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01 Jul 2020

Water-Wise Irrigation

Irrigation systems are a convenient and important landscape feature for a busy homeowner. An automated system allows for a lush, healthy and beautiful landscape. However, it can be easy to ‘set it forget it’ and not pay attention to the needs of your valuable plants. Overwatering and poor water management tend be the side effect to these great systems.
Overwatering is caused by running the sprinklers too long. It’s easy to let them run for an extra 10 minutes… just to make sure they are doing a good job. Most times the excess water will run off or puddle. The process of correct watering can be perfected on a trial and error basis. Run your sprinklers less and less every week and see when your lawn starts to yellow or stress. Once you have found this spot, increase the irrigation time to find your lawn’s happy place. There is a spot on most irrigation controls called seasonal adjustments. This is where you can increase the watering time in the summer and lower the watering in the spring and fall. Most irrigation controllers also offer a spot to plug in a rain sensor. This efficient feature automatically shuts down the sprinklers when it’s raining, allowing Mother Nature to water for you. If you notice that water is running down your sidewalk, driveway, or curbs you know you are watering too much. Soils can only hold so much water before the excess is puddling or running off.
Different areas of your landscape will require different amounts of water depending on sun and wind exposure. It’s important to know where these areas are in reference to the zones on your sprinkler system.
Running your sprinklers is best done in the evening hours… dusk to dawn. If sprinklers run during the day or when the sun is out, a portion of that water will be lost to evaporation. Avoid water waste and set your controller to late PM or early AM. Walk through and check on your landscaping regularly and take note of dry or wet areas. This is a good indication that your sprinkler heads are not working properly. Over time, heads will fall out of adjustment or have plants grow in front of their spray coverage. A few simple corrections to the sprinkler heads will keep your system running at peak efficiency.
Winterizing your system at the end of the summer is important otherwise water lines and sprinkler heads will freeze and crack. A powerful compressor is used to blow all the water out of the irrigation system, which protects it for the winter. Late September and early October is the best time to winterize your system.
Sprinkler systems are great for saving time and can be a very efficient way to deliver water to your valuable landscape. Be sure to check your system regularly throughout the summer and make adjustments as needed.

More Water-Wise Tips:
• Water early in the morning or in the evening. This reduces water loss to evaporation.
• If you are limited to how much water is available, prioritize water needs. Vegetable gardens and newly planted trees and shrubs require the most water. Turf grasses can be allowed to go dormant (brown) with less water. These grasses will green up once again when cooler weather returns.
• Cut back perennials that are done blooming. This redirects a plant’s energy to its roots instead of seed production.
• Water deeply, less often. A thorough soaking will promote deep rooting. Frequent light watering leads to shallow, drought-prone roots.
• Move planters and hanging baskets into the shade.
• Recognize drought-stress: Wilting is the most obvious sign. Brown or crispy tips or edges of leaves are another.
• Pay special attention to newly planted evergreens. These thirsty trees may not show signs of stress until months later when it’s too late. Check your irrigation and probe down into the soil to ensure water is reaching the root zone.
• Mulch is your friend. Applying a three-inch layer around trees, shrubs and perennial flowers will help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

25 Jun 2020

Recipes from the Garden: Spinach Pesto

Recipes from the Garden:
Spinach Pesto

Green is delicious, healthy and easy! This is a great way to use up a bounty of garden greens. Pesto can be frozen in zip-top bags for later. Try swapping kale or arugula for the spinach. Pesto is wonderful stirred into freshly cooked pasta, smeared onto burgers and sandwiches or stirred into potato salad.

½ cup toasted pine nuts, almonds or sunflower seeds
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp salt
1 garlic clove, peeled & chopped
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
5 ounces fresh spinach
1 tsp. lemon juice
In a food processor, combine nuts, olive oil, salt and garlic. Add cheese and pulse until smooth. Finally, add spinach and lemon juice and process until smooth.

