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18 Apr 2018

Vegetable Gardening Basics Part 1

Vegetable gardening is a growing trend for so many reasons: health, economy, variety and taste are just some of benefits to growing vegetables at home. A bit of planning up front really pays off in the productivity of your garden. Here is part one of a two part series intended to guide those beginner gardeners or serve as a resource for those who have experience.
SELECT YOUR SITE
• 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 wind and near a south facing wall for radiant heat.
• Try to stay away from trees and shrubs that send up shoots such as aspens, cottonwoods or chokecherries.
• Keep your garden small at first and expand as you learn what works for you.
SOIL PREP
• The soil should be dry before being worked to avoid compaction.
• Add lots of organic material (compost, aged manure, shredded leaves) to improve soil condition, fertility, drainage, nutrient and water holding ability.
• If you are planting any heavy feeders such as squash, cucumbers or melons, add a granular fertilizer made for veggies such as Alaska™ Tomato & Veg fertilizer
• Soil can be warmed up faster by putting a layer of clear plastic over it for a few days before planting.

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

PLANTING SEEDS
• Seeds need four things for germination:
-dirt
-water
-light
-the right soil temperature
• Follow the instructions on the seed packet.
• Choose seeds that have a short days to germination time and a short days to harvest time, all this information will be on the seed packet
• Spinach, peas, potatoes, radish, and greens like kale, Swiss chard and arugula can be planted late April through May.
• Wait until June to plant warm season veggies like beans and squash.
• Many vegetables are available as seedlings or starts. Long-season veggies like tomatoes, cabbages, broccoli and peppers are best to plant from starts.

09 Apr 2018

Dogscaping: planning a dog-friendly landscape

We mountain people love our dogs and outdoor spaces. Dogscaping is intended as a way to be mindful of our dog’s needs while keeping our landscaped outdoor areas comfortable and beautiful for humans too. If you are planning your landscape from scratch, lucky you! Here is your chance to incorporate some dog-friendly ideas from the outset. If you already an established landscape, these tips can help keep that landscape beautiful and comfortable for your pets and you.

Dog-Friendly Zones:
Comfort Zones: Planting trees and shrubs for shade throughout your landscape will provide a cool spot to rest throughout the day. A patch of lawn or the cushion of durable ground cover plants make comfy places to relax. Bare dirt, stone walkways or a sunny deck provide opportunities to keep warm and soak up the sun.

Water Zone: At a minimum, provide a fresh supply of water for your dog outdoors. Water-loving breeds adore kiddie pools or natural water features for drinking and cooling off in hot weather. If you really want to spoil your dog, splurge on a commercially made pet fountain to provide cool fresh water at any time.

Potty Zone: Dogs will typically choose a spot to relieve themselves routinely. If you are introducing a new dog to your landscape or if you are planning a landscape from scratch, pick an area for your dog to go potty. It could be as simple as a weedy patch or as elaborate as a special gravel area with some upright ‘marking’ rocks. With some training and encouragement, dogs will return to their potty spot. Be sure to make this spot accessible in the wintertime too. An extra potty path through deeper snow will help your dog stay on track.

Pet Friendly Yard Care Products:
Choosing less toxic methods for pest or weed control is the best practice. There are plenty of effective, natural products on the market. Even if they are labeled natural or organic, it’s still important to keep your pets out of the product and only use products as directed on the label. Some dogs find organic fertilizers like bone meal or blood meal very attractive will eat or lick it off your plants. Be watchful and consider using liquid fertilizers that are absorbed more quickly.

Lawns and Groundcovers:
When cared for properly, turf grasses can withstand the traffic of playful dogs. Dogs love the cool and comfort of a lawn as much as humans do. What lawns do not love is the high concentration of nitrogen in dog urine. If your dog is continues to urinate repeatedly in the same spot, consider removing the turf altogether and replacing it with a gravel potty spot.
To correct urine kill spots, rake out the dead grass, fluff up the soil a bit, sprinkle with lime and reseed. Continue to water the patch consistently until the grass germinates. Commercially made dog spot treatment products are also an easy and effective way to fix dead spots.
Once established, many perennials can withstand the occasional run-though. Avoid planting anything with feathery, ferny foliage as these can quickly get trampled. Use fencing to keep dogs out of newly planted areas, highly valued flower beds or veggie gardens. Use traffic resistant ground covers like wooley thyme, creeping thyme, Irish moss, creeping jenny, snow in summer and lamb’s ears.

