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15 Feb 2019

Three Sisters Garden

Early Native Americans traditionally planted corn, squash and beans together. These crops grew so well together that they became known as the Three Sisters. Here is a classic example of companion gardening where each plant helps another. The corn stalks provide a trellis for the beans to climb, the beans provide nitrogen for the corn and squash. The squash in turn provides protection for the beans and corn by shading the soil and discouraging pests with their spiny stems. Growing a Three Sisters garden would be an excellent lesson for kids about co-dependence and growing food.
This garden theme is fun with kids because the plants grow fast and they grow big. The seeds themselves are relatively large and easier for little hands to handle and plant. These veggies all like to grow in warm soil, so wait until the first or second week of June to start. This garden needs its own spot with good soil and full sun. To begin, build up a gently sloping mound of soil. Incorporate a granular vegetable fertilizer into the soil. Plant the corn seeds in the center. Wait a couple of weeks until the corn has grown up about 6 inches then surround the corn with bean seeds. Plant the squash seeds surrounding the corn and beans, on the sloping edge of the mound.
– Corn: Choose any short season variety or buy starts from a garden center.
– Beans: Pole beans are traditionally grown in this garden, but bush beans would be fine too. Sow seed directly into the prepared area.
– Squash: Zucchini and yellow summer squash are the easiest bets for our region. Sow from seed or buy starts from a garden center.

04 Feb 2019

Hummingbird Habitat Garden

Delight your senses each summer with a backyard hummingbird haven. After their long migration from Central America and Mexico, these little guys are ready to hang out and eat. Hummingbirds are famous for visiting feeders, but providing additional food sources will enhance their habitat. With their long beaks, hummingbirds sip nectar from flowers. Although they are attracted to red flowers, it’s the sugar content in the nectar that keep hummingbirds returning for more. Here are some of their favorite flowers:
• Bee balm
• Salvia
• Honeysuckle
• Penstemon
• Jupiter’s beard
• Dianthus
• Nicotiana
• Callibrachoa
• Nepeta
• Verbena
Most of these can be found at your local garden center either already growing as ‘starts’ or in seed form.
Hummingbirds need safe perches to rest upon, such as trees and shrubs. A nearby water source like a bird bath or fountain is also important. In addition to sipping nectar, hummingbirds are insectivores, feeding on tiny insects such as aphids, thrips and spiders. Creating a hummingbird habitat is a worthy theme that will benefit your garden and these birds.

23 Jan 2019

The Snack Garden

Feeling a bit hungry? Just walk out to your Snack Garden and pluck a few berries or veggies. These foods can be foraged right from your yard and require little or no chopping, washing, cooking or fuss. Snacks from the garden don’t come in plastic wrappers and are 100% healthy. The best part though is the flavor. Home grown food just tastes better. This garden could be planted in a raised bed, containers, in a greenhouse or incorporated throughout your landscaping. From vine to mouth with little or no prep, this garden would fit the bill for a busy family.
Snack Garden plants:
My absolute must-haves are snap peas and cherry tomatoes, but any or all of these would make fine Snack Garden picks.
– Snap peas
-Broccoli
-Carrots
-Radishes
-Cherry tomatoes
-Berries (strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries and serviceberries)
-Apples
The Set-Up:
This idea is very flexible depending on what you have in place or how extensive you’d like to go.
Most of the veggies will do best in a raised bed in full sun. Tomatoes grow well in big containers like an EarthBox™ or even a used plastic nursery pot. Strawberries and raspberries need a patch of their own to sprawl. Currants, gooseberries and serviceberries and apple trees can be planted throughout your existing landscaping or set apart in a place of their own.

16 Jan 2019

Hanging Houseplants

Hanging plants are a great way to add life and beauty to any indoor room. They help purify the air we breathe by removing carbon dioxide, adding oxygen and absorbing other toxins such as formaldehyde. Hanging plants frees up floor space and adds visual interest. Hanging plants can also be positioned to take advantage a room’s best light.
To begin, choose the location. Most indoor plants require bright, indirect light and a spot that is neither hot, cold nor drafty. Secure a hook or eye bolt to the ceiling. Be sure to set it directly into a beam or stud.
Next, select a hanging plant. Consider that the plant will be viewed from below and look for attractive foliage that will cascade over the edges of its container. The choices are wide, but here are some of our favorites:
Spider Plant: This is one of the most common houseplants. The spider plant is adaptable, fuss-free and is an excellent choice for beginners. It’s fast-growing and the new plantlets are easy to remove to make new plants. The spider plant is also excellent at filtering the air we breathe.
Ivy: Ivy is a fast growing houseplant that has been popular since Victorian times. It is very easy to grow from cuttings. Ivy plants enjoy lots of humidity, so misting often will help keep them at their best.
Pothos: Pothos is adaptable to a wide range of indoor environments, making it another great choice for beginners. The heart-shaped leaves can be solid green, but are commonly variegated with white and yellow splashes. It is not too picky about water or humidity, just avoid direct sun.
Christmas Cactus: These showy plants are not the sun-loving, spiny desert cactus of the western US, but a mountainous rain forest cactus of Brazil. The bright, tubular blooms are a welcome addition during the darkest time of the year. They enjoy bright light, high humidity and consistent moisture.
Boston Fern: Boston fern has gorgeous crinkly fronds that are perfect for a hanging accent. It likes cool room temperatures, high humidity and consistent watering.
Hoya: The hoya is a trailing plant with fleshy leaves and clusters of waxy flowers that bloom from May to September. New stems are almost bare and the leaves appear much later. They can be variegated or solid green.
Water needs will vary depending on your indoor climate and plant choice. As you bring new plants into your home, check them every few days or so. Feel the soil with your fingers to determine if it’s dry or not. Water carefully with room temperature water and be sure not to let any plant sit in standing water. Bring hanging plants down monthly and shower them in a kitchen sink or bathtub. A monthly shower will remove dust and allow the plants to be thoroughly soaked. Most indoor plants need less water and fertilizer through the winter months and more during the growing months of March- August. For plants that require high humidity, consider grouping these with other plants to create a humid micro climate. Regular misting, pebble trays and room humidifiers will benefit the humid-loving plants.
Plant hangers are not necessary but will add a decorative component. Macramé, galvanized metal and woven plant hangers can be found at our garden center.

