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2389 S. Highway 33, Driggs, ID
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04 Jul 2015

July 2015

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4th of July Sale!

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

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

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

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3rd Annual Big Zucchini Contest:

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

5 Steps to Eco Friendly Landscaping

 

  1. Enhance Habitat

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

  1. Irrigate Efficiently

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

  1. Improve the soil

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

  1. Use Mulch

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

  1. Practice Appropriate Maintenance

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

What bugs us: Spittlebugs:

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

Try this: Fantastic Foliage

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

Recipes from the Garden: Red, White and Blue Popsicles

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Our Favorite Things:

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

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

It’s Time to: Fertilize Flowers

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

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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 May 2015

May 2015

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Our 6th annual Spring Festival is Saturday May 2nd, 9-4.

Come and celebrate the start of the 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 (from 11-2), a kid’s garden activity and a petting zoo. Our first 50 paying customers of the day receive a free gift!
    • Raffle Prizes from 9-4 (earn a ticket with purchase)
    • First 50 customers receive a free gift with purchase
    • One day only specials
    • Kid’s gardening activity
    • Petting Zoo
    • Face painting from 11-2

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Mother’s Day is May 10th:

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 and kitchen accents to whimsical garden art, we have a pleasing selection of gifts to make mom feel special. Don’t forget the card! We have a huge selection of unique and beautiful cards just for Mom.
Call or stop by our Flower Market and have our florists create a striking arrangement for mom.  Choose from a large selection of beautiful cut flowers to personalize her bouquet.  For your convenience, we deliver throughout Teton Valley.

Early Bird Special: Free local delivery with flower orders placed by 6pm Monday May4th.
(Call 208-354-8816 ext 120 to place your order)

Tree Planting 101:

Spring is an excellent time to plant trees. Whether you are planting a showy crabapple, a big spruce or a

shady grove of aspen trees, the following tips will give your newly planted trees the best chance for success:

  • Carefully choose the right site. Ensure the spot you want to plant a tree will accommodate its eventual size. The cute little Colorado spruce you purchased in a 5 gallon pot will not seem that cute anymore when it’s 20 feet tall and blocking your Teton views!
  • Not too deep, not too shallow. Renting a backhoe to dig some planting holes? Great, but beware of plunging your tree too deeply into the earth. The top of the root ball should be level with the top of your planting hole. This allows for proper oxygen exchange and drainage. Conversely, shallow planting holes make it difficult to water the roots of your tree as the water pour right off the root ball and into the surrounding soil.
  • Amend the soil. Adding a soil amendment (like compost or bark and steer) to the soil as you backfill around your tree will provide nutrients to the roots and help retain soil moisture.
  • Mulch. Cover the top of the root ball with 2-3 inches of mulch, being careful to keep the mulch pulled away from the main trunk. Mulch helps young trees by moderating soil temperatures, retaining soil moisture and suppressing weeds.
  • To stake or not. Young trees benefit from staking especially in windy areas or if the tree is top heavy. Two or three stakes should be installed around the tree. Secure the trunk with a broad tree strap or a loop of old garden hose. Never tie directly to the trunk with rope, twine or wire as this will damage the trunk and possibly girdle and kill the tree.  Fasten the trunk to the stakes loosely enough to allow some trunk movement.  This helps to develop a stronger trunk. Remove the stakes after the tree can stand up on its own, usually in one or two seasons.
  • Mycorrhizae. This naturally occurring beneficial fungus helps a tree’s roots grow bigger allowing for better moisture and nutrient uptake. Although it exists in the soil, the addition of supplemental mycorrhizae like Myke™ will increase a tree’s survival rate.
  • Fertilizer. Newly planted trees benefit from a mild fertilizer to help form roots. We recommend Fertilome™ Root Stimulator.
  • Water. This is vital to any tree’s survival. A deep thorough soaking about once a week for the first season will promote deep rooting.  The soil should be moistened at least 8 inches under the surface. The easiest way to do this is to place a slow trickling garden hose alongside the trunk. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation are also excellent ways to deliver water to the root zone. Irrigation systems designed for lawns may not deliver enough water to the root zone as these are set up for frequent, shallow watering. Frequent, shallow watering will only promote shallow roots. Deep, infrequent soakings will promote deep roots, allowing trees to establish faster and become more drought resistant.

