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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!

04 Feb 2016

February 2016

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Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market

If you missed it last month, the Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market continues on Saturdays from 10-2. Stop by the greenhouse and find some locally raised meat, honey, cheese, preserves, baked goods, tamales, jewelry, yarn and more! Enjoy live music from 11-1 while supporting our local vendors.

Save the date!  President’s Day Sale!

Our President’s Day Storewide Sale starts February 15th.
Save 30% on all full priced in-stock items February 15th– 20th (excludes Marigold Café & floral)

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Valentine’s Day at MD Nursery

The Flower Market is taking orders for Valentine’s. Delight your beloved with a gorgeous display of fresh flowers.  From traditional roses to their favorite flower, we will craft an arrangement your valentine will love! Our delivery service will be in full swing Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th, so call ahead and we’ll deliver straight to your sweetie. We are closed Sundays, including Valentine’s Day.

Call 208-354-8816 ext. 120 to order today!

Our gift shop is stocked with luscious soaps & lotions, beautiful jewelry, cozy winter accessories, tools, manly soaps from Duke Cannon™, blooming houseplants and as always, great cards for your sweetie.

Valentine’s Day at Marigold Café

Bring home the love in the form of our decadent house-made cupcakes or a petite cake to share.  We also have a variety of gourmet confections such as chocolate covered toffee, cherry cordials and brittle! Our sweet treats will surely make your Valentine smile.

Dream on!

 “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream”
Josephine Nuese

Do you have dreams for your landscape this summer? We can help! For over 20 years MD has been designing, installing, and maintaining residential and commercial gardens. MD’s fully trained and professional staff can guide you through the design and installation process to ensure that you are completely satisfied.

Waterfalls, streams, ponds, stone work, wildflower and meadow sods, flower beds, trees, shrubs…your choices are endless.

Birding Tip of the Month

Should I feed birds suet? What is it?

Suet is a high energy bird food composed mainly of animal fat combined with seeds and other ingredients. It is commercially available in square ‘cakes’ that fit into feeders specially designed to hold the cakes. Suet attracts insect-eating birds such as wood peckers, nut hatches, chickadees and titmice. Offering suet in the winter will attract a greater variety of birds. This calorie dense food provides birds with quick heat and energy, vital for winter survival.

Our Favorite Things: Gardening Books

Winter is a great time to gather ideas and inspiration for your yard. While there is an abundance of information available online, slowing down and cozying up with a book is the perfect way to bide the time until spring. Stop by our book nook upstairs in the gift shop and find inspiration. We have an array of titles such as The New Low Maintenance Garden, Backyard Homestead and Garden Design. Add one of these beautiful books to your own collection or peruse our lending library and borrow one of ours!

Winter Hours:

9-6 Monday – Saturday

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04 Jun 2015

June 2015

Kids Club Starts June 9th.

MD Nursery has been offering free gardening classes for kids each summer for over 15 years. We are proud to offer these classes once again beginning June 9th. Classes are held each Tuesday (except July 7th) rain or shine until August 18th. Classes take place at our Children’s Garden and Education Center. Space is limited. Call 208-354-8816 ext.  119 to reserve your spot.  Visit our website for more information.

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Marigold Café One Year Anniversary:

It’s been one year already! Be sure to stop in for breakfast, coffee, lunch or a treat.

Summer hours are 8-4 Monday – Saturday.
Join us for Fro-Yo Happy Hour Thursdays from 2-4 pm

Enjoy frozen yogurt with any of your favorite toppings for just 30¢ per ounce.

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.

Right Plant, Right Place

Over the years we’ve helped a lot of customers choose trees or shrubs to serve a specific purpose. While it’s easy to pick a tree simply for its looks or for the fruit it bears, it becomes more of a challenge to find the right tree or shrub to suit a specific growing requirement. Here are some of the most common requests:
What can you grow that won’t get eaten by deer, elk or moose?
Animals will eat anything if there is no other choice. The following plants are not 100% animal proof, but are less palatable to large game.
Lilac, juniper, Siberian peashrub, barberry, cotoneaster, potentilla and hawthorn
What trees will grow the fastest?
Growth rate will depend a lot on the growing season, proper planting, adequate water and fertilizer.
Poplars, cottonwood, aspen and willow grow the fastest.
What tree is best for screening?
Colorado Spruce is the best choice with its dense evergreen foliage.
What shrubs are best for a hedge?
Peking or Hedge cotoneaster, lilacs, Siberian peashrub and alpine currant are all great choices.
What trees and shrubs will grow in a wet area?
Willows, dogwood, birch and poplars are adapted to wet soils.
What is drought-tolerant?
The following are drought tolerant once they are established, usually in one or two seasons:
Ash, pine, juniper, buffaloberry, maple, peashrub, red leaf rose, hawthorn and western sandcherry are adapted to dry conditions.
What shrubs will stay low?
Alpine currant, spirea, pottentilla and barberry all grow less than 4 feet tall.
What will grow well in the shade?
Elderberry, dogwood, aspen, snowberry, twinberry honeysuckle are all good choices for shade.
What plants can handle snow shedding from my roof?
Elderberry, potentilla and arctic willow can take a beating. Prune off any dead or broken branches in the spring.
When planting trees and shrubs in more challenging sites, proper planting and care will make a huge difference in whether a plant succeeds or not.  Click here for our planting guide