26 Dec 2018

Holiday Clearance Sale

Santa is gone and our annual Holiday Clearance Sale is on! Save 50% on all Holiday décor. This is your chance to stock up on ornaments, garland, nativity sets, wreaths, sprays and holiday keepsakes for next year. Our sale continues through January 5th.

10 Dec 2018

The Gift Shop at MD

The countdown to Christmas is on. Our gift shop and greenhouse have gone through their seasonal transformation and we are ready for the holidays. Each year our retail display team puts together truly inspiring and dramatic displays to feast your eyes upon. Stop in and browse through our huge selection of holiday décor. You’ll find:
• Fresh wreaths and garland
• Christmas trees (live & fresh cut)
• Fragrant evergreen boughs
• Ornaments
• Christmas cards
• Poinsettias and seasonal Christmas plants
• Amaryllis and paperwhites

The gift shop at MD offers a unique, welcoming and sensory shopping experience. We have a huge variety of gifts for kids, teachers, co-workers, moms, dads, gardeners or just about anyone on your list. We invite you to get out and shop with us locally. Our friendly staff is here to help with gift suggestions and guidance. As always, we offer complimentary gift wrapping!

12 Nov 2018

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 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. Cut 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

07 Nov 2018

Holiday Open House Saturday November 10th

25% off Holiday Décor One Day Only!
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 throughout the day. The first 25 customers of the day receive a free gift (with purchase).

01 Nov 2018

Indoor Bulbs for Beginners:

Pretty and fragrant blooms indoors are a special treat during the darkest months of the year. Both amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are attractive and easy to grow. These bulbs are acclimated to warmer climates and do not need a period of cold in order to bloom. Room temperature is perfect.

Paperwhites:

These are the easiest indoor bulbs to grow and the fastest to bloom. From planting to flowering, they take about 4 to 6 weeks. To begin, choose a container that’s at least 6 inches tall. Paperwhites can grow quite tall and a deeper container will provide a more stable base for the blooming bulbs. Containers don’t have to have holes so you can be creative. Mason Jars, vases, decorative boxes, baskets, cookie tins and traditional pottery pieces will work. Fill the container about two thirds of the way with either gravel or potting soil. Place bulbs pointy side up and cover with more gravel/ potting soil until just the tips are showing. Leave about one inch of space between the soil (or gravel) surface and the rim of your container for easier watering. Water the bulbs. If you are using potting soil, you may need to more after watering where the soil may have settled. At this point, a layer of decorative moss or rock over top will give it a nice, finished look. Place in a bright, cool spot indoors and wait. Low light or excessive heat from fireplaces or vents will make your paperwhites spindly and floppy. Water periodically to keep the base of the bulb wet. As the foliage starts to emerge, rotate the planter every few days to keep the stems straight. Blooms will last longer in cooler room temperatures away from direct sunlight. Plant paperwhites mid-November for Christmas blooms.

Amaryllis:

Amaryllis are known for their huge, spectacular blooms. Blooms appear in about 6- 8 weeks. Planting is similar to paperwhites. Choose a sturdy container that is about an inch in diameter bigger than the amaryllis bulb. A heavier ceramic pot is best to support the heafty flower stalk. Fill about two thirds of the way with potting soil, then set in the bulb, pointy side up. Top off with potting soil so the top quarter of the bulb is exposed. Ideally, the soil level should be about one inch below the rim of the pot to allow for proper watering. Cover the soil with decorative moss or rock if desired. Keep the potting soil moist, but not sodden and place in a cool, bright spot. As the stalk and leaves grow, rotate the pot to encourage a straighter stalk. Start amaryllis at the beginning of November for Christmas color.

Both paperwhites and amaryllis make beautiful holiday gifts. Start them indoors this month for blooming gifts in December!