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Lemony Lace Sambucus Brightens Up Gardens

September 29th, 2014

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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What are some of the best garden plants to eat?

April 28th, 2014

Which are The Best Garden Plants To Eat? Creating a garden is a reflection of your unique style and personality. If you enjoy preparing foods with fresh ingredients, you might want to think about incorporating affordable garden plants to eat into your landscape. Planning a garden that includes edible plants can add interest and provide pleasure to your senses, and they can help you make delicious summer recipes to share with family and friends.

 

Sugar Mountain Kalinka Haskap

For a different garden plant treat, establish the Sugar Mountain Kalinka Haskap and the Sugar Mountain Blue Haskap as a set in your garden because the one pollinates the other. Grow Haskap flowering shrubs in full sun with plenty of water in well-drained soil, At maturity, these five to six foot plants, produce one-inch sweet summer berries that are a wonderful addition to frozen desserts, jams, wines, or just eating as a fresh or frozen fruit.

 

Nanking Cherry

A nice flowering and fruit-bearing shrub is the Nanking Cherry. It grows six to eight feet tall and about as wide, and the sweet-tart cherries are delicious used in pies and jams. This shrub is hearty, grows well in sun to partial shade, and will tolerate dry, sub-zero winter temperatures very well. The wildlife in your region will enjoy eating the fruit too.

 

Mint

There are several varieties of fragrant and tasty mint for the garden. You may want to use them for container gardening because frankly, mint needs to be contained or it may take over. However, if you are looking for ground cover plants, any of the mints will work. Try some of the newer varieties such as Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, and Apple Mint, or there is always the old favorite, Blue Balsam Peppermint. They all smell delightful and each has a different look. Mints pair beautifully in fruit dishes and summer drinks. If you are looking to feed the butterflies and bees, several mints bloom mid to late summer and make perfect plants to eat nectar.

 

There are many edible garden herb plants and small growing fruit plants at our online plant nursery. We invite you to signup for our gardening newsletter and updates, and please feel free to browse our site. You will find lots of information and the perfect edible plants to grow among your already flowering shrubs and ornamentals. If you are landscaping a new garden, we have everything you need to succeed. We are always happy to answer any questions, and we are just an email or phone call away.

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Winterberry Shrubs Are a Winter Favorite

December 16th, 2013

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.
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Planting Blackberry Plants in Your Garden

March 31st, 2013

Blackberry plants are a delightful bramble fruit that bring a deep and luscious flavor to any summer treat. Planting blackberries is reasonably easy, and the plants are hardy and fairly easy to keep. With a little care and preparation you can bring this wonderful fruiting plant to your garden with ease.

English: Blackberries (Rubus), ripe and unripe...

English: Blackberries (Rubus), ripe and unripe on a bush. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where to plant blackberries

Blackberries are hardy in zones 5 through 10. To start a blackberry plant, find a sunny to partially shaded area in your garden. You’ll want well drained soil with a ph of between 6 and 7. All blackberry plantings will benefit from some sort of a trellis, with the trailing species of the plant very nearly requiring one.

Keep the roots of your blackberry plants moist until planting. And place the plants two feet apart with the crown of the roots no more than one half inch below the dirt’s surface.  It’s best to work plenty of organic matter into the soil and mulch to keep out weeds.

Blackberries will do well in full sun to partial shade.

Soil for the blackberry plant

The plant prefers well drained sandy, loamy, or clay soils. The plant will do well in nutritionally poor soils and that makes it a great plant for troubled soil areas. The plant is fairly well drought tolerant.

Fast growing and invasive

Blackberry plants are not considered good companion plants and should not be planted near other species. The blackberry is a fast growing species and will take over an area. So be sure that you have plenty of space around your plantings in order to avoid the blackberry plant from taking over your other garden items.

Erect and trailing

There are two types of blackberry plant species: erect and trailing. The erect plants will grow canes that will usually support themselves, however they can benefit from a trellis system. The trailing species of the plant requires a trellis system for support. Both species of the plant will tend to bunch together producing a thicket of foliage and fruit that is known for its thorny flowering buds.

Care and growing

Plant when the soil has warmed. When planting, dig a hole deep enough as to not bend the roots. Place the plants in the hole as described earlier, and be sure to keep the plantings set apart two feet in rows seven feet apart.  Blackberries produce fruits on their second year canes, and the canes will then die off. You should trim back the dead canes at the end of the season.

Harvesting

Pick the berries as soon as they have matured into very dark purple or deep red appearance.

