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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

Need inspiration?

 

 

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest. We are adding two new boards this month:

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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04 Jul 2014

July 2014

 

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Color!

Add a festive touch to your deck or patio with colorful annuals.

  • Annuals 20% off (excluding hanging baskets)
  • All flower pots and containers 20% off
  • 2 for 1 Whitney Farms™ 1.5 cf. Organic Potting Soil

June 30th – July 5th.  MD will be closed for the 4th of July! We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

Marigold Cafe is now open!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop in for a coffee, breakfast, light lunch or dessert. Café is open from 8-4, Monday to Saturday.
More information on theMarigold Facebook page. 

Big Zucchini Contest

 

 

 

 

 

Back by popular demand, our Big Zucchini Contest will take place August 16. 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. Limit of one entry per household. (left: Eric Schroeder with last year’s 10.2lb winner!)

Product of the Month: VegiBee Pollinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VegiBee is designed to help pollinate tomatoes, peppers, peas & beans. Using sonic technology, a vibrating wand is used to collect flower pollen. The pollen can then be redistributed onto the other flowers. This method will increase garden productivity allowing for a greater yield.

Top 10 Plants for Pollinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is estimated that one out of every 3 bites of food we eat is derived from a plant that requires a pollinator. For home gardeners, zucchini, beans, peas, berries and fruit trees all need pollination to bear fruit. While pollinating insects are able to find a fruit tree or tomato blossom, planting additional flowers to attract pollinators will increase the chances of a good harvest. Beyond bees, pollinators include moths, butterflies and humming birds. Planting more flowers will attract more pollinators and will look beautiful too! Here are the top ten plants to attract pollinators in our yards. For more information, go towww.pollinator.org.

    1. Penstemon
    2. Salvia
    3. Yarrow
    4. Gaillardia
    5. Echinacea
    6. Oregano
    7. Bee Balm
    8. Aster
    9. Sunflower
    10. Catmint

Perennials in Pots:

Summer is finally here and we can mark the occasion with beautiful pots of flowers! We love the colorful annuals that bloom all season, but perennials have their place in containers too. Many combine beautifully with annuals and as a bonus, can be lifted and planted out in the garden once the season winds down. Here are a few favorites that that ‘play well’ with others, but try experimenting on your own to find a winning combination.

      • Lamium: Variegated foliage contrasts beautifully with many plants. Use Lamium as a trailer to cascade over the edge of a pot. Blooms are usually white or pink, depending on the variety. Replant in part sun or shade. Lamium makes a great ground cover.
      • Heuchera:  There are many varieties of this gorgeous foliage plant. Deep purple, black, peach and lime green are some of the options. Thin spikes of dainty flowers rise above the foliage. Re-plant in a partially shady spot.
      • Salvia: Gorgeous spikes of purple rise above bright green foliage.  Salvia thrives in hot, sunny spots.
      • Astilbe: Striking plumes of white, pink or red flowers top these beauties. Plant Astilbe in a shady spot.
      • Hosta: Big, bold foliage will be the star of your container. Hostas love to grow in shade.

Perennials can be overwintered in pots, but are subject to root rot, lack of moisture and temperature extremes. For the best chance at overwintering perennials in pots, chose a big, frost proof pot.  A shady spot with ample snow cover will help protect perennials from temperature extremes and moisture loss.

Recipe Corner: Arugula Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a bright, fresh sauce originally from Argentina. It is a delicious topping for grilled steaks, shrimp or lamb. This arugula version makes use of this tasty green from the garden:

      • 2 cups arugula
      • 1 cup fresh parsley
      • 1 clove garlic, minced
      • ½ cup olive oil
      • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste
Pulse arugula, parsley and garlic in a food processor until combined. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the other ingredients. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

What Bugs Us: Slugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slugs are a common garden pest that climb onto plants at night and feed on their leaves. Slug damage is characterized by irregular tears and holes in the foliage. A dried up trail of ‘slime’ can sometimes be spotted as evidence of slugs feeding.  There are a number of ways to reduce slug populations in the garden:

