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Starting a Backyard Garden with Raised Beds and Pots

May 28th, 2014

You can start a backyard garden with raised beds or pots. Home gardening is the number one hobby in the United States.  Is there anything more satisfying than walking out your back door, picking a juicy red tomato and enjoying that sweet fresh flavor? It is a rare treat and for most of the country it is only something we get to experience in July, August and September, but it sure is worth it.  When you go to the grocery store in the dead of winter and the tomato package says, “Vine Ripened and Tastes like Summer”, don’t you believe it!

There is nothing quite like producing your own fresh food and it is very easy to do.  No matter what size your backyard may be, or even if you just have a patio or deck, you have room for a garden by building raised beds, pots, window boxes, or just about anything that will hold soil. raised beds in backyard

First, you must decide how much space and time you may want to devote to your new project.  Like most new endeavors, starting small is a good idea, and as you learn from experience you can grow and grow from one season to the next.  If all you have is a patio or deck, you should consider what we call “container gardening”.  This is nothing more than something like a five gallon bucket or maybe a whiskey barrel or maybe a used wheelbarrow.  Even an old bathtub would do the trick!  Just fill them with clean composted soil and you are ready to plant.

If you have a little more space, raised beds are the way to go. These are constructed with organic pressure treated lumber and range in size from four feet wide, one foot deep and to as long as you would like (10 to 12 feet is most common).  It is important to limit the width because you must be able to reach the center of the bed without stepping on the soil.  If you are going to use raised beds, it is a good idea to put pencil to paper and figure out how large an area you are going to work with and how many beds you want to build.

Because your garden is new, this will be your best chance to fill it with clean weed free soil. If you are just doing container gardening, you can purchase bagged soil at any nursery or garden center.  For raised beds, you will need to have soil or loam delivered by a local landscape service or mulch supplier.  You will need approximately 3/4 of a cubic yard for each 4×12 foot bed.  Make sure you specify composted loam for vegetable gardens.  Upon delivery, mix in a small amount of peat moss to lighten up the soil, about 5%. Fill up your containers or beds and you are ready to plant. Raised bed gardens

Herbs are quite easy to grow and don’t require much space, which makes them  ideal for     container gardens.  Select whatever varieties you commonly use such as dill, thyme, parsley, chives, sage, oregano, etc. Many herbs are perennials, meaning they will grow back year after year without replanting every season.  Chives are wonderful because a small bed will come back to life early in the spring and require very little  maintenance.  Many herbs that you plant in containers can be overwintered inside and returned to the patio the following spring.

Regarding vegetables, tomatoes are an obvious choice along with cucumbers, lettuce and peppers. These four items alone will provide you with salads all season long.  Green beans are very popular too and with staggered planting, you will be able to harvest them for several weeks in a row.  Onions grow very well throughout the United States and should be planted as “sets”.  These are just immature onions about 4 inches tall that have been commercially grown for transplanting to home gardens early in the spring.

Farmers Markets will have many varieties of plants to put in your new garden.  Plant whatever you like, but let’s get going.  Spring is here and it’s time to get dirty! You will find a great selection of herbs and some perennial vegetables such as asparagus and rhubarb at Greenwood Nursery (www.greenwoodnursery.com). Place your order as early as late winter for shipping at the right time for your area.

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Tips for Hiring a Home Gardener to Help You in the Garden

March 31st, 2014

Can you imagine owning a gorgeous garden? You can have a lovely place where plants, shrubs, flowers and trees fill your own backyard with beautiful scenery. Even if you don’t know how to cultivate a breathtaking garden yourself, you can hire someone who can help…a home gardener.

The Cost Of A Gardener
Many people spend weeks toiling over gorgeous greenery to make their garden a reality. If you want to spend the time and energy on your gardening efforts, this can be an investment for the future. The more you spend time on your garden, the more you’ll learn.

However, if you would rather not spend the money or the time researching and working in your yard, you can go ahead and hire a gardener to do it for you. Most gardeners will charge anywhere from $35 to $55 an hour for their services. This usually includes pruning your shrubs and your trees; purchasing and delivering plants; and planting your pots, urns and window boxes with annuals. It should also include weeding a flowerbed full of perennials, mulching and

edging your yard and designing flowerbeds for your property.

What To Look For In A Gardener
Before you hire a gardener to handle the garden plants and flowering shrubs in your yard, consider what qualifications are important to you.

Ask your neighbors if they have a gardener that they would recommend to you. Gardeners who generally have five to 10 years of experience will more than likely be great to hire for the job. It’s vital that your gardener has a great reputation. They should have positive testimonials that show their experience, professionalism and dedication to maintaining a multitude of yards in the past few years.

You also want your gardener to be punctual, reliable and honest. This is someone who will be on your property when you may not be present, so it’s important that you trust him or her. Unless you have stated otherwise, your gardener should be working with adequate tools that allow him or her to complete the job

well.

Decide What Projects You Would Like Completed
This is your time to think about what you want to do with your yard. When you hire a gardener, you can discuss what you’ve imagined would look nice for your home.

