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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: https://mdlandscapinginc.com/get-a-quote/

03 Feb 2020

Valentine’s Day at MD

Take a moment to stop and appreciate your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. The gift shop at MD can be your one stop Valentine’s shop with all kinds of thoughtful ideas for any Valentine:

Fresh Flowers: Whether you love romantic red roses, graceful tulips, colorful gerberas or fragrant lilies, you can be assured that flowers from the Flower Market are of the highest quality. Our floral team sources, prepares and arranges flowers that are a cut above the rest. Call ahead for custom flowers or stop in and choose from one of our pre-made flower bouquets, or choose your own stems.
For your convenience, flower delivery is available throughout Teton Valley.
Call to order: 208-354-8816 ext. 4020

Great Gifts: We have an extensive selection of cards, luscious soaps and lotions, beautiful jewelry, cozy winter accessories, candles, sassy socks, funny magnets, kitchen accessories, books, garden gifts, artwork and houseplants.
Can’t decide what to get? Pick up an MD gift card and let your sweetie do the choosing.

Sweet Treats: Take home delicious cupcakes, a petite sharing cake or cookies from the kitchen of our very own Marigold Café. These lovingly crafted treats will be boxed up and ready to go.

22 Jan 2020

Winter Care for Houseplants

Keeping houseplants healthy through the winter months can be a little tricky. Shorter day length, lower humidity and temperature fluctuations can add up to tough growing conditions. Follow these simple tips to keep your houseplants in top form all winter:
• Keep your room as bright as possible. Raise blinds and open the curtains during the day
as often as possible. For sun-loving plants such as succulents, consider moving them to a brighter spot or supplement with a grow light to maximize the light they receive.
• Keep room temperature between 60 and 70. Keep plants away from cold windows or drafty doors. Conversely, keep them away from wood stoves and hot air vents. Night time temperatures on the cooler side are best.
• Dry winter air can stress plants. To increase the humidity, group plants together to create a mini pocket of humid space. Mist frequently or if you have a lot of plants, use a room humidifier. Another trick is to place a layer of pebbles in the saucer underneath the plants and pour water over the pebbles. The evaporation will raise the humidity around your plant. Be careful not to let your plant sit in the water, but over top of the pebbles.
• Water and fertilize less. Plants enjoy a time of rest in the winter months, so fertilizing is not necessary. The potting soil should be completely dry before watering. Use tepid water, and water slowly until it seeps out of the drainage holes in the pot.
• Give them a shower. With plants that can be easily moved, bring them to a sink and hose them off with tepid water. This gets rid of dust and small insects such as spider mites and aphids.
When your houseplants are in good shape, you’ll also improve the air quality in your home for houseplants and for yourself.

02 Dec 2019

Christmas Tree Care 101

The beloved Christmas tree is the mark of the season in many of our homes. To help your tree stay fresh, follow these steps:
Fresh Cut Trees:

• Cut a quarter to a half-inch off the bottom of the trunk before placing it in its stand. This is vital to a tree’s ability to uptake water. We’ll do this for you when you purchase your tree here.
• Choose a tree stand with at least a quart holding capacity for water. Fill with water and check daily, trees can drink up to a gallon a day! Continue to add water as needed while your tree is indoors.
• Keep your tree away from any heat sources like fireplaces, appliances or heating vents.

Live Potted Christmas Trees:
Live Christmas trees need extra consideration for holiday decorating and care.
It is important to keep live trees in their dormant state for successful survival beyond the holidays. Gradually acclimate your live tree to room temperature by keeping it in a cool garage for a few days before bringing it indoors. Water your tree and allow it to drain before moving it indoors. Keep your tree indoors for no more than one week or it will break dormancy. Avoid placing your live tree by any heat source and use LED or mini lights that give off little heat. Before returning a live Christmas tree outside, water it thoroughly and move it somewhere cool like a garage before exposing it to winter temperatures. Keep your live tree for the remainder of the winter outdoors where it will have good snow coverage and some shade. This will offer it protection from the elements. Avoid placing your potted tree in a sunny spot or wind exposed area as this will dry out the needles. Once the ground is thawed in the spring, your live Christmas tree can be planted and enjoyed for years to come.
Live trees are not guaranteed.

18 Nov 2019

Our Favorite Hostess Gifts

The holidays are around the corner and like it or not, it’s party season! A small gift is a nice way to show appreciation to your host. While a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer may do just fine, we’ve come up with some thoughtful ideas from our gift shop to set you apart:

-Dishtowels: Funny, holiday-themed or just plain cute, we have loads of choices to suit your host.
-Soaps & Lotions: Chose from luscious botanical or holiday scents as a lovely gift for the home.
-Idaho Woods playing cards: We love these cute cards because they’re perfect for traveling, and make a great activity for many ages.
-Fresh flowers: Flowers are perfect for those hosts you don’t know well or for someone who ‘has it all’. We have pre-made mixed bouquets or you can call our Flower Market ahead of time to have something arranged for you 208-354-8816 ext. 4020.
– Live plants: Trendy air plants and succulents are different and are easy to care for. Seasonal live holiday plants such as mini pines, poinsettias and Christmas cactus will be arriving around Thanksgiving.
-Candles: Scented or not, the warming glow of a beautiful candle will be appreciated.
-Cocktail napkins: We have a fantastic variety of sassy or serious ones for the host.

12 Nov 2019

November Checklist

Even though our recent temperatures make it feel more like January, there still may be time to complete one or more of these late-season tasks:

• Plant Indoor Bulbs: The outside temperatures won’t foil this plan! November is an excellent time to start paperwhites and amaryllis indoors for holiday gift-giving or for your own enjoyment. Paperwhites take 4-6 weeks to bloom and amaryllis can take 6-12 weeks.
• Spread Wildflower and Grass Seed: Seed will lay dormant until next spring.
All remaining seed is now 50% off.
• Mow, fertilize and protect your lawn: A shorter final cut will reduce the amount of raking next spring. Spread fall fertilizer (we love Espoma ™ organic) and a granular rodent repellant like Molemax™ if voles are a problem in your area.
• Hang and fill bird feeders: We carry a variety of bird feeders and seed to attract a range of wild birds. Feeders placed near trees and shrubs will encourage more visiting birds since they like the protection of nearby branches.

30 Oct 2019

November at MD

November is a busy month in our gift shop and greenhouse as we clear out the last of our summer items and move into holiday mode. There will be lots of changes as we bring in our seasonal decorations to prepare for our annual holiday open house and beyond. Our gift shop is filling up with toys, baby gifts, lotions, soaps, candles, jewelry, seasonal kitchen linens and tableware, mugs, cozy scarves, artwork, doormats and so much more. November is a good time to stop in, see what’s new and maybe even get a head start on the holiday shopping season.

Join us for our annual Holiday Open House Saturday, November 9th. Our annual holiday open house is not to be missed. Come and be inspired by our latest festive displays, décor and abundant ornaments. Save 25% on holiday décor for one day only. Spin the wheel to win prizes and special discounts throughout the day. The first 25 customers of the day receive a free gift (with purchase).

Fresh cut and live potted Christmas trees, poinsettias, wreaths, garland and seasonal greenery will be arriving around Thanksgiving.