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01 Sep 2013

September 2013

LABOR DAY SALE STARTS AUGUST 31st

  • 50% off Perennials
  • 30% off Container Trees & Shrubs
  • 50% off Ball & Burlap Crabapple Trees
  • Up to 50% off Outdoor Furniture
Congratulations Eric Schroeder, our First Annual Big Zucchini Contest winner!
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Eric’s big zucchini weighed in at a whopping 10.4 pounds! His success is attributed to large amounts of homemade compost he adds to the soil before planting. His zucchini was grown outdoors at his home in Victor. Eric is an experienced gardener and has found giant zucchini lurking in his patch when he “ignores them”. Congratulations to Eric and all the contestants.

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Harvest Tips: Zucchini

Zucchini is best when harvested at 6 to 8 inches long. Store it in the fridge and it will keep for at least a week. If you can’t eat all that zucchini, try this simple trick: Grate the zucchini, measure it out (one or two cup increments) into zip top freezer bags, label and freeze for later. Frozen grated zucchini is best used in cakes and breads such as this Chocolate Zucchini Cake:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake (Serves 12):

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini (about 2 1/2 medium)
  • I cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and oil in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions each. Mix in grated zucchini. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake completely in pan.

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How to Plant Garlic

Hardy and full-flavored, home grown garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow. Plant garlic anytime in September or October for next year’s harvest. Begin by preparing the soil. It should be about 12 inches deep and amended with compost and manure. Select garlic intended as seed. Separate a head of garlic into cloves. Plant each clove pointy side up about 4 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. One head of garlic will typically yield 8-10 heads next year. Water in thoroughly. The garlic will sprout next spring. Maintain even moisture. Hardneck varieties will send up a strong central stalk or scape which should be cut. Once the foliage begins to die back in July and become mostly brown, pull or dig up the heads. Leave the stalk on and cure the garlic by hanging in a dry, dark area for three weeks. Trim off the leaves and brush off any dirt. Kept cool and dry, home grown garlic will last for months.

Garlic Varieties: Garlic is categorized as either softneck or hardneck. Softneck varieties tend to have more cloves per head, stores longer and are more suited to braiding than hardneck. Hardneck varieties send out a strong central stalk, or scape which is edible and can be used like green onion. Hardneck varieties are usually more cold tolerant and larger but don’t store as well.

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Product of the Month
Bug Blocker by Pharm Grade is both a repellant and an insecticide. This organic product is made of cedar oil and is effective in the home and garden for repelling spiders, earwigs, beetles, slugs and more. Mix it with water and spray it on.
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What’s New
  • Spring blooming bulbs
  • Garlic bulbs
  • Fall annuals
  • Miniature cacti and succulents
  • Artificial fall sprays and wreaths
  • Door mats
  • Scotts™ Winterizer for Lawns
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Bulbs will be arriving after Labor Day

Bulbs are one of the easiest ways to add color around your home in early spring. Instead of dull brown, white and grey surrounding you next April, think of brilliant displays of yellow, purple, red or orange to gaze upon come early spring. A little investment in bulbs this fall will be well appreciated next spring. Planting is easy. Select a location with good drainage. Dig a hole twice as deep as the height of the bulb. For example, a 2 inch daffodil bulb needs a hole that is 4 inches deep. Sprinkle bulb food or bone meal at the bottom of the hole. For larger masses of bulbs, dig one bigger pit at the correct depth. Place the bulbs in, pointy side up and top with soil. Water thoroughly and enjoy next spring!

Bulbs and Critters: Worried that everything you plant will be eaten? Fear not, follow these tips:

  • Select less palatable varieties such as daffodils, snow drops, crocus and alliums.
  • Plant with a repellant such as Plantskyd ™, Repellex™ or blood meal.
  • In extreme cases, bulbs can be planted within a wire mesh cage.
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Planter Recipe: Fresh for Fall

We hate to admit it, but summer is coming to an end and your planter from June may not be looking its best. Don’t give up on it yet! Try these tips to spruce up a planter:

  • Cool weather annuals such as pansies can be trimmed back. They will often begin blooming again.
  • Keep any ornamental grass or trailing vines that look good
  • Pull out any spent or dead plants.
  • Replant with cold tolerant fall annuals like ornamental cabbage, kale, pansies or mums.
  • Fertilize with Blooming and Rooting ™ and keep evenly moist.