14 Jun 2020

Flower Bed Maintenance

You’ve just purchased hundreds of dollars’ worth of flowers, sweated and toiled to plant everything and now you get to sit back and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, right? Well yes, but to get the most out of your plants, routine maintenance will keep your flowers at their best.

Consistent water is vital to new plants. Hand watering, automatic sprinkler systems, soaker hoses or drip irrigation are all effective. The method you choose will depend on the size of your flower beds and budget. Be sure to check for any excessively dry or soggy spots. Inspect plants regularly when they are new for signs of dryness (crispy, brown leaf tips, wilted foliage) or overwatering (wilting, yellowing leaves). Water needs will vary depending on sun and wind exposure, drainage, and soil quality.

Weed control:
Regular weeding is key in allowing your flowers to thrive. Set aside some time weekly to pull weeds before anything gets out of hand. For tenacious weeds or grasses, some strategic use of herbicides may be warranted. Grass killers, such as Ortho™ Grass Be Gone will kill only grasses, but not desirable plants (the exception would be ornamental grasses and iris). Careful spot spraying with a non-selective herbicide containing glysophate (Killzall™ or Roundup™) can also help with difficult weeds. Pre-Emergent herbicides prevent seeds from germinating. Applied in early summer, pre-emergents can save a lot of time weeding. Organic corn gluten and synthetic pre-emergents like Casaron™ granules help. It is important to note that pre-emergents do not kill existing weeds.
Always read the label and apply the product as directed.

Fertilizing your plants will boost the health and appearance of your plants. Granular fertilizers can be applied once or twice a season. Liquid fertilizers can be applied throughout the growing season and are quickly absorbed to provide an immediate boost to your plants. We carry a wide variety of natural and synthetic fertilizers.
Always read the label and apply the product as directed.

Mulch helps retain soil moisture, keeps weeds from germinating, and helps regulate soil temperature. Most mulches we stock are forestry by-products like shredded and chipped bark. Rock or gravel can also be used as mulch, depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Deadheading is the process of removing spent flower stalks. Doing this allows the plant to divert its energy from seed production to root and flower formation and helps prolong the bloom time.

Having the right tools for garden maintenance makes the job easier. Find gloves, weeders, pruners, kneeling pads, and more in the tool section of our gift shop.
VIG rewards members receive 15% off tools and gloves.

Need Help?
Our professional maintenance team can help. Contact us for a quote

03 Jun 2020

June at MD

Gardening season is in full swing! Our garden center will continue to receive weekly shipments of flowers, veggie starts, herbs, perennials and hanging baskets as long as they are available from our growers.
Due to the increased demand on gardening products and plants locally and nationwide, we have experienced shortages on some of our regular products and plants. We appreciate your flexibility when making choices and we will do our best to help you choose alternatives if an item or plant you are seeking is not available.
For the safety of our staff and customers, please:

– Follow current CDC recommendations for social distancing and face masks.
– Use provided hand sanitizer upon entering retail areas.
– Note: Some of our traditional entrances into the greenhouse and gift shop have changed to improve customer traffic flow.
– Read and respect our posted signage.
– Keep children close by.
– Leave pets at home or in your vehicle.
– Credit cards or apple pay preferred.
– Call ahead for more complex gardening questions or consultation 208-354-8816.
– Plan ahead to keep visits short.

Our staff continues to be vigilant in routine sanitation of carts, shopping baskets and other common surfaces. Wait times may be longer during peak times (10 am-2pm and Saturdays), please plan accordingly.

We appreciate our community and we are grateful for your business. Thank you for your patience and flexibility while shopping with us!

Alternate Ways to Shop:
Call ahead: We are taking phone orders as staffing and time permit. Pay over the phone and we will set aside your items for curbside pick-up. Call 208-354-8816.
Shop online: We have a selection of gardening essentials and gift cards available for online purchase. Online purchases will be set aside for curbside pick-up.

19 May 2020

Veggie Garden Basics Part 2

Refresh your memory with Part 1 of our two-part post on Veggie Gardening.

