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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…

Seven Steps Closer To Spring – #6

A salad bowl? You can grow that! And you don’t have to wait until it’s OK to plant outside. Here’s what you do: Once you have the container, get some new potting soil and a packet of lettuce seeds. Mixed leaf types of lettuce, not head lettuce, are good for inside growing. Get the potting…

Cape Cod Houseplant Club

We’re so excited to announce the formation of our new houseplant club. Starting in February of 2012 we’ll host a houseplant club meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month.  Learn about new plants, practices and products.  Receive special discount coupons for club attendees only. Share your successes with others! Show off photos of your…

Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #5

A Reminder of Spring? You can grow that! The stretch of days between the end of January and the growing season can seem very long. The landscape is looking bare and brown and there isn’t even the tinsel of the holidays to distract us. Fortunately, there are houseplants. There are many plants that can be…

Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #4

Make More Plants! Have you kept some geraniums, coleus or other summer annuals alive all winter? If so, it’s time to take cuttings! The plant will benefit from being cut back and you can root the sprigs you’ve removed so that you have more of these plants next spring. Taking cuttings is really pretty easy.…

Calling All Cape Cod Garden Bloggers!

Do you write a blog about your Cape Cod Garden? We’d love to hear about it! At Country Garden we’re interested in connecting with local garden bloggers. We’ll put links to local garden blogs here and include you in a mailing list for special Bloggers Days in the future. We’re thinking of hosting an event…

Seven Steps Closer To Spring – #3

Create A New View It may be too early to plant, but there are other ways of enhancing a view. To determine if this is an option for your property, start by looking out your windows. As you gaze from those indoor vantage points onto scenes you frequently see, ask yourself the following question: Is…

Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #2

You may not be able to get out into your own garden right now, but you can create a miniature garden indoors. All you need is a shallow dish, sheet moss, potting soil, some smaller plants and the accessories of your choice. There are so many wonderful options for miniature garden decor: from tiny birdbaths…

Seed Starting Tips – #2

Here are a few more tips for growing plants from seed. How Big is It?  Did you know that in most cases the size of the seed tells how to plant it? In general, very tiny seeds get sprinkled on the surface of the soil and gently patted onto the top of the dirt. Medium…

Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #1

Over the next seven weeks I’ll post seven suggestions for activities that can liven up winter and bring you ever closer to spring. We hope you’ll enjoy these projects that will make the dormant season less dreary!  #1 Plant a Think Spring Container Remind yourself or someone else that spring will come again. Create a…

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