Your refreshed planter will continue to bloom through the fall until the first hard frosts.

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What Bugs Us: Earwigs

Earwigs are easy to recognize by the two pincers on their tail. Earwigs are nocturnal, feeding on tender flowers and many plants. Home gardeners may not see earwigs due to their nocturnal nature. To reduce earwig infestation, the home gardener can take several approaches:

Trapping: When not feeding, earwigs like to hide in dark, damp places. Set traps where you notice plants being chewed upon. Check the traps in the morning and discard the earwigs. They are easily trapped in rolled up, damp newspaper or in shallow tin cans filled with a half inch of vegetable oil.

Diatomaceous Earth: This flour-like substance is like crawling over glass to an insect. The insect’s bodies get scraped, causing them to dry up and die.

Cedar Oil: Sold as Bug Blocker ™, cedar oil can be mixed with water and sprayed on plants.

Habitat Reduction: Earwigs like to hide in dark damp places. If you can remove some of their cover, earwigs will be less of a problem. Lumber, saucers, cardboard, plant debris, thick vegetation and even mulch can harbor these pests during the day.

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Book of the Month
How to Grow a School Garden

This inspirational book aims to tackle kids’ questions: Where does my food come from? This book gives ideas on how to reclaim a neglected play yard and transform it into an outdoor classroom. Packed with activities, lesson plans and simple recipes; this is the complete guide for parents, administrators and teachers.

MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop

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Helpful Links
  • MD on Facebook
  • Teton Valley Weather
  • Zone 4 Magazine
  • kidsgardening.org
  • University of Idaho Extension
  • Three Peaks Cafe
01 Aug 2013

August 2013

1st Annual Big Zucchini Contest August 17th

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OK you home gardeners, we want to see your zucchini. Young, old or in between this fun competition is free to enter. Now is the time for glory. Bring in your biggest zucchini from the patch on August 17th and see how it compares to others. The winner gets bragging rights, a $25 gift card and will be featured in the September issue of the MD Thymes. Read more on Facebook.

Back to School

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College or pre-school, MD Nursery has many unique and practical items for students:
Insulated lunch totes
Re-useable sandwich keepers
Fun and funky water bottles
Insulated drink cups
Assorted zippered pouches and pencil cases
MadPax backpacks and accessories
Tablet covers
Journals
Mini cacti and succulents (perfect for dorm rooms)

Outdoor Living Sale August 1 to 31:

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Outdoor Furniture 10 – 40% off
Decorative Stakes and Whirligigs 40% off
Patio Umbrellas 40% off
Fire Pits and Torches 10% off

Water-wise Tips

August is here, with it, plenty of heat, perhaps no available irrigation water, and your valuable landscaping begins to suffer. Here are a few tips to get your garden through the dog days of summer:
Water early in the morning or in the evening. This reduces water loss to evaporation.
If you are limited to how much water is available, prioritize water needs. Vegetable gardens and newly planted trees and shrubs require the most water. Turf grasses can be allowed to go dormant (brown) with less water. These grasses will green up once again when cooler weather returns.
Cut back perennials that are done blooming. This redirects a plant’s energy to its roots instead of seed production.
Water deeply, not often. A thorough soaking will promote deep rooting. Frequent light watering leads to shallow, drought-prone roots.
Move planters and hanging baskets into the shade.
Recognize drought-stress: Wilting is the most obvious sign. Brown tips or edges of leaves are another.
Pay special attention to new evergreens. These thirsty trees may not show signs of stress until months later, when it’s too late.
Check your irrigation and probe down into the soil to ensure water is reaching the root zone.Mulch is your friend. A good three inches will help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
These simple steps can help to reduce drought stress and limit water waste.

Product of the Month:

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San Gabriel Organic ‘Burn-Out’ Weed and Grass Killer. This is an all natural, OMRI- listed, non-selective herbicide. Citric acid and clove oil are combined to kill weeds and grass quickly. Burn-Out is available in 24 oz and 64 oz ready to use bottles. Most effective when applied during warm, dry weather. Staff testing concluded it “really works” and it “actually smells good.” MD Nursery is pleased to offer a wide selection of natural and organic weed and pest control solutions for the home and garden.

