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We LOVE you guys! Thank you so much for your appreciations. We work hard to provide you with quality service and plants. This year we have expanded the choices in our gift shop and garden center.

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Quality Soil = Healthy Plants & Featured Artists Noemi & Kristof Kosmowski

Garden Class – Know Your NPK’s

Saturday, 4/14 at 10 am
Suggested donation of $5
Masks & Social Distancing
Hands-on Class – Bring Your Tools

Come and get a thorough understanding what nutrients your plant needs & how to supply them.

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Quality Soil = Quality Plants

It’s that time of year to be wary of large chain store soils & amendments. Everyone likes to save money, but as the saying goes “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.” That can certainly be the case with cheap soils, amendments, and mulches. The reason they’re cheap is because they’re often made with inferior materials in a large-scale production with low quality control. We have had many customers express how poorly their garden or perennials performed after using some of these bargain products. Some of the cheaper garden soils have very little organic matter with poor soil structure and no nutrients to feed your plants. Cheaper garden mulches are often made with recycled ground up pallets, and then painted with artificial dyes. Wood pallets are used in many different industries and what could have been spilled on those pallets is any one’s guess. While were all about recycling, this might not be the best use for our plants. In some cases, we advise our customers to dig these products out and start over. So, what makes the premium brands of soils and mulches better? Quality control for starters. Brands like Fox Farm, Black Gold and EKO are made to the highest standard in small batches. The soil scientists behind these brands have spent years hand crafting these soils for optimum growth performance. Yes, they cost a little more, but as the other saying goes “you get what you pay for.” Having a garden is an investment of both time and money. The more we put into them now the more they will give back later.


Featured Artists – Noemi & Kristof Kosmowski

We are lucky to carry the amazing work of Noemi & Kristof Kosmowski!

Kristof began his artistic career in Warsaw, Poland where he attended the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1982 with a Masters Degree in graphic design.

Kristof worked as a graphic designer throughout Europe while honing his skills as a fine artist. An avid sportsman and former member of the Polish National Sailing Team, he naturally gravitated to painting images of the sports he loved.

From sailing to skiing, tennis and golf, the artist captures the fluidity of movement in his unique style. The Polish Postal Service commissioned the artist to design sports related images for national stamps.

Kristof and his wife Noemi, also a third generation professional artist, arrived in the United States in the early 1990’s and settled in South Florida. There they quickly became known for their work in Trompe L’oeil and numerous exhibitions at leading galleries throughout Florida ensued.

Noemi’s still life pieces have gone from classical renderings to explosive, colorful contemporary realism. The viewer can almost taste the flavor of the subject while smelling the aromatic scents wafting from the images.

The couple relocated to the picturesque town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 2009, so that Kristof could return to his love of snow skiing. Both artists discovered a new passion; that of painting the horse. Noemi interpreting her subject in her infamous classical style, while Kristof transferred his love of speed, fluidity of movement and excitement to his depiction of the sport of kings, polo..

From:https://www.solarpublishing.com/noemi-kosmowski


Rose & Perennial Pruning, Kitchen to Garden Secrets, and Featured Artist

Garden Classes – Rose & Perennial Pruning 101

Saturday 4/10 at 10 am
Suggested donation of $5
Masks & Social Distancing

Learn by doing! We will cover proper pruning techniques. Then we will work on pruning perennials and roses.

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Hands-on Class
Bring Your Tools


Garden Center Goods – Briarwood Lane Flags & Spinners

We have expanded our selection of goods in the Garden Center. We are happy to say that we are carrying Briarwood Lanes flags, spinners, and windsocks. Add some whimsy to your garden or house.


Kitchen to Garden Secrets

I like to use what I can from my kitchen in my garden. If you can eat it, it is generally safe to use in the garden.

When you hard-boil eggs, save the water. Calcium leaches from the shells when they are boiled. Calcium is especially important for tomatoes. It prevents blossom-end rot.

Add Epsom Salts when you add Calcium. Epsom Salts are not a true salt, this is a misnomer. They are almost pure Magnesium. The Magnesium is needed to make Calcium bioavailable.

When you boil or steam veggies or pasta, save the water. Let it cool and water the plants you are growing. The nutrients in the water feed your plants. The vitamins in the water are bioavailable after soil microorganisms break them down.