What bugs us: Tent Caterpillars:

These pests are easily identified by a web like tent filled with very hungry caterpillars. They are common on chokecherries and hawthorns where the caterpillars hatch in the spring and grow within their protective tent. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of the host plant until they pupate.  They eventually emerge as small moths in early August.  After mating, the moths lay clusters of eggs on host plants where they overwinter and continue the cycle the following spring.

Although these caterpillars can defoliate an entire plant, they seldom kill it and the plant will typically grow new leaves again that season. Successive years of defoliation can eventually kill or stress the host plants. There are several control methods:

Bacillus Thuringiensis or Bt: This biological control is only harmful to caterpillars. Caterpillars die after they eat the treated foliage. Bt is sold as Caterpillar Killer by Safer™ or Garden Dust by Safer™

Spinosad:  Kills caterpillars on contact and by the caterpillars feeding on treated foliage. Spinosad is sold by Natural Guard™ in a spray bottle or as Borer, Bagworm, Tent Caterpillar & Leafminer Spray by Fertilome™
Mechanical Removal: Cut out the nest and dispose of it. This is best done early in the morning, while most of the caterpillars are within the tent.

Recipes from the Garden

Spinach is one of the easiest greens to grow, often providing local gardeners with a bountiful harvest through June. Spinach loves cool weather and will begin to bolt, or flower once the temperatures climb. It’s best to pick spinach before bolting for the best flavor. Here’s is a simple, healthy and tasty way to include your harvest in your dinner!

Penne with Spinach

Ingredients:
1 pound penne
3 garlic cloves
2 ounces goat cheese
1 ounce cream cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the penne and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.

Mince the garlic in a food processor. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and half of the spinach leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Set the cheese and spinach mixture aside.

Meanwhile, place the remaining spinach leaves in a large bowl.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Spoon the pasta atop the spinach leaves in the bowl. Scrape the cheese and spinach mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Parmesan over and serve.

Recipe adapted from foodnetwork.com

Our Favorite Things:

Father’s Day is on June 21st.
Here are some of our favorite things for Dad:

Hori Hori knife:  This Japanese-inspired knife has multiple uses- dig, cut, weed or chop. It even has a bottle opener!

 

 

 

 

EarthBox™ Garden Kit:  This self watering planter is ideal for growing tomatoes and other veggies

 

 

 

 

 

Pocket Monkey: This is a multi tool that’s the size of a credit card. Stick one in your wallet and have this handy tool at the ready.

 

 

 

 

 

Portable Padded Seats and Outdoor blankets:  Stay dry and comfy and enjoy the show. Perfect for music on main!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Drink glasses and pitchers: Bring out some stylish and durable wine glasses, tumblers or beer mugs on your next picnic, camping trip or backyard weenie roast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04 Mar 2015

March 2015

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THE LAST TWO WINTER FARMER’S MARKET DATES ARE MARCH 7TH AND 21ST
Mark your calendars for the final two Winter Farmer’s Market days, March 7th and 21st.  Don’t miss out on your chance to browse our vendor’s offerings and enjoy live music in our toasty greenhouse.

IT’S TIME TO…
START SEEDS INDOORS

Are you trying to get a jump on the growing season? Want to choose the varieties of flowers and veggies you’d like to grow? March is a fine time to start many long- season vegetables and flowers indoors.  Tomatoes, winter squash, peppers, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages) and many flowers can be started this month.   The aim of starting your own seed is to have your seedlings ready to plant by the time it’s warm enough outside.  The exact timing of indoor seeding will depend on what you are trying to grow and if you are able to transplant into a protected space like a greenhouse or cold frame. Check the seed packet for sowing information and days to maturity. This will help you determine when to plant.  If you are not the seed-starting type, you will find seedlings available in our greenhouse beginning in April. For more details on starting vegetable seeds, visit this link.