Preserving Herbs:

August brings forth a bounty of herbs. Don’t let your harvest go to waste. Try these simple techniques to preserve herbs:
DRYING: This is best for herbs such as sage, oregano, rosemary, mint and dill. Tie herbs into bunches and hang to dry in a cool, dark spot. Herbs can also be laid flat in a cool dark spot. When leaves are completely brittle, they can be stored in glass jars or in zip top bags. Save some extras for holiday gift-giving.
VINEGAR INFUSION: This works well with most herbs and makes a beautiful gift. Put a few sprigs of herbs into a glass jar. Top with white wine vinegar and let steep for two weeks. Strain into a bottle or jar.
PESTO: Pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a month. Use it on pizza, whisk it into mayo as a sandwich spread or stir into pasta. Parsley, cilantro, sage, spinach, kale and arugula make great pesto alternatives or additions to traditional basil pesto.
1 medium clove garlic, peeled and chopped
3 ½ cups fresh herbs or greens, any combination
½ cup , toasted and unsalted pine nuts, almonds or sunflower seeds
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup Olive Oil
1 lemon, juice and zest to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
Pulse all ingredients in food processor or blender to a spreadable consistency.

Planter Recipe: A Living Wreath

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Join the succulent trend and make a living wreath. You’ll need:
Living wreath form
Sphagnum moss
Potting Mix
6 -9 small assorted succulents
Floral wire
Watering can and root stimulator
Soak the moss in water for about 30 minutes. Using floral wire, create a loop on the back of the wreath frame for hanging. Line the bottom and sides of the form with moss and fill with potting mix. Plant the succulents in the form and cover the exposed soil with more moss. Use the floral wire to wrap around the wreath and hold the plants and moss in place. Mix root stimulator with water and soak the wreath while it is still flat and let excess drain. Allow wreath to lay flat for about a week to give the plants some time to root out. Your wreath can be hung in a shady spot outdoors for the summer, or kept flat as a centerpiece. Keep moss and soil moist, but not soggy. To water, lay flat and allow to drain before hanging on a wall. All materials for this project are available from our floral department and greenhouse.

Book of the Month

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Lone Pine Field Guides
Animals, birds, wildflowers, trees and more can all be identified with the help of these easy to use field guides. These are handy for adults and fun for kids. Take one on your next hike!
MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

01 Jul 2013

July 2013

MD Nursery is celebrating the 4th of July with color!

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Add a festive touch to your deck or patio with colorful annuals!
All Annuals 20% off
All pottery 20% off
Ultimate Potting Soil 3 cubic foot bags 20% off
One week only: June 29 – July 6th.
Note: MD will be closed on July 4

Do you hear wedding bells?

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Register at MD Nursery. Give friends and family the opportunity to select one of our unique gift items, a tree or a piece of furniture.Click here for more information on our registry program.
Going to a wedding? Our gift shop has many unique items to please the happy couple. Let us do the gift wrapping for you.

Product of the month:

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Myke Tree and Shrub transplanter contains beneficial myccorhizael fungi. Mycorrhizae (My – Cor- Eye- Zuh) are naturally occurring fungi found in soil. Mycorrhizael fungi colonize a plant’s root system, increasing the capacity of nutrients and water a plant is able to extract from the soil. This process favors rapid root and plant growth. In turn, the fungi absorb nutrients from the plant, working symbiotically. This relationship allows for a more vigorous, drought-resistant and disease-resistant plant. Myke brand micorrhizae can be added at planting time to ensure beneficial micorrhizae are available to plant’s roots. MD Nursery is proud to offer a 5 year warranty on shrubs and trees planted with Myke Tree and Shrub.

Habitat for Hummingbirds

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Delight your senses this summer with a backyard hummingbird habitat. The most common hummingbirds seen in our region are the Calliope, Broad-Tailed, Rufous and Black-Chinned. After a long migration from Central America and Mexico, these little birds are ready to feed. Typically hummingbirds spend the summers in our region while the flowers are blooming, usually until mid to late September. Hummingbirds are famous for visiting hummingbird feeders, but providing additional food sources will enhance their habitat. With their long beaks, humming birds sip nectar from flowers. Although they are attracted to red flowers, it is the sugar content in the nectar that will keep hummingbirds returning for more. Here are some of their favorite flowers:
Columbine
Bee balm
Salvia
Honeysuckle
Penstemon
Jupiter’s beard
Dianthus
Nicotiana
Callibrachoa
Hummingbirds also need safe perches to rest upon, such as trees and shrubs. A nearby water source like a bird bath or fountain is also important. These little beauties are also insectivores, feeding on small insects such as aphids, thrips and spiders. No doubt creating a hummingbird habitat will benefit your garden and these birds.

