5 Spring Gardening Tips

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I’ve made a few gardening mistakes this spring. So I thought I’d share them in hope that you don’t make the same mistakes as I did. Related Blog Post: http://goo.gl/CJfoya

1. Plan Ahead
I planted some warm-weather plants too early in the spring inside and then when it came time plant some more, I ran out of space and I rushed some of my warm-weather plants out of the grow room. As a result, I had some basil that was hurt, I’m struggling with some of the sunflowers, and the yard long beans from Blake Kirby are having a tough time. I only planted six of them because I knew that this could happen, but think ahead.
Additionally, is if you have grow lights like I do in the grow room, the yard long beans grew tall very quickly and grew into the light. Because of this, I wasn’t able to keep the light down as close to the other plants as what I’d have liked. Think ahead, that’s all I’m suggesting. Map it out and come up with a solution and a good plan that you can have moving forward. Then, take notes so that you know what to do different the next year.

2. Get Lots Of Buckets
Get lots of buckets or something to mix things in! You know us gardeners, we could go pick up some of the leaves out of the flowerbed or go to the store and get soil amendments, and we need to be able to mix things together, mix in some rock dust and some mineral dust, etc… You simply need buckets or another mixing container such as a garden cart or wheelbarrow. You need buckets for storage, especially if you have powered material like a rock dust, or a powdered organic fertilizer and you don’t have storage in a climate controlled environment, you need lots of buckets. Keep your eye out on Craigslist. Another great resource for free items is Freecycle.org.

3. Plant Warm & Cool Weather Plants In Different Pots
This is my big mistake so far this year. Don’t plant cool-weather plants and warm-weather plants in the same pot if you’re still in the early springtime. I made this mistake and planted the lettuce and the basil together. As a result, the lettuce nor the basil have done very well and there’s been a couple basil casualties. If I would’ve planted them in separate pots, I would’ve been able to bring the basil in at night or sooner in the day, and could have left the lettuce out to enjoy some of that cool weather. Again, this all comes back to planning ahead, and it’s something you need to be cognizant of. Now if it was later in the season, you probably wouldn’t have to worry about it so much, but then again, if you’re planting in pots, you need to move your cool-weather plants in the shade and keep some of your hot-weather plants out in the sun.

4. Use What You Have
I reticently made that video on how to make the air pruning pots using what I had. I happened to have hundreds of these old plastic nursery pots at my disposal. You can pick those things up from a nursery or behind a Lowe’s or a Home Depot. Many times, they’re just going to throw them out, but you can take them and make air pruning pots, so if you want to check that out, watch that this video. You can use anything for gardening. I’ve seen people use plastic trash bags to make plant pots out of and they work fine. Tip: Look around your yard and home. If you find something you don’t need and/or will never use again, figure out how to get creative and re-purpose it for gardening.

5. Relax and have fun.
Remember, gardening is therapeutic. I have fun with gardening even when I have failures or make mistakes. Speaking of mistakes or failures, I don’t know how this Vertical Grow Tower is going to work so don’t hold me to it, but I do have a lot of footage and I’ll put together a video to just kind of give you an overall of my thoughts on it so far, but just have fun. I’m having fun doing this, I think you’re all having fun following along and if you have suggestions, that’s what this YouTube forum is for. If you’re watching this video, then you’re on YouTube, so interact with us, the gardening community, and enjoy it.

More to come soon.

God Bless,

Wayne

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Lemony Lace Sambucus Brightens Up Gardens

Sambucus Lemony Lace Elderberry brightens up gardens with gold cut leaf foliage. New leaves of this low growing fruiting shrubLemony Lace Sambucus, emerge as red changing to a brilliant gold as they open. Plant your Elderberry shrub in full to part sun. White flowers open in spring with red fruit maturing in fall.

Lemony Lace Sambucus

Lemony Lace Sambucus Elderberry is even more striking when paired with it’s cousin the Black Lace Sambucus. Growing into the 3 to 5 foot tall and wide range, this attractive shrub will brighten up your garden. Plant just inside your garden area near the border or use alone as a focal plant.

Prune your Lemony Lace Sambucus as young plants to develop full growth habit. Prune older plants after flowering. Plant in full sun in Northern climates and light shade in Southern climates.

  • Deer resistant
  • Border plant
  • Flocal plant
  • Wildlife plant
  • Considered an herb
  • Red fall fruit

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Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia is new small growing flowering shrub

The Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia is the first Nikko type Deutzia with pink flowers. This small growing flowering shrub can also be used as a deciduous ground cover. Plant your Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia where it can easily be appreciated. In fall you will certainly want to witness the colorful foliage yuki cherry blossom deutzia blossomas it changes from dark green to amazing purple burgundy shades.

