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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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01 Dec 2013

December 2013

Happy Holidays!

It’s December and we are in full swing for the Holidays. Stroll through our gift shop teeming with delightfully decorated Christmas trees and find inspiration for your holiday decorating style. MD has a huge selection of Christmas ornaments and holiday trimmings to suit your style. Our ornament selection includes many specialty designs perfect for gift giving. From books to toys to artwork, find the perfect gift for anyone on your list and relax while our friendly staff does the gift wrapping for you.

Santa is Coming to MD
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Join us on Saturday December 7th to welcome Santa. Santa will be visiting with from 11-2. Remember your camera and capture the moment with Santa in our beautiful winter wonderland greenhouse.

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Shop for Schools Saturday December 7th

MD Nursery is proud to join other valley businesses in the annual Shop for Schools event. MD will be donating 5% of our sales to The Teton Valley Education Foundation on Saturday December 7th. It’s a great way to contribute to this valuable charity while getting your Christmas shopping done.

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Spin to Win Wednesdays are Back!
We’ll be bringing out the Spin to Win wheel each Wednesday until Christmas. Earn your chance to spin with any purchase over $15 and try winning MD Bucks. Shop on Wednesdays, spin the wheel and have some fun!
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New this Month:

  • Bird seed ornaments
  • Poinsettias
  • Christmas trees
  • Wreaths and garlands
  • Christmas hanging baskets
  • Norfolk pines
  • Live topiary wreaths
  • Rosemary topiary trees
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Poinsettias

Poinsettias are native to Mexico and Central America. In nature, these plants grow as shrubs up to four feet tall. They are members of the euphorbia or spurge family. These plants were introduced to the United States about 200 years ago by Earl Poinsett, the US Ambassador to Mexico. Eventually, horticulturalists were able to cultivate the poinsettia giving rise to the popular holiday plant we know today. To keep a holiday poinsettia healthy indoors, place it in a bright spot. Poinsettias are very sensitive to over watering so only water when the soil feels dry to the touch. If the poinsettia is in a decorative foil wrapper, water can pool beneath the pot, so either remove the wrapper for watering, or water very carefully. Avoid cold drafts and never leave your newly purchased plant in your car. Poinsettias are beautiful on their own or can be combined with other plants for a beautiful, long lasting holiday live arrangement.

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Bird of the Month: Red-Breasted Nut Hatch

This small energetic bird is often found mingling with flocks of chickadees. The nuthatch can be identified by its pointy beak, stubby tail, black eye band and reddish brown breast. They prefer coniferous forests, but are also found in other wooded areas such as cottonwood and aspen forests. The nuthatch is most often seen creeping up and down tree trunks, searching for insects in crevices. Nuthatches will readily visit a bird feeder preferring sunflower seeds and suet. Nuthatches excavate their nests in dead trees and branches. Follow this link for more fascinating nuthatch facts. For more information, visit, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-breasted_nuthatch/lifehistory

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Live Potted Christmas Trees
Live Christmas trees need a little extra consideration for holiday decorating and care. Gradually acclimate your live tree to room temperature by keeping it in a cool garage for a few days before bringing it in. 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. To move a live Christmas tree back outside, acclimate it once again to 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 sun 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. Follow this link for our planting guide.
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01 Nov 2013

November 2013

Save the Date: Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 16th we will be hosting our annual Holiday Open House. Come and be inspired by our new holiday displays, décor and an abundance of ornaments. Save 25% on any purchase of holiday décor for one day only. Earn a chance to play SPIN TO WIN with each purchase. Our first 25 customers get a free gift.

Green Friday Sale
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Save a trip to the big city and shop locally Friday, November 29th. MD Nursery is having our annual Green Friday Sale. Everyday items will be 30% off for one day only. Save time and gas and pick up your holiday gifts here. Sale excludes holiday décor.