Guarantied success! We offer a five year warranty on trees planted using Myke™ mycorrhizae fortransplanting.
For our detailed Tree Planting guide, click here 

Try This:

Tea Pots:  Growing Herbs and Flowers for Tea
Imagine stepping out your door, picking a few leaves and brewing your home-grown cup of tea within minutes.  Here are some drinkable herbs and flowers for your own home brew. Try adding a few of these plants to an existing flower bed or plant up a separate container to make a ‘tea pot’.
Most of these plants will need part-full sun and good drainage. You can mix a time release fertilizer (such as Osmocote™) or an all purpose granular fertilizer into the soil at planting time.
To make tea, pour boiling water over leaves and steep for a few minutes.  Use only small amounts of these plants in your tea as large doses may be very bitter or harmful. Refrigerate your brew for iced tea.
Bee Balm: This plant is a hardy perennial in our region, growing from 2-4 feet tall, depending on the variety. Pink, purple or red flowers attract hummingbirds and bees. Use the leaves for tea.
Lemon Balm: This perennial grows 1-2 feet tall.  The leaves impart a lemon flavor to tea.
Mint: There are many varieties such as apple, pineapple, orange and peppermint to make a refreshing tea. This vigorous perennial should be grown in a container to keep its roots from overtaking garden space.
Scented geranium: This annual has many varieties to flavor tea. Use the leaves for tea.
Lavender: This tender perennial is beloved for its soothing aroma. Use the stems and flowers for tea.
Calendula: This annual can be easily grown from seed or from starts.  The flower petals and young leaves will impart a sweet flavor.
Stevia:  Now gaining popularity as an alternative sweetener, this annual herb will add a sweet taste to your brew.

Recipes from the Garden:

Radishes are possibly the easiest vegetable to grow. Give them a sunny, well drained spot in the garden and they will be ready to harvest in less than a month. These bright roots liven up salads and can add a welcome crunch to tacos or sandwiches.  There are many different varieties and colors to try. We love the mild French breakfast radishes and the pretty ‘Easter egg’ mix. Try this refreshing salad with your home grown crop.

      • 1 bunch of radishes, about 1 1/2 cups finely chopped (choose a variety that suits your taste)
      • 1/2 bunch of parsley, about 1/2 cup finely chopped
      • 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
      • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
      • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small serving bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

A few of our favorite things…

We are proud of our outstanding selection of gifts, gardening products, tools and plants this month. Be sure to stop by often, as our selection of gifts, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs will continue to grow throughout this busy season.  A few new and old standouts for May include:

      • Pottery: We’re bursting at the seams with our biggest selection of pottery and planters ever!  We have extraordinary ceramics from Vietnam, a new stylish and thoughtfully-designed line of planters from elho™, colorful Mexican pieces, self watering planters, rustic wooden planters, and everything in between.
      • Indoor/Outdoor Rugs: Gorgeous graphics of these easy care poly-woven rugs will brighten your entryway.
      • DeWitt™ N-Sulate frost cloth. Be ready for that inevitable late frost.  Protect your plants with durable frost cloth. Available bulk by the foot or in a pre-cut package.
      • Repellex™ systemic tablets: Designed to repel voles, gophers, dogs, cats and deer from ornamental plants. One time application lasts up to a year.
      • Renee’s Garden ™ seeds:  Many standout varieties of heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds are in stock. Be sure to try one of the outstanding gourmet salad blends. Each package contains detailed planting instructions.
      • These elho™ planters come with wheels, potting mix and are self-watering.

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04 Apr 2015

April 2015

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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 bedding plants. Outdoor furniture is here and assembled for your convenience.