SPREAD GRASS AND WILDFLOWER SEED
The lack of snow in the valley this winter has exposed a lot of bare ground earlier than normal.  Use this opportunity to over- seed a lawn or natural area. Grass and wildflower seed sown early spring will lie dormant until the ground temperatures warm. As a bonus, the exposure to cold and moisture helps break down the outer seed casing allowing for faster germination once our ‘real’ spring arrives! Protect newly seeded areas with a light layer of straw or soil.

New this season, we have DeWitt™ weed-free seedling straw with tackifier designed to hold straw in place.

We have everything you need to start a seed! Come by and see our large selection of garden seeds, seedling mixes, seed starting kits, heat mats and grow lights and more!

ALL 2014 SEED IS 50% OFF

What’s new this month:

We have a steady stream of quality fertilizers, pottery, soils and tools arriving this month as we start to ramp up for the growing season.  Look for even more organic and natural offerings such as potting mixes, compost, fertilizers and pest control products. Colorful table ware, indoor and outdoor décor and art work are filling up the gift shop.  Browse our fresh selection of colorful accessories and jewelry. We have lots of new greeting cards including St. Patrick’s Day cards.

Be sure to check out our sale areas in the gift shop and the greenhouse for super deals on older or discontinued inventory. 

Product of the Month:

We are anticipating the arrival of new rain boots this month!  Usher in spring with our stylish and practical mud-loving footwear:

Stephen Joseph™ boots for kids have cute designs for puddle-loving boys and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sloggers™ clogs are perfect for dashing in and outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say “hello mud!” with our latest brand, Bopboots™ rubber cowgirl or classic rain boots in bold prints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your work done in a pair of seriously tough Muck™ boots.

 

Indoor Gardening: Forcing Branches

Blooming branches are a nice way to add a touch of spring to your home or office.  Branches from spring-blooming crabapples, hawthorns, cherries, apples, spirea or forsythia are all good candidates for forcing. Using clean, sharp pruners carefully cut some branches off the parent plant. Make a cut lengthwise up from the bottom of the branch about 4 inches long. After this, submerge the cut ends in warm water, overnight if possible. Arrange the branches in the vessel of your choice, fill with fresh water and place them in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Change the water every few days. The branches can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to bloom, depending on the variety and room temperature.

Bird of the Month – Northern Flicker:

This beautiful woodpecker is a year round resident in our region. It is easily identified by its size and plumage. Flickers are 12 inches long and mostly brown with black spots and a yellow or salmon tint under their wings and tail feathers. They have a black ‘bib’ on their upper chest and the males have a red patch extending from their beaks to their eyes. These birds will occasionally visit a bird feeder, especially those with suet. It mainly feeds on the ground searching for insects and seeds.  The flicker excavates nests in dead or dying trees, sometimes re-using nests made by other species.  This bird can become a nuisance in springtime as it vies for mates and territory by hammering on buildings. Flickers often choose siding, chimney caps and satellite dishes as drumming sites to the annoyance of homeowners.  Repeated drumming on wood siding can lead to significant damage. Drumming is most common in the spring in the early morning and late afternoon.  Flicker damage can be prevented by using several techniques:

 

  • Visual repellants such as mylar scare tape, mirrored diverters and hawk or owl figures used in combination will help scare them away.
  • Using loud noises like banging of pots and pans or cap guns to scare them off.
  • Bird netting or hardware cloth can be attached to the drumming sites.

MD Nursery stocks Bird be Gone™ bird diverters, owl and hawk figures and bird netting.

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We will be hosting the first ever Winter Farmer’s Market beginning on January 3rd. Kick off the New Year in our heated greenhouse with hand-made soaps, jewelry and accessories. Fill your tummies with tempting baked goods, locally made cheese, preserves and locally raised beef, pork and lamb. The first Winter Market day will feature live music from the Miller Sisters. Be sure to mark your calendars, the Winter Market will continue on the first and third Saturdays of the month through March from 10:00-2:00.

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Our annual after-Christmas sale will continue through January 10th. Save 50% on all holiday décor, garland, Christmas lights and tableware. Take advantage of great prices and stock up for next season.

Winter Hours

Monday- Saturday 9-6
The gift shop and Marigold Café will be closed from January 12th– 15th for inventory. We will return to our regular winter hours on January 16th.