Keep them safe:
Toxic Plants: Most dogs will avoid toxic plants because they are usually unpalatable. It’s wise for their humans to be aware of which plants can cause trouble:
– Rhubarb
– Foxglove
– Iris
– Begonia
– Dahlia
– Monkshood
– Daffodils
– Tulips

Compost: If you compost at home, be sure to enclose it securely to protect your dog from eating it. The bacteria from decomposing food waste can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.

Fun Ideas:
Ready to take dogscaping to the next level? Try one or more of these ideas:
Doggie pool or fountain: Installing a water feature with Fido in mind will keep him or her cool on hot days. If that’s not in your budget, a simple sprinkler set on low can be entertaining for some breeds.
Sensory log: Drill holes in an old log and fill with various essential oils or treats.
Designated dig spot: A sand box with buried toys or treats is a great way to occupy dogs who love digging.
Doggie ice lick: Simply fill a bigger yogurt or ice cream container with water and mix in some treats or toys. Perfect for hot days.

15 Mar 2018

Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market Ends March 17th

…and we couldn’t have done it without you!
We are so grateful for our fantastic vendors and the support of our community for making this a great season. If you haven’t experienced the market yet, don’t miss your last chance to do so. Get out of the house and enjoy live music from noon-2, raffle prizes and of course, local offerings of cheese, bread, grass-fed beef, ceramics, gluten-free goodies, preserves and so much more!

12 Mar 2018

Starting Seed Indoors

Starting Seeds Indoors

Are you trying to get a jump on the growing season? Are there specific varieties of veggies or flowers you like? If you’re saying ‘yes’, then starting seeds at home is for you. There is a great deal of pleasure seeing seeds sprout and even more to witness those tiny seeds bear a flower or fruit. Seed starting is a fun indoor activity for kids and adults alike.
March is a good time to start long- season vegetables and flowers indoors. Tomatoes, onions, winter squash, peppers, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages) and many flowers can be started this month. The goal 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 growing and if you are able to transplant seedlings 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, a variety of seedlings will be available in our greenhouse beginning in April.
For more details on starting vegetable seeds, visit this link: https://mdlandscapinginc.com/2017/03/19/seed-starting-101/We have everything you need to start a seed. Come by and see our large selection of garden seeds, seedling mix, seed starting kits, grow lights and more!

01 Mar 2018

Bird of the Month: Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings are easily identified by their sleek grey-brown plumage, crested head, pale yellow belly and black eye mask. A yellow tipped tail and red wax-like wing tips are further bulls-eye clues to their identity. They travel in small flocks and are year round residents of our region. Brushy areas, forests and orchards are their preferred habitat. Cedar Waxwings are common year round on the grounds of MD Nursery where they have plenty of food and cover. Fruit is their primary diet and a flock can quickly devour the fruit of an entire tree to the woe or delight of its owner. In winter, they continue to dine on the fruit that is frozen and dried on trees and shrubs. Cedar Waxwings are not readily attracted to bird feeders but you can entice these beautiful birds (and many others!) by planting their favorite trees and shrubs on your property. Viburnum, Mountain Ash, Crabapples, Honeysuckle bushes and cherries are all good choices to attract Cedar Waxwings. When feeding, they will flock to their food source and then return to other trees for cover and to rest. A variety of fruiting and non-fruiting trees and shrubs will provide valuable year-round habitat for these delightful birds.

21 Feb 2018

February Book Sale

We love books and are passing the love on to you!
Visit the book nook upstairs in the MD gift shop and browse our selection of gardening, homesteading, children’s, DIY books and cookbooks. Get educated and inspired.
All books are 20% off all month!