Now that your veggie garden is growing, routine maintenance will keep it healthy for the best production.

Weed Control
Allow a bit of time daily to do a visual check on your garden. This will help you notice any changes or problems that may arise. Hand-pull weeds weekly before anything gets too big. A hoe or cultivator will help knock weeds down while they’re still small.

Veggies need daily water during the growing season. Getting out into the garden and hand watering every day is simple to do and is an excellent way to become aware of any weed or pest activity. Soaker hoses or drip lines require more set up and moving parts, but can save time once they’re installed. Be sure to inspect irrigation lines routinely to make sure there are no excessively dry or wet areas.

Nutrient-rich soil is vital to productive veggie gardens. Adding compost or manure or some combination yearly will give you the best results.
Since veggies are heavy feeders, a routine application of fertilizer throughout the growing season is important for healthy plants, and a bountiful harvest. We stock a wide array of organic and conventional fertilizers available to the home gardener. A granular fertilizer can be added at planting time and will slowly feed throughout the season. Liquid fertilizers are fast acting for a quick boost, but will need to be reapplied.
Always read the label before applying of any kind fertilizer and follow the instructions precisely.
Learn more about fertilizers here

Plants that are well-maintained and healthy tend to have fewer problems with pests. If plants are stressed due to drought or crowding, they are more susceptible to insect infestations. However, even the best-kept gardens can have trouble with pests.
Here are some common offenders and treatment method. The products listed here are natural or organic controls:
• Flea beetles- These tiny insects are common on radish, arugula, lettuce, and beans. They are small, black beetles that fly and jump from host to host. If you’ve had trouble in the past, cover these crops right after planting with row cover (Dewitt™ Seed Guard). Safer™ End All insecticide can be applied if they become a problem.
• Cabbage moths- Row cover (Dewitt™ Seed Guard) will keep these little white moths from laying eggs on cruciferous (broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflowers) crops. A routine treatment of Bt (Safer™ Garden Dust) also helps.
• Cabbage Worms- These well-disguised caterpillars are the larvae of the previously mentioned moths. They chew up cruciferous crops and are often hard to spot until the damage is noticed. Use Bt (Safer™ Garden Dust)
• Aphids- These tiny insects are usually green and feed on crops by puncturing and sucking the nutrients from the foliage. They are often on inner leaves or on undersides, making them tough to spot. Knock aphid populations down with Safer™ Insecticidal Soap or a strong jet of water.
Always read the label before applying any kind of pesticide and follow the instructions precisely.

Harvesting and eating is the greatest thing about growing your own veggies.
It’s best to harvest veggies in the morning or during cool weather, so they will stay crisp and last longer.
Greens: Leaf lettuces, salad mixes, arugula, and spinach varieties can be cut with scissors as soon as they’re 2 or more inches tall. Cut young kale, chard and beet greens to add to salads. Harvest these until they ‘bolt’ or flower. Once they have bolted, they will be bitter.
Beans and Peas: Pick these often and the plants will produce for longer.
Summer Squash: Cut squash off the vine while they’re still small for best flavor.
Tomatoes: pick as they ripen, but they will continue to ripen at room temperature off the vine. Pay attention to late summer and early fall temperatures and pick your tomatoes before they freeze.
Kale and Swiss chard: Harvest early summer for salads or late season for larger leaves.
Carrots, Beets, and Potatoes: Most varieties are best harvested in the fall during cool, dry weather.
Cabbage: Harvest after a few frosts for the best flavor.

You’ll find it hard to buy veggies from the store that match the flavor of home grown. With some patience, care, and knowledge, you’ll be able to enjoy your bounty for years to come!

13 May 2020

May at MD Nursery

We are happy to have the retail gift shop, greenhouse and the Flower Market open once again. We hope to re-open Marigold Café later in the month. With the COVID 19 pandemic, we will be operating differently than in years past. For the safety of our staff and customers, please:

– Follow current CDC recommendations for social distancing and face masks.
– Note: Some of our traditional entrances into the greenhouse and gift shop have changed to improve customer traffic flow.
-Read and respect our posted signage.
-Keep children close by.
-Leave pets at home or in your vehicle.
-Credit cards only, no cash.
-Call ahead for more complex gardening questions or consultation 208-354-8816.
-Plan ahead to keep visits short.

