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09 Aug 2016

August 2016

4th Annual Big Zucchini Contest August 13th

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How big is your zucchini?

It’s almost time for our annual Big Zucchini Contest.  Bring in your homegrown zucchini for judging between 9:00 am and noon on Saturday, August 13th. 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!

August Clearance Sale

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It’s time to give our plants a home. Stop by and scoop up some terrific deals!
Annuals, Veggies and Herbs: 75% off
Perennials: 40% off

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Teton Valley Fair: August 6-13

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Bring Your Best! Since 1923, Teton Valley residents have been entering their best garden, kitchen, sewing, art, home furnishing and photography projects in the county fair. All ages and abilities can enter and will receive a ribbon. To enter, drop off your items at the fair building between 12 pm and 7 pm on Tuesday, August 9th. For a complete list of entry categories click here for a copy of the fair book, open class entries are on Pg 15.  For more info call: 208-313-6930.   Thank you and we hope to see you at the fair!

Shrubs and Trees for Screening

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Screening is an important part of landscaping. We all love our mountain views, but the view your neighbor’s RV? Not so much. Screening eases the eyesores and adds beauty, privacy and interest to your property.
Before planting anything, be aware of how tall and wide a particular plant will grow. Proper placement and spacing will allow for healthy growth and spare the headache of crowded plants down the road.  Take the time to visualize what you would like to screen. Look at the site from different vantages: from inside your home, from your deck or from your driveway.   You may want a straight hedge or a combination of a few plants in differing heights.
These hardy trees and shrubs will help block out the unsightly views:

    • Colorado Spruce: These big, beautiful conifers are our best seller season after season. Dense branching covered with bluish-green needles offer year round screening. Mature height is 60 feet mature width is 20 feet.
    • Peking or Hedge Cotoneaster: This durable deciduous shrub has dense branching, helpful for screening even after the leaves have dropped. Rounded shape up to 6 feet tall and wide with glossy deep green foliage. Cotoneaster is a great choice for a hedge and takes well to trimming. Red fall color.
    • Siberian Peashrub: A great choice for a tall, drought tolerant shrub. Dense branching helps screen in winter. Pretty yellow flowers bloom late spring. Grows up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
    • Mugho Pine: This is the best low growing evergreen in our region. Ball-shaped shrub with long needles up to 6 feet tall and wide.
    • Canada Red Chokecherry: In its shrub form, this regional staple will grow up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Though the branching is not as dense for screening in winter, the deep purple foliage makes a nice contrast combined with other plants and will screen well until fall.
    • Alpine Currant: This is one of best choices for a lower growing screen. Dark green foliage and dense branching grow up to 5 feet tall and wide.
    • Dogwood: These hardy shrubs grow up to 8 feet tall and wide. These natives have the added bonus of vibrant red stems for lovely winter contrast.
    • Swedish Aspen: These gorgeous aspen grow up to 40 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Their narrow profile make these ideal for closer spacing to offer a tall screening effect. Vibrant orange-red fall color make these a standout.

What bugs us: Blister Beetle

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Blister beetles are named after their poisonous secretions of the chemical cantharidin. This chemical irritates the skin on humans causing blisters.  Cantharidin was once used as a remedy for wart removal. Blister beetles are about ½ inch long soft-bodied beetles. Their antennae are about a third as long as their bodies. There are hundreds of species ranging in color from black, grey, striped or solid. In their larval stage, blister beetles are beneficial, seeking and consuming grasshopper eggs. In their adult form, however, these pests can damage vegetables, flowers or shrubs.

Routine inspection of vegetable and flower beds will help you to become aware of a problem before it gets out of hand. At the first sign of infestation, one or more of these measures can be taken to get rid of these pests:
Hand picking: Using gloved hands, remove beetles from plants. Dump into a bucket of soapy water or squish them.
Row Cover: This will keep migrating beetles off your plants but will not help if they are already present.
Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle on and around affected plants.
Spinosad: An organic pesticide can be sprayed on plants. Always read label before applying.