This plant is deer resistant, so if deer are causing you headaches, plant these Deutzia shrubs and send the deer on their way. This small growing Deutzia is perfect for small yards or where space is limited.

An easy to grow plant, the Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia blooms on old wood so only prune for shaping immediately after spring flowering. Fertilize with a timed release general fertilizer in spring after the plant has leafed out.

Fragrant Flowering Shrub | Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub

Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub will quickly become your favorite flowering shrubs. From mid summer to fall, the Calycanthus Aphrodite will adorn your garden with large red magnolia like flowers. Living up to its name of sweetshrub, this deer resistant shrub will fill the air with sweet apple scented fragrance.

The Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub blooms on old wood, so be sure to prune only for shaping (if needed) after flowering. The glossy medium green Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub 2aleaves make a nice backdrop for the gorgeous red flowers that bloom from mid summer on to fall. Space your new Calycanthus sweetshrub Aphrodite shrubs 6 to 7 feet apart.

Vinca Minor Best Value in Ground Cover Plants

Vinca Minor ground cover is one of the more versatile and best value invinca minor ground cover blue flowers ground cover plants. This fast growing ground cover grows in either sun or shade. The dark green evergreen leaves provide a lovely backdrop for the periwinkle blue blooms in spring. The hardy strong growing Vinca Minor is a good choice groundcover for hillsides, in shaded areas, poor soil, and other barren areas. Also referred to as creeping myrtletrailing periwinklecreeping myrtlevinca minor can be contained in specific areas by using edging. Rejuvenate old vinca ground cover plants by cutting it back by about half. Bag the clippings so that they don’t fall and root in unwelcomed areas.

 

Vinca Minor is available in 3 inch pots. Buy vinca as bare root plants and save. Our 50 plant bare root bundles are affordable garden plants. Cover more area with these discounted ground cover plants.

 

Butterfly Gardens Create Colorful Beauty and Provide a Habitat for Caterpillars and Butterflies

Butterfly Gardens Provide Habitat, Perpetuate Gardens, and Help to Conserve Flora and Fauna

Several times a week, I am asked what one thing I might suggest another person do to help the environment, conserve gardens, and/or improve the general landscape of our community.  Time and again, my suggestion is that the singular best and simplest way to make a positive impact on the environment is to cultivate a butterfly garden.  More often than not, though, that suggestion is met with this response: “I don’t have the foggiest idea how to start butterfly gardening — you’ll have to help me.”

The truth is, there are few things I enjoy more than introducing others to the art of planting gardens to attract butterflies.  With so many challenges facing the lives of pollinators, any help home gardeners, civic organizations, and even companies or municipalities may provide the diverse butterfly population is worth the time, effort, and investment.

Butterflies are Gardeners, Too

The most important factor in developing your own butterfly garden is choosing plants for butterflies.  Not every flower assures your garden will attract butterflies, but certain plants are natural choices for specific butterflies who will either lay their eggs upon the leaves or feast upon the nectar.

Egg-laying butterflies instinctively choose plants that make proper hosts for their offspring.  While some gardeners cringe to imagine caterpillars munching holes through the leaves of their prized garden citizens, those gardeners who have selected specific butterfly plants in hopes of creating a butterfly garden of their own understand that the loss of a few leaves devoured during the larval stage is a small price for the benefits that the pollination-assisting butterflies deliver for the gardens in general.

Feasting on nectar gathered from flowers, butterflies provide invaluable assistance to flower-bearing plants.  Flitting from one flower to another, the butterfly pollinates the flowers, encouraging the propagation of the plant species.  Laying eggs on this same plant or another, the butterfly ensures the propagation of her own species.  This is the natural order of things.

Meanwhile, what horticulturists know and the general gardening population is coming to understand is that the role butterflies play in gardens extends far beyond the beauty and entertainment they provide.  Promoting pollination in gardens, butterflies help to ensure, too, a natural, organic escalation in produce yields from a variety of gardens.  Furthermore, wherever caterpillars and butterflies reside, birds will be attracted, too.  Acting as a food resource as well as a pollinator, butterflies attract birds that will consume large quantities of a variety of insects, many of them considered garden pests and potentially harmful to humans if not kept in check.

Butterfly resting on butterfly bush flower
Butterfly resting on butterfly bush flower

Six Ideal Butterfly Plants

Among the plants hopeful butterfly gardeners should consider incorporating into their own butterfly gardens are:

Native to the United States, these butterfly plants are better choices for a number of reasons, including environmental adaptations, pest resistance, and relationships to butterflies whose habitat is local or who pass through as they migrate far distances.  Selecting  all of these native plants simplifies any approach to butterfly gardening as the  the diversification of heights, colors, and flowering seasons the collection represents ensures a diverse range of butterflies to be attracted and a broad attraction season.

