Finding ‘Normal’ in the Garden

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We’ve made it to summer, hopefully safe and sound. In a year as crazy as this one has been, one of the few sanctuaries for “normal” that we have left is our gardens. Being outdoors, growing things, even weeding for goodness’ sake, can be an escape during these times.  Everything in the news from pandemics […]

Watering Well

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Here’s a scene that plays out pretty frequently at the Nursery. A gardener comes in to ask about their dying outdoor plants. In the course of conversation, it will become apparent that the problem is their plants simply aren’t getting enough water. The gardener is shocked. “But I water my plants all the time,” he […]

Gardening Sustainability: The Greener Good

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Last month, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. You might have missed it, given all the focus on Covid-19, but it was an important milestone. Think about how much has changed in our view of the ecology in the past five decades: we reduce, reuse and recycle; lower our carbon footprint; and work to […]

The Beauty of Raised Beds

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Raised bed gardening is a very popular way of gardening nowadays, and it’s really easy to see why. They make gardens of flowers or food easy to maintain; they can give your yard an orderly look and if you are limited to a paved patio, they might be the only way to grow a garden. […]

What Mom Wants this Year

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So what does Mom want this Mother’s Day? That’s kind of a thorny issue this year because all of the things that you’d typically give a hardworking Mom on her special day are not options in the era of COVID-19 and social distancing. A relaxing massage? Well, since you can’t exactly provide that as a […]

Take Time to Reconnect with Nature

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I know many of you might be kind of bored right now. Unless you are one of the essential employees protecting our life and health or providing us with food and other necessities, the world has gotten a lot smaller lately. Your commute to work might have shrunk to the distance between your bed and […]

A Bright Spot this Spring

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During this time of anxiety and uncertainty, the thing that gives me hope and a sense of peace is right outside my door where… My baby daffodils are blooming. I know that might not seem like much. It’s spring, bulbs bloom, that’s their job. But honestly, I’m taking my victories where I can find them nowadays. […]

Stop Treating Your Soil Like Dirt

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Here’s a startling thought: Our soils are endangered. I know, I know. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment and now I’m telling you that you have to worry about the earth under our feet too. But I wouldn’t be mentioning it if there wasn’t a solution. So let’s talk about […]

Planting from Seeds

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Speaking scientifically, seeds are the reproductive system of a flowering plant; each one contains an embryonic version of its parent plant. What they really are is little superheroes, tiny packets of potential that can totally transform bare dirt into beautiful garden beds or containers of flowers, veggies and herbs. Of course, they need a little […]

Getting Ready for Spring by Pruning

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Hi again! We’re back from the winter holidays and so excited about all our new offerings. We have a houseplant club now, plus we’re just about to start a new season of Root Camp, our package of gardening classes at discounted prices that start this Saturday. One of the classes is about spring pruning, an […]