MD Excavation

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The MD Excavation department provides the base for many of our landscaping projects. From grading and drainage to creating berms and installing boulders, this team creates the backbone of the landscape that follows. This summer, we have had the privilege of installing a beautiful bronze bronco statue at the Jackson Hole airport. The project incorporated beautiful boulders extracted from our rock quarry in southeastern Idaho. Native perennials, shrubs and trees were added to complement the stunning setting.

To learn more about our excavation services, click here

Recipes from the Garden: Weeknight Sesame Noodles

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This recipe is very adaptable. It’s a great way to use up the bounty of greens from your garden or what has been lingering in your fridge for a while. Feel free to play around with this recipe depending on what you have on hand. Broccoli, mushrooms or red pepper are all possibilities!  It comes together quickly for a nourishing weeknight meal.

  • 6 cups of washed and chopped greens such as kale, chard, bok choy, cabbage or spinach
  • 1 or 2 carrots, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 TBS vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound of pasta such as linguine, udon, whole wheat spaghetti or rice noodles
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 TBS soy sauce or tamari sauce plus extra for serving.
  • 2 TBS sesame  seeds

Combine berries, lemon juice, sugar, flour, lemon zest, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add your noodle of choice and cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil gently in a large skillet or wok. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and stir until fragrant. Add the greens and carrots and stir to coat in oil. Add a quarter cup of water and cover. Allow the greens to cook until tender, adding a bit more water if necessary, but still bright green about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, stir in sesame oil, soy sauce, greens mixture and sesame seeds. Combine well and serve, passing soy sauce for additional seasoning if desired.

Our Favorite Things

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Trees, Shrubs and Perennials. Would you like to know which plants we love? Be sure to swing by our ‘Staff Picks’ display in the greenhouse to find out which trees, shrubs and perennials are our faves. We love the input our staff has to offer and we hope you do too!

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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

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

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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04 Apr 2016

April 2016

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April 2016 MD Thymes

Spring is here! We will be humming with activity for the next several months as our short growing season kicks into high gear. This month we anticipate the arrival of herbs, hardy perennials, veggie starts and annuals.
Limited quantities of bare root raspberries, rhubarb and asparagus will be arriving soon. Bare root plants will only be available until Mother’s Day or until we sell out.

Be sure to follow us on facebook for the latest arrivals and more information.

We are hiring!
Work with us this summer in a dynamic and fun environment. We are looking for people who can be on their feet all day and lift at least 40 pounds. Candidates must be personable, hard-working and able to work on Saturdays.

Apply in person or find our application online. http://mdlandscapinginc.com/pdf/job_application.pdf   at the end

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Earth Day Sale: April 22nd & 23rd

We are honoring Earth Day with Earth Savings! All bags of soil and compost will be 30% off for two days only. Don’t miss out on this chance to stock up on these garden basics and save.

Love your trees.  National Arbor Day is April 29th.

Spring tree care is vital to maintaining beautiful, healthy trees. Healthy trees will be able to resist disease and insect pressure more easily and tolerate other stresses like drought, animal or mechanical damage.

  • Inspect your trees for damage. Prune out any broken or dead branches. Always use clean, sharp tools. Pruning sealer can be applied over any bigger cuts or damaged areas.
  • Apply fertilizer. A yearly application will provide essential nutrients and minerals for growth and vitality. We have a wide variety of organic and conventional fertilizers for your trees.
  • Pest Prevention. If your trees have suffered insect infestations in past seasons,  now is the time to apply preventative pesticides, before damage occurs. We recommend Bayer™ tree and shrub care, Ace Cap™ implants or Fertilome™ systemic insecticide.

Always read the label before you apply any kind of pesticide or fertilizer and follow the instructions carefully.

Arbor Care Organic Tree & Shrub Food
Arbor Care is produced locally in Idaho Falls. This product combines the benefits of natural nutrients derived from food waste, kelp, molasses in addition to humates to fortify your trees and shrubs.

Love your tees, love this price: Arbor Care Fertilizer is 50% Off

If tree care is not your thing, let us do the work for you!
Contact our maintenance crew leader Erik Moss for an onsite consultation and estimate:
erik@mdlandscapinginc.com
208-313-5497

Save the Date: Spring Fest is May 7th

Celebrate the start of growing season with this family friendly event.  Come and see what’s new for the season and enjoy prize giveaways, one day only specials, face painting, kid’s activities and a petting zoo.