Bringing these flowers together in your own garden space, you’ll accomplish more than effective butterfly gardening. Your efforts will result, too, in increased wildlife habitat, promotion of food and flower plants, and conservation of flora and fauna.  Considering all this, it is easy to understand that developing a thriving garden designed to attract and host butterflies truly improves the world.

Check out our instant butterfly garden packages for ease and convenience.

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Simple Ways to Bring Butterflies into Your Garden and Yard Areas

Try these simple ways to bring butterflies into your garden and yard areas for summer entertainment for you and your family.

As spring warms its way into summer, we see caterpillars crawling around looking for food. Try planting Spicebush to provide plenty of food for them.

Then before we know it, MAGIC! Butterflies are all around!

So…how can you bring butterflies into your garden?

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Butterfly on a butterfly bush bloom

Ways to attract butterflies to your yard are:

  • Keep the area protected from heavy winds
  • Limit pesticide use
  • Select fragrant, summer flowering shrubs & perennials for nectar
  • Have several plants for caterpillar food like the Spicebush
  • Have a few flat surfaces for resting such as a large flat stone
  • Provide shallow water sources

To attract your fair share of butterflies into your garden, plant shrubs and perennials that they enjoy such as buddleia (aka butterfly bushes), monarda,  coneflowers, coreopsis, yarrow, Black-eyed Susans and Russian sage.

The Butterfly Garden Package from Greenwood Nursery is a great value and contains all the plants, from caterpillar food to butterfly food, that you need for butterfly attraction!

Check out our Buddleia Bush Plants or see other plants that we offer that will attract butterflies to your garden.

Greenwood Nursery, founded in 1978, is an online plant nursery and garden center that has been shipping gardening plants to the home gardener since going online in 1998.

Winterberry Shrubs Are a Winter Favorite

Winterberry Shrubs are the “queens” of fruiting shrubs world when ranked for ornamental value. From early fall through winter, the branches are covered in bright-red fruits. The fruiting branches are great for decoration in the garden or in the house. These plants have multi-branches, so clipping a few doesn’t take away from the appearance of your mature plants. Or leave the branches for the birds since over 40 species of birds are known to eat the fruit, including: bluebirds, brown thrashers, cedar waxwings, flickers, gray catbirds, mockingbirds and robins. The dense branching also provides shelter, cover and nesting spots for birds.Ilex Berry Nice Winterberry Shrubs
The leaves of Winterberry plants are thick and dark green and contrast well with the red fruit. The foliage stays healthy all summer and isn’t bothered by insects. The leaves drop off the plant in late fall to expose the beautiful berries. You’ll need both male and female plants to produce fruits, with one male for up to 6 nearby females. Plant in sun or part shade. They like moist to wet, slightly acid soils. Winterberries are native to North America, no garden should be without them. Hardy from Zones 3 to 9.
Plant your Winterberry Shrubs in full sun to part shade in moist, garden soil. Can tolerate wet conditions. Space 3 to 4 feet apart. To get berries, be sure to plant one male for every 6 nearby females. Berries will be on female plants.
Get started with your winterberry plants by ordering our Ilex Berry Nice and Jim Dandy female/male plant kits.
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California Privet Evergreen Shrubs

California Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is an evergreen flowering shrub that is commonly used for shrub borders and privacy hedges. The oval shaped dark green leaves of the fast growing shrub California Privet provide a great backdrop for the small white flowers that appear in late spring to early summer. These blooms give way to tiny black fruit that is enjoyed by birds.

 

This fast growing evergreen shrub creates a beautiful privacy hedge growing 10 to 15 feet tall. Deer, rabbit and drought resistant.

 

The fragrance emitted by the flowers of the California Privet is considered to be somewhat unpleasant. Pruning at this time will prevent this situation. All parts of this plant is poisonous to humans.

 


Ligustrum ovalifolium
Ligustrum ovalifolium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Grow Your Own Tea Garden

Plants for Your Own Herbal Tea Garden. A nice cup of hot tea and a good book (or stack of mags) is something I love to enjoy on a crisp fall evening by the fire. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to snip off some leaves from your own garden to brew that tea with? Here is a list of 15 plants that would make a lovely addition to any kitchen garden and be able to provide for some of that delicious tea. Whether you are fall or spring planting, be sure to incorporate several tea garden plants into your landscape from Greenwood Nursery.

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