 

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Which Strawberry Plants to Plant in Your Garden

March 30th, 2013

Strawberry plants are one of the most ideal fruit bearing plants to have located within one’s garden.  Not only do they require only a limited amount of care and space, but these plants will provide a significant amount of fruit each blossoming season.  Additionally, they provide a beautiful accent to any garden, with their vivid red fruits and their lush green vines and vegetation.  It is important to know, though, that there are differences in the different kinds of strawberries plants available for planting, as mentioned below.

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All Star Strawberry Plants appear to be one of the most well liked strawberry plants by customers throughout the nation.  Not only do these plants provide a large strawberry fruit, but they are extremely weather resistant, even in comparison to the general weather resistant strawberry plants.  While planting strawberries, it is also important to note the times in which the plants are expected to produce the largest amount of fruit.  With this plant, that would be in the month of June, while there can also be slight variations in the timing of arrival.

The Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants are well liked by customers that are seeking a strawberry plant that produced a strawberry that is sweeter, in taste, than most others.  These strawberries are doted as tasting synonymous with a strawberry that has been sprinkled with sugar.  Additionally, The Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plant is among the many strawberry plants that are considered extremely disease resistant.

Finally, The Cardinal Strawberry Plants are considered to be a pleasant medium between the two aforementioned plants.  They are generally rather sweet in flavor, provide a dark colored berry that is pleasing to look at with a glossy skin, but they also beginning growing the most in the months synonymous with All Star Strawberry Plants.  This means that the berried generally begin to grow around mid-season, or in the calendar month of June.  It is possible that slight variation will occur within the growing date, but this is the general time that such behavior takes place.

Growing strawberry plants in one’s garden is not only an ideal plant to grow for the most professional of gardeners, but it is also an ideal plant to utilize when beginning to plant a garden for the first time.  Not only will you need limited area to do so, but these plants will grow in some of the most harsh of conditions, allowing you to learn their behaviors as they blossom.

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Grow Goji Berry Plants in Your Home Garden

March 11th, 2013

Grow Goji Berry Plants which one of the easiest plants you can grow once it is established. They can be grown in either full or part sun, but prefers full sun and well drained soil. The rate of their growth is quite fast and soon you will see a beautiful purple blossom come up in your late spring garden. They are called the Goji “Berry” plant because they produce a beautiful red berry that, as you will learn in another article, contains many health benefits. Even though they grow to a height of 5 to 6 feet, they can also be grown in containers, outside on a patio or in a sunny window.

English: In 2010 Chris Kilham traveled to Chin...

English: In 2010 Chris Kilham traveled to China’s remote Ningxia region, to see the Goji harvest. As a Medicine Hunter, Chris has witnessed the cultivation and harvesting of many plants around the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If grown outside, they will tolerate zones 3 through 10 as they are very cold and heat tolerant and once established, will also tolerate a certain amount of drought, but since it is a plant that produces a fruit, you are recommended to water it on a regular basis. Too little water can cause stress and keep your Goji from producing flowers and fruits. Since the Goji is considered a deciduous plant, it will lose its leaves usually right after the first frost hits. Even though the Goji will adjust to most any soil, you will receive the best results if the pH stays between 6.8 to 8.1.

You can either test the soil yourself or take a sample to be tested to your local Department of Agriculture. If the pH needs to be higher, use lime and if the pH needs to be lower, use aluminum sulfate. Even though the plant grows to a height of 5 to 6 feet, they can still be grown in containers because once the roots touch the bottom of the planter, the plant will stop growing. Whether grown in the garden or in a container, it is best to use strong stakes and gently tie up the long canes to make harvesting the berry a bit easier. Since the Goji berry blooms on new wood, you should prune the lateral branches to both encourage more new growth and make the plant easier to manage. Once the berries appear, they will attract all kinds of wildlife, so unless you are growing the plant in a container, you might consider protecting the plant by using bird netting around it. Sprays are not recommended unless they are vegetable safe.

The Goji plant will usually not produce fruit until the third season, but if they are grown in a container, you might see fruit in the first or second season. The fruit is a beautiful bright red berry that is juicy, sweet and will get even sweeter the longer they remain on the plant to mature, so as tempting as it is, try not to pick the berries until they fully mature. Because the plant is cold tolerant, it will produce flowers and berries until well after the first frost. If you buy your Goji plant at a nursery, repot it into a larger planter, set it in a sunny window and allow it to get established before moving them outside. If container growing outside, you will want to provide the plant with about an inch or two of mulch to help retain moisture.

Fertilizing is important and should be done in early spring just after you see new growth start to appear. The best fertilizer for your Goji plant is rose fertilizer or anything that is used for woody plants. If growing more than one Goji plant outside in the garden, be sure to plant them 5 to 7 feet apart to allow plenty of room for growth and to make harvesting the berries easier.