      • Reduce slug habitat:  Spent foliage, dead leaves and decaying plant matter provide great cover for slugs. Getting rid of the slugs’ hideouts will help to keep them at bay.
      • Diatomaceous Earth: Composed of ground up diatoms, this fine powder is akin to shards of glass for a slug. The sharp edges of the diatoms cut the soft body of the slug and cause it to die. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the base of plants. Remember to always follow label instructions.
      • Beer traps: Slugs are attracted to the yeast and sugar in beer and will crawl into it and drown. Submerge a container near the plants you want to protect so the lip of the container is level with the soil surface. A big yogurt container works well. Fill it with beer to within an inch of the lip. The idea is to get the slug to stretch its body to reach the beer, then fall in and drown.
      • Commercial Slug bait: Sprinkle bait around infested plants. Slug bait can also be applied in a strip as a barrier. Always follow the instructions on the label!

What’s new:

        • Live lady bugs
        • Specialty evergreens
        • Fire pits
        • Acrylic drink ware
        • Folding picnic tables
        • Engaging toys for baby
        • Pocket note pads
        • Insulated bottle totes
        • Picnic baskets
        • Wildflower dish towels

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04 Jun 2014

June 2014

Kids Garden Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MD Nursery has been offering free gardening classes for kids each summer for over 12 years. Many a youngster has passed through our doors and some are now our employees! We are proud to offer these classes once again beginning June 3rd. Classes are held each Tuesday (except July 1st) rain or shine until August 12th. 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

Father’s Day Special: 20% off Potted Colorado Spruce (June 13th and 14th only).

Big Zucchini Contest

 

 

 

 

 

Back by popular demand, our Big Zucchini Contest will take place August 16. 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. Limit of one entry per household. (left: Eric Schroeder with last year’s 10.2 lb. winner!)

Cafe News!

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing  The Marigold Café at MD Nursery. The Marigold is slated to open mid June, offering light breakfasts and  lunches, coffee, deserts and ice cream.  We have re-decorated the café space upstairs to offer a vibrant and cozy dining space.  Hours will be 8-4 Monday to Saturday.

10 Edible Plants Landscape Plants for the Tetons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food gardening is nothing new to Teton gardeners. Many of us have had great success growing vegetables in our gardens. How about expanding your food gardening out of the veggie patch and into your permanent landscape? Enjoy the benefits of fresh foods grown in your own backyard. Try adding one or more of these beautiful, hardy and edible plants into your landscaping.

  1. Serviceberries: These 6-8 foot natives are adorned with small white flowers in the spring giving way to blueberry-like fruit in late summer. The berries can be eaten fresh, made into jam, syrup or pie. Serviceberries are adapted to poor, dry soils and have brilliant orange fall color.
  2. Chokecherries: Another Teton native, this large shrub has hanging clusters of fragrant white flowers in the spring. The tart berries are excellent for making syrup. The foliage turns deep orange or red in the fall. These can grow 15-20 feet high, so give them  ample space to grow.
  3. Chives: This versatile herb has limitless uses in the kitchen, but also adds pretty purple flowers to a perennial bed.
  4. Oregano: Another tough perennial herb, oregano thrives in hot, sunny spots. Pretty pink flowers add interest to flower bouquets and the leaves are wonderful used fresh or dried in savory dishes, or salads.
  5. Apples: This is the most successful fruit tree to grow in our climate. It is important to have two different varieties to cross pollinate each other.  Native bees are the most important pollinator; never use any insecticide while apple trees are in bloom.
  6. Gooseberries:  A lesser-known small shrub, gooseberries have grape-like fruit borne on thorny branches. Super hardy and drought tolerant, these mix in well with other shrubs.
  7. Currants:  Currants are one of the first shrubs to leaf out each spring. Golden currants have bright yellow fragrant flowers followed by small dark fruit by midsummer. Red Lake currants steal the show with bright red clusters of tart fruit midsummer. Currants can be eaten fresh or used to make jam.
  8. Sage:  Garden sage is a tough perennial herb that is a standout in the garden. The grey-green leaves contrast nicely with many perennials. Light purple blooms appear later in the summer. Use sage stems in flower arrangements to add an aromatic and soft texture. The leaves are wonderful roasted with potatoes, fried in butter or paired with pork.
  9. Dolgo Crabapples: Many gorgeous crabapples adorn our yards throughout the Tetons. Dolgo crabapples have pretty pink buds which open into white flowers in the spring. The one inch fruit turns brilliant red in late summer and is one of the best eating crabapples. The tart fruit is excellent for making jelly.
  10. Rhubarb: This hardy perennial is well-adapted to our climate. Big, showy leaves add interest to a perennial bed. Use the red stalks in pies, muffins, sauces or drinks (see following recipe).