Easter is on April 5th this year. Be sure to stop in soon for a beautiful potted lily or fresh cut flowers for the holiday. We have a charming selection of Easter decorations from bunnies to baby chicks. These will delight the young and old alike. Browse our latest selection of table linens and find something to freshen up your Easter table. Check out our kid’s section and find fun, unique and educational toys to tuck into Easter baskets. Gourmet chocolates and candies from Marigold Café are tempting additions to Easter festivities.

We hope you find our monthly newsletter helpful and informative. Like the spring weather, we are constantly changing around here. In addition to this newsletter, you can follow us on facebook for the latest news, tips and arrivals. We now have 21 boards to follow on Pinterest. From our children’s gardening to edibles, you will find fantastic ideas, images and inspiration.

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Earth Day Sale:

We are honoring Earth Day with Earth Savings! All bags of soil and compost will be 15% off from April 22nd – April 25th.

Save the Date: Spring Fest is May 2nd

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.

April Check List

While it may have felt like April all winter, now this busy month is here and there’s much to do. Some simple tasks now will pave the way for a healthy lawn and landscape all summer long.

  • Using clean, sharp tools, prune any dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.  A light ‘hair cut’ on arctic willows, summer-flowering spirea and potentilla will encourage healthy new growth. Avoid pruning spring flowering shrubs and trees like lilac and crabapples, as doing this will cut off this year’s flowers.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses and  perennials to the ground.
  • Rake leaf litter off of flower beds.
  • Rake lawn areas and spread a pre emergent weed control like Fertilome™ Broad Leaf Weed Control or Concern™Weed Prevention Plus.
  • Rake fallen leaves off flower beds and from around trees and shrubs. This is especially true if you had any fungal or insect problems last year. Insect eggs and fungus spores can overwinter in leaf litter, perpetuating the cycle.
  • Spread mulch over flower beads and around trees and shrubs to prevent weeds and conserve moisture.
  • Sow spinach, peas and radishes directly into the garden later in April.

Make spring clean up easier with the right tool for the right job.  Stop by to find the best rake, weeder, pruning saw or shovel for the job. Invest in a handy garden cart or wheel barrow to help move debris, plants or heavy bags of product around. Protect your hands with good gloves.  We now carry Hestra™ work gloves. Involve your kids and outfit them with pint-sized tools and work gloves.

HOW TO: 
Make a Rustic Bean or Pea Trellis

Are you planning to grow pole beans or peas this year? This simple project will add a truly unique and practical element to your veggie patch.

To begin, collect some tall branches from shrubs or trees around your yard. Elderberries, dogwoods or aspen branches will work well. They should be about ½ to one inch diameter. Avoid using willows as these may root out into your garden over the course of a growing season.  Line the sticks up in a grid pattern and tie the joints with garden twine or wire. Stand the trellis up and stick the base of the branches firmly into the garden bed where you will be planting. Plant a row of peas along both sides of the trellis. As your peas grow taller, the tendrils will start reaching for your trellis. A little gentle training onto the trellis may be in order until they get tall enough to climb on their own.

Spring Arrivals

We have plenty of new arrivals this month. From old favorites to the latest garden gear, be sure to stop by and see what’s new. Here are a few of our favorite things for April:

Just in time for spring tail- gaiting, we have folding grills, umbrellas, tables and chairs from Picnic Time™.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love handy colorful and handy Tub Trugs™! Use them to store toys,  as a catch-all in your car, to
wash your pet in, for yard clean up, to collect your harvest, you name it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy frog soil conditioner:  Jump-start your garden with this nutrient rich soil conditioner. It’s ideal for amending existing garden beds or top dressing container plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinger™ water bottles: No more complaining about boring water! These clever bottles have a built in citrus juicer or fruit infuser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04 Mar 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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January 2015

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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.

After-Christmas Sale

 

 

 

 

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 Nov 2014

November 2014

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Save the date:  Saturday, November 15th we will be hosting our annual Holiday Open House 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. We will have door prizes and our first 25 customers of the day will receive a free gift.  Take a break at Marigold Café for a holiday-themed treat, coffee or lunch. Marigold Café will be open from 9-4.