How would you like to use your yard? Are you going to be grilling outside and inviting friends over during the warm months? Would you like to put in a gazebo and decorate it with colorful flowers everywhere?

You can order from Greenwood Nursery and get affordable garden plants, ground cover plants and flowering shrubs that will embellish your backyard. Our online plant nursery is exactly what you need to transform your garden.

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Keep Mice Out of Your Home and Garage

October 14th, 2013

Keeping mice out of your home and garage can feel like a full time job. Here are tips that will help you keep this annoying problem under control. With the fall season approaching and the temperatures slowly dropping, mice and other small animals will be looking for a warm place to call home. Make sure yours isn’t their next destination with these tips to keep them away.

 

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home and Garage

 

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Garden Plants from Online Garden Centers

April 14th, 2013

The trip to your local garden center can be an incredible hassle! There’s the matter of taking on the weekend garden warrior crowd, which can make for some very slow going when it comes to browsing and checkout. Then, of course, there are those not-so-bright garden center workers, many of whom have never planted or cared for garden plants — ever!  Getting a good answer to your gardening question can be downright difficult!

English: transplanting plants from starter pot...

English: transplanting plants from starter pots to the garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And then, there’s always the picked-over garden plants selection if you arrive after the crowds have already depleted the garden center’s stock. You’re left to choose between a partially wilted containers of hosta, a jasmine bush with a broken stem and a container of pink muhly grass that’s clearly been dumped on the ground and unceremoniously stuffed back into the plastic pot.

So why not skip the garden center and turn to an online garden center, like Greenwood Nursery?

Online garden nurseries offer a wide range of benefits, including:

・       Convenience — The Greenwood Nursery garden center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No crowds and you can select your plants from the comfort of your home. And, your new plants will be delivered to your door. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

・       Selection — You’ll enjoy a wide selection of supplies and garden plants, from ornamental grasses to herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and beyond. No more settling for a plant because it’s one of the only healthy garden plants left in the shop!

・       Great Price — Enjoy great prices and discounts when you shop an affordable online garden center like Greenwood Nursery, which even has an “under $10” deals section!

・       Healthy Plants – Greenwood Nursery and many other online garden centers offer premium, healthy plants from strong genetic lines.

What’s more, if you’re uncertain about whether a particular plant is right for you, feel free to contact the Greenwood Nursery team to ask questions! Our experienced gardeners and experts are on-hand to provide you with plant care tips, advice, and recommendations for your unique gardening needs. No more dealing with a 16-year-old garden center employee who thinks lavender is anything more than a color!

To contact the pros at Greenwood Nursery, stop by our contact page or call 800-426-0958.

 

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Plant Shrub Roses to Complete Your Spring Garden Planting

February 12th, 2012

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Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1967; taken at the Morwell Rose Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Shrub roses are plants that can turn any average garden into wonder of color all summer long. You will find yourself lost in this colorful world when you approach the entrance of your garden and walk underneath a flowering archway with rose bushes growing freely. In bloom, rose shrubs are enchanting and most have a fragrance that brings on tranquility. As you walk through you will see the different rose colors; yellows, like a gorgeous setting sun; pinks settled among the green foliage brightly lit with grandeur; more of the deep reds that bring solidarity to the mind. The scents among these roses are as different as the colors that emit them. This becomes a small paradise where you feel compelled to sit among these creatures of beauty.

 

This picture may read like a dream, but it is truly obtainable for your own home. And it is not difficult to gather the right rose plants to bring out that small bit of heaven to your landscape.

 

Your first step is to scope out a few select spots around your garden or lawn area where you can plant the roses. Then, choose the roses that best fit your landscape. For example, if you have a small yard, choose The Fairy Rose or Red or Apricot Drift Roses as they are small growing.

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The most popular shrub roses are:

 

 

After choosing the right one, or ones, order your new flowering shrubs, plant and sit back as they take center stage for a beautiful transition into the garden itself. Aside from light pruning, your beautiful new roses will be something that you can enjoy and take pride in for years to come, as they turn your average garden into a masterpiece of color. The compliments that you receive will make you proud to call this garden your own.

 

Be sure to check out Greenwoodnursery.com to see our rose bushes selection. The week of February 10th, all rose plants are 10% off.


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Best Winter Gardening Tips to Get a Start on Spring and Summer Yard Care

January 15th, 2012

Apply these best winter gardening tips and you will get a head start on your spring and summer yard care. There are moments when you look outside during winter and wish desperately for the warmth of summer. Don’t fret. Make winter the season of preparing for a long relaxing summer.

These winter gardening chores are the first steps to making a relaxing summer possible is to prepare your garden and what better time than mid to late winter.

  • Turn the shrubbery and tree lines into something of beauty with light pruning
  • Mulch your perennials and win the fight against weeds before they have the chance to infiltrate
  • Sketch your new garden ideas for the landscape and start building.
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It sounds easy when you really think about it, and it is. Gardening can be very time consuming in the spring and summer and most everyone wants to enjoy the beautiful warm weather doing other activities not worry about the landscape.  A little planning ahead and a few days of clean up work and prepping can make gardening and yard care so much easier for the growing season.