An edible landscape will add interest and provide healthy, fresh food through the growing season. Expect more wild bird visitors and be prepared to share the harvest especially with the small fruit shrubs like currants.  Netting can be used to cover shrubs that you’d like to protect from birds. If you live in bear country, apples, crabapples and berry bushes will be an attractant and should be avoided.

Recipe Corner: Rhubarbaritas

It’s fun to say and a delicious way to prepare rhubarb. Omit the tequila for a tasty virgin drink.

Rhubarb syrup:

  • 4 Cups chopped rhubarb stems
  • ½ Cup water
  • ½ Cup sugar

Combine all ingredients into a saucepan. Boil until rhubarb is mushy about 15-20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing to extract all the juice. Chill the syrup until cold.

For the margaritas:

  • 4 cups ice
  • 2/3 cups tequila
  • Lime wedges.

Place chilled rhubarb juice, ice and tequila in a blender and process until smooth.  Pour into 4 glasses and garnish with lime wedges.

Product of the Month: Smart Pots Big Bag Planters

Grow food without gardens in these re-useable grow bags. Simply unfold, fill with soil and plant. The woven poly material allows air to permeate throughout the entire root zone, allowing for healthy, vigorous roots. Smaller bags are perfect for tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. The biggest size makes for an instant raised garden bed.

What Bugs Us: Flea Beetles

The summer growing season brings with it summer pests. For the next few months, we will be featuring a pest each month and provide solutions for managing them.
Flea Beetles:

These tiny pests look and act like their namesake, the flea. They often go unnoticed due to their size. Flea beetles chew tiny pin holes into food crops. Their favorites include arugula, radishes and the cabbage family. Flea beetles lay their eggs in the soil. Once temperatures warm up, they hop onto their favorites and start to chow. They typically die out by midsummer. To protect your crops, cover with light weight seed guard fabric. Ensure the edges of the fabric are secured to prevent beetles from coming in under the edges. The fabric can be left in place until mid summer, when flea beetle season is over.  If you’ve already noticed beetles on your crops, spray with an insecticide with pyrethrins, such as Safer™ Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer.  Although damage can be unsightly, bigger seedlings will often survive infestations and only suffer cosmetic damage.

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04 May 2014

May 2014

 

 

Spring fest is Saturday, May 3!

Join us for our family friendly event to celebrate the spring gardening season. Come and enjoy prizes, specials, a petting zoo, product demos and more.



Mother’s Day is May 11th

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 to whimsical garden art, we have a pleasing selection of gifts to make mom feel special. Call or stop by the floral department and have our florists can create a striking arrangement for mom.  Choose from a large selection of beautiful cut stems to personalize her bouquet.  Our floral team delivers throughout Teton Valley. Call 208-354-8816 ext 120 to place your order.


Ready, Set Grow!