Indoor Gardens:

Growing Micro Greens

Micro greens are the tiny edible shoots of vegetables that are harvested when their first leaves appear, usually when they’re 7-14 days old. These delicate greens pack a nutritional punch for their size, containing up to four times as many nutrients as their full grow counterparts.  Micro greens liven up omelets, soups, salads or stir fries with color and fresh flavor.  These are easy to grow and make for a fun indoor gardening project any time of the year. Any salad green can be used as a micro green. Arugula, kale, beets, radishes and lettuces are all great choices. We stock Botanical Interests™ Micro Greens seeds. With helpful instructions and recipes on the packages, these are a great choice for beginners. Try the Savory Mix, Red Winter Kale or Pea Shoots. To grow micro greens, start with a clean plastic seedling tray or re-use a plastic container from a store bought salad mix. Ensure the tray has some holes in it for drainage. Fill with about two inches of seedling or potting mix. Sprinkle the seeds evenly over top and cover with another 1/8 inch of potting mix. Keep the tray in a bright spot indoors and keep soil bed evenly moist but not soggy (a plant mister works well).  Use scissors to snip off the leaves when they are 1-2 inches tall. Fresh, home-grown micro greens will surely perk up any meal.

Bird of the Month: House Finch

 

 

 

 

 

House finches are native to the western US. They make their home year-round in the Tetons. These birds are about the size of a sparrow and have a stout triangular beak. The males have a rose-colored breast and head whereas the females are streaked grey and brown.  These are very gregarious birds and will readily visit a birdfeeder, especially when sunflower seeds are on the menu. When they are not perched on a feeder, they feed on the ground, on weed stalks and in trees. They will nest just about anywhere sometimes using abandoned homes of other birds. Each mating pair raises one to three broods each spring.  Simply setting out a feeder and some seeds will provide you with hours of backyard entertainment through the winter.

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04 Aug 2014

August 2014

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Outdoor Living Sale August 1-31st

    • 10-50% off Outdoor Furniture and Fire Pits
    • 20-40% off Perennials

Save a big zucchini from your garden for our 2nd annual Big Zucchini contest! Bring in your zucchini for judging between 9 and noon on August 16th. The winner gets bragging rights and $50 MD bucks!

Top 5 Ornamental Grasses for the Tetons.

The use of ornamental grasses has grown in popularity since Karl Foerster grass was named Perennial of the Year in 2001. Ornamental grasses are wonderful for adding height or structural interest to a perennial bed or to mix in with other trees and shrubs. Mass plantings of ornamental grasses help achieve a modern look and are now commonplace in commercial landscapes. These grasses can be added to any landscape. Besides vertical interest, the seed heads have a beautiful way of capturing late summer light and give off a radiant glow. The gentle movement of the seed heads in a breeze is enchanting. The color and texture of ornamental grasses complements many perennial combinations and makes a fine backdrop for other plants. Most pests find these grasses unpalatable, making them a great choice in areas where rodents or deer are a problem.  Ornamental grasses prefer full sun and low to moderate moisture. The seed heads can be left standing for early winter interest until heavy snow breaks or buries them completely. Trim these grasses to the ground each spring and fertilize with an all purpose fertilizer for the best appearance.

‘Elijah’ Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca ‘elijah blue’): This is the shortest of the bunch. Blue- grey blades are especially pretty when paired with purple and blue flowers. Grows 6-10 inches tall and spreads 8-12 inches.

Feather Reed (Karl foerster) Grass (Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’): This is the tallest ornamental grass for this area growing to up 5 feet. Feathery plumes of wheat-colored seed heads make this a standout.

Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum): Sturdy, upright steel blue stems are topped with a fine, airy seed head. Grows 2-3’ and spreads 2-3’.

Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia): Narrow, soft, bright green blades grow into a 2 foot tall clump. Long stems of fluffy seed heads rise above. This one prefers moist soils.

Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon): Spiky, blue-grey foliage is topped with long, arching stems of seed heads. Blue Oat Grass pairs nicely with blue or purple flowers and plants with burgundy foliage. Grows into a large clump 2-4 feet tall and 18-24 inches wide.

How to save seeds

August is a great time to collect and save seeds from your flower garden. Seeds need to be fully mature to be viable for next year. Mature seeds will be dry and have an audible rattle within the pod when they’re ready. To save seeds, take out some scissors and collect seed pods. Poppies, penstemon, lupine and columbine are all easy to gather. The seeds will shake right out of the pods. For compound flowers like daisies and gaillardia, the seeds are ripe when they are brown, brittle and pull easily out of the center disk.  Store seeds in an envelope or paper bag. Scatter your seeds somewhere new or save them to share with a friend.

In the Kitchen

In honor of our Big Zucchini contest, here is a recipe to complement all that zucchini! No time to bake? Freeze shredded zucchini in two cup portions to use at a later date.