Green Friday Sale:

Save a trip to the big city and shop locally Friday, November 29th. MD Nursery will be 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 and Marigold Café items.

Indoor Gardening:

As the outdoor gardening season has come to a close, we can now keep our green thumbs going indoors. Indoor plants are as popular as ever because they inspire productivity, are calming and help create a sense of well-being. Through the winter, this newsletter will explore simple indoor gardening ideas and projects that will put a smile on your face and keep you going until spring arrives.

Try This: Table Top Cactus Garden
Select a container for your garden. Get creative! Try an old teapot, decorative box,  cookie tin or keep it simple with a plain terracotta pot.  Next, chose your mini cacti. Any combination is fine, but a mix of heights and textures always looks good. Fill your container partially with cactus mix. Cactus mix is a fast-draining soil specially made for cacti.  Using gloves or tongs gently remove the cacti from their containers and arrange in your container.  Carefully back fill with more cactus mix. Top with a light layer of gravel or decorative rock. Water gently and place in a warm, bright spot. Depending on your room temperature and the size of your plants, cacti will need gentle watering every 10-14 days. Generally, the bigger the plant and container, the less frequent watering they will need.

Backyard Birding

Attracting birds to your property is a great way to get a close look at our feathered friends. The winter months can be a busy time for backyard birding as many resident and migratory birds are readily attracted to feeders as their natural food supplies dwindle. Children and adults alike can learn to appreciate different plumage, bird song and habits of many different species. A bird feeder is one step to bring birds into your yard. Offering birds cover and safety from their predators will attract more birds to your yard. Planting trees and shrubs and placing a bird feeder near these will help give them the cover they need. Bird feeders should be elevated to keep the birds safe from cats and other predators. Make sure the bird seed you buy works with the type of feeder you have.

Tube Feeders:
These are best for sunflower seeds.  These feeders attract a wide range of wild birds including finches, chickadees, grosbeaks, pine siskins and nuthatches.

Nyger (thistle) Feeders:

Specially designed for holding tiny nyger seeds, these feeders can be made out of mesh or be a solid tube-shape with small holes to accommodate nyger seed. This high energy food is best to attract goldfinches.

Suet Feeders:
This type of feeder is designed to hold square cakes of suet. Suet attracts woodpeckers, flickers, finches and titmice.

Drop Feeders: A drop feeder has an opening at the bottom where bird seed spills out onto a tray. This will attract many birds, but can also waste a lot of seed due to high winds or aggressive foraging birds like magpies.

Want to learn more? The Backyard Bird-Lover’s Guideis a wonderful reference book for attracting, feeding, identifying and admiring the birds in your yard.This and many other books are available in our book nook. The book nook is located upstairs above the gift shop.

Bird of the Month: Downy Woodpecker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this newsletter, we will be featuring one bird species each month through the winter. Follow along as we explore the backyard and wild birds of the Teton region.

The Downy Woodpecker is a common year round resident in our region. They are smaller than their big cousin, the Hairy Woodpecker, measuring 5 ½ inches long. Their diet is largely composed of beetles, caterpillars, ants and larvae. They are typically spotted in parks, open woods and barnyards. They will often appear alongside flocks of chickadees and nuthatches. They visit birdfeeders for sunflower seeds or suet in the winter months.  Nesting in tree cavities, these woodpeckers have one clutch of 4-5 young each spring.

What’s New:

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:

  • Baking tags and labels
  • Scented Candles
  • Cozy winter accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Seasonal linens and aprons
  • Gift bags, gift tags and wrapping paper
  • Boxed Christmas Cards
  • Baking tags and stickers
  • Indoor paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs

Christmas trees, poinsettias, fresh wreaths, greens and garland will all be arriving around Thanksgiving.

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04 Oct 2014

October 2014

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Save the date:  Our annual Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 18th. This family-friendly event features hay rides, face painting, activities and a local farmer’s market. Our Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off will return again this year. The best pumpkin pie wins a $50 MD gift card. Visit our Facebook page for more details and updates.