Now is the time to plant:

  • Grass and wildflower seeds: Don’t forget to keep them evenly moist while they germinate.
  • Trees and Shrubs: Follow this link for planting instructions.  Peter: can you make a quick link to this here? Plant with Myke™ transplanter for a 5 year warranty.
  • Perennials: Most are ready to be planted. Our outdoor perennial area allows our plants to become acclimated to the outdoors before you take them home.
  • Veggies: Radishes, salad greens, peas, carrots, seed potatoes and onion sets can all be planted in May. Cold tolerant veggie starts like cabbages and broccoli are also good to plant.
  •  Bare root edibles like berries, rhubarb and asparagus are only available in limited quantities in the spring, so now is the time to plant that strawberry patch!

Wait to Plant:

Annuals: Although some, like pansies can survive cool weather and even light frost, it’s best to wait and plant after the last frost in June. Always allow a day or two to acclimate plants that have come from our greenhouse. Exposing tender annuals to the cooler temperatures, dry air, wind and intense sun can damage or kill your plants.
Veggies: Tomatoes, squash, beans and corn should be planted after the last frost.

Cheating the season…

 

 

 

 

 

It is possible to cheat and plant heat-loving veggies or tender annuals earlier than June if you pay attention to the weather forecast and are prepared to intervene. Armed with one or more of the following ‘season extenders’, you stand a good chance of saving your plants when the temperatures dip. For a little investment, season extenders will give you the upper hand when Mother Nature cools things off.

    • N-Sulate™ Fabric:  This fabric is used to insulate from cold temperatures. It allows air and water to
      permeate, but is not intended to be left on your plants all summer long. Seed Guard fabric provides protection from insects during the growing season and can be left in place all season.
    • Planket™: Similar to the N-Sulate, the circular shape and drawstring are designed to fit over containers and hanging baskets.
    • NuVue™ Shrub Tent: Insulating fabric tents to place over shrubs
    • Aqua Wrap™ Plant Protector:  Water-filled plastic keeps tender plants warmer so you can plant earlier.

 

Lawn Care 101

A patch of lawn is a welcome addition to any landscape. Used as an area for play, entertaining or for your pets to lounge on, a healthy lawn will add value to your property. While there are a great number of lawn care tips out there, here are the most basic principles for a beautiful, healthy lawn:

Water: To survive, lawns need one to two inches of water per week. To calculate the amount of water your lawn is getting from your sprinkler or irrigation system, use this handy method: Set out two or three empty, straight-sides vessels (tuna cans work well) around your lawn. Turn on your sprinkler or irrigation for a half hour. Dump all the water into one of the vessels and measure the depth. Divide the depth by the number of vessels. Multiply that number by two to make one hour. For example:

I set out 3 cans. In a half hour I measured 1 inch from all three.
1 / 3 = .33 X 2 = .66 inches of water per hour

Therefore, if I watered my lawn for two hours once a week, I would be giving it 1.32 inches of water, enough to survive.
A deep, thorough soaking is more beneficial than frequent, light watering. This will encourage deeper roots which allow your lawn to withstand drought and stress. Water first thing in the morning to minimize waste from evaporation.

Fertilizer: Apply lawn fertilizer in the spring, summer and fall. Lawn fertilizers have a high nitrogen content to promote lush, green growth. Spring is the best time to apply a weed and feed type fertilizer. Use a winterizer lawn fertilizer in the fall. Winterizers have a higher percentage of nitrogen that makes your lawn ‘green up’ faster in the spring.  Soil conditioners (such as Revive™) can be used at any time.  With the exception of a weed and feed, water your lawn well after fertilizing.

Mowing: Set your mower to its highest setting. Grass that is kept on the long side will be able to shade its roots better and the shading will reduce weed growth.

Weed Control: A healthy lawn will be able to outgrow weeds. Following the steps noted above will greatly reduce weed problems. Broadleaf weeds such as dandelions or thistle can be controlled with lawn weed killer or weed and feed-type lawn fertilizer. Applied at peak growth in the spring or early summer, these products will kill the weeds in your lawn without harming the grass. Similar sprays can be used throughout the growing season to spot treat weeds. Herbicides are best applied in warm, calm and dry weather. Always follow label directions!