Our staff will continue to be vigilant in routine sanitation of carts, shopping baskets and other common surfaces. Wait times may be longer during peak times (10 am-2pm and Saturdays), please plan accordingly.

We appreciate our community and we are grateful for your business. Thank you for your patience and flexibility while shopping with us!

Alternate Ways to Shop:
Call ahead: We are taking phone orders as staffing and time permit. Pay over the phone and we will set aside your items for curbside pick-up. Call 208-354-8816.
Shop online: We have a selection of gardening essentials and gift cards available for online purchase. Online purchases will be set aside for curbside pick-up.

13 Apr 2020

April at MD

Spring is here and unfortunately, so is the corona virus pandemic. We are doing our best to comply with the current CDC and state recommendations. Services and response times may be limited. Our retail operation including the Flower Market, Marigold Cafe, and our gift shop will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.
General Inquiries:
Request a Quote:
The greenhouse is open for retail sales. We are glad to be able to offer gardening supplies to make time at home more enjoyable. If there is a specific item you need, we are happy to take orders over phone for curbside pick-up. 208-354-8816
Limited quantities of bare root raspberries, rhubarb and asparagus are here. Bare root plants will be available until Mother’s Day or until we sell out.
Shipments of veggie starts, herbs, pansies and hardy perennials will continue to trickle in through the month, with the bulk of our inventory arriving closer to Mother’s Day.
We have a brand new online store that includes gift cards and a limited supply of gardening essentials. We will be testing this site and adding to it as we go, so check back often.
Visit our online store:

24 Mar 2020

Veggie Garden Basics, part 1:

Veggie gardening is a growing trend for so many reasons: sustainability, stress reduction, wellness, economy, variety, and taste are just some of the benefits of growing vegetables at home. Doing your homework and preparing a plan before you start really pays off in the productivity of your garden. Here is part one of a two-part series intended to guide rookie gardeners and serve as a resource for the seasoned gardeners. Entire books are written about vegetable gardening and this information is only meant to be a starting point and a general guideline.

Site Selection:
A good site is probably the best thing you can do to ensure veggie gardening success. Choose a site with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight and good drainage with no low, wet areas. If possible, choose a site sheltered from the wind. Try to stay away from trees and shrubs that send up shoots such as aspens, cottonwoods or chokecherries. Be sure there is convenient access to water. One of the biggest rookie mistakes is to start too big. Keep your garden small at first and expand as you learn what works for you.
Pro Tip: Position a garden near a south-facing wall or fence for additional radiant heat.

Soil Prep:
Next to site selection, soil quality will determine the productivity of your garden. Loose, well-draining soil rich in organic matter is key. If you are digging up a new site, add lots of organic material (compost, well-aged manure, soil conditioner) to improve soil condition, fertility, drainage, nutrient and water holding ability. If you are filling raised beds, aim for about a fifty-fifty mix of topsoil and organic material (compost, well-aged manure, soil conditioner). Plan to amend the soil in your veggie garden yearly (either in spring or fall) with more organic matter to replenish nutrients lost by cultivation.
If you are planting any heavy feeders such as squash, cucumbers or melons, add a granular fertilizer made for veggies (lots of fertilizer options for organic or conventional gardens, stop in the greenhouse and we can point you in the right direction).
Pro Tip: Soil can be warmed up faster in springtime by placing a layer of clear plastic over top for a few days before planting.

