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14 Jul 2016

Recipes From A Garden

Gooseberries are a truly northern fruit. They are related to currants and grow on small shrubs. Thorny stems bear greenish-purple grape-sized fruit that usually ripen in July. The berries can be eaten as is or used in preserves or baked goods. For best eating, try the ‘pixwell’ variety.

Blue Gooseberry Pie (adapted from Canadian Living)

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  • Pie crust for one 9 inch double crust pie
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh gooseberries, washed and stemmed
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 425.  Lay bottom pie crust gently into a 9 inch pie plate. Trim over hang to ¾ inch.

Combine berries, lemon juice, sugar, flour, lemon zest, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Pour berry mixture into the pie crust and dot with butter.

Brush the rim of the pie crust with water. Fit the top crust over the filling and trim to fit. Press both crusts together, seal and flute decoratively around the pie plate. Whisk egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water and brush all over the top crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut 4 steam vents in center.

Place pie plate onto a baking sheet into the bottom third of your oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for another 40 minutes until crust is golden brown and pie filling is bubbly.

Cool on rack and serve with vanilla ice cream.

14 Jul 2016

Our Favorite Things: Weddings

It’s wedding season and our gift shop and garden center are packed with great gifts ideas for the happy couple. Give a gift that they will remember for years to come.

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Here are some of our favorite ideas for wedding gifts:

  • Porch Brooms: A broom as a wedding present? Why not! The couple will remember you as they sweep away debris, cobwebs, bugs or critters! Comes in handy at Halloween too.
  • Trees: A beautiful tree will be living tribute to the couple.
  • Garden Art: A unique and whimsical piece of art for the garden makes for a memorable and lasting gift.
  • Pillows: Accent pillows will add a touch of color and comfort to the new couple’s home.
  • Artwork: From a sassy sign to a pretty picture, art makes for a special gift both can enjoy.
  • MD Gift Card: Let the couple can choose what they’d like. A flat of perennials, a load of mulch or some shrubs, you’ll know the couple will get exactly what they want.
  • Furniture: A pair of deck chairs or a bench for the garden would be welcome in a new couple’s home.
  • Garden Tools: Arm the couple with a handy selection of tools like a shovel, rake, hand tools or pruners. They’ll have what they need for any yard task at hand.

As always, we offer complimentary gift wrapping.

14 Jul 2016

What Bugs Us?

Ants

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With thousands of species on the planet, ants are one of the most successful insects on earth. Ants are not always destructive in the home garden, but can be a nuisance.

Ants on trees:

If you spot ants on your trees, this almost always is a sign of the presence of aphids. Aphids secrete a sweet sticky substance called honeydew, which ants eat. To control ants in this setting you have to control the aphids. First, inspect the foliage on your trees. Aphids are tiny pear-shaped pests and cling to the new growth along the stems or leaves. They’re usually green, but can be yellow, grey, black or brown. Foliage will appear misshapen and may have a sticky sheen from honeydew. Control aphid outbreaks with a strong jet of water, insecticidal soap or in extreme cases, a systemic insecticide. Aphids rarely kill a plant, so depending on your tolerance, your trees will probably be fine with no action taken. Once the aphids are controlled, the ants will eventually leave the area in search of a new food source.

While the aphids are being controlled, a coating of sticky Tanglefoot™ can be spread around the trunk. This tacky substance will trap the ants preventing them from climbing the trees.

Ant hills:

Unless anthills are positioned near living spaces, the hills can be left alone. To get rid of anthill, use an ant bait like Amdro™ or Monterey™ Ant Control. The bait is collected by ants and then returned to the whole colony, killing them.

14 Jul 2016

Six Reliable Groundcovers for Teton Gardens

Groundcovers are a valuable component of any landscape. These low, creeping perennial plants are perfect along walkways, borders, rock gardens or as a living carpet. Most attract pollinating insects. Groundcovers will add beauty, texture and interest to your landscape.

Groundcovers for sun:

  • Snow in summer (cerastium tomentosum): This tough as nails creeper has striking silver foliage which contrasts nicely with other flowering perennials or annuals. Pretty white blooms come out mid-summer. Plant in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

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  • Creeping Thyme (thymus serpyllum): Perfect in walkways or rock gardens, fragrant creeping thyme can be walked on and is the best choice for planting between flagstone pavers. Minute white, pink or lavender flowers bloom mid-summer and will add a splash of color to any area. Plant in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

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  • Dragon’s Blood Sedum (sedum spurium ‘dragon’s blood’): An extremely hardy succulent bearing pretty pink flowers mid to late summer. Deep green foliage turns bright red once the weather cools in the fall. Plant in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

 

For the shade:

  • Creeping Jenny (lysimachia nummularia): Also known as Moneywort, this vigorous spreader is great for covering an area quickly. Yellow blooms top the tidy rounded leaves. It likes rich, moist soil.

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  • Ajuga or Bugleweed (ajuga reptans): This tough perennial comes in a variety of interesting foliage colors. Deep purple, burgundy or reddish-bronze leaves are topped with small spikes of purple flowers early summer. Likes well-drained moist soil.

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  • Sweet woodruff (gallium odoratum: Perfect for adding fragrance to a shady spot, this charming ground cover bears tiny white flowers late spring. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

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14 Jul 2016

4th Annual Big Zucchini Contest

How big is your zucchini?

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Back by popular demand, our Big Zucchini Contest will take place August 13th. 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.  One entry per household.

The winner gets bragging rights and a $50 MD gift card!

