step aside petunias and geraniums, make way for fabulous foliage. Contrasting foliage plants placed in a beautiful container will give your entryway or deck a fresh and hip look.  Not only do foliage plants look great all season, they are simple to assemble. Begin by choosing your planter.  A gorgeous glazed ceramic planter or a sleek modern piece goes well with foliage plants.  Next, select three foliage plants, choosing something tall, something with bold foliage and something to trail down and over the pot. This design technique is widely known as the “thriller, filler and spiller”. We like this 3 plant combination:
Ornamental Grass (thriller): fescue grass, spike, reed grass
Coleus (filler): there are many leaf colors to choose from
Trailing Vine (spiller): potato vine, creeping jenny, ivy

Recipes from the Garden: Red, White and Blue Popsicles

This recipe uses either raspberries or red currants.
The red lake currant is a tough, berry producing shrub in our region.  Beautiful red berries hang in heavy clusters mid- summer. If you have a currant bush try this recipe. If not, plant one and enjoy its beauty and tasty fruit! The layers of these popsicles can either be swirled together as shown in the photo or left in place.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup blueberries
  2. 1 cup red currants or raspberries
  3. 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  4. 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

    1. Puree the blueberries in a blender or food processor along with a teaspoon of sugar – set aside
    2. Puree the red currants or raspberries in a blender or food processor along with a teaspoon of sugar – set aside
    3. Pour the three mixtures (red currant, blueberry, yogurt), alternating, into popsicle moulds to create 3 – 5 layers of the mixtures.
    4. With a thin knife or skewer insert into mixture and swirl together slightly in an up-and-down motion, or leave the layers in place as they are.
    5. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid.

Our Favorite Things:

It’s music season. Enjoy your next outdoor show in comfort. Come by the gift shop to find:

      • Folding low-boy chairs
      • Wine totes with glasses
      • Picnic baskets
      • Waterproof blankets
      • Stylish sun hats

It’s Time to: Fertilize Flowers

How are your annual flowers and hanging baskets looking? By July, these plants need a little help to keep them looking good. Remove any dead foliage and blooms and cut back any plants that are getting too long or ‘leggy’. Water deeply and regularly, especially those plants that are in full sun and windy locations. Fertilize weekly with a liquid plant food. This will keep the foliage green and keep the blooms coming. We love fertilome™ brand blooming and rooting plant food.  A little maintenance and care will keep your flowers looking pretty all summer.

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