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Time to start your herb garden; summer is on its way!

vegetable-and-herb-garden-2011Though we know it is hard to believe with the cool spring we have been having, summer temperatures will be here soon. With summer weather comes fresh food, backyard parties and fresh lemonade. The best way so spice up your fresh salads and add flavor to those grilled burgers is to add your own fresh herbs! Herb gardens are quite simple so even an inexperienced gardener can handle one.

Start your garden with these easy-to-grow herbs and enjoy the health benefits of adding them to your favorite dishes.

Some herbs, such as Mint and Thyme, should be purchased as plants and transplanted or propagated by cuttings to ensure proper production.

It’s the perfect time of year so get started!

Edward's Garden Center has everything you need to grow an amazing herb garden!

 

Quick Tips
Let the sun shine
Of course, the perfect place for your herb garden would be within reach of your kitchen. If you are lucky enough to have six hours of sunlight a day near your kitchen, go for it. Otherwise, chose a sunnier spot. Also, make sure it is not a place that water pools after it rains.

Give ’em some space
Space the bedding plants about 18” apart to give them room to spread out and grow. Place taller herbs, like Sage and Rosemary, toward the back of the garden, and place Parsley and Cilantro at the front.

Loosen up that soil
If you’re using a container, plant herbs in a superior potting media, such as
Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix. In the garden, till or work the soil and fortify it by mixing in a rich organic plant food such as Espoma Garden-tone®. Plant early in the am or late in the afternoon to prevent transplants from wilting in the midday sun.

Dig a little deeper
Because you are starting some herbs from bedding plants and not seeds, you will need to create larger planting holes. Dig each hole to about twice the width of the root ball of the new plant.

Can we see some ID?
Add labels to each of your freshly planted herbs to make the easy to identify when cooking.

H2Oh! Water regularly
Once established, make sure your herbs get an inch of water each week throughout the growing season.

Information for this article came from Espoma.

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Decorate for your Memorial Day Backyard Party

If you are like many families in our area, you are probably preparing to host a backyard barbeque some time this Memorial Day weekend, (weather permitting, of course.)

Patriotic Themed Gardens - Edward's Garden Center

Photo credit: HGTV’s blog.

Try some of these ideas to impress your guest with your patriotic decorations and food.

The Red, White and Blue Garden
Create some patriotic container gardens and scatter them throughout your outdoor area. If you have a bunch of kids coming over, number the containers or hide little surprises in them like a scavenger hunt.

To give your container gardens a patriot feel use flowers that bloom in red, white and blue.

The RedWhite and Blue Decorations
Provided a big rain storm is not threatening to ruin your backyard party, adding red, white and blue streamers can really make your patio or deck look festive.  Streamers are inexpensive, easy to hang and can be a fun family project.

Patriotic Themed Streamers

Photo credit: Memorial Day Prep via Diana Haynes

You can use those same dollar store streamers to make a fun table runner for your picnic table. The best part: if they get spilled on, you don’t have to worry about it!

Memorial Day Table Runner - Edward's Garden Center

Photo credit: Memorial Day Prep via Diana Haynes

Don’t forget to dress up the rest of the table with red, white and blue plates, napkins and plastic utensils. If you still feel the table needs something, make a mini container garden with your red, white and blue flowers and use it as a center piece.

The RedWhite and Blue Themed Food
All barbecues call for the American classics like a hamburger and hot dog on a bun, but it may be time to add a few extras to your menu.

Start off the party with a flag shaped platter, using fruits, veggies and crackers that are red, white and blue in color. The one pictured uses watermelon, pepper jack cheese and blue berries. You could easily replace the water melon with pepperoni and the blue berries with black (blueish) olives or something else. Get creative!

Memorial Day Party Food - Edward's Garden Center

Photo Credit: beautifuleats.blogspot.com

For your main course, why not serve some Coca-Cola BBQ Ribs? Can’t get more American than that, right? Using this recipe, in one hour you can have delectable, melt-in-your-mouth ribs!

For dessert try red, white and blue cake in a jar. Desserts served in jars are always fun for outdoor, summer parties. This recipe gives your tasty, kid-friendly dessert a patriotic theme. Click here for the recipe.