What bugs us!

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Caterpillars emerge from eggs that have been laid on a host plant. Although some metamorphose into lovely butterflies, many are a nuisance, feasting on treasured ornamental or vegetable plants. A few approaches can be taken.
Butterfly gardeners: Want to attract butterflies? Accept some foliage loss from caterpillars on common host plants such as hollyhock, mallow and cabbage plants.
Handpicking: Not too squeamish? Caterpillars are easily plucked off a plant and destroyed.
Caterpillars not welcome! Spray with Thuricide (Bt) or Spinosad. Routine spraying of these biological controls can also be used as prevention on susceptible plants such as cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Plants can also be covered with a lightweight fabric row cover to keep caterpillars and egg-laying moths or butterflies away.
It’s always a good idea to inspect your plants regularly to identify any problems and take action before any major damage is done.

What’s New:

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Live Ladybugs
Laminated Wildflower Guides
Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Painted Metal Chairs
Colorful Artwork
Antiqued Metal Patio Furniture
Metal Garden Art
Specialty evergreens
Ornamental shade trees
Insulated picnic totes
Wild Republic toys
Robeez baby shoes

Container Recipe: Fabulous Foliage

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Ornamental grass (fountain grass, spike, fescue)
Coleus
Trailing vine (potato vine, ivy, creeping jenny)

Book of the Month

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The Gardener’s Bug Book by Barbara Pleasant
Use this book as a reference for safely controlling garden pests. This guide includes descriptions of common garden insects both good and bad. Learn how to use commercially available pest controls or how to make your own.
MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

01 Jun 2013

June 2013

Father’s Day is June 16th!

We have many great items for dads. How about an Adirondack chair and ottoman to relax in? Dad can take it easy on one of our cool retro metal lawn chairs. Maybe he’d like his very own tree. We have many ornamental trees in stock such as flowering crabapples, fruit trees and mountain ash. Is dad a project guy? Our book nook has an extensive offering of do it yourself books.

Kid’s Gardening Week

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June 3-8. School’s out! Bring the kids in and win. Enter to win a Junior Earth Box, enjoy specials on kid’s gardening tools and toys. All kids 12 and under receive a free packet of seed.

Product of the month:

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Colorful Tub Trugs are super strong, safe and flexible. Use them for everything. Available in assorted sizes and colors. What will you use your tub trug for?

How to get kids into gardening

It’s nothing new, but we all know that children today are beset by a number of ailments: stress, obesity, ADHD. Research has shown that kids with access to greenspace such as gardens on a daily basis have reaped many health benefits including increased attention span and deeper forms of creative play. Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them. How are parents to encourage kids to get outside and garden? Here are a few tips:
Give a child their very own planting space to plant and dig as they please.
Plant veggies kids like to eat such as carrots, sugar snap peas, strawberries and potatoes.
Try planting crazy veggies like purple potatoes, atomic red carrots or dragon’s tongue beans.
Create a theme garden. Popular themes include a pizza patch, hummingbird habitat or a fairy garden.
Invest in some basic pint- sized tools. Gloves, shovels and buckets are a good start.
Incorporate some family- friendly features into your existing garden. Birdbaths, houses and feeders, gathering areas such as a dining set or bench, play areas such as a sandbox, fort or swing set.
Involve your kids in harvesting. Kids love to pick peas, dig up potatoes, pull carrots and cut lettuce.
Pass the scissors. Older children can cut some salad greens or some flowers to bring into the house.
Hand them the hose! Very small kids are delighted to fill up a watering can and water something. Bigger kids can use the hose to fill birdbaths and water the veggie patch.
Lead by example. Your kids are more likely to garden if you’re out there too!
Make it fun. Great ideas can be found in our featured ‘books of the month’, or online.
Join the club. MD offers a kids club most Tuesdays June through August. Check theschedule on our website.