Vegetable Gardening Basics: Part 1

New to veggie gardening? Read on for these basic tips:

SELECT YOUR SITE

  • Choose a site with maximum sunlight and good drainage with no low, wet areas.
  • If possible, choose a site sheltered from wind and near a south facing wall for radiant heat.
  • Try to stay away from trees and shrubs that send up shoots such as aspens, cottonwoods or chokecherries.
  • Keep your garden small at first and expand as you learn what works for you.

SOIL PREP

  • The soil should be dry before being worked to avoid compaction.
  • Add lots of organic material (compost, aged manure, shredded leaves) to improve soil condition, fertility, drainage, nutrient and water holding ability.
  • If you are planting any heavy feeders such as squash, cucumbers, or melons, add a granular fertilizer made for veggies such as Alaska™ Tomato a Veg fertilizer
  • Soil can be warmed up faster by putting a layer of clear plastic over it for a few days before planting.

GARDEN LAYOUT

  • If possible, consider building raised beds for gardening. There will be better drainage, the beds warm up earlier and there is not as much bending or kneeling.
  • Don’t plant tall plants or build trellises where they will shade other plants.
  • Crop rotation is important for healthy crops. Try not to plant the same vegetable in the same place year after year.
  • Keep any paths or walkways wide enough for a wheelbarrow.

PLANTING SEEDS

  • Seeds need four things for germination:
    • Dirt
    • Water
    • Light
    • The Right Soil Temperature
  • Follow the instructions on the seed packet.
  • Choose seeds that have a short days to germination time and a short days to harvest time, all this information will be on the seed packet
  • Spinach, peas, potatoes, radish, and greens like kale, Swiss chard and arugula can be planted late April through May.
  • Wait until June to plant warm season veggies like beans and squash.
  • Many veggies are available from starts. Tomatoes, cabbages, broccoli are good choices to plant from starts.

Coming in May, Part 2 will address weed control, pest management and harvesting.

Recipes From a Garden

Rhubarb is perhaps one of the hardiest edible plants to grow in the Tetons. It grows best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Once mature, stalks can be harvested regularly early spring through summer.  If you can’t use your fresh rhubarb, simply slice it into 1 inch pieces and freeze it in a single layer on cookie sheets. Place the frozen pieces into a zip top freezer bag for later use.

 

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Combine in a large bowl:

  • 1 lb. rhubarb, sliced into 1” pieces
  • 2 cups sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Toss together gently and place into a buttered 9  x 13 baking dish

For the topping mix together:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup soft butter

Sprinkle this mixture over the fruit. Bake at 350 for 35- 45 minutes until mixture is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whip cream.

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04 Nov 2015

November 2015

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Our Holiday Open House is November 14th:

Save the date, our annual Holiday Open House is Saturday November 14th from 9-6. Come and be inspired by our latest holiday displays, décor and abundant ornaments. Save 25% on holiday décor for one day only. Our first 25 customers of the day will receive a free gift. Stop by Marigold Café for a holiday-themed treat, coffee or lunch. Marigold Café will be open from 9-4.

Green Friday Sale November 27th

Save a trip to the big city and shop locally Friday, November 27th. Everyday items will be 30% off for one day only. Save time and energy and shop for holiday gifts here.
Green Friday Sale excludes holiday décor and Marigold Café items.

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Flowers for Thanksgiving

Add a touch of class to your holiday table with a gorgeous fresh flower centerpiece.

Early Bird Centerpiece Special: $5 off on orders placed by November 15th  Call 208-354-8816 ext. 120 to order (Centerpieces start at $50)

Long-Lasting Fresh Flowers:

Fresh flowers are a welcome addition to your home or office.  Our Flower Market receives shipments of fresh flowers several times a week. This ensures a steady stream of the freshest flowers possible. Our floral team inspects, cleans and conditions the new arrivals to ensure quality and longevity.
To prolong the life of your fresh flowers at home, cut an inch off the bottom of the stems at an angle using sharp, clean shears. This will help flowers ‘drink’ up water more easily.  Be sure to use a clean vase as any lingering bacteria can quickly cause your flowers to decline.  Place flowers in cold water mixed with a packet of floral preservative. Change the water in your vase every few days. Flowers will stay fresh longer at cool room temperature.  Always keep your flowers away from any heat source.