Red, White & Blue Cake in a Jar - Edward's Landscaping

Photo credit: Babble.com

Adding a few or all of these things will make your Memorial Day barbecue one to remember!

-Aimee, blogger for Edward’s Garden Center, ReBath Northeast, ReBath of Albany and S.W.E.A.T. Fitness Studio


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Garden Center Open House on Saturday May 17

IMG_3836Our first Open House of the season will be held this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There is no admission and parking is free so stop by to see all the new plants we have to offer!

Dani-Ella will be performing at Edward's Garden Center Open House

Dani-Ella will be performing at Edward’s Garden Center Open House May 17.

Explore the Garden Center as you enjoy light refreshments and entertainment.

Dani-Elle Kleha, nationally known singer, from Jermyn PA, will be providing entertainment. Dani-ella has two albums, that she made in Nashville and will be performing some of her most popular songs.  Anyone who attended our Christmas party knows what a wonderfully entertaining young woman she is.

While visiting the Garden Center for the Open House, you can enter to win one of two $50 gift certificates and take advantage of our buy one get one free rose bush sale.  There is a sale on Massarelli bird baths, regular price $106, open house special $49.99. Quantities are limited. 

A late addition to our Open House events: Free soil testing all day! If you are having trouble with grass or other plants, bring a sample of the soil in and we’ll tell you what’s wrong.

Many members of our friendly staff will be on hand to answer questions and help load items into your car.

The Garden Center has so many flowers, plants, trees and even animals for you and your family to see. Bring the kids and let them explore the Garden Center through our scavenger hunt! They may even win a prize 🙂

The Facts

What: Open House

Where: Edward’s Garden Center, 525 River St. Forty Fort, PA 18704 (at the end of the road)

When: May 17, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why: Free entertainment, free food, great plants, animals and everything for the outdoors and FUN!

Check out our website for more Garden Center Events.

Colorful annuals can bring any landscape to life!

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Because perennials come back year after year, they are great to have in your garden. They are low maintenance and low cost, but you might miss out on some of the beauty of the spring and summer season if you stick to just perennials. Add some unique colors to your garden, patio or walkway with annual flowers.

Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort has Pansies

Beautiful tricolor Pansies at the Garden Center!

An easy way to plant and care for annual flowers is to create smaller gardens in flower pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Growing annuals in your flower beds in the yard is a great idea but there a several benefits of growing them in containers instead.

5 Reasons to Grow Annuals in Containers:

  • Experiment with different types of plant combinations
  • Get creative with what you plant them in
  • Can move containers around to the ideal location
  • It’s easy to do—even for beginners & kids!
  • Perfect for those with limited gardening time or space

There are a few things to think about when starting to plant annuals in containers. First, consider the sun, wind and shade requirements of the plants you are choosing. Also consider flower color, texture & height—how they look alone and in combination.  Ask yourself, is the plant compatible with other plants together in the same pot? It’s better for the flowers if you combine the ones with similar needs, but sun-loving plants that grow above shade-loving will sometimes work out.

There are hundreds of plants and flowers that thrive in container gardens but we’ve picked out a few to get you started.

Edward's Garden Center Blog - Verbena

Verbena – These plants reach a size of six to ten inches. But don’t over-pamper them with excesses of anything. Full to partial sun. Verbena blooms in clusters of small flowers in shades of blue, mauve, white, pink or purple.

Edward's Garden Center Blog - Portulaca

Portulaca – Can you say “hot and dry”? Those are the perfect full-sun conditions for these small, but fast growing annuals with 1″ flowers in white, red, orange, pink and yellow.

Edward's Garden Center Blog - Gazania

Gazania – Or African daisy. Daisy-shaped flowers come in a vivid color range featuring red, orange, yellow, white and pink and close at night. This annual wants full sun.

Edward's Garden Center Blog - Fuschia

Fuschia – The name is also the color. This plant with lovely little bell-shaped flowers likes partial shade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Containers

You can get pretty creative with the type of container that you use. There are just a few things to keep in mind.