Mom’s Orange- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread:
Makes 2 loaves

      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 3 eggs
      • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
      • 1 cup vegetable oil
      • 2 ¼ cups white sugar
      • 2 tsp vanilla
      • 2 cups grated zucchini
      • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8×4 loaf pans. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder  and cinnamon into a bowl. Beat eggs, orange zest, oil, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients and stir well. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 40-60 minutes until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

What bugs us: Aphids

 

 

 

 

 

Aphids are tiny pear-shaped insects that pierce a plant’s tissues to suck on its juices. Aphids can be green, brown, black or white. They are often found on the tender new growth of a plant hiding on the underside of leaves or on plant stems. Their feeding curls and distorts the leaves and flowers of plants. As aphids feed, they excrete a shiny residue know as honeydew. The honeydew has a high sugar content and is a big attractant for ants. Ants feed on the honeydew and will actually defend aphid colonies to protect their food source. Aphids usually attack flowers, vegetables and many other ornamental plants. In many cases, their feeding causes cosmetic damage to a plant, but won’t harm the plant. More valuable plants like vegetables and flowers may require more intervention. Here are a few methods to get rid of aphids:

      • Keep plants healthy and stress-free. Stressed plants attract aphids. Proper planting, care and placement are keys to healthy plants.
      • Knock down aphid populations with a strong jet of water.
      • Introduce lady bugs to feed on aphids.
      • Spray aphids with Insecticidal Soap. Remember to follow label directions.

Safer™ Insect Killing Soap is 40% off through August 31st

Product of the Month:

Ortho™ Home Defense Insect Killer: Keep earwigs, ants and other unwanted pests out of your home with Ortho™ Home Defense. This easy to use spray can be applied on non-porous surfaces like flooring, foundations and door thresholds. Spray a perimeter around your home to create a bug barrier. Home Defense can also be applied indoors. People and Pets may enter the treated area once it has dried. Always follow label instructions!

Ortho Home Defense 1 Gallon jugs 20% off through August 31st

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04 May 2014

May 2014

 

 

Spring fest is Saturday, May 3!

Join us for our family friendly event to celebrate the spring gardening season. Come and enjoy prizes, specials, a petting zoo, product demos and more.



Mother’s Day is May 11th

Honor the moms in your life. Inspire her with a colorful hanging basket or a pre- made planter from the greenhouse. Our gift shop has a huge selection of unique items. From luscious bath products to whimsical garden art, we have a pleasing selection of gifts to make mom feel special. Call or stop by the floral department and have our florists can create a striking arrangement for mom.  Choose from a large selection of beautiful cut stems to personalize her bouquet.  Our floral team delivers throughout Teton Valley. Call 208-354-8816 ext 120 to place your order.


Ready, Set Grow!

Now is the time to plant:

  • Grass and wildflower seeds: Don’t forget to keep them evenly moist while they germinate.
  • Trees and Shrubs: Follow this link for planting instructions.  Peter: can you make a quick link to this here? Plant with Myke™ transplanter for a 5 year warranty.
  • Perennials: Most are ready to be planted. Our outdoor perennial area allows our plants to become acclimated to the outdoors before you take them home.
  • Veggies: Radishes, salad greens, peas, carrots, seed potatoes and onion sets can all be planted in May. Cold tolerant veggie starts like cabbages and broccoli are also good to plant.
  •  Bare root edibles like berries, rhubarb and asparagus are only available in limited quantities in the spring, so now is the time to plant that strawberry patch!

Wait to Plant:

Annuals: Although some, like pansies can survive cool weather and even light frost, it’s best to wait and plant after the last frost in June. Always allow a day or two to acclimate plants that have come from our greenhouse. Exposing tender annuals to the cooler temperatures, dry air, wind and intense sun can damage or kill your plants.
Veggies: Tomatoes, squash, beans and corn should be planted after the last frost.

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It is possible to cheat and plant heat-loving veggies or tender annuals earlier than June if you pay attention to the weather forecast and are prepared to intervene. Armed with one or more of the following ‘season extenders’, you stand a good chance of saving your plants when the temperatures dip. For a little investment, season extenders will give you the upper hand when Mother Nature cools things off.

    • N-Sulate™ Fabric:  This fabric is used to insulate from cold temperatures. It allows air and water to
      permeate, but is not intended to be left on your plants all summer long. Seed Guard fabric provides protection from insects during the growing season and can be left in place all season.
    • Planket™: Similar to the N-Sulate, the circular shape and drawstring are designed to fit over containers and hanging baskets.
    • NuVue™ Shrub Tent: Insulating fabric tents to place over shrubs
    • Aqua Wrap™ Plant Protector:  Water-filled plastic keeps tender plants warmer so you can plant earlier.