31 Jan 2018

All About Air Plants

Air Plants

Also known as tillandsias or ‘tillies’, air plants are in the bromeliad family, the same as pineapples. You can see the resemblance to a pineapple top in many air plants species. Air plants are epiphytes, needing no soil in which to grow. All their nutrients come from the air, making them a versatile and easy plant to take care of. Although they live on air, they do need some attention to stay alive and thrive especially in our dry climate.
Daily misting is helpful, but a weekly soak is even better, submerging the air plant in room temperature water for an hour or so every week. If the plant has a bloom on it, try to avoid wetting the bloom. Gently shake off excess water to dry completely before placing it back on display. Any trapped water within the plant can cause rot. The leaves will feel stiffer and look a bit darker when they’re hydrated. Soft, shriveled or rolled leaves and paler foliage is a sign of dehydration. Air plants enjoy a brightly lit spot with good air circulation. They can adapt to a wide range of room temperatures from 50 to 90 degrees. Displaying air plants can be as simple as placing a few on a decorative plate or as elaborate as a Pinterest-worthy piece of art. Glass terrariums, mason jars, driftwood or decorative rocks are easy props for display. A simple search on Pinterest will give you a plethora of design ideas or allow your own creativity to have fun and run wild with amazing air plants!

10 Jan 2018

Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market

The Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market encourages the community to support the local economy throughout the winter. The market does this by providing
growers, producers, artisans, and small business owners of the Greater Teton Valley Region an alternative marketing opportunity to sell their
goods directly to the consumer. By offering the community an indoor market outlet, producers and consumers have the chance to continue
developing relationships with one another to mutually support the local economy year round.

The Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market returns for its fourth season beginning January 6th. Kick off the New Year in our heated greenhouse with locally raised beef, prepared foods, bread and mustard. Fill your tummies with tempting Thai food, gluten-free baked goods, preserves and cheese. Enjoy live music from 12-2 each week featuring local talent and enter to win a weekly raffle prize courtesy of our awesome vendors. The Winter Market will continue every Saturday from 10:00-3:00 through March 17th.

Interested vendors or musicians can contact the market manager at wfmarket@mdlandscapinginc.com for more information.

13 Dec 2017

Gifts in a Mug

Here’s the scenario. You’ve finished your Christmas shopping but wait! What about the bus driver, teacher, coach, hostess, co-worker and your neighbor? Start with a mug, then add to it for a personal touch. We have a huge selection of fun, fancy and practical mugs that make the base for a quick and welcome gift. Try these combos:
– Mug plus a $5 gift card from Marigold Café
– Mug plus fun socks tucked inside
– Mug plus fresh flowers
– Mug plus a mini tinned candle
– Mug plus a dish towel tucked inside or used as gift wrap
– Mug plus an ornament
– Mug plus an air plant
– Mug plus chocolates or candy from Marigold Cafe
– Mug plus mulling spices
You get the idea. There are endless variations on the theme.
As always, we offer free gift wrapping!

04 Dec 2017

Caring for Christmas Plants

It’s December and we have our annual assortment of seasonal plants ready to adorn your home. Most of these are best treated as temporary house guests, but a few simple care strategies can keep them at their best for seasonal show.

Begin by protecting newly purchased plants on the way home. Cover up the foliage and don’t leave them in a cold car. At home, take care not to overwater. Water is not love and plants will promptly perish if they’re kept soggy. Touch the soil and feel if the plant is dry before watering. Remove any decorative foil pot cover when watering to allow for proper drainage. Keep plants away from anything hot (wood stove), cold (opening doors) or anywhere drafty (heating vents).

Note: These practices are best not only for Christmas plants but for most indoor plants.

Norfolk Island Pine: These tropical conifers make great living Christmas trees. They prefer cool to average room temperature and high humidity. Mist leaves regularly and keep in bright to low light. Water sparingly in the winter. Following these tips, it’s possible to keep them thriving year round indoors.

Christmas Cactus: Unlike its spiny relatives this cactus needs high humidity, so regular misting is in order. Keep it at cool room temperature. A bright spot with a little direct sun is ideal. Water thoroughly when completely dry. This is another plant that can be a successful year round house plant.

Poinsettias: Keep poinsettias at normal room temperature away from cold draughts or heat sources. The branches break easily so take care when transporting. Keep them in a bright spot and water only when soil feels dry to the touch.

Mini Cypress: Who wouldn’t love a live mini Christmas tree? Keep them in bright light and evenly moist, but be careful not to let them sit in standing water.
Cyclamen: If you have a cold house, the cyclamen is for you. Warmer room temperatures cause the stems to droop and flowers to drop. When cyclamens are dry, set the pot in a saucer of water and allow it to drink up from the bottom. Remove spent flowers or yellowing leaves promptly.

Live Holly: Some direct sunlight is essential to keep the leaves looking their best. Water sparingly.

Wintergreen: Bright light and moist soil are important for this pretty and fragrant plant.