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  • Growing A Straw Bale Garden

    GROWING A STRAW BALE GARDEN If you’re an urban gardener who’s despaired of finding enough space to grow even a tomato plant or two, “building” a garden with straw bales creates a whole new range of possibilities. Do you have rocky, uneven, or unyielding clay soil? Are you unable or unwilling to dig up a big plot of ground to prepare the soil for a sustainable garden?

  • How to plant an onion seed?

    How to plant an onion seed? Onions are a cold-season crop, easy to grow because of their hardiness. We recommend using onion sets, which can be planted without worry of frost damage and have a higher success rate than direct seed or transplants.

  • How to plant a potato seed?

    Potato Seeds Why grow potatoes at home? Because their creamy, nut-like, fresh from the garden flavor is heavenly. A+ Garden center offers the tastiest fingerling, traditional baking and sweet potato varieties (click here to see) This half hardy vegetable is a culinary staple, and yet is overlooked by many backyard gardeners.

  • How to plant a garlic seed?

    Garlic Seeds planting tips Why grow garlic at home? Because their creamy, nut-like, fresh from the garden flavor is heavenly. A+ Garden center offers the tastiest variety of garlic for our area (click here to see) Garlic is easy to grow and produces numerous bulbs after a long growing season.

  • Eight Tips to Successfully Grow Herbs

    Eight Tips to Successfully Grow Herbs Give Them Some Sun - Most herbs thrive in six hours or more of sun per day. An exception is basil, which prefers a little shade. Condition Your Soil - Fertile soil and drainage are very important because you want to harvest as much as possible.

  • 10 Steps to Create a Beautiful Container Garden

    10 Steps to Create a Beautiful Container Garden 1.Pick your plants and container, which must have a drainage hole at the bottom. Where you place your container – full sun, partial sun or shade – will determine what plants you can grow. Cover the container hole with landscape fabric to keep the soil in and the critters out.

  • Plant with Confidence

    Plant with Confidence What you’ll need: Good sturdy shovel A+ Planting Mix Plant Food Pruners or a knife Mulch Garden hose Watering wand Dig a hole that is slightly shallower and at least 6” wider than the root ball on all sides. Plant a little high!  Mix your existing soil with a soil conditioner such as A+ Planting Mix.

  • Pests

    Pests Bagworms Bagworms are caterpillars that form a small bag or cocoon - like pouch that hangs down on the leaves and branches of shrubs and trees. The bags are made of silk, with bits of twigs and leaves interwoven to disguise and strengthen the bag. The larvae or caterpillar eats the foliage of the plant.

  • When is the best time to transplant?

    When is the best time to transplant? While it is technically true that all plants can be transplanted, it is equally true that some do not like to be moved once established. Younger plants transplant better than older, shrubs better than trees, and deciduous plants better than evergreens.

  • Five Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Summer

    Five Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Summer Here are a few tips to quickly prepare your garden and make a lasting impression on your guests: Add some color - Color is the first thing we notice in a landscape. Container gardens filled with exciting combinations of geraniums, petunias, impatiens, begonias and more can add a dramatic splash of color wherever it’s needed. Place a large urn full of flowers at your front door to welcome your guests, and gorgeous hanging baskets around the deck or pa...

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