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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


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

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


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

Mud season survival:


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.


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.


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!

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:


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:

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!


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!
New this Month:

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

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.

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,

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

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.

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.
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

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.

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

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.

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
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.


  • 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.

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
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.

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


  • 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.
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
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.
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.

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.

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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