 

Lawn Care 101

A patch of lawn is a welcome addition to any landscape. Used as an area for play, entertaining or for your pets to lounge on, a healthy lawn will add value to your property. While there are a great number of lawn care tips out there, here are the most basic principles for a beautiful, healthy lawn:

Water: To survive, lawns need one to two inches of water per week. To calculate the amount of water your lawn is getting from your sprinkler or irrigation system, use this handy method: Set out two or three empty, straight-sides vessels (tuna cans work well) around your lawn. Turn on your sprinkler or irrigation for a half hour. Dump all the water into one of the vessels and measure the depth. Divide the depth by the number of vessels. Multiply that number by two to make one hour. For example:

I set out 3 cans. In a half hour I measured 1 inch from all three.
1 / 3 = .33 X 2 = .66 inches of water per hour

Therefore, if I watered my lawn for two hours once a week, I would be giving it 1.32 inches of water, enough to survive.
A deep, thorough soaking is more beneficial than frequent, light watering. This will encourage deeper roots which allow your lawn to withstand drought and stress. Water first thing in the morning to minimize waste from evaporation.

Fertilizer: Apply lawn fertilizer in the spring, summer and fall. Lawn fertilizers have a high nitrogen content to promote lush, green growth. Spring is the best time to apply a weed and feed type fertilizer. Use a winterizer lawn fertilizer in the fall. Winterizers have a higher percentage of nitrogen that makes your lawn ‘green up’ faster in the spring.  Soil conditioners (such as Revive™) can be used at any time.  With the exception of a weed and feed, water your lawn well after fertilizing.

Mowing: Set your mower to its highest setting. Grass that is kept on the long side will be able to shade its roots better and the shading will reduce weed growth.

Weed Control: A healthy lawn will be able to outgrow weeds. Following the steps noted above will greatly reduce weed problems. Broadleaf weeds such as dandelions or thistle can be controlled with lawn weed killer or weed and feed-type lawn fertilizer. Applied at peak growth in the spring or early summer, these products will kill the weeds in your lawn without harming the grass. Similar sprays can be used throughout the growing season to spot treat weeds. Herbicides are best applied in warm, calm and dry weather. Always follow label directions!

Critter Control: Unfortunately the vast fields and meadows that surround our houses are also prime vole habitat. In winter, voles live in between the snow and the ground. They can significantly damage your lawn by eating the grass to the roots and creating tunnels and runways throughout your lawn. Damage tends to be worse in years with persistent snow coverage. Although it may not be possible to control the damage entirely, a few steps can help limit the damage:

        • If possible, mow any surrounding tall, grassy areas in the fall. This will limit the vole habitat.
        • Cut your lawn shorter than normal for the last mowing of the season. This gives the voles less food.
        • Apply a repellent such as Repellex™ or MoleMax™ in the late fall. Repellents will not last for the entire winter, but help to slow the onset of vole damage.

Recipe Corner: Fresh Pea and Feta Crostini

Plant shell peas such ‘little marvel’ or ‘green arrow’ to use in this simple recipe.

      • 1 Cup shelled peas
      • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
      • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
      • 1/8 Cup olive oil, plus extra for brushing
      • Salt and pepper, to taste
      • 1 baguette
      • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Cut the baguette into 24 slices and brush each side with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and broil on both sides until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, cook peas in 2 inches of water until tender and bright green, about 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water.  Drain well and add the peas to a food processor. Add olive oil, lemon and mint and process until coarsely chopped. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top the baguette slices with about 2 teaspoons of the pea mixture. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

Product of the Month: Revive Organic Soil Treatment

Revive™ is an organic- based soil treatment that helps lawns with brown spots, thatch or dry areas. It will permeate and improve the soil texture to allow for better water absorption. This means that your lawn will be healthier and require less water.  Revive™ is also fortified with iron to make the grass deep green.  Revive™ is safe to use around kids and pets. Use Revive™ in addition to a lawn fertilizer. It can be applied every 10-14 days during the growing season to revive and improve the health of your lawn and the soil that supports it.

$5 off Revive 25lb bag!  Bring this coupon in before May 31st.  Must present coupon to cashier.

$5 off Revive

New books are here!

Our book nook is loaded with heaps of new books. Learn how to raise goats, prune a bonsai or bake amazing bread. Check out our great selection of children’s books, regional gardening books and field guides. Our book nook is located along with a lending library and free wifi in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

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04 Mar 2014

March 2014

Excited for spring?
Join us in our toasty greenhouse for:

  • One day only specials
  • 15% off seeds and soils
  • See what’s new for spring

Informative workshops featuring:

  • Interior Plantscaping
  • Veggie Gardening Basics
  • Seed Sprouting

And much more, visit our website for more information.

Seed Starting 101

Spring is just around the corner! Can’t wait to get your veggie garden going? Here are some tips on starting seeds indoors:

  • Longer season veggies such as tomatoes, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and peppers are best started about anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date. In Teton Valley, the last frost is in the first week of June.
  • Begin with a clean seedling tray or small pots. Ensure there are holes for drainage.
  • Select a sunny, warm spot away from hot or cold drafts. Grow lights may be used to supplement natural light.
  • Select a high quality seedling mix and dampen the mix before you fill your containers. Do not use regular soil or compost, as these may contain harmful pathogens or fungi.
  • Using a pen or chopstick, make a ¼ inch hole and plant one seed in each hole.
  • Gently top each hole with more seedling mix.
  • A clear plastic top can be used to retain moisture during germination.
  • Ensure the soil stays moist, but not soggy. A plant mister works well for this.
  • Once plants have reached about 2-3 inches and have several sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger containers.
  • Larger seedlings should be fertilized every week with a diluted solution of liquid fertilizer.
  • Once the weather has warmed, gradually acclimate your seedlings to the outdoors before transplanting them into your garden.
  • Not all seeds benefit from an early start. The following seeds are best sown directly into the garden at planting time: Beans, peas, carrots, beets, radish and turnips.  Leafy greens such as chard, kale and spinach and zucchini are easily grown from seed outdoors and don’t need to be started indoors.

We have everything you need to start a seed! Come by and see our large selection of garden seeds, seedling mixes, seed starting kits, heat mats and more!

Windowsill Gardening: Sprouting

From seeds to fork in a week? No need to wait for spring, sprouting is a fast, easy and economical way to grow food indoors any time of year. Sprouts are just the beginning growth of a seed, loaded with nutrients, enzymes and chlorophyll.  Healthy and tasty, enjoy home- grown sprouts any time of year!

Sprouting Basics:

  • Only sprout seeds labeled for sprouting. These seeds have been independently tested in a lab for harmful pathogens.
  • Chose your seeds. Broccoli, alfalfa, mung bean or a mix are all great choices. MD Nursery now carries Botanical Interests™ seeds for sprouting.
  • Use a seed sprouting tray like the Botanical Interests™ Seed Sprouter or a large mason jar with a sprouting screen or cheese cloth lid. Soak seeds overnight.
  • Drain and rinse seeds. Continue to rinse and drain seeds at least twice a day until your spouts are about an inch long, usually 3- 7 days, depending on the temperature and variety.
  • Store your sprouts in the fridge. They will keep for about 5 days.

Try sprouts in your favorite salad, sandwich, wrap or stir-fry.

Bird of the Month: Cassin’s Finch

This small song bird is a resident to the mountains of the western US. It is distinguished by its peaked head, short, notched tail and straight, heavy bill. Males are a rosy color overall, especially at the crown. Females are a brown and white with distinct dark streaks on their undersides. Cassin’s finch feed on tree buds and seeds in evergreen and aspen forests up to 10000 feet. In winter, they move to lower elevations. They may be spotted in winter at backyard feeders that offer sunflower seeds. They are often found in the company crossbills, grosbeaks and other finches. Try listening for them on your next cross country ski or hike. Follow this link to hear their song: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cassins_finch/sounds

Product of the Month:

Bird Feeders

Late winter and early spring are excellent months for backyard birding. Forage is less abundant and flocks of birds will readily congregate around a feeder. To attract a wide variety of birds, it’s best to offer different types of seeds. A few different types of feeders will accommodate different seeds.

Tube Feeders:

Best for sunflower seeds.  These feeders attract a wide range of wild birds including finches, chickadees, grosbeaks, pine siskins and nuthatches.

Nyger Feeders:

Specifically for holding tiny nyger seeds, these sock-like feeders attract goldfinches.

Suet Feeders:

A cage for holding square cakes of suet. Suet attracts woodpeckers, flickers, finches and titmice.

BIRD SEED SPECIAL: 30% off all 20 pound bags of bird seed. One week only March 10th – 15th.
BIRD BATH CLEARANCE: All birdbaths 50% off through March

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04 Feb 2014

February 2014

Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th

Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a stunning collection of fresh cut flowers in a stylish container. Our on-trend Flower Market designers are gearing up for all things Valentine’s Day. From traditional vases of long-stem roses to our unique mixed bouquets and floral arrangements, our florists will create the perfect arrangement for your Valentine. Our delivery service will be in full swing, so be sure to call ahead and we’ll send flowers straight to your sweetie.

Our gift shop is stocked with beautiful accessories, luscious bath products, houseplants, books and Valentine’s cards for your special someone.