Garden Layout:
If possible, consider building raised beds for gardening. Raised beds offer better drainage, warm up earlier and require is less bending and kneeling. Lining Raised beds with hardware cloth will help keep pesky critters from coming into your garden beds. Keep any paths or walkways between raised beds wide enough to walk through with a wheelbarrow. Don’t plant tall plants or build trellises where they will shade other plants.
Pro Tip: Plant crops in a different spot in the garden each year. Rotating crops like this helps reduce pests and diseases that may linger in the soil.
See example below:

Planting Seeds:
Seeds are amazing wonders of Nature. To germinate and grow, they need soil, water, and light. Certain seeds (such as beans and squash) will only germinate when the soil temperature is warmer, others (peas, carrots) don’t mind getting started in cool soil. Get in the habit of reading the seed packet. The packet will include important information such as when to plant, seed spacing and ‘days to harvest’. It’s best to choose shorter ‘days to harvest’ varieties. Long season crops such as broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and peppers can either be started indoors or purchased as seedlings from the garden center.
There are countless varieties of seed to choose from, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and try to grow too many things. For beginners, start off small and grow something easy (lettuce, radishes, salad greens), grow something you like to eat, and grow something simple (kale, Swiss chard).
Pro tip: Don’t worry if you get started later in the season. As soil temperatures warm up, seeds planted later will often catch up to those planted early because they germinate and grow faster in warmer soil.

Planting Guideline: Here’s a general guideline for the planting of common veggies in the Tetons. Refer to the information provided on the seed package for specific instructions.
Cool Weather Crops (Mid-April & May Planting):
– Spinach
– Peas
– Carrots
– Most lettuces and salad greens
– Radish
– Kale
– Carrots
– Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
– Potatoes
– Beets

Warm Weather Crops (first or second week of June):
– Tomatoes
– Beans
– Squash (zucchini, yellow squash, winter squash)
– Cucumbers
Pro tip: In Teton Valley, old-timers wait until the aspens have leafed out halfway up the mountainsides out before planting their first crops.
Bonus Pro Tip: Cheat the season and try planting your warm-weather crops a week early. Sometimes you can get away with it!

04 Mar 2020

Battling Pine Weevil

The white pine weevil is a native North American insect that poses a serious threat to spruce and pine trees across the continent, mostly in the northern US and Canada. Not to be confused with western pine beetle, the white pine weevil infests and kills the terminal leader of young trees. This leads to bushy-topped trees, stunted growth, and trees with multiple leaders. In our area, the white pine weevil is most common in Colorado or blue spruce.
The adult weevil is an inconspicuous brown ¼ inch weevil. At this stage, they can be seen crawling on trees, but its other life stages occur beneath the bark of trees, making it impossible to spot until the damage becomes evident. The larvae are white grubs with reddish-brown heads. These can only be seen by scraping away the outer bark of infested trees. Adult weevils overwinter in soil litter under host trees. Once spring temperatures rise to 50 degrees F consistently, they become active. Egg-laying females crawl up the host trees and lay eggs in tiny holes that they have chewed into the tree’s terminal leader. The eggs hatch into larvae that burrow into the stem, just underneath the bark. Larvae feed on the host tree’s phloem tissue, wilting and eventually killing the terminal leader.

Later in the summer, the larvae pupate and the new adults emerge from underneath the bark. These new adults then drop to the ground and make their homes in the soil underneath the host tree for the winter where they live until the cycle begins again the following year.

Timing is of critical importance when managing white pine weevil. Once the damage is noticed, it is too late to reverse it. Preventative spraying in the spring (when daytime temperatures reach 50 degrees F consistently) to target adults before they lay their eggs is very effective. Soil treatments with systemic insecticides also work but should be timed so that the tree has time to draw up the insecticide into its tissues. Infested leaders need to be pruned out and destroyed. A new leader from one of the side branches can be staked into its place. Trees that have been infested with white pine weevil and trees close to those that have been infested should be treated yearly to end the cycle.
Keeping the trees on your property healthy with routine maintenance and inspection will help them to resist white pine weevil infestation. Healthy trees will recover faster if they do get attacked.
Our garden center staff can help you select the correct preventative treatment for white pine weevil or let our professionals do the work for you! Our certified and experienced tree care team can help.
Contact us for a quote: