Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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Happy Thanksgiving and announcing the contest winner

First of all we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with visits from family and friends, delicious food, laughter and joy. Happy Thanksgiving from Edward's Garden Center

Secondly, we would like to thank the few people who did enter the Blog Contest. We will run another one eventually and hopefully, we get more participants. The winner of the contest is….. Lisa Prevuznak, who said her favorite post was “Mums: Everyone’s favorite fall flowers.”

Christmas Tree delivery at Edward's Garden Center

Christmas Tree delivery at Edward’s Garden Center on Nov. 26, 2014.

Lastly, as you may have seen on our Facebook, the Garden Center staff has been very busy getting ready for the holiday season. We have decorative vases, wreaths and cemetery logs ready for you to purchase. If you don’t see anything you like, please ask one of our staff to create something especially for you. Also, our Christmas trees arrived yesterday, during the snow storm! They are all ready to be taken to their new homes beginning Friday.

We will be open regular hours Friday and throughout the weekend. Don’t forget Saturday is Shop Small Business day. Support your local small businesses! Many of them will be having awesome sales.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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Easy Thanksgiving table center pieces

Bring some of the beautiful outdoors to your family Thanksgiving dinner with an easy to make centerpiece. With Thanksgiving only one week away, you may want to take a look around your yard and see what you can use to make a lovely centerpiece.

There are thousands of easy DIY centerpiece options when you search online and we have a few staff members at the Garden Center that can help you with some ideas, but if you want some quick inspiration, take a look at the ideas we have gathered. We even have videos so they are super easy to follow.

Take a look at the ideas below, then enter our blog contest that we posted last week!

Simple Fall Foliage Vase
For this centerpiece, you will want to go outside and look for some deciduous trees, fall flowers and maybe some pinecones or acorns. You will arrange these however you like in a tall vase. Watch this video for some ideas on what trees to chose.

Candle Crate Cornucopia
For this centerpiece you will need to purchase a few items from the dollar store, but some of the items you can substitute with items from your garden.

Begin with a simple crate. For a special look spray paint it gold or silver. Next you can add some holly or deciduous tree pieces. Lastly, you will need purchase candle sticks to add to the centerpiece. Watch this video to see how she put her’s together. She also has a few other decor ideas that are easy and pretty.

Table-top Trees & Edible Centerpieces
The next two centerpieces are great projects for the kids when they are home from school next Wednesday. For the table-top tree, take a paper towel holder and have them paint or color it dark brown. Then make slits at the top and bend them down to look like branches. Next glue on either pressed leaves or fabric leaves from the craft store.

To make an edible cornucopia centerpiece, you will need waffle cones, tootsie rolls of various colors and some small hands to shape the “food.” You may want to add some nuts or chocolate covered pretzels to give it more variety.

Watch this video from the Today Show to find out more about these two great Thanksgiving centerpieces.

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Hope you found some inspiration for your table this year! Don’t forget to enter the blog contest.


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Blog Contest: Details here!

As promised, we are posting our first ever blog contest.

Edward's Garden Center Blog ContestBut first, if this is your first visit to the Edward’s Garden Center blog, welcome! If it’s not your first visit, welcome back.

First, let us tell you a little bit about our blog. We love to share tips, tricks and interesting gardening stories. Sometimes, we post fun non gardening related posts, but generally, we stick to gardening because it’s what we know and love!

Before you can enter the contest, we need you to look around a little so you’ll know where to look to enter.

About the blog
At the top of the home page, you’ll find a nice picture taken at the Garden Center and a menu with links to our various pages. To the right, you’ll find a Google map centered on our Garden Center, just in case you want to stop by for a visit, but need directions. Beneath that, you have the opportunity to follow us on Facebook and a spot to subscribe to our blog. We highly recommend you take advantage of both. 🙂

In the center of the home page, you will find our blog posts. The one on the top will always be the most recent. If you keep scrolling you’ll see more blog posts. Click on the title of the post you want to read to see the full story and have the opportunity to share it on your social media pages.

So what kind of posts have we shared lately? Well, our most recent post was about common gardening myths that you won’t want to believe. Ideas for getting your garden ready for fall was a popular post. And if you are an expert gardener, you might like the post titled: Have a laugh only a gardener would understand.

Like we said, take a look around. Then come back to this post because you will want to enter the CONTEST!

Contest rules:

  1. Look around the blog and read a few posts
  2. Copy or write down the name of your favorite post (this contest post DOES NOT COUNT)
  3. Come back to the blog home page and click on the contest post title.
  4. Scroll down to the very bottom and comment with the name of your favorite post from our blog.
  5. That comment is your contest entry.
  6. Comments/Entries must be posted by November 26, 2014.
  7. One winner will be chosen from the entries, to win a $50 gift card to the Garden Center.

Good luck and get reading!


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6 gardening myths you should never believe again

We take certain things in society to be true just because our mothers or fathers told us they were. Things like: go outside with out a hat and you will catch a cold, never swim less than 30 mins after eating or you will get a cramp and the more you shave, the thicker your hair will grow back. Anyone can argue that these things are true, but research says otherwise.

Just like these little life lessons, some common gardening “truths” are nothing but myths. There are many myths out there so we pulled a few of the most common ones and a little info on why they are not true.

Myth: You should water your grass every day in the summer.
During the hot summer months, your grass will need a drink of water, but watering it every day will actually hurt your lawn. A lawn needs a period of dryness to stay healthy and to ward off insects. Applying about 1-1/2 to two inches, two to three times a week during the summer is ideal.

Myth: You should purchase new seeds if yours are more than a year old.
If stored in a cool, dry place, your seeds can last up to five years. The trick is to keep them away from light, heat and air. One of the best storage containers is a mason jar. After you collect your seeds each year, pour them into a mason jar or air tight plastic container and you won’t have to purchase any next year.

Debunking Garden Myths - Edward's Garden Center

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Myth: Newly planted trees need to be staked.
Staking a tree can actually hinder the growth. This practice was started by gardeners and landscapers who thought they were helping the tree stay upright, but unless the area is very windy, it is not necessary. It’s best to avoid staking. If it is truly necessary, tie the trunk loosely to the stake using fabrics such as T-shirts avoid damaging the bark, and remove the support after one growing season.

Myth: Drought tolerant plants don’t need to be watered.
Yes these plants will still survive if they don’t get watered very often but that doesn’t mean you should deprive them. Just like any plant, you should water it if the soil is dry. Young plants are especially susceptible to drought because their roots are getting established.

Myth: Adding fertilizer to the hole will help the transplant’s roots establish
Adding fertilizer to the soil before transplanting is not necessary. In some cases, it’s better to let the nutrient rich soil do all the work itself. Also, adding extra nutrients can make the plant rely on the amount it first received. Then once they are used up, the plant will have trouble adjusting.

Myth: Adding gravel to the bottom of containers improves drainage.
This is one myth that never seems to go away. The idea behind this myth is that it helps ward off root rot, but it actually makes it more likely to occur. Water is pulled down through the container by gravity and builds up near the drainage hole. A layer of gravel at the pot’s base serves as the drainage hole and collects water in the same way. So instead of preventing roots from sitting in water at the container’s base, the gravel simply moves the pool of water higher up the pot, where it can do more damage.