  • Containers should complement the plant, not overwhelm or outshine it
  • Containers should be sturdy but not too heavy
  • They must have drainage holes.
  • In most cases, containers should be at least 6 inches deep.  Taller flowers need deeper containers.
  • Cascading plants and vines work well in hanging baskets
  • Get creative—use old boots, wheelbarrows or something else that adds character to your garden

Before you dig in, take a quick look at these tips:

  • Make a clean start. Always use a clean container. And use a superior potting mix that drains well and isn’t clumpy like Espoma’s All-Purpose Potting Mix.
  • A different kind of deadhead. Keep annuals blooming throughout the season by “deadheading” them.  When flowers begin to die, just pop off the seed head with your fingers to encourage new blooms.
  • Get closer with your plants. Just a sidenote—remember, you can plant annual combinations closer together in containers (4″), because their roots won’t compete
  • Feed ’em right. Feed plants regularly with high quality organic plant food, like Espoma’s Plant-tone or Flower-tone. Follow the application rates on the package
  • Hold your water. Watering needs vary by plant. In general, don’t flood, but thoroughly soak the soil. Excess water should exit through drainage holes in the pot. You shouldn’t see any puddles at top.

Information for this post came from Espoma.

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In Season: Miniature Gardens

Miniature Gardens are a hot trend

The stone path connects the separate areas of Shelly Skindelien’s garden and the repetition of the three Sedum ‘Mentha Requein’ gives the garden a sense of unity. Photo from The Miniature Garden Shoppe.

One of the hottest  gardening trends for this year is miniature gardens or fairy gardens. Though some people have been making these tiny creations for many years, the trend has really just reached our area.

You may have seen pictures on a gardening site, on Houzz or on Pinterest. There are even a few blogs and websites dedicated to making these creative little gardens.

So you are wondering: what are these fairy gardens? Are they difficult to make? We can answer all of those questions and tell you where you can find some items to include in your own, (hint: we have some miniature garden supplies in the Garden Center).

Miniature or Fairy Gardens
A Fairy Garden is a miniature replica of a garden, complete with mini furniture, decor, flowers, plants and structures. They can be made in large pots, baskets, window boxes, and right on the ground.

Creating your Fairy Garden
First, you’ll need to decide what you want in your Fairy Garden. This will help you determine what size pot or box you will need. Many people set a theme for their garden at this point. For ideas, check Pinterest or search the internet. With just a quick search I came up with a bunch of websites that have fabulous pictures. The Miniature Garden Shoppe has a wonderful inspiration gallery.

Once you have your theme set and have chosen a few plants, pieces of furniture and accessories, you can purchase the container you want to use. Make sure that the bottom of your container will allow for some water drainage. You wouldn’t want all your hard work to get flooded. Next, you’ll need to fill the container with potting soil. The average potting mix you would use for a window box will work great. It should have peat moss, perlite and vermiculite. Stay away from mixes that have actual soil or dirt because  they will not drain well enough.

Now we move onto the fun and creative part: Laying out your garden.

Fill your container with the soil and place the items on top, creating whatever layout and design you like. Try out lots of ideas and see how creative you can get. When you have everything placed where you like it, you can begin planting the plants.

Plant the plants with the largest root mass first, as the cause the most soil displacement. After you have all the plants securely in their new homes, gently water them with a watering can.

If you are adding any hardscaping items like a brick path or any furniture, it is best to do so when the soil is damp and compressed.

Fairy Garden Accessories at Edward's Garden Center

So many accessories for your Fairy Garden at Edward’s Garden Center!

Finally, when you are finished setting up your Fairy Garden, you can chose where to display it.

Most miniature gardens grown in containers, including those with sedums, tend to do best with morning sun and some shade in the afternoon, according to The Miniature Garden Shoppe. Ultimately, the best location will be determined by what kids of plants you chose. 

Tip for watering: Use a sprinkle watering can and go over it gently. If you dump to much water, your decor will scatter or float.

Purchasing plants and accessories
When choosing plants and flowers for your Fairy Gardens, stick with plants that are small in size and won’t grow too much bigger. Fairy Gardening has a great website that will help you chose the right ones.

There are many places online where you can purchase little accessories, furniture and structures to go with your Fairy Garden. A simple Google search will lead you to many options. As always, make sure the site you order from is secure and reputable.

Locally, in our Garden Center we have a collection of items for your miniature gardens. Stop by and check it out!

For your viewing pleasure, a great example of a Fairy Patio Garden!