JoAnn says she must make room for next Spring, so you are enjoying the savings with 20% off ALL POTTERY & BIRDBATHS
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This Fall is the perfect time for planting. Loretta, Justin & Heather have plants that would be much happier in the ground so they are passing incredible savings on to you so you can enjoy new garden colors next year.

30% OFF:

Perennial Vines
Bee Balm/Monarda
Creeping Phlox & Tall Garden Phlox
Echinacea/Coneflower
Lilies
Astilbe
Yucca
Arborvitae
Roses
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Flowering Quince
Redbuds
Oaks

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It’s Time to Plant Your Garlic

garlicFall is the best time to plant your garlic bulbs.  You can plant in the spring but your mature bulbs will not be as big or flavorful.  I generally plant my garlic around Columbus Day.

Following are some basic guidelines to follow:

  • Plant garlic one month before ground freezes.
  • Till up your soil removing any debris.  Ensure soil is well drained with plenty of organic matter.
  •  Break apart the cloves a few days before planting but keep the papery husk on each individual cove.
  • Place cloves in an upright position with the wide end down, 4” apart and 2” deep.
  • Once the ground freezes mulch heavily with straw.
  • In spring, once the threat of frost is past, remove the straw.
  • Cut off any flower shoots that appear in the spring as these may decrease bulb size.
  • Weed as needed.
  • Harvest when tops are yellow and fall over; around mid-July. Check the bulb size and wrapper quality; you don’t want to see the wrapper disintegrated.  If digging too early, the bulb will be immature.
  • Carefully lift the bulbs from the soil, brush off any loose soil and let them dry/cure in an airy spot.  An old screen works great for this, placing the screen in a breezy spot in your garage.   Another option is to hang the garlic up by the leaves in bunches of 4-6.  You want to make sure the air circulates around each blub.  Drying will take about 2 weeks.  Bulbs are cured when wrappers are dry and papery and roots are completely dry.
  • Remove the tops and store in a cool dry place.

We have two different types of garlic bulbs at the garden center this year, softneck and hardneck (The hardneck hasn’t arrived as of 9/12, it is being shipped from the Netherlands).  The softneck garlic stays soft after harvest allowing the tops to be braided for storage.  Softneck garlic also has many cloves in one blub.

Hardneck garlic grows in one ring of cloves, making the individual cloves much bigger.  This garlic is extremely cold hardy and the flavor is milder than softneck garlic.
~ Cindy, The Veggie Lady
Here is another source from Seed Savers – Growing Garlic

Sales September 22-28, 2014

Perennials:  Loretta has finally put the coneflowers on 30% off. You
can enjoy beautiful color in your perennial gardens. She also has Lilies, Creeping & Tall Garden Phlox, Astilbe, and Yucca marked at 30% discount.Coneflower - Echinacea Sale

Lilies - Phlox 30 webShe also has Astilbe, Yucca at 30% off

Justin & Heather have great deals for you all at 30% discount:
Flowering Quince
All Weeping Trees
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Roses
Ornamental Pears
Redbuds
Oaks

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JoAnn says she needs to make room for the new garden stakes and picks she has ordered for 2015, so stop on out for your 30% discount. She also has a few firepots left for you to use on your patio or decks this fall.Garden Stakes & Picks web

 

GIFTS – 20% OFF ANY GIFT ITEMS IN THE STORE RED / YELLOW / BLACK / GOLD in honor of the Hawkeye vs Cyclone Football game Saturday, Sept 13. Hawkes CycPERENNIALS:  Sedums & Monardo/Bee Balm – 20% OFF Sedum Bee Balm Monardo web Sedum-The succulent foliage of many types of sedum is topped by starry flowers in late summer and fall. Low-growing types are perfect for rock gardens, while taller varieties thrive in perennial borders. Another common name is stonecrop. Special Features – Easy care/low maintenance, Good for cut flowers, Attracts butterflies, Unusual foliage, Tolerates dry soil QuickCover Sedum: Drought Tolerant; Fairy Gardens, Made for Walking, Rabbit Resistant, Spreads, Sun, Dry soil conditions, Mixed flower color, Variegated Foliage color, Bloom Time – June, July, Augustquick cover sedum fd web1 NURSERY – Barberry & Chokeberry – 20% OFFBarberry webiroquois_beauty_black_chokeberry

BULBS ARE HERE!

BULBS ARE HERE! Stop out early to get the best selection of bulbs.  We will be receiving additional bulbs in a few weeks, once they are harvested from the Netherlands. We recommend planting the bulbs in late October/early November. If you plant them too early, they will begin to grow now and you will use the blossoms for spring.Bulbs are here sm Don’t be daunted by the task of planting lots of bulbs. Digging holes may not be you favorite hobby, but taken in small bites, the task can be finished over several weeks. With a little patience and the right tools, it may not even seem like a chore. You can plant them in individual holes or in trenches. You can create an attractive, natural effect by “scattering” the bulbs and planting them where they fall. The rule of thumb is to plant bulbs and tubers twice as deep as they are high. Generally speaking, you can plant the larger varieties 5″ apart; smaller bulbs are best planted 4″ apart. If you prefer an uninterrupted area full of color, you can safey plant the bulbs a bit closer together. Loosen the soil, and level off the base. If you are planting in heavy clay soil, it’s best to mix the top layer with sand or compost. Bulbs like soil with good drainage. Bulb Food: Even though a true bulb has everything it needs to bloom, tulips profit from being fertilized when they are planted. Dutch Bulb Food, an improvement on bone meal, works best when scratched into the surface of the soil after planting. For Color this Fall:   Autumn Crocuses – zonatus & Colchicum Water Lily

 For Color next Spring:
  • Deer Resistant Tulips – Wildflower Mix
  • Deer Resistant Tulips – Peppermint Stick
  • Single Late Mix Tulips
  • Retro Tulip Mix
  • Lily Flowering Mix Tulips
  • Flamenco Parrot Tulips
  • Flaming Jewel Tulips
  • Sunlover – Double Late Tulips
  • Queen of the Night Tulips
  • Curly Sue Fringed Tulips
  • Narcissus – Intrique
  • Snow Crocus – Lady Killer
  • Large Flower Mix Crocus
  • Cotton Candy – Muscari Plumosum
  • Double Snowdrops
  • Camassia-Caerulea
  • Siberian Squill
  • Giant Allium – schubertii
  • Giant Allium – Pinball Wizard
  • California Softneck Seed Garlic
 The bigger the better! This is one case where it pays to buy the largest, best quality bulbs you can afford. This can be confusing since tulips are graded by overall size, but a top-size of one variety may not be as large as the top-size of another. When choosing daffodils, they are graded according to size and weight. Some varieties have several segments to the daffodil bulb, referred to as double-nose or triple-nose. Smaller bulbs are often available as an affordable alternative or for naturalizing.

Be as gentle as possible with your bulbs to avoid bruising. Store bulbs somewhere cool and dry until the appropriate time for planting, opening the bags or boxes to increase air circulation. bulbs

September Lawn & Gardening

SEPTEMBER LAWN & GARDENING TIPS

  • Plant grass seed, but be sure to water daily until established. In northern Iowa, the first half of the month is an ideal time to plant grass seed and lay sod. In southern Iowa, the second half of the month is an ideal time. Fall is the best time to plant new lawn seed, once temperatures drop a bit. Patch bare spots. Fill low spots with excellent quality topsoil and seed. And if your lawