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01 Dec 2013

December 2013

Happy Holidays!

It’s December and we are in full swing for the Holidays. Stroll through our gift shop teeming with delightfully decorated Christmas trees and find inspiration for your holiday decorating style. MD has a huge selection of Christmas ornaments and holiday trimmings to suit your style. Our ornament selection includes many specialty designs perfect for gift giving. From books to toys to artwork, find the perfect gift for anyone on your list and relax while our friendly staff does the gift wrapping for you.

Santa is Coming to MD
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Join us on Saturday December 7th to welcome Santa. Santa will be visiting with from 11-2. Remember your camera and capture the moment with Santa in our beautiful winter wonderland greenhouse.

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Shop for Schools Saturday December 7th

MD Nursery is proud to join other valley businesses in the annual Shop for Schools event. MD will be donating 5% of our sales to The Teton Valley Education Foundation on Saturday December 7th. It’s a great way to contribute to this valuable charity while getting your Christmas shopping done.

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Spin to Win Wednesdays are Back!
We’ll be bringing out the Spin to Win wheel each Wednesday until Christmas. Earn your chance to spin with any purchase over $15 and try winning MD Bucks. Shop on Wednesdays, spin the wheel and have some fun!
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New this Month:

  • Bird seed ornaments
  • Poinsettias
  • Christmas trees
  • Wreaths and garlands
  • Christmas hanging baskets
  • Norfolk pines
  • Live topiary wreaths
  • Rosemary topiary trees
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Poinsettias

Poinsettias are native to Mexico and Central America. In nature, these plants grow as shrubs up to four feet tall. They are members of the euphorbia or spurge family. These plants were introduced to the United States about 200 years ago by Earl Poinsett, the US Ambassador to Mexico. Eventually, horticulturalists were able to cultivate the poinsettia giving rise to the popular holiday plant we know today. To keep a holiday poinsettia healthy indoors, place it in a bright spot. Poinsettias are very sensitive to over watering so only water when the soil feels dry to the touch. If the poinsettia is in a decorative foil wrapper, water can pool beneath the pot, so either remove the wrapper for watering, or water very carefully. Avoid cold drafts and never leave your newly purchased plant in your car. Poinsettias are beautiful on their own or can be combined with other plants for a beautiful, long lasting holiday live arrangement.

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Bird of the Month: Red-Breasted Nut Hatch

This small energetic bird is often found mingling with flocks of chickadees. The nuthatch can be identified by its pointy beak, stubby tail, black eye band and reddish brown breast. They prefer coniferous forests, but are also found in other wooded areas such as cottonwood and aspen forests. The nuthatch is most often seen creeping up and down tree trunks, searching for insects in crevices. Nuthatches will readily visit a bird feeder preferring sunflower seeds and suet. Nuthatches excavate their nests in dead trees and branches. Follow this link for more fascinating nuthatch facts. For more information, visit, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-breasted_nuthatch/lifehistory

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Live Potted Christmas Trees
Live Christmas trees need a little extra consideration for holiday decorating and care. Gradually acclimate your live tree to room temperature by keeping it in a cool garage for a few days before bringing it in. Water your tree and allow it to drain before moving it indoors. Keep your tree indoors for no more than one week or it will break dormancy. Avoid placing your live tree by any heat source. To move a live Christmas tree back outside, acclimate it once again to somewhere cool like a garage before exposing it to winter temperatures. Keep your live tree for the remainder of the winter outdoors where it will have good snow coverage and some shade. This will offer it protection from the elements. Avoid placing your potted tree in a sun or wind exposed area as this will dry out the needles. Once the ground is thawed in the spring, your live Christmas tree can be planted and enjoyed for years to come. Follow this link for our planting guide.
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01 Nov 2013

November 2013

Save the Date: Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 16th we will be hosting our annual Holiday Open House. Come and be inspired by our new holiday displays, décor and an abundance of ornaments. Save 25% on any purchase of holiday décor for one day only. Earn a chance to play SPIN TO WIN with each purchase. Our first 25 customers get a free gift.

Green Friday Sale
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Save a trip to the big city and shop locally Friday, November 29th. MD Nursery is having our annual Green Friday Sale. Everyday items will be 30% off for one day only. Save time and gas and pick up your holiday gifts here. Sale excludes holiday décor.

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Wildflower Seeds

Did you know late fall is the best time to sow wildflower seed? Moisture and freezing temperatures throughout the winter help break apart the tough seed casing and ensure faster germination the following spring. A mix of wildflowers will beautify your property and provide a food source for humming birds, butterflies and bees. MD Nursery has a variety of mixes to suit your site. Sowing wildflower seed is easy. Here’s how:

  • Select a sunny relatively weed-free site.
  • Scratch the soil surface with a rake to ensure good soil to seed contact.
  • For even coverage, mix the seed with four parts of dry sand or soil.
  • Broadcast the mix by hand or use a spreader in larger areas.
  • Lightly rake over the area to cover the seed.
  • Supplemental irrigation in the spring will help with germination.
  • Avoid excess irrigation as this will promote weed growth.
  • Irrigation can be reduced once your wildflower area is established.
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Bird of the Month: Chickadee

Charming acrobats of the treetops, chickadees are one of the easiest backyard birds to get to know. Chickadees can be identified by a black cap and bib, grey back and buff-colored sides. These lively birds are constantly chattering to each other with a “fee-bee” or “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” song. Chickadees are year-round residents and will readily drop in at birdfeeders to eat sunflower seeds or suet. In the spring, chickadees excavate cavities in dead trees or branches to nest in. These cavities also provide protection through the winter. Chickadees will visit feeders in the summer, but mainly feast on spiders and insects during the summer months. More fascinating facts about chickadees and other popular birds can be found at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search.aspx.

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Planting Paper Whites:
Paper whites are a flower bulb native to the Mediterranean. They are grown as indoor forcing bulbs in colder climates like ours. They are highly fragrant and are easily grown indoors. These flowers enjoy a bright, cool spot in the house. Avoid growing paper whites in excessively warm areas with poor light. This will lead to tall stems which easily flop over. Once planted, paper whites take four to six weeks to bloom. Paper whites add a touch of natural green to holiday decorating and also make a great gift. Paper whites are very versatile and can be planted in gravel, sand, marbles, potting soil or suspended in water. Try one or more of these paper white ideas:

The Classic:

Fill any container two thirds full with potting soil or gravel. Place paper whites, pointy side up as many as can fit in the container. Cover with more potting soil so only the tips are showing. Cover the soil with decorative moss. Place in a bright spot and keep moist. Blooms appear in about 4-6 weeks. Add a bow or an ornament for gift-giving.

The Chic:

Select a large glass vase with a wide base. Fill about three inches deep with decorative stone, marbles or beads. Nestle in the bulbs, pointy side up so just the tips are showing. Carefully fill with water to the level of the bulb base. Check every few days to ensure the water continues to cover the base of the bulbs. The vase sides help support the growing paper whites.

The Minimalist

Find a jar or vase that will hold a paper white bulb without falling through. Alternatively, use tooth picks to suspend a paper white bulb over a jar or vase. Fill with water so it touches the base of the bulb. Keep the water at this level. Watch the roots develop and the flowers open. This is a quick and easy project to do with kids.

Growing paper whites is easy. Try one of these projects or get creative with your own. The possibilities are endless.

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New this Month:

November is a busy month in the gift shop and greenhouse as we clear out the last of our summer items and move into holiday mode. Besides our beautiful Christmas tree and ornament displays, we also have a flow of seasonal goods coming into our shop:

  • Christmas cards
  • Candles
  • Thymes™ Frasier Fir home scent, candles and soap
  • Table linens
  • Poinsettias ( mid November)
  • New jewelry styles
  • Winter accessories
  • Paper White and Amaryllis Bulbs
  • Live Christmas Trees
  • Cut Christmas Trees ( late November)
  • Fresh Christmas greens and garland ( late November)
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01 Aug 2013

August 2013

1st Annual Big Zucchini Contest August 17th

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OK you home gardeners, we want to see your zucchini. Young, old or in between this fun competition is free to enter. Now is the time for glory. Bring in your biggest zucchini from the patch on August 17th and see how it compares to others. The winner gets bragging rights, a $25 gift card and will be featured in the September issue of the MD Thymes. Read more on Facebook.

Back to School

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College or pre-school, MD Nursery has many unique and practical items for students:
Insulated lunch totes
Re-useable sandwich keepers
Fun and funky water bottles
Insulated drink cups
Assorted zippered pouches and pencil cases
MadPax backpacks and accessories
Tablet covers
Journals
Mini cacti and succulents (perfect for dorm rooms)

Outdoor Living Sale August 1 to 31:

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Outdoor Furniture 10 – 40% off
Decorative Stakes and Whirligigs 40% off
Patio Umbrellas 40% off
Fire Pits and Torches 10% off

Water-wise Tips

August is here, with it, plenty of heat, perhaps no available irrigation water, and your valuable landscaping begins to suffer. Here are a few tips to get your garden through the dog days of summer:
Water early in the morning or in the evening. This reduces water loss to evaporation.
If you are limited to how much water is available, prioritize water needs. Vegetable gardens and newly planted trees and shrubs require the most water. Turf grasses can be allowed to go dormant (brown) with less water. These grasses will green up once again when cooler weather returns.
Cut back perennials that are done blooming. This redirects a plant’s energy to its roots instead of seed production.
Water deeply, not often. A thorough soaking will promote deep rooting. Frequent light watering leads to shallow, drought-prone roots.
Move planters and hanging baskets into the shade.
Recognize drought-stress: Wilting is the most obvious sign. Brown tips or edges of leaves are another.
Pay special attention to new evergreens. These thirsty trees may not show signs of stress until months later, when it’s too late.
Check your irrigation and probe down into the soil to ensure water is reaching the root zone.Mulch is your friend. A good three inches will help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
These simple steps can help to reduce drought stress and limit water waste.

Product of the Month:

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San Gabriel Organic ‘Burn-Out’ Weed and Grass Killer. This is an all natural, OMRI- listed, non-selective herbicide. Citric acid and clove oil are combined to kill weeds and grass quickly. Burn-Out is available in 24 oz and 64 oz ready to use bottles. Most effective when applied during warm, dry weather. Staff testing concluded it “really works” and it “actually smells good.” MD Nursery is pleased to offer a wide selection of natural and organic weed and pest control solutions for the home and garden.

Preserving Herbs:

August brings forth a bounty of herbs. Don’t let your harvest go to waste. Try these simple techniques to preserve herbs:
DRYING: This is best for herbs such as sage, oregano, rosemary, mint and dill. 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 stored in glass jars or in zip top bags. Save some extras for holiday gift-giving.
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.
PESTO: Pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a month. Use it on pizza, whisk it into mayo as a sandwich spread or stir into pasta. Parsley, cilantro, sage, spinach, kale and arugula make great pesto alternatives or additions to traditional basil pesto.
1 medium clove garlic, peeled and chopped
3 ½ cups fresh herbs or greens, any combination
½ cup , toasted and unsalted pine nuts, almonds or sunflower seeds
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup Olive Oil
1 lemon, juice and zest to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
Pulse all ingredients in food processor or blender to a spreadable consistency.

Planter Recipe: A Living Wreath

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Join the succulent trend and make a living wreath. You’ll need:
Living wreath form
Sphagnum moss
Potting Mix
6 -9 small assorted succulents
Floral wire
Watering can and root stimulator
Soak the moss in water for about 30 minutes. Using floral wire, create a loop on the back of the wreath frame for hanging. Line the bottom and sides of the form with moss and fill with potting mix. Plant the succulents in the form and cover the exposed soil with more moss. Use the floral wire to wrap around the wreath and hold the plants and moss in place. Mix root stimulator with water and soak the wreath while it is still flat and let excess drain. Allow wreath to lay flat for about a week to give the plants some time to root out. Your wreath can be hung in a shady spot outdoors for the summer, or kept flat as a centerpiece. Keep moss and soil moist, but not soggy. To water, lay flat and allow to drain before hanging on a wall. All materials for this project are available from our floral department and greenhouse.

Book of the Month

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Lone Pine Field Guides
Animals, birds, wildflowers, trees and more can all be identified with the help of these easy to use field guides. These are handy for adults and fun for kids. Take one on your next hike!
MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

01 Jun 2013

June 2013

Father’s Day is June 16th!

We have many great items for dads. How about an Adirondack chair and ottoman to relax in? Dad can take it easy on one of our cool retro metal lawn chairs. Maybe he’d like his very own tree. We have many ornamental trees in stock such as flowering crabapples, fruit trees and mountain ash. Is dad a project guy? Our book nook has an extensive offering of do it yourself books.

Kid’s Gardening Week

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June 3-8. School’s out! Bring the kids in and win. Enter to win a Junior Earth Box, enjoy specials on kid’s gardening tools and toys. All kids 12 and under receive a free packet of seed.

Product of the month:

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Colorful Tub Trugs are super strong, safe and flexible. Use them for everything. Available in assorted sizes and colors. What will you use your tub trug for?

How to get kids into gardening

It’s nothing new, but we all know that children today are beset by a number of ailments: stress, obesity, ADHD. Research has shown that kids with access to greenspace such as gardens on a daily basis have reaped many health benefits including increased attention span and deeper forms of creative play. Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them. How are parents to encourage kids to get outside and garden? Here are a few tips:
Give a child their very own planting space to plant and dig as they please.
Plant veggies kids like to eat such as carrots, sugar snap peas, strawberries and potatoes.
Try planting crazy veggies like purple potatoes, atomic red carrots or dragon’s tongue beans.
Create a theme garden. Popular themes include a pizza patch, hummingbird habitat or a fairy garden.
Invest in some basic pint- sized tools. Gloves, shovels and buckets are a good start.
Incorporate some family- friendly features into your existing garden. Birdbaths, houses and feeders, gathering areas such as a dining set or bench, play areas such as a sandbox, fort or swing set.
Involve your kids in harvesting. Kids love to pick peas, dig up potatoes, pull carrots and cut lettuce.
Pass the scissors. Older children can cut some salad greens or some flowers to bring into the house.
Hand them the hose! Very small kids are delighted to fill up a watering can and water something. Bigger kids can use the hose to fill birdbaths and water the veggie patch.
Lead by example. Your kids are more likely to garden if you’re out there too!
Make it fun. Great ideas can be found in our featured ‘books of the month’, or online.
Join the club. MD offers a kids club most Tuesdays June through August. Check theschedule on our website.