Critter Control: Unfortunately the vast fields and meadows that surround our houses are also prime vole habitat. In winter, voles live in between the snow and the ground. They can significantly damage your lawn by eating the grass to the roots and creating tunnels and runways throughout your lawn. Damage tends to be worse in years with persistent snow coverage. Although it may not be possible to control the damage entirely, a few steps can help limit the damage:

        • If possible, mow any surrounding tall, grassy areas in the fall. This will limit the vole habitat.
        • Cut your lawn shorter than normal for the last mowing of the season. This gives the voles less food.
        • Apply a repellent such as Repellex™ or MoleMax™ in the late fall. Repellents will not last for the entire winter, but help to slow the onset of vole damage.

Recipe Corner: Fresh Pea and Feta Crostini

Plant shell peas such ‘little marvel’ or ‘green arrow’ to use in this simple recipe.

      • 1 Cup shelled peas
      • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
      • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
      • 1/8 Cup olive oil, plus extra for brushing
      • Salt and pepper, to taste
      • 1 baguette
      • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Cut the baguette into 24 slices and brush each side with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and broil on both sides until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, cook peas in 2 inches of water until tender and bright green, about 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water.  Drain well and add the peas to a food processor. Add olive oil, lemon and mint and process until coarsely chopped. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top the baguette slices with about 2 teaspoons of the pea mixture. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

Product of the Month: Revive Organic Soil Treatment

Revive™ is an organic- based soil treatment that helps lawns with brown spots, thatch or dry areas. It will permeate and improve the soil texture to allow for better water absorption. This means that your lawn will be healthier and require less water.  Revive™ is also fortified with iron to make the grass deep green.  Revive™ is safe to use around kids and pets. Use Revive™ in addition to a lawn fertilizer. It can be applied every 10-14 days during the growing season to revive and improve the health of your lawn and the soil that supports it.

$5 off Revive 25lb bag!  Bring this coupon in before May 31st.  Must present coupon to cashier.

$5 off Revive

New books are here!

Our book nook is loaded with heaps of new books. Learn how to raise goats, prune a bonsai or bake amazing bread. Check out our great selection of children’s books, regional gardening books and field guides. Our book nook is located along with a lending library and free wifi in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

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04 Apr 2014

April 2014

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Spring is here! We will be busy for the next several months as our short growing season kicks into high gear. This month we anticipate the first arrival of herbs, hardy perennials, veggie starts and bedding plants. Outdoor furniture is here and assembled for your convenience. Shop our tasteful selection of colorful chairs, vintage gliders or classic teak sets. We are clearing out some of our older patio furniture pieces, so stop by and see what’s on sale. 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 have also launched 12 new boards on Pinterest. From our butterfly gardening board to a gorgeous flower gallery, you will find fantastic ideas, images and inspiration.


Easter is April 20th
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Adorn your home this Easter with beautiful potted lilies or fresh cut flowers. 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.

Save the Date: Spring Fest is May 3rd.
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, product demos, face painting, kid’s activities and a petting zoo.

Earth day is April 22nd

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We are honoring Earth Day with earth! All bags of soil and compost will be 15% off April 22nd-26th.

Mud season survival:

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It’s springtime in the Tetons. We may not have fields of green grass or flowers blooming in abundance yet, but spring is here with its chirping birds, crazy weather, frozen slush, potholes and mud. Survive this mud season with these useful products and tips:

Muck™ Boots: These boots are 100% waterproof so that your feet will stay warm and dry in the harshest spring conditions. Built for comfort and performance, these durable boots will endure spring time in the Tetons for years to come. Muck Boots are available in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes.

Spread grass and wildflower seed as soon as the snow melts. Convert those bare spots into a lawn or meadow by next Mud Season. All 2013 seed is half off while supplies last.

Rugs and Doormats: Keep those muddy foot prints out of the house with a handy area rug or doormat. Freshen up your porch or entryway with a colorful woven poly rug. Easy to clean, just shake them out and hose them off.