 

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14 Jul 2016

4th of July

4th of July Sale Starts July 1st

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

10% off Annuals, Hanging Baskets, Veggie Starts and Herbs

30% off selected plastic outdoor furniture

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Lawn Care 2 Day Sale:  July 1st & 2nd

Give your grass a boost for the summer. Apply fertilizer according to package instructions early morning or evening and water thoroughly afterwards.

All bagged lawn fertilizer will be 30% off for two days only, July 1st and 2nd.

 

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

14 Jul 2016

Recipes From A Garden

Watermelon & Mint Salad

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Simple, sweet, salty and totally refreshing, take this dish to your next potluck gathering.

8 Cups of cubed watermelon, chilled

¼ Cup freshly squeezed lime juice

½ Cup chopped fresh mint leaves

1 Cup crumbled feta or mini boconcini (fresh mozzarella) balls

Combine all ingredients and serve.

 

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14 Jul 2016

Easy Herbs for Teton Gardens

Herbs are a great addition to a home garden. Combined with other flowers or in a spot of their own, these perennial herbs will perform reliably season after season. A sunny pot with decent soil good drainage is all they need. Not only can these be used in cooking, but they combine beautifully with other flowers and attract pollinating insects. As an added bonus, voles, deer and gophers tend to leave them alone.

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1-Oregano: Grow this hardy perennial from seed or from starts. Oregano is fantastic in Mediterranean dishes. Small clusters of pink flowers bloom mid-summer and are nice as a cut flower.

2-Chives: Chives are a very versatile member of the onion family. These are easily started from seed. Pretty purple tufts top the slender green stalks. The flowers and stems are edible and the mild oniony flavor is nice in salads, soups, eggs, potato salad or anywhere you’d like a little punch of flavor.

3-Thyme: This woody-stemmed perennial grows best in a well-drained sunny spot. There are many different varieties and all are edible but common or English thyme and lemon thyme are the best bets for cooking. Thyme is super versatile and can be used on its own alongside other herbs.

4-Mint: Mint is a very vigorous perennial and we recommend planting it on its own in a container or in a separate area of the garden. It spreads easily from underground roots. Use mint in salads, cocktails or steep the leaves for tea.

5-Sage: Sage has lovely pink flower spires atop its fragrant soft green leaves. It’s pretty enough to use in flower bouquets, but it is also wonderful with roasted potatoes, squash, chicken and turkey.

If you can’t use herbs fresh, try one of these simple techniques for preserving your herbs for later use:

DRYING:  This is best for herbs such as sage, oregano, thyme and mint. Tie herbs into bunches and hang to dry in a cool, dark spot. Herbs can also be laid flat in a cool dark spot. When leaves are completely brittle, they can be crumbled and stored in glass jars or in zip top bags.  Save some extras for holiday gift-giving.

FREEZING: Use a food processor and whiz clean herbs and a bit of water together. Pack into ice cube trays and freeze. Once the herb cubes are frozen, pop them out and store in a zip top freezer bag for later use.

VINEGAR INFUSION: This works well with most herbs and makes a beautiful gift. Put a few sprigs of herbs into a glass jar. Top with white wine vinegar and let steep for two weeks. Strain into a bottle or jar.

14 Jul 2016

Father’s Day Specials & Gifts

Father’s Day June 19th

Our gift shop has a bunch of new, manly gifts dad might just love.

Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for Father’s Day:

  • Surreal™ faux log coolers: Made in the USA, these lightweight coolers are built from molds of real logs. Just add ice and his favorite drinks.

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  • Durawood™ Adirondack chairs: Our latest line of Adirondack chairs are made in the USA from recycled plastic. We are able to custom order colors and accessories like foot rests, side tables and nifty built in drink holders!

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  • Beverage stakes: Farmhouse-inspired garden stakes hold a can of Dad’s favorite brew.

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  • Duke Cannon ™ ‘Big Ass’ brick of soap. The name says it all. These bars are long lasting and will wash off the stinkiest of stinks! Duke Cannon™ donates a portion of their profits to military veteran causes.

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  • Yard Dice: A set of six oversized hardwood dice come in a burlap storage bag with instructions for ten different games. Roll the dice, roll the fun.

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  • Japanese Hori-Hori garden knife: This is a great all- purpose tool for planting, dividing, weeding or chopping. A holster keeps it at hand.

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  • Machetes: This serious chopping tool would be great to chop down thistles, chop up debris for the compost pile, roots or brush. Swinging a machete is a great workout and stress reliever!

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14 Jul 2016

June Is For Planting!

Our garden center and greenhouse are in full swing. We have a huge selection of potted shrubs and trees in addition to acres of larger ball and burlap trees and shrubs. Whether you are landscaping a new home, planting trees for screening or just need some extra color, now is the time to come by while our inventory is at its peak!

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Hanging baskets, veggie starts, herbs, perennials, and bedding plants can be found in our greenhouse complex. Stop by and pick up some color for your home or business.

Flower Care 101

For best results follow these simple steps for beautiful blooms all summer long:

  • Gradually expose newly purchased plants to the outdoors on a covered porch or in a shady spot out of the wind. This is called hardening off.
  • Watch the weather. A few annuals, such as pansies will tolerate freezing temperatures, but most will need to be covered or moved inside if a frost is predicted.
  • Plant in high quality potting mix. If the plants are to be planted in last year’s container, remove all former plant material and refresh with new soil. Adding granular fertilizer to the soil prior to planting will promote continual blooming and healthy root formation.
  • Water often. The soil should never be allowed to dry out. Depending on sun and wind exposure, annuals may need water up to twice a day.
  • Routine removal of spent flowers will encourage more blooming. This is called deadheading. Be sure to remove the entire flower and stem.
  • Additional liquid fertilizer (such as Fertilome™ brand Blooming & Rooting) beginning midsummer will maintain lush foliage and continuous blooming.

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