Our fall sale just got better:

  • B&B Crabapple & Cottonwood Trees 50% off
  • 40% off Fall Bulbs
  • 2 for 1 Aspen (10, 15 & 20 gal. sizes)
  • 2 for 1 Potted Roses
  • Potted Trees & Shrubs 20% off

Sale ends October 31st

Marigold Cafe is open

Are you looking for a place to grab a coffee, eat lunch or meet a friend in the off season? Visit the Marigold Cafe located above our gift shop. Now in its 4th month of operation, the Marigold Café continues to impress our customers and staff with tasty, quality food, coffees and desserts. Along with the menu offerings, our talented chefs create daily lunch specials, pastries and soups with tempting side salads for our deli case. The Marigold Café installed a frozen yogurt machine in August to the delight of all. Try frozen yogurt with our unique toppings or just have it plain. “Fro-Yo” is the perfect ending to a lunch or a special treat with the kids. Our cozy space is a perfect meeting spot or a place to work away from home with free wifi. Fall hours are 9-4 Monday through Saturday.

Check out our menu here.

It’s Fall, Now What?

With the turn of the seasons, we have plenty of customers coming to us with the same questions, year after year. Here are the answers to your top 5 questions on fall landscaping:

 

 

 

 

 

1) How late in the season can I plant? Until the ground is frozen, usually late October.  Trees, shrubs and perennials will continue to grow roots even after the leaves have dropped. Late fall is also the ideal time to spread wildflower seeds.

2) Do I have to cut back my perennials now? Once the foliage is brown, perennials can be cut to the ground. Consider leaving some perennials standing in place for late fall and winter interest. Sedums, coneflower, Russian sage and ornamental grasses can be left standing and look beautiful with a dusting of snow.

3) When should I plant bulbs? Now! Daffodils, crocus and tulips will wake up your garden with color next spring. Flower bulbs are one of the easiest ways to add color and beauty to any landscape. Plant bulbs once and enjoy the yearly return of color.

4) Do I still have to water my yard? Yes! Although the water requirements are greatly diminished for most plants this time of year, it is very important not to let plant roots get completely dry. Trees and shrubs will need to be kept moist until the ground is frozen.  Newly planted evergreen trees are especially prone to drying out and turning brown over winter. Watering deeply in the fall will fill the plant’s water reservoirs enabling them to withstand moisture loss through the winter. Lawns and flower beds will also need water during prolonged dry spells. As a rule, everything should go into winter wet!

5) How can I protect my lawn and landscaping from voles, moose and deer? For your lawn, plan to mow it shorter than you normally would for its last cut in the fall. This will reduce vole habitat. If possible, mow tall grassy areas near your lawn to reduce vole cover. Apply a repellant like Molemax™ or Repellex™ to your lawn.  Protect tree trunks with a hard plastic tree protector to keep voles from nibbling off the bark and girdling the tree. To protect from browsing deer and moose, trees and shrubs can be sprayed with Plantskydd™ plant protector in the late fall. Although these measures don’t guarantee a damage-free landscape, they certainly can reduce the extent of winter damage.

For more tips on winterizing your, visit the MD Thymes October 2013 issue of our newsletter

Product of the Month: Wilt Pruf™ Plant Protector

<< Don’t let this happen to your Jack O Lantern!

Wilt Pruf™ is a spray-on anti desiccant.  A thin, transparent film acts like a barrier that keeps moisture inside the plant tissues so that they don’t dry out. Use it to protect evergreens from dry winter winds and sun. Apply it in October on any dry day over 50 degrees.

In addition to protecting evergreens, Wilt Pruf™ helps keep Christmas Trees, wreaths and garland from drying out so that they stay fresh for longer. Wilt Pruf™ will also help keep your carved Jack O Lantern from shriveling up.

Wilt Pruf™ is 20% off through October

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Two Ways

Save the seeds from your carved Jack O Lantern and include your little ones in the making of this healthy snack.