Put left over coffee and coffee grounds in your garden. Coffee is high in nitrogen and lowers the pH (especially important with our basic soils and water).

Save your banana skins and let them dry outdoors. Plant them next to your plants. You can also soak them in water and use that water on the plants. As they steep or decompose, they add potassium as well as small amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and magnesium.

Chamomile tea helps to prevent fungus on seedlings. Chamomile tea is high in sulfur. Sulfur fungicides work best in our high pH climate. Spray your seedlings with it either before sunrise or after sunset.

Save your fruit and vegetable peelings and scraps. Not only can you add them to your compost, you can use your blender or food processor to make a slurry. Use this when you water your plants. The nutrients from your scraps add valuable nutrients to your plants.

Remember, you can always add these items and many more to your compost pile.


Featured Artist – George W. Cutting III

George W. Cutting III is a gifted photographer. We are lucky to have his work in our store. George has been incredibly involved in our community. We all miss him, but wish him well in Alaska. Now we all have the perfect reason to visit Alaska. We love you so much George.


Mountain Gardening Class, April Gardening Calendar, Bulk Soils & Amendments

Mountain Gardening 101

Saturday 4/3 at 10 am
Suggested donation of $5
Masks & Social Distancing

Taught by Lindsay Graves of
Fourth Street Farm

Getting an abundant harvest in your mountain vegetable garden starts with a great plan. Learn the basics of our seasons, plant families, garden planning, and walk through a three season garden plan during our Mountain Gardening 101.

Fourth Street Farm

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April Garden Calendar

In April, garden cleanup is a priority. Rake leaves and debris from around trees, shrubs and other garden areas. Check trees and shrubs for broken or dead branches and prune when necessary.

Early April
In an established asparagus bed work nitrogen fertilizer around plants before spears emerge.

Soak Parsley seeds 24 hours before planting ¼-inch deep.

Dill seeds should be pressed lightly into the soil.

It’s not too late to plant all varieties of peas and potatoes.

Start tomato seeds.

Mid April
Plant lettuce, chard, spinach, kale, beets, carrots, radishes, and onion sets.

Start seeds of flowers like zinnias and celosia that need four weeks before planting outside.

Plant Hyacinth Bean vine indoors, an annual vine that put on a beautiful show mid to late summer.

Late April
Start thinning vegetable seedlings to recommended spacing.

Transplant: When soil has thawed, divide and transplant summer and fall blooming perennials.

Roses: Once new growth starts, usually mid-April, slowly remove mulch from around the plants. Prune dead or damaged canes first, then prune all other canes to approximately 1 to 2 feet above ground. As active growth appears, fertilize with a rose food formulation. Do not prune live canes of climbing roses. However, cutting out dead canes is recommended.

Lawn care: Core aeration is one of the most beneficial things you can do to maintain a healthy lawn. It is also time to start fertilizing your lawn.

Weeding: Hand pull weeds before they get too big or there are too many. If possible, make this the year you don’t use chemical herbicides. We carry 30% horticultural vinegar.

Adapted from: https://gazette.com/news/year-round-gardening-april-garden-calendar/article_5d4b4889-40df-50b3-8a5e-650daa0f594c.html


Bulk Topsoil & Compost

We are fully stocked with topsoil and compost. You can purchase them individually or we can mix them to make an amended topsoil, your choice! You will need to bring a pick-up or trailer so that we can load you up. Sorry, we do not do deliveries.


Garden Tools

After a crazy 2020, we have restocked the entire Garden Center. We carry a full line of necessary garden tools. We have also restocked all needed garden accessories. Drop in to browse our products.

 


Garden Secrets – Willow Tea

Willow bark contains natural plant growth hormones which can be used for rooting new cuttings.

The growth properties of Willows are due to the naturally occurring plant rooting hormones that they contain. We can make extracts from Willows to induce rooting on cuttings of other plants. The way this works can be attributed to two substances found within the Salix (Willow) genus,
indolebutyric acid (IBA), and salicylic acid (SA).

From: Deep Green Permaculture

To make the tea harvest the green new growth, cut it into small pieces, add boiling water, and let sit for at least 24 hours.

Willow Tea