 

 

Not all cut flowers have the same lasting power. Here are our favorites for longevity:

    • Chrysanthemum (mum or pompon)
    • Alstromeria
    • Carnations
    • Mini Roses
    • Statice
    • Protea
    • Safari Sunset

November Checklist

Snow might be covering the ground by the time you read this newsletter, but there may be a few days left to squeeze in some late-season tasks:

      • Sow wildflower and grass seed:  Get a jump on germination next season by seeding now. Late fall is great for seeding because freezing temperatures combined with moisture improves seed germination. Remember to irrigate your newly seeded areas next year once the soil begins to dry.
      • Spread granular repellent like Molemax™ over lawn areas to reduce vole damage.
      • Water evergreens: Evergreens continue to transpire throughout the winter months. A deep, thorough soaking will ensure your trees have enough water stored in their roots to offset moisture loss and prevent winter damage.
      • Clean out birdfeeders using warm soapy water and a stiff scrub brush. Refill regularly through the winter.

Our Favorite Things

It’s the little things sometimes that make a thoughtful hostess gift, cheer up a friend or make your own day just a little better. Here are some of our favorite ‘little things’ from the gift shop and greenhouse this month:

        • Everyone loves Thymes™ Frasier Fir scented candles and room diffusers.
        • Beautiful journals, calendars and planners: for those of us who still prefer paperover a smart phone.
        • Suet bird feeders attract a wide variety of feathered friends with high energy suet.
        • Aprons: It’s November- cook in that kitchen with style!
        • Houseplants add oxygen and can remove airborne contaminants. Add some to your office for a fresh air boost.
        • Sprout Kits and Seed: Grow food on your kitchen counter.
        • Indoor bulbs: Paper whites, hyacinth and amaryllis bulbs are ready to plant.

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04 Sep 2015

September 2015

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Labor Day Sale – September 4th – 30th:

    • At least 20 % off all potted trees and shrubs
    • 50 % off perennials
    • 50% off potted Ash, Birch and Fruit Trees
    • 50% off Rose bushes
    • 50% off Blueberries
    • Select potted Swedish Aspen $25
    • 2 for 1 weed and feed

New Fall Hours

Fall Store Hours Begin September 1st:   9-6 Monday-Saturday

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3rd Annual Big Zucchini Winner

Congratulations to Laura Ginty, this year’s champion. This whopper weighed in at 8.8 pounds.

Purple Rain: Six of our favorite purple plants

Purple leaved trees, shrubs and perennials have always been popular. Plants with purple foliage have a high percentage of the pigment anthocyanin in their leaves. This pigment absorbs blue and green light, which makes the leaves appear purple to the human eye. Purple foliage contrasts beautifully with many other foliage and flower colors. Even when these plants are void of blooms, the foliage alone makes a statement.

Canada Red Cherry
This well loved tree is very popular in this area for good reason. Lovely clusters of white blooms perfume the air each spring and its zone 2 rating makes this one of our best sellers.

Heuchera
Plant breeders have been having lots of fun with heuchera in the past several years, introducing us to many interesting leaf colors along the way. Palace purple, obsidian and plum pudding are all popular purple varieties. Heuchera are wonderful in containers along with vivid annuals. Pull them out and plant them in the garden as perennials when the season is over.

Ninebark ‘diablo’
This variety forms a beautiful mound of purplish-black foliage. Light pink flowers each spring contrast nicely with the foliage. The stems combine beautifully with other cut flowers.

Penstemon ‘husker’s red’ 
Long stems of pale pink flowers top the deep purple foliage of this garden perennial. The flowers attract bees and hummingbirds and are nice as a cut flower.

Sedum
Purple emperor, vera jameson and dragon’s blood are all fantastic purple-leafed varieties of these perennial succulents. Their bright pink blooms are a welcome hit of color late summer and early fall.

Purple Leaf Sandcherry
Another regional classic, this hardy shrub is well-loved for its fragrant light pink blossoms and its glossy deep purple leaves.

Recipes From the Garden; Carrot Ginger Soup

Home grown carrots shine in this simple soup. Peel the carrots first if you plan on using store bought. Serve with homemade cornbread. Serves 4.

3 TBS butter
2 pounds carrots, scrubbed and sliced
2 cups chopped onion
½ tsp salt
1 TBS minced fresh ginger
4 Cups lower sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 large strips of orange peel
½ Cup heavy cream or half and half
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sour Cream, for garnish
Finely chopped chives or parsley for garnish

Melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Add carrots and onions and salt and cook until onion softens and begins to brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add ginger and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add stock and orange peel and simmer for about 20 minutes until carrot is very soft. Remove orange peel and add heavy cream. Puree soup using an immersion blender, food processor or standing blender until smooth. Thin with additional stock or water if necessary. Gently reheat and add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and herbs.

Fall Makeover

Dead, crunchy leaves, pale spindly foliage, aphids…
Does this describe your once-beautiful planter? With a few fresh plants and a dose of plant food, you can have a pretty, welcoming planter with flowers to last another month or two. Here’s how:

      • Pull out any dead plants and replace with fresh fall annuals such as pansies, kale or mums
      • Trim overgrown foliage plants

Water with a liquid plant food such as fertilome™ blooming & rooting

What Bugs Us: Earwigs:

Earwigs are easy to recognize by the two pincers on their tail. Earwigs are nocturnal, feeding on tender flowers and many plants. Home gardeners may not see earwigs due to their nocturnal nature. To reduce earwig infestation, the home gardener can take several approaches:

Trapping: When not feeding, earwigs like to hide in dark, damp places. Set traps where you notice plants being chewed upon. Check the traps in the morning and discard the earwigs. They are easily trapped in rolled up, damp newspaper or in shallow tin cans filled with a half inch of vegetable oil.

Diatomaceous Earth: This flour-like substance is like crawling over glass to an insect. The insect’s bodies get scraped, causing them to dry up and die. Reapply after rain.

Habitat Reduction: Earwigs like to hide in dark damp places. If you can remove some of their cover, earwigs will be less of a problem. Lumber, saucers, cardboard, plant debris, thick vegetation and even mulch can harbor these pests during the day.

For control indoors: A perimeter spray such as Ortho™ Home Defense can be used around doors, foundations and other points of entry on your home, creating an invisible barrier against earwigs and other crawling insects. Diatomaceous earth can also be used indoors.

Coming Soon… Fall Bulbs:

Yes, bulbs are wonderful for spring color, but did you know that flowering bulbs are also a valuable food source for bees? Plant some for spring color and plant some for our pollinators! Tulips, daffodils, iris, crocus, hyacinth and other colorful beauties will start arriving after Labor Day. Don’t miss the boat; plant bulbs once, water and enjoy the fruits of your labor next spring!

What’s New:

      • Bulbs and garlic will be arriving after labor day
      • Fall lawn winterizer
      • Crocodile Creek ™ back packs, lunch boxes, sandwich keepers and water bottles
      • Fall tableware and linens
      • Vance Kitira™ candles and room diffusers
      • Fall pansies, mums, ornamental cabbage and kale
      • Succulents for indoors
      • Robeez™ baby shoes and booties
      • Cozy fall scarves and ponchos

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04 Aug 2015

August 2015

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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.

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6 Plants for Late Summer Delight

Some of our favorite flowers like columbine, peonies and lupine are finished blooming for the season. While these popular perennials are no longer in their prime, we still have many weeks left in our growing season. Keep the colors going in your garden with these late season bloomers:

ROSES:
While many people may think of roses as fussy and delicate, there are several hardy varieties like Morden roses, Adelaide Hoodless and Nearly Wild that will bloom continually through the summer.

YARROW:
We love the colorful choices of this super tough plant. Available in sunset colors, pinks and white, yarrow is also deer and vole resistant.

