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Choosing Mulches

Our customers frequently ask, “What’s the best mulch?” and there is no single answer. In the Northeast people usually choose an organic mulch that breaks down over time, as opposed to rocks and pebbles. Since many of our plants shed foliage and stems, a rock mulch is harder to keep clean and debris-free. Mulches such…

Measuring Rain

Every yard and garden should have a rain gauge. Whether it’s large or small, decorative or simply functional, it’s important to know how much water Mother Nature has delivered. For most established plants, an inch of rain every seven days is the ideal. When a Northeast garden gets that amount of rain you don’t need…

Cooking With Tomatoes

As part of our Totally Tomatoes Weekend, Nancy Cavanaugh gave a cooking demonstration that showed some of her favorite ways to prepare home-grown tomatoes. Mouths watered and attendees were rewarded with samples of the dishes she prepared.  Of particular interest was the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and the Fresh Tomato…

Winter Moth Alert!

Spring is here and everything seems to be growing! As perennials pop up and the trees start producing leaves, most people tend to assume that the plants in their landscape are doing just fine. Truth be told, most of them probably are growing well without assistance. But on Cape Cod, people may not realize that…

Changing The Color of Hydrangeas

You say you want your hydrangeas to be in the pink or feeling blue? Success depends on what type of hydrangea you have and the pH of your soil. Some hydrangeas will never change color. A white ‘Annabelle’ will always have white fading to green flowers. Limelight will always be green that turns white and…

Choosing A Healthy Plant

It’s a busy time at the garden center. Trucks roll in almost daily loaded with shrubs, trees and perennials. Soon the annuals, vegetables, tropicals and water garden plants will arrive as well. All in all, this is an exciting period for home landscapers and garden lovers! Faced with such bounty, how do you choose one…

Gift Hydrangeas

At this time of year our greenhouse is filled with gift hydrangeas for Easter and Mother’s day. The large, colorful flowers are so beautiful it’s no wonder that this is a popular holiday plant and present. Everyone who buys or receives these plants invariably asks the same question: “Can I plant this greenhouse grown Hydrangea…

Edible Landscapes

Are you interested in fresh, tasty food? Would you like to be able to go out into your yard and pick ingredients for dinner? If your answer to these questions is “yes” but you’re not ready to install a full-scale vegetable garden or berry patch, this post is for you. Many of our customers would…

The Best of Bonsai

Marsha and Lily are presenting The Best of Bonsai this weekend. It will be a two-day celebration of this fascinating combination of art form and plants. This event has us thinking about the appeal of bonsai trees. These plants are a reminder…a living, three-dimensional Post-it note that prompts us to think about and appreciate natural…

Downy Mildew – Can I Plant Impatiens Again?

2012 and 2013  UPDATE: Many of our customers saw Downy Mildew on their Impatiens in 2011 and 2012 – if you decide to plant them again in 2013 it will be at your own risk. Last summer many of our Cape Cod customers were shocked when the common impatiens they’ve relied on for years seemed…

Thoughts On Watering

Keeping Your Container Plants Hydrated The rows of watering cans in the store reminds us that the growing season is approaching. Some of these cans are traditional in shape and others are more fanciful. No matter if they are practical or silly, these watering tools represent a serious subject. Without appropriate watering container plants will…

Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #7

Plan on Peas! It’s still a bit early to put them in the ground, but it’s not too early to plan where they will be planted. Yes, you can grow peas in any traditional vegetable garden. But you can also grow them in other locations. Plant peas in pots and let them scramble up the…

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