What’s New:

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Vintage metal lawn furniture
Ready to hang shade sails
Aromatherapy Pulse Point Balms
Decorative coated fabric
Ultra plush kids napping pads, pillows and sleeping bags
Outdoor candles and torches
Biodegradable paper mulch
Extra large perennials – 2 and 5 Gallon Pots
Three Peaks Café upstairswww.threepeakscafe.com

1st Annual Big Zucchini Contest August 17th

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Bring in your homegrown zucchini for judging between 9:00 and noon on August 17th. Zucchini must be grown in Teton County Idaho or Wyoming. Contest is free to enter and fun for all ages. Winners get prizes and bragging rights. Questions? Contacterin@mdlandscapinginc.com

Recipe for a Pizza Garden

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Imagine a six foot wide pizza, cut into jumbo slices, outlined with a thick rock crust overflowing with your favorite toppings. The idea of a pizza garden begins with making the ‘pizza’. Either create a round bed with rocks and divide into slices or use another round vessel such as a kiddie pool (with drainage holes in the bottom!) or a prefab round, such as the Smart Pots ‘Big Bag Bed’. Fill your ‘pizza’ with good quality planting soil and divide into slices. Use rocks or string to delineate the slices. Let the kids decide what kind of toppings they’d like to grow and add any or all of these ingredients. Plant your slices and water regularly. Plan a pizza party for the end of summer as the grand finale!
Tomato plants
Bell pepper plants
Zucchini plants
Rosemary plants
Oregano plants
Orange marigold or calendula plants (as the ‘cheese’)
Spinach seeds
Arugula seeds
Broccoli plants
Onion Plants

Book of the Month

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These two books (“Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots,” and “Ready, Set, Grow!”) are full of ideas, advice, activities and recipes to delight you and your kids. MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop.

01 May 2013

May 2013

Mother’s Day is May 12!

Honor the moms in your life. Inspire her with a colorful hanging basket or a pre-made planter. Our florists can create striking arrangements to please mom. Choose from a large selection of beautiful cut stems to personalize her bouquet.

Mother’s Day Special: Bird baths 30% off – May 6th- 11th

The flowers are here!

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Our greenhouse is filling up. Semis roll into the nursery. Out roll rack after rack of blooming perennials, fragrant herbs, veggie starts and colorful annuals. Our nursery crew whisks these into their respective homes. It’s not long before these plants inspire our customers to take them into their care, plant them and bask in their beauty. And in rolls another truck to unload..

Product of the month:

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Whitney Farms Organic and Natural All Purpose Plant Food. This easy to apply fertilizer can be used in perennial beds, around trees, vegetable gardens and containers. Beneficial microbes help with the uptake of nutrients in the soil. This promotes root growth which aids water uptake.

Annual Care 101

  • Gradually expose newly purchased plants to the outdoors on a covered porch or in a shady spot out of the wind. This is called hardening off.
  • Watch the weather. A few annuals, such as pansies will tolerate freezing temperatures, but most will need to be covered or moved inside if a frost is predicted.
  • Plant in high quality potting mix. If the plants are to be planted in last year’s container, remove all former plant material and refresh with new soil. Adding granular fertilizer to the soil prior to planting will promote continual blooming and healthy root formation.
  • Water often. The soil should never be allowed to dry out. Depending on sun and wind exposure, annuals may need water up to twice a day.
  • Routine removal of spent flowers will encourage more blooming. This is called deadheading. Be sure to remove the entire flower and stem.
  • Additional liquid fertilizer (such as Fertilome brand Blooming and Rooting) beginning midsummer will maintain lush foliage and continuous blooming.

What’s New:

    • Scott’s brand lawn fertilizer
    • Muck brand boots
    • Assorted teak dining sets
    • Bamboo children’s toys
    • Terrarium supplies and accessories
    • Burnout organic weed killer
    • Colorful outdoor drink ware
    • Spring scarves in every color
    • Sun hats for men, women and children
    • Decorative water fountains

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MD Spring Festival is May 4

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This annual festival is a family friendly event to celebrate the spring gardening season. Come and enjoy prizes, specials, a petting zoo, product demos and more.

Edible Planter Recipe

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  • one 12-14 inch pot and potting soil
  • Granular fertilizer such as Whitney Farms organic plant food
  • one 4 inch kale or tomato
  • 1 or 2 assorted pansies or violas
  • one 4″ herb
  • one 4″ nasturtium or trailing rosemary

Fill your container up to within 3 inches of the rim. Mix in fertilizer according to package directions. Plant the kale or tomato near the back of the planter. Plant the trailing nasturtium or rosemary near the front and off to the side. Fill in with pansies and other herbs.

Book of the Month

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High Altitude Planting – A Practical guide to landscaping, gardening and planting above 6000 feet by Ann Barrett. This book answers the How to, what to and When to questions we all have about high altitude gardening. A great reference perfect for novice and experienced gardeners.
MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop

Helpful Links

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