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Tips for Strawberries and Strawberry Plants

November 6th, 2011

Just the thought of strawberries brings to mind summer, shortcake, jelly and chocolate. Bite into a strawberry and it explodes in your mouth making your tongue tingle with delight. With the red heart shape of the strawberry, no wonder it’s the symbol for Venus, the goddess of love. Maybe that’s why strawberries go so perfectly with chocolate and champagne.

A member of the rose family, it is documented that strawberries have been enjoyed as a domesticated fruit as early as the 1400’s. Now, we know the nutritional value of strawberries. They contain amino acids and beta-carotene as well as A, C, E, K, B-complex vitamins.  An excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper and zinc, strawberries are high in sugar so should be eaten in moderation.

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy the fruits of strawberry plants are serving on waffles (Yummy!), in a spinach salad with walnuts, in a cucumber & strawberry salad, or served with only a splash of balsamic vinegar. Harvest strawberries in early summer and freeze to preserve them for future use.

Tips for strawberries:

  • Do not wash berries until ready to eat
  • Remove caps after washing
  • Store in colander (or vented container) in refrigerator for air circulation
  • Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before serving
  • To whiten teeth – mash one strawberry and mix with baking soda, brush on teeth and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse
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Greenwood Nursery will begin shipping strawberry plants in mid November. Recommended zones are lower 6, 7, 8 and 9. Mid zone 6 and north will schedule to ship in spring.

Choose from our All Star StrawberriesCardinal StrawberriesOzark Beauty Strawberries and Sweet Charlie Strawberries.

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Berry Growing Tip

April 17th, 2011

Summer berries.

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Plant now for next year’s berry crop. Predictions are that food prices will be increasing drastically over the next few years. It takes about 2 to 3 seasons for berry plants to begin production. Planting this spring insures berries will be on their way. When you grow your own, you know that they are safe and healthy.

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Planting Strawberry Plants

September 11th, 2010

Here are a few tips that will get your strawberry plants off to the best possible start.

Strawberry plants grow best in well drained soil that has been amended with organic matter. Strawberries should not be planted in or near soil where eggplants, peppers, potatoes, raspberries, or tomatoes have grown over the past 3 to 5 years because strawberries are susceptible to verticillium wilt. It is also advisable to move strawberry beds whenever verticillium wilt appears. Soils with high lime content may be unsuitable for this plant. Strawberries need to be protected from freezing during the winter months. In addition to mulching them, planting strawberry plants at the top of a gentle slope helps minimize winter kill and frost damage to blossoms.

Plant strawberry plants in rows or hills in areas that receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Plant the plants 15 to 18 inches apart in rows spaced about 2 feet apart. When planting bare root strawberries, be sure to trim the roots to six inches long. Dig holes deep enough to accommodate the roots. Inside the hole, mound enough dirt to be able to have the plant sit on the mound with the roots spread evenly around. The base of the crown should sit at the soil level. If the crown is set too high above the ground, the plant will dry out. Smooth and water to settle the soil. If the plants experience a drought immediately after planting, it may stunt the growth of the plants. Inspect after frost to see if any plants were lifted out of the soil. If they were, gently push them back into the soil and cover.

Once plants have begun to leaf out, fertilize can be applied. A balanced 10-10-10 blend can be added according to directions on the label. When the plant begins to form blooms until harvest is complete, is the time period that the plants will need the most water. One to two inches of supplemental watering a week may be necessary to keep the plants hydrated. Check the soil for dampness if in doubt.

Their first growing year in the ground, pinch off any blooms. This will force more growth into the plants size, creating larger plants with the potential for more blooms producing more fruit the next growing season.

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Growing Blackberries and Raspberries

May 17th, 2010

Our erect or upright blackberry plants are the Apache (which is probably the
sweetest in flavor), Arapaho and Ouachita
while our erect or upright
raspberry plants are Anne, Heritage (an ever bearing) and Nova Summer Red.
The Triple Crown and Cumberland are trailing varieties.

Without knowing which plant variety has been planted, it is often difficult
to tell raspberry and blackberry plants apart until harvest time. When ripe,
raspberries come off with the core remaining on the plant. This leaves a
hole in the top of the berry making it hollow and quite perishable. This is
why raspberries are pricey at the market.

Don’t plant raspberry, blackberry or strawberry plants where potatoes,
tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, or other berry plants (including other
strawberry, raspberry or blackberry) have grown in the past 3 years. Fungus
disease and insect pests may still be in the soil in those areas.

Here is a quick link to our planting and care information for blackberry and
raspberry plants as well as links to recipes for the fruits, including wines
and jellies:

Growing Blackberry and Raspberry Plants

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