What’s New:

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Vintage metal lawn furniture
Ready to hang shade sails
Aromatherapy Pulse Point Balms
Decorative coated fabric
Ultra plush kids napping pads, pillows and sleeping bags
Outdoor candles and torches
Biodegradable paper mulch
Extra large perennials – 2 and 5 Gallon Pots
Three Peaks Café upstairswww.threepeakscafe.com

1st Annual Big Zucchini Contest August 17th

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Bring in your homegrown zucchini for judging between 9:00 and noon on August 17th. Zucchini must be grown in Teton County Idaho or Wyoming. Contest is free to enter and fun for all ages. Winners get prizes and bragging rights. Questions? Contacterin@mdlandscapinginc.com

Recipe for a Pizza Garden

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Imagine a six foot wide pizza, cut into jumbo slices, outlined with a thick rock crust overflowing with your favorite toppings. The idea of a pizza garden begins with making the ‘pizza’. Either create a round bed with rocks and divide into slices or use another round vessel such as a kiddie pool (with drainage holes in the bottom!) or a prefab round, such as the Smart Pots ‘Big Bag Bed’. Fill your ‘pizza’ with good quality planting soil and divide into slices. Use rocks or string to delineate the slices. Let the kids decide what kind of toppings they’d like to grow and add any or all of these ingredients. Plant your slices and water regularly. Plan a pizza party for the end of summer as the grand finale!
Tomato plants
Bell pepper plants
Zucchini plants
Rosemary plants
Oregano plants
Orange marigold or calendula plants (as the ‘cheese’)
Spinach seeds
Arugula seeds
Broccoli plants
Onion Plants

Book of the Month

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These two books (“Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots,” and “Ready, Set, Grow!”) are full of ideas, advice, activities and recipes to delight you and your kids. MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

01 May 2013

May 2013

Mother’s Day is May 12!

Honor the moms in your life. Inspire her with a colorful hanging basket or a pre-made planter. Our florists can create striking arrangements to please mom. Choose from a large selection of beautiful cut stems to personalize her bouquet.

Mother’s Day Special: Bird baths 30% off – May 6th- 11th

The flowers are here!

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Our greenhouse is filling up. Semis roll into the nursery. Out roll rack after rack of blooming perennials, fragrant herbs, veggie starts and colorful annuals. Our nursery crew whisks these into their respective homes. It’s not long before these plants inspire our customers to take them into their care, plant them and bask in their beauty. And in rolls another truck to unload..

Product of the month:

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Whitney Farms Organic and Natural All Purpose Plant Food. This easy to apply fertilizer can be used in perennial beds, around trees, vegetable gardens and containers. Beneficial microbes help with the uptake of nutrients in the soil. This promotes root growth which aids water uptake.

Annual Care 101

  • 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 and Rooting) beginning midsummer will maintain lush foliage and continuous blooming.

What’s New:

    • Scott’s brand lawn fertilizer
    • Muck brand boots
    • Assorted teak dining sets
    • Bamboo children’s toys
    • Terrarium supplies and accessories
    • Burnout organic weed killer
    • Colorful outdoor drink ware
    • Spring scarves in every color
    • Sun hats for men, women and children
    • Decorative water fountains

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MD Spring Festival is May 4

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This annual festival is a family friendly event to celebrate the spring gardening season. Come and enjoy prizes, specials, a petting zoo, product demos and more.

Edible Planter Recipe

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  • one 12-14 inch pot and potting soil
  • Granular fertilizer such as Whitney Farms organic plant food
  • one 4 inch kale or tomato
  • 1 or 2 assorted pansies or violas
  • one 4″ herb
  • one 4″ nasturtium or trailing rosemary

Fill your container up to within 3 inches of the rim. Mix in fertilizer according to package directions. Plant the kale or tomato near the back of the planter. Plant the trailing nasturtium or rosemary near the front and off to the side. Fill in with pansies and other herbs.

Book of the Month

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High Altitude Planting – A Practical guide to landscaping, gardening and planting above 6000 feet by Ann Barrett. This book answers the How to, what to and When to questions we all have about high altitude gardening. A great reference perfect for novice and experienced gardeners.
MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop

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