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Wildflower Seeds

Did you know late fall is the best time to sow wildflower seed? Moisture and freezing temperatures throughout the winter help break apart the tough seed casing and ensure faster germination the following spring. A mix of wildflowers will beautify your property and provide a food source for humming birds, butterflies and bees. MD Nursery has a variety of mixes to suit your site. Sowing wildflower seed is easy. Here’s how:

  • Select a sunny relatively weed-free site.
  • Scratch the soil surface with a rake to ensure good soil to seed contact.
  • For even coverage, mix the seed with four parts of dry sand or soil.
  • Broadcast the mix by hand or use a spreader in larger areas.
  • Lightly rake over the area to cover the seed.
  • Supplemental irrigation in the spring will help with germination.
  • Avoid excess irrigation as this will promote weed growth.
  • Irrigation can be reduced once your wildflower area is established.
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Bird of the Month: Chickadee

Charming acrobats of the treetops, chickadees are one of the easiest backyard birds to get to know. Chickadees can be identified by a black cap and bib, grey back and buff-colored sides. These lively birds are constantly chattering to each other with a “fee-bee” or “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” song. Chickadees are year-round residents and will readily drop in at birdfeeders to eat sunflower seeds or suet. In the spring, chickadees excavate cavities in dead trees or branches to nest in. These cavities also provide protection through the winter. Chickadees will visit feeders in the summer, but mainly feast on spiders and insects during the summer months. More fascinating facts about chickadees and other popular birds can be found at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search.aspx.

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Planting Paper Whites:
Paper whites are a flower bulb native to the Mediterranean. They are grown as indoor forcing bulbs in colder climates like ours. They are highly fragrant and are easily grown indoors. These flowers enjoy a bright, cool spot in the house. Avoid growing paper whites in excessively warm areas with poor light. This will lead to tall stems which easily flop over. Once planted, paper whites take four to six weeks to bloom. Paper whites add a touch of natural green to holiday decorating and also make a great gift. Paper whites are very versatile and can be planted in gravel, sand, marbles, potting soil or suspended in water. Try one or more of these paper white ideas:

The Classic:

Fill any container two thirds full with potting soil or gravel. Place paper whites, pointy side up as many as can fit in the container. Cover with more potting soil so only the tips are showing. Cover the soil with decorative moss. Place in a bright spot and keep moist. Blooms appear in about 4-6 weeks. Add a bow or an ornament for gift-giving.

The Chic:

Select a large glass vase with a wide base. Fill about three inches deep with decorative stone, marbles or beads. Nestle in the bulbs, pointy side up so just the tips are showing. Carefully fill with water to the level of the bulb base. Check every few days to ensure the water continues to cover the base of the bulbs. The vase sides help support the growing paper whites.

The Minimalist

Find a jar or vase that will hold a paper white bulb without falling through. Alternatively, use tooth picks to suspend a paper white bulb over a jar or vase. Fill with water so it touches the base of the bulb. Keep the water at this level. Watch the roots develop and the flowers open. This is a quick and easy project to do with kids.

Growing paper whites is easy. Try one of these projects or get creative with your own. The possibilities are endless.

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New this Month:

November is a busy month in the gift shop and greenhouse as we clear out the last of our summer items and move into holiday mode. Besides our beautiful Christmas tree and ornament displays, we also have a flow of seasonal goods coming into our shop:

  • Christmas cards
  • Candles
  • Thymes™ Frasier Fir home scent, candles and soap
  • Table linens
  • Poinsettias ( mid November)
  • New jewelry styles
  • Winter accessories
  • Paper White and Amaryllis Bulbs
  • Live Christmas Trees
  • Cut Christmas Trees ( late November)
  • Fresh Christmas greens and garland ( late November)
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01 Oct 2013

October 2013

Get Ready for the 15th Annual Fall Festival!

Pumpkin Centerpiece
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The pumpkins are here! Come and visit our Idaho-grown pumpkin patch. Thanks to a long growing season this year, we have an abundance of pumpkins to choose from. Our selection also includes mini pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and white pumpkins. Carve one, bake one or use them to decorate outdoors and in. Try this fun, easy way to decorate your table this fall:

  • Cut the top off a small pumpkin and scoop out the flesh.
  • Fill with floral foam (oasis) that has been soaked in water.
  • Arrange any combination of fresh flowers and foliage in the oasis

This arrangement will last about a week. Check the oasis and water carefully if it starts to dry out. Oasis and other floral supplies can be found in our floral department.