#1: Cinnamon- Spice Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 C raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger

Preheat oven to 300. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until brown and crunchy.

 #2: Cajun-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 C raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp Cajun spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 300. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until brown and crunchy.

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04 Sep 2014

September 2014

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Fall Sale:

  • 20% off all potted trees and shrubs
  • 50% off perennials
  • Up to 50% off Outdoor Furniture

Fall Hours: We will be open from 9-6 Monday through Saturday beginning September 1st

2nd Annual Big Zucchini Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big Shout Out to our 2nd Annual Big Zucchini Contest Winner, Ashley Koehler of Victor.  Ashley planted her zucchini in April and was lucky enough to dodge any frost. Her secret weapon was goat manure which helped her zucchini to grow to the winning weight of seven pounds!

5 Reasons to Plant Trees this Fall

Did that spring planting project go unfinished? Have you been away most of the summer? Was it too hot to plant? Whatever your reason, September is here and it’s a great time to plant trees and shrubs. Here’s why:

  1. Less Stress on the Trees: Cooler temperatures mean less evaporation and trees don’t have to work as hard draw in water and nutrients.
  2. Warm Ground Temperatures: Even as the air temperatures drop, the ground is still quite warm. The warm earth allows for good root formation, even after the foliage drops.
  3. Ready to Grow: Trees and shrubs planted in the fall have acclimated to local temperature, daylight and moisture conditions. Once the ground warms up again in the spring, these trees will be ready to grow. As an added bonus, spring snowmelt helps keep the root zone moist.
  4. Fall Specials: Fall is a great time to shop. All potted container trees and shrubs are 20% off.
  5. One Less Spring Project: Shorten your to-do list for next spring. You’ll be glad you took the time and energy to plant trees.

Continue to keep newly planted trees and shrubs moist until the ground is frozen in late fall. Hand watering may be necessary after your irrigation has been turned off. At least two inches of mulch should be applied over the top of the root ball to maintain even temperatures and moisture. Evergreens are especially prone to moisture loss and browning over the winter months, so be extra diligent in providing ample water until the ground is frozen.  For extra protection, spray evergreen needles with an anti-desiccant like Wilt Pruf™ in October.

For our tree planting guide click here

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PINTEREST > Fall Wonder

PINTEREST > Trees for Rocky Mountain Landscapes

The Flower Shop @ MD Nursery is now on Facebook. Stay tuned for all the latest happenings from our friendly florists.

In the Kitchen

If you’re like many Teton gardeners, you may have loads of green tomatoes that are probably won’t ripen on the vine. It’s possible to bring them indoors and let them ripen in a warm, sunny window.  For a little extra effort, turn your green tomatoes into this tasty chutney. Use the chutney to compliment pork or chicken, to top an Indian curry or serve it alongside goat cheese and crackers as a simple appetizer.

Green Tomato Chutney

Adapted from simplyrecipes.com

iNGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 pounds firm green tomatoes, about 7 cups, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped candied ginger
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 clean pint jars or 6 8-ounce jars

METHOD

Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized (about 4 qt) thick-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Spoon the chutney into the jars, filling them to 1/4 of an inch from the rim. Wipe the rims with a clean wet paper towel. Place clean lids on the jars. Secure with canning rings. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.

Product of the Month: Cook Books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get inspired! Fresh shipments of new cook books are in. Learn how to infuse vinegar, cook zucchini 100 ways, preserve fruits and veggies, drink you garden or make pickles. The list goes on. Our cozy book nook is located above the gift shop, alongside our lending library.

Coming Soon… Fall bulbs

Plant Now for spring color! 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
    • Keep Leaf™ lunch bundles
    • Crocodile Creek ™ back packs, lunch boxes, sandwich keepers and placemats
    • Fall table ware and linens
    • Fall pansies, mums, ornamental cabbage and kale
    • Artwork
    • Scarves and ponchos
    • Drawer pulls
    • Door mats

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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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