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Scoop & Rake™: Finding some doggie ‘surprises’ around the house? Take care of your pooch’s passings with a handy Scoop &Rake™. Available in bright blue or pink, these tool sets will put a little glamour into the job.

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Mulch: Bark nuggets will quickly set that muddy spot out of sight. In addition, mulch helps to suppress weeds and retain soil moisture.

Insulated gloves: Keep your hands comfortable while you brave the elements doing spring clean up.

Make Mud Pie!

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Boost Mud Season morale with this delicious mud pie. Kids will love to help make (and eat!) this pie.
Erin’s Mud Pie:

For the crust:
1 ½ cups finely crushed chocolate cookie crumbs
½ cup melted butter
Mix the crumbs with the butter. Press into a 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.

For the filling:
1 pint of chocolate ice cream, softened
3 oz melted semi sweet chocolate
Fill the crust with softened ice cream. Drizzle melted chocolate over the ice cream layer. Freeze until firm. Serve with lightly sweetened whip cream if desired. Serves 8-10.
A planter for spring:

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Most of us can’t resist getting our hands a little dirty at the first onset of spring. Try this simple spring container recipe for a dash of spring color at your home or workplace:

Fill any container with high quality planting mix, like Fertilome™ Ultimate Potting Mix. Moisten the soil and allow it to settle. Plant your container with some cold tolerant annuals such as pansies. Add a few vines, such as ivy or vinca to cascade over the edges. Insert a few branches like pussy willows in the center or at the back third to give height and interest. Get festive and nestle in some colored eggs or a bunny for Easter. Choose a sunny spot and drape with frost cloth or move indoors if the overnight temperatures are forecast to dip below the mid 20s.

New books are here!
Our book nook is loaded with heaps of new books. Learn how to raise goats, prune a bonsai or bake amazing bread. Check out our great selection of children’s books, regional gardening books and field guides. Our book nook is located along with a lending library and free wifi in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

We have said goodbye to Three Peaks Café. Thanks to Steve and Chris for feeding our customers and staff for the past year. We wish them all the best at their new location in downtown Driggs. Stay tuned for the opening of the Marigold Café at MD Nursery in May.

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04 Mar 2014

March 2014

Excited for spring?
Join us in our toasty greenhouse for:

  • One day only specials
  • 15% off seeds and soils
  • See what’s new for spring

Informative workshops featuring:

  • Interior Plantscaping
  • Veggie Gardening Basics
  • Seed Sprouting

And much more, visit our website for more information.

Seed Starting 101

Spring is just around the corner! Can’t wait to get your veggie garden going? Here are some tips on starting seeds indoors:

  • Longer season veggies such as tomatoes, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and peppers are best started about anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date. In Teton Valley, the last frost is in the first week of June.
  • Begin with a clean seedling tray or small pots. Ensure there are holes for drainage.
  • Select a sunny, warm spot away from hot or cold drafts. Grow lights may be used to supplement natural light.
  • Select a high quality seedling mix and dampen the mix before you fill your containers. Do not use regular soil or compost, as these may contain harmful pathogens or fungi.
  • Using a pen or chopstick, make a ¼ inch hole and plant one seed in each hole.
  • Gently top each hole with more seedling mix.
  • A clear plastic top can be used to retain moisture during germination.
  • Ensure the soil stays moist, but not soggy. A plant mister works well for this.
  • Once plants have reached about 2-3 inches and have several sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger containers.
  • Larger seedlings should be fertilized every week with a diluted solution of liquid fertilizer.
  • Once the weather has warmed, gradually acclimate your seedlings to the outdoors before transplanting them into your garden.
  • Not all seeds benefit from an early start. The following seeds are best sown directly into the garden at planting time: Beans, peas, carrots, beets, radish and turnips.  Leafy greens such as chard, kale and spinach and zucchini are easily grown from seed outdoors and don’t need to be started indoors.

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 more!