A few planning tips for your garden can be as simple as:

  • Building a raised bed for annuals or vegetable planting.
  • Drawing out a new plan for plant placement.
  • Jotting down ideas for new plants to add in.
  • Start your own compost.
  • Protect animal attracting plants with wire cages.
  • Wrap thin bark trees that are susceptible to cold weather damage.

After making your garden plans, start doing a few things that will help will upkeep that would otherwise be difficult in the spring and summer.

After you have protected delicate plants for the worse part of winter and the early spring temperature fluctuations and, then have a plan for your garden design, it’s time to put everything into action. This will definitely be an achievement you will certainly be proud of and, when spring hits, you can relax knowing that your garden is in great shape.

Visit us at Greenwood Nursery Online Nursery and Garden Center for a great selection of flowering shrubs, nut trees, evergreen ground covers and more!

We’d love to hear from you about how you prepare your yard and garden for late winter weather. Leave us a comment or email us.

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Spring Garden Maintenance to Start Your Garden Growing

December 31st, 2011

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Follow these easy spring garden maintenance tips and you will be enjoying your yard. Even after one weekend of spring garden cleaning you can have leaves raked, trees and shrubs pruned and ground ready for planting new plants. A little spring garden maintenance means less yard work in summer.

Arm yourself with a rake, weed eater or heavy shears, a tool belt, apron with pockets, basket, or pail, filled with clippers, gardening scissors, gardening gloves, old cloths, trash bags and, if available, a small garden saw. Start on one side of your property or garden and work across the yard and then clockwise around your house and other out buildings beginning with the front/main entrance. The point is to be able to go over all areas of your landscape so that you don’t miss plants.

Always begin an area by tackling the larger growing plants, whether trees or shrubs. First cut or saw out all branches that are dead, broken, touching or crossing. Then, if necessary, trim for shape. From the larger trees and shrubs, move onto smaller growing plants, such as ornamental grasses (which you will be cutting to the ground with either the weed eater or heavy shears), roses, evergreen herbs, perennials, ground covers, etc. Remember, if you haven’t pulled out the annuals that were planted last year, it is time to remove them now.

Once all plants have been pruned, shaped and otherwise cleaned up in an area, rake the clippings into the trash bag and move onto the next. By cleaning up an area completely, if you have to stop that day before finishing, you can begin with a new area the next time and you don’t have to back track. I find it easier to make sandwiches the night before to lunch on so I don’t have to completely stop my gardening. This way I am only taking a break and don’t lose focus on what I’m doing.

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Enter Greenwood’s Weekly Plant Give Away

November 3rd, 2011

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Sunday, November 6 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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“Like” our fan page and you will be entered into our weekly Plant Give Away. Once you like our fan page, be sure to visit the Greenwood Nursery Fan Page at least once during the following weeks to be automatically entered in each weekly give away.

Each week during the spring and fall months, Greenwood Nursery gives away plants and other fun items to members of the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page. Winners are announced on Sunday evenings on the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page and the Greenwood Nursery Staff Page.

Winner has the following week to get contact the Greenwood Nursery office to claim their prize. Greenwood Nursery staff is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time at 1-800-426-0958.

Prizes can only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States. Winners must be 18 years old or older to win.

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Enter The Greenwood Fan Page Give Away

October 12th, 2011

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“Like” our fan page and you will be entered into our weekly Plant Give Away. Once you like our fan page, be sure to visit the Greenwood Nursery Fan Page at least once during the following weeks to be automatically entered in each weekly give away.Each week during the spring and fall months, Greenwood Nursery gives away plants and other fun items to members of the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page. Winners are announced on Sunday evenings on the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page and the Greenwood Nursery Staff Page.

Winner has the following week to get contact the Greenwood Nursery office to claim their prize. Greenwood Nursery staff is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time at 1-800-426-0958.

Prizes can only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States. Winners must be 18 years old or older to win.

 

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Great Uses for Shrubs in any Landscape

May 28th, 2011

Best 9 ways to use flowering shrubs and evergreen shrubs in any garden or landscape:

  • Shrubs are virtually maintenance free.
  • Our living fence shrubs and evergreen shrubs help you to maintain your privacy.
  • Several specimens of the same variety can be planted in groupings for a stronger visual effect.
  • Different varieties can be planted together for diversity and harmony of form, foliage or flower.
  • Use flowering shrubs to give a sense of volume in a flower bed and can be used to set off garden accessories such as statues, birdbaths, fountains, sculptures, and ornamental rocks.
  • Large shrubs can also be used to create an intimate corner or as a backdrop for a flowerbed.
  • Attract humming birds, bees and butterflies.
  • Use evergreen shrubs as your foundation plantings to provide year around color and texture.
  • To hide an unsightly area – select from our living fence shrubs.

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