Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA


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Thanks for a Great Season!

As 2016 comes to a close,  we want to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful customers and loyal followers for making this a fantastic season at Edward’s Garden Center.

We had many firsts this year. From our first ever Kiddieland Corn Maze to our new Holiday Topiary seminars, we had a blast seeing all of our regular customers and seeing many fresh faces. Our events keep getting bigger and more exciting each and every year. We love to introduce and host fun family oriented events for our customers. Next year, our Kiddieland Corn Maze will be back and better than this year. We are also planning some new seminars aimed directly at kids. Keep an eye on our website for more info.

Along with many firsts, we also continued to give the Garden Center a new look. Our “Home of Gnomes” continued to grow and take on a whimsical look with the silly monkeys hanging from their tree houses and tree branches.  At the very end of the season, we also added another green house. Not only will we be able to house more gorgeous flowers and plants to sell, but also hold more events.

goats3Another exciting part of our season was the addition of many pets to Edward’s Garden Center. It seems like forever ago, but early this past spring we adopted three baby goats and held a contest to name them. Our Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have since grown and are definitely fan favorites around here. They are always “kidding around” with the guests 😉 We also adopted several new rabbits and some new tortoises.

2016 was a really fantastic year at Edward’s Garden Center. We truly thank all of you who supported us by coming to our events, visiting our animals, purchasing our plants and stopping in to say hello. We can’t wait to see you all again next year. Please keep a close watch on the Facebook page for news and contests! See you in 2017.

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Beautify your borders

Good fences make for good advice?

We have all heard the saying, good fences make good neighbors. As much as we may like our neighbors, the statement usually rings true. After all, who could forget what wonderful friends Tim Taylor and Wilson were through their fence on Home Improvement? They shared some laughs and great advice, but they still benefited from having that tall wooden fence between them.

Of course, not all neighbors are as wonderful as Wilson. But even if they are, you can make your neighbors and yourself happier by maintaining and beautifying that fence or border between your two properties. (Those brown slat fences are so 1990s.)

Whether you are installing a new wall or fence or making an old one come back to life, take a look at some ideas that will get your creativity flowing.

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Water features are a great way to make a solid boundary beautiful.

Brick or solid boundaries
Solid walls are a great way to great privacy. Important things to consider when building a solid boundary like a brick wall or any kind of solid screen are the size, shape and color of the material you are building with. Choosing a fancy brick or stone will add expense to your project. Using rubble or stones you have been collecting can save you a lot of money on material costs. Before choosing a color, consider what you want this boundary to look like on your side of the property. Do you want it to be a statement piece or just blend in? Using concrete materials will give you endless possibilities.

A great way to beautify an exiting brick or concrete boundary, is by adding a water feature to it. Water features are not only beautiful, but they also add a peaceful element to your garden.

Solid boundaries are not the easiest of projects, especially if you want to add a water feature. Before embarking on this adventure, consider calling a professional.

Add color to your stone
Many homes in our area have stone walls separating their properties. Some of these walls have been there for decades and need a little sprucing up. Pull out any weeds that have begun to grow and take of as much moss as you would like. (You may find that leaving some moss gives the wall more character).

To add some color plant flowers in large crevices. When choosing the flowers, make sure that you decide on plants that don’t need large amounts of water, because water may not reach the crevices all the time. Also pay attention to how much sunlight the wall gets throughout the day.

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Planting flowers in the crevices of a stone wall make it pop with color.

Wooden fences
Traditional tall wooden fences are great for privacy or for keeping your dog in the yard. They don’t require strong foundations so they can be installed almost everywhere. If you want to create a unique look, install your fence with boards of varying heights and widths or varying shades of color. For the sake of your neighborly relationships, don’t get too creative without asking their opinion first.

Perforated and picket fences
White perforated fences don’t give you the most privacy, they allow you to enjoy the warm breeze and the beauty in your neighborhood. Because of their solidity, solid walls and fences force the wind to blow up and around them. On a warm day, you might miss out on that color breeze.

To beautify your perforated or picket fence, plant some vine flowers like Morning Glories or Clematis. Year after year, you can watch them grow and twist around your fence.

Ideas and photos for this post came from HGTV’s landscaping section.


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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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