ECHINACEA:
Also known as coneflower, Echinacea is typically purple or white, but newer varieties of orange and yellow are beginning to become popular. Echinacea is an excellent cut flower and attracts butterflies.

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES:
August is the time ornamental grasses really start to shine. Their seed heads shimmer in the golden sunlight and the gentle sway of their stems add a magical element to any landscape.  See our August 2014 newsletter for more info.

SEDUM:
Sedums come in many forms. Most begin to bloom late summer. Bloom colors vary from pink to yellow and white. Use sedums as ground covers, in rock gardens or try them in a container (see the following container recipe). Taller varieties like ‘autumn joy’ really pack a late season color punch, especially when planted in masses.

What bugs us: Spider Mites

Spider mites are common garden pests that feed on shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetables and even houseplants. These miniscule pests cause damage by bruising the plant’s tissues as they feed leading to mottled, brown foliage. Spider mites are difficult to see to the naked eye, but their presence can be detected by webbing on a plant and brown, mottled or dirty-looking foliage. To confirm the presence of spider mites, try holding a sheet of plain white paper below suspected plants.  Tap or flick the foliage above the paper. Using a magnifying glass or the naked eye, watch for any tiny specs that move. These are mites.  Outbreaks occur under dry conditions and can seriously injure or kill a plant.  There are a few ways to control spider mites:

  • Hosing: A strong jet of water can destroy webbing, knock down and kill spider mites.
  • Beneficial Insects: Ladybugs, sold commercially, can also be released under mite-infested plants to feed on mites.

Avoiding strong insecticides such as those containing sevin, malathion and imidacloprid that kill mite’s natural enemies will actually help avoid mite infestations.

  • Sulfur:  This is often sold as a multipurpose spray such as Safer™ Brand 3 in 1 Garden Spray. Always follow the directions on the label.
  • Horticultural Oil: This is possibly the best control available for the home gardener. The oil suffocates the eggs and the adults. Always follow the directions on the label.

Maintaining healthy plants will also help avoid mite infestations. Plants stressed by drought or lack of nutrients are prone to insect problems.

Try this: Sedum & Grass Container

This combination is very simple and is a great way to showcase a beautiful piece of pottery or an unusual container. It is also very low maintenance, requiring minimal watering and fertilizer.  Here’s how:

    • Select a container, making sure it has drainage holes in the bottom
    • Fill with high quality potting mix such as Fertilome™ ultimate potting mix
    • Choose a variety of sedums and ornamental grasses. Play around with a combination of heights, leaf colors and textures. Be creative and have fun! Choose a taller grass for the center or back third of the planter. Fill in with medium and low growing varieties, saving the lowest varieties for the edge of the planter.  Plan on using about 3- 4 inch plants per 12 inch diameter container.
    • Place in full sun and water thoroughly. Check water every few days and water only when potting soil feels completely dry.

Recipes from the Garden: Erin’s Grilled Zucchini and Feta salad

This simple side dish comes together quickly and is a great way to feature August’s bountiful zucchini.

      • 1 large or 2 small zucchini, summer squash or a combination. (about 3 pounds total)
      • 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
      • Zest of ½ lemon
      • 1/3 Cup olive oil, plus extra for brushing
      • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
      •  ¼ cup minced fresh herbs such as mint, oregano, parsley or chives, any combination
      • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Prepare grill and preheat to medium high. Cut the zucchini into 1 inch rounds. Brush each side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill zucchini rounds until slightly charred on each side and it begins to soften, about 6-8 minutes total. Remove from grill, cut into bite-sized chunks and place in a shallow serving bowl. Combine lemon juice, zest and oil and toss with warm zucchini chunks. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with feta and fresh herbs. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Our Favorite Things:

Stay cool and comfy this month with our favorite outdoor living accessories:

      • Sun Hats for women, kids and men
      • Coolaroo™ Shade Sails
      • Picnic Time™ folding pool loungers and chairs
      • Zinger™ water bottles
      • A Tree! Yes, you can plant a tree in August. We like maples and ash trees for instant shade in your yard.
      • Acrylic drink ware

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