Windowsill Gardening: Sprouting

From seeds to fork in a week? No need to wait for spring, sprouting is a fast, easy and economical way to grow food indoors any time of year. Sprouts are just the beginning growth of a seed, loaded with nutrients, enzymes and chlorophyll.  Healthy and tasty, enjoy home- grown sprouts any time of year!

Sprouting Basics:

  • Only sprout seeds labeled for sprouting. These seeds have been independently tested in a lab for harmful pathogens.
  • Chose your seeds. Broccoli, alfalfa, mung bean or a mix are all great choices. MD Nursery now carries Botanical Interests™ seeds for sprouting.
  • Use a seed sprouting tray like the Botanical Interests™ Seed Sprouter or a large mason jar with a sprouting screen or cheese cloth lid. Soak seeds overnight.
  • Drain and rinse seeds. Continue to rinse and drain seeds at least twice a day until your spouts are about an inch long, usually 3- 7 days, depending on the temperature and variety.
  • Store your sprouts in the fridge. They will keep for about 5 days.

Try sprouts in your favorite salad, sandwich, wrap or stir-fry.

Bird of the Month: Cassin’s Finch

This small song bird is a resident to the mountains of the western US. It is distinguished by its peaked head, short, notched tail and straight, heavy bill. Males are a rosy color overall, especially at the crown. Females are a brown and white with distinct dark streaks on their undersides. Cassin’s finch feed on tree buds and seeds in evergreen and aspen forests up to 10000 feet. In winter, they move to lower elevations. They may be spotted in winter at backyard feeders that offer sunflower seeds. They are often found in the company crossbills, grosbeaks and other finches. Try listening for them on your next cross country ski or hike. Follow this link to hear their song: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cassins_finch/sounds

Product of the Month:

Bird Feeders

Late winter and early spring are excellent months for backyard birding. Forage is less abundant and flocks of birds will readily congregate around a feeder. To attract a wide variety of birds, it’s best to offer different types of seeds. A few different types of feeders will accommodate different seeds.

Tube Feeders:

Best for sunflower seeds.  These feeders attract a wide range of wild birds including finches, chickadees, grosbeaks, pine siskins and nuthatches.

Nyger Feeders:

Specifically for holding tiny nyger seeds, these sock-like feeders attract goldfinches.

Suet Feeders:

A cage for holding square cakes of suet. Suet attracts woodpeckers, flickers, finches and titmice.

BIRD SEED SPECIAL: 30% off all 20 pound bags of bird seed. One week only March 10th – 15th.
BIRD BATH CLEARANCE: All birdbaths 50% off through March

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04 Feb 2014

February 2014

Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th

Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a stunning collection of fresh cut flowers in a stylish container. Our on-trend Flower Market designers are gearing up for all things Valentine’s Day. From traditional vases of long-stem roses to our unique mixed bouquets and floral arrangements, our florists will create the perfect arrangement for your Valentine. Our delivery service will be in full swing, so be sure to call ahead and we’ll send flowers straight to your sweetie.

Our gift shop is stocked with beautiful accessories, luscious bath products, houseplants, books and Valentine’s cards for your special someone.

  • President’s Day Storewide Sale: All regular-priced items are 30% off for one week only, February 17th – 22nd
  • Repot your Houseplant Week: Buy a pot from us and we’ll repot your houseplant for free Feb 24th – March 1st
  • February Furniture Sale: Find that missing piece for your home or office. Selected furniture is at least 40% off through February while supplies last.

Lettuce in the Window

In the midst of the Teton winter it is a delight to be able to grow food indoors. Starting seeds is always a hit with kids, so include them in this project. Salad greens are an inexpensive way to provide fresh food and are full of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, C and dietary fiber. Lettuce is one of the fastest-germinating salad greens. To grow your own salad greens indoors, choose a bright, sunny windowsill. Select a clean container with drainage holes. Try re-using plastic clamshell containers like the ones that contain salad greens. Fill the container with seedling mix and moisten thoroughly. Sprinkle the seeds over top and cover lightly with more mix. Use a houseplant mister to keep the soil moist. Depending on room temperature and light, the seeds should begin to sprout in about two weeks. To harvest, snip near the base of the plants when they are a few inches tall.