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Fall Sale:
Fall is for planting! Cool temperatures reduce stress on new plants and rooting continues even as the soil cools down.

Take advantage of the season and plant something! You’ll be glad you did.

  • 30% off trees and shrubs
  • 50% off Ball and Burlap Crabapple trees
  • 2 for 1 rose bushes
  • 2 for 1 select ash trees
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Putting your garden to bed:

As the growing season comes to an end, we welcome the dormant season. October is a great time to take care of your existing landscape and maybe even take on new projects. Some maintenance this time of year will really pay off next season. Here are a few tips to really make a difference in the overall health and beauty of your landscape:

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Spread a thin layer of compost or manure over the root zone.
  • Mulch around the base with 2-3 inches. Avoid piling the mulch up the trunk or stems.
  • Evergreens: Newly planted evergreens will benefit from spraying with Wilt Pruf™. This anti-desiccant protects the needles from drying in the winter sun and wind.

Lawns:

  • Spread grass seed over any bare patches.
  • Mow the lawn shorter than normal- this reduces cover for voles.
  • Rake up leaves.
  • If burrowing pests are a problem, spread repellant such as Repellex™ or Mole Max™.
  • Fertilize with a high nitrogen fall fertilizer or winterizer. This ensures root growth and speedy green up in the spring.

Perennial Areas:

  • Cut back brown foliage and flower stems. Some perennials can be left standing for fall and winter interest such as ornamental grasses, echinacea, Russian sage and autumn joy sedum.
  • Plant bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, crocus add cheerful color in the spring.
  • Rake up leaves.

Vegetable Gardens:

  • Make notes for next season: What grew well? What were your favorite varieties? What was planted where?
  • Pull out any remaining plant debris.
  • Vegetables take a lot of nutrients from the soil. Replenish the soil with compost, manure or a combination. Mix in well with the existing soil and rake flat. Your beds will be ready to go next spring.

Natural Areas:

    • Mow or ‘weed-whack’ tall grassy areas. Spread grass or wildflower seed over any bare patches.

An investment in your time this fall will reward you with a beautiful, ready to go landscape next spring.

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Shrubs to Attract Birds

Birds are a welcome garden guest throughout the year. Bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses play an important part in backyard birding, but planting shrubs for their forage and cover will attract even more wild birds to your yard.

  • Black Chokeberry: Clusters of dark berries form above glossy green foliage. Foliage is brilliant orange in autumn.
  • Serviceberry: These purple berries are native to much of the mountain west. The fruit attracts many species of birds including cedar waxwing, gross beaks and grouse.
  • Willow: This hardy shrub provides excellent cover for many birds.
  • Chokecherry: Another native, with profuse clusters of dark red berries.
  • Viburnum: This easy to grow shrub has beautiful red clusters of berries, persisting into winter.
  • Dogwood: Birds are attracted to the white berries which form late-summer.
  • Rose: Rose hips contain a profusion of seeds to nourish birds through the winter
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Harvest Recipe: Roasted Beet Salad

Beets are one of the last veggies to be harvested of the season. Roasting enhances the beets’ sweetness and the simple vinaigrette compliments their earthy flavor. Beautiful, healthy and simple, this recipe will become a go-to for next year’s harvest too! Servers 4-6:

  • 1 pound of Beets, scrubbed, tops removed
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • Crumbled goat cheese (optional)
  • Toasted slivered almonds (optional)

Preheat oven to 400. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Place beets on top and cover with foil, creating a pouch. Roast for about one hour, until beets are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Allow beets to cool slightly until they can be handled. Slip skins off the beets by hand or with a small sharp knife. Cut beets into slices or wedges and place in a medium bowl. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, orange zest and mustard in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. While the beets are still warm, pour half of the vinaigrette over beets and stir to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature. Combine salad greens with remaining dressing in a shallow serving bowl. Top with roasted beet mixture and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese and almonds, if desired.

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Product Spotlight: REPELLEX™ Mole and Gopher Repellant
This granular repellent is formulated to keep burrowing pests such as voles and gophers out of your lawn. Reppelex™ can be used year round, but a late fall application will help reduce damage throughout the winter. Reppelex™ is non-toxic and bio degradable. Available in seven pound and 24 pound tubs.
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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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