  • President’s Day Storewide Sale: All regular-priced items are 30% off for one week only, February 17th – 22nd
  • Repot your Houseplant Week: Buy a pot from us and we’ll repot your houseplant for free Feb 24th – March 1st
  • February Furniture Sale: Find that missing piece for your home or office. Selected furniture is at least 40% off through February while supplies last.

Lettuce in the Window

In the midst of the Teton winter it is a delight to be able to grow food indoors. Starting seeds is always a hit with kids, so include them in this project. Salad greens are an inexpensive way to provide fresh food and are full of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, C and dietary fiber. Lettuce is one of the fastest-germinating salad greens. To grow your own salad greens indoors, choose a bright, sunny windowsill. Select a clean container with drainage holes. Try re-using plastic clamshell containers like the ones that contain salad greens. Fill the container with seedling mix and moisten thoroughly. Sprinkle the seeds over top and cover lightly with more mix. Use a houseplant mister to keep the soil moist. Depending on room temperature and light, the seeds should begin to sprout in about two weeks. To harvest, snip near the base of the plants when they are a few inches tall.

Enjoy your salad with this classic vinaigrette:

1 TBS vinegar (red wine, balsamic or cider)
3 TBS olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp sugar or honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Shake all ingredients together in a jar, or whisk in a small bowl.

Product of the Month: Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Oil.

This lightly scented body oil is the perfect antidote to dry winter skin. Apply it after bathing to rehydrate your skin. Agave Nectar is combined with other natural oils to leave skin feeling soft, not greasy.  As with all Farmhouse Fresh products, it’s paraben and sulfate free.

Book of the Month: The Houseplant Expert by D.G. Hessayon

This classic book is a staff favorite when it comes to all things houseplant. From identification to trouble shooting, this book has the answers. Read about the 10 Golden Rules and become a houseplant expert too. Filled with colorful pictures and illustrations, this book also makes a great gift.

Bird of the Month: Evening Grosbeak

The name Grosbeak literally means large beak. Evening Grosbeaks are found in Canada and the mountains of the western United States. These robin-sized birds are distinguished by their big conical beaks and a yellow and grey plumage with a distinctive yellow ‘eye brow’.  The males have yellow plumage and white bands on their wings. Females are more grey than yellow. Flocks of evening grosbeaks are most often seen at feeders during the winter months as they search for food.  A platform feeder offering sunflower seeds will attract flocks if they are in the area. They also feed on tree buds, seeds and berries. Evening Grosbeaks breed in coniferous forests and can be found in and around the Tetons year-round.

Save the Date: Cabin Fever Cure is Back

Pause winter for a day on Saturday, March 1st and come into our toasty greenhouse for one-day-only specials, garden classes and more.

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04 Jan 2014

January 2014

Happy New Year!

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All Christmas décor is now 50% off. This is a great time to stock up for next holiday season. Sale ends January 11th. NOTE: We will be close for inventory January 13TH – 16TH.

Bird of the Month: American Goldfinch

This small finch is common in grassy meadows and weedy areas where they feed on thistle and other seeds. The goldfinch is easily recognized by its bright yellow color and black and white striped wings. In the winter, the males and females are a dull olive green or brown color. Goldfinches are very acrobatic and can land on a grass or thistle stalk to feed. They nest mid- summer once weed seeds are readily available. Only one brood is produced each year. Goldfinches are a year round resident in Teton Valley and are easily attracted to bird feeders, preferring sunflower and nyger (thistle) seed. Try hanging a thistle feeder or thistle sock to draw flocks of these little birds. For more interesting goldfinch facts, click here

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Houseplants for Clean Air

Did you know that houseplants act as air purifiers? Plants remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and give off oxygen. Houseplants also remove other toxins such as formaldehyde from the air. Try adding some houseplants to your home or office this winter. Here are some to try:

  • Palm
  • Dracaena
  • Sanservia
  • Pothos
  • Boston fern
  • Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Spider plant

Houseplants generally like bright light and medium moisture. Try using a moisture meter for a more accurate reading of soil moisture. Keep house plants away from cold drafts or heat sources. Choose a container with drainage holes and use a high quality potting mix, such as Fertilome™ Ultimate potting mix. Most plants like a weekly misting with water, especially during the dry winter months.

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Product of the Month: Water Stick™ moisture meter.

Know when to water. The Water Stick™ uses a light to tell you if a plant is too dry, wet or just right. The Water Stick™ takes out the guesswork and will automatically start to blink if your plant needs water.

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Fresh Flowers

Don’t forget to visit our friendly Flower Market for a boost of fresh color this winter. Our mixed bouquets are ready to go or call ahead if you’d like something special. Our florists are happy to deliver an arrangement to your home, business or to a friend. To reach the Flower Market, call 208-354-8816 ext. 120.

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