Enjoy your salad with this classic vinaigrette:

1 TBS vinegar (red wine, balsamic or cider)
3 TBS olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp sugar or honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Shake all ingredients together in a jar, or whisk in a small bowl.

Product of the Month: Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Oil.

This lightly scented body oil is the perfect antidote to dry winter skin. Apply it after bathing to rehydrate your skin. Agave Nectar is combined with other natural oils to leave skin feeling soft, not greasy.  As with all Farmhouse Fresh products, it’s paraben and sulfate free.

Book of the Month: The Houseplant Expert by D.G. Hessayon

This classic book is a staff favorite when it comes to all things houseplant. From identification to trouble shooting, this book has the answers. Read about the 10 Golden Rules and become a houseplant expert too. Filled with colorful pictures and illustrations, this book also makes a great gift.

Bird of the Month: Evening Grosbeak

The name Grosbeak literally means large beak. Evening Grosbeaks are found in Canada and the mountains of the western United States. These robin-sized birds are distinguished by their big conical beaks and a yellow and grey plumage with a distinctive yellow ‘eye brow’.  The males have yellow plumage and white bands on their wings. Females are more grey than yellow. Flocks of evening grosbeaks are most often seen at feeders during the winter months as they search for food.  A platform feeder offering sunflower seeds will attract flocks if they are in the area. They also feed on tree buds, seeds and berries. Evening Grosbeaks breed in coniferous forests and can be found in and around the Tetons year-round.

Save the Date: Cabin Fever Cure is Back

Pause winter for a day on Saturday, March 1st and come into our toasty greenhouse for one-day-only specials, garden classes and more.

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04 Jan 2014

January 2014

Happy New Year!

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All Christmas décor is now 50% off. This is a great time to stock up for next holiday season. Sale ends January 11th. NOTE: We will be close for inventory January 13TH – 16TH.

Bird of the Month: American Goldfinch

This small finch is common in grassy meadows and weedy areas where they feed on thistle and other seeds. The goldfinch is easily recognized by its bright yellow color and black and white striped wings. In the winter, the males and females are a dull olive green or brown color. Goldfinches are very acrobatic and can land on a grass or thistle stalk to feed. They nest mid- summer once weed seeds are readily available. Only one brood is produced each year. Goldfinches are a year round resident in Teton Valley and are easily attracted to bird feeders, preferring sunflower and nyger (thistle) seed. Try hanging a thistle feeder or thistle sock to draw flocks of these little birds. For more interesting goldfinch facts, click here

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Houseplants for Clean Air

Did you know that houseplants act as air purifiers? Plants remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and give off oxygen. Houseplants also remove other toxins such as formaldehyde from the air. Try adding some houseplants to your home or office this winter. Here are some to try:

  • Palm
  • Dracaena
  • Sanservia
  • Pothos
  • Boston fern
  • Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Spider plant

Houseplants generally like bright light and medium moisture. Try using a moisture meter for a more accurate reading of soil moisture. Keep house plants away from cold drafts or heat sources. Choose a container with drainage holes and use a high quality potting mix, such as Fertilome™ Ultimate potting mix. Most plants like a weekly misting with water, especially during the dry winter months.

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Product of the Month: Water Stick™ moisture meter.

Know when to water. The Water Stick™ uses a light to tell you if a plant is too dry, wet or just right. The Water Stick™ takes out the guesswork and will automatically start to blink if your plant needs water.

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Fresh Flowers

Don’t forget to visit our friendly Flower Market for a boost of fresh color this winter. Our mixed bouquets are ready to go or call ahead if you’d like something special. Our florists are happy to deliver an arrangement to your home, business or to a friend. To reach the Flower Market, call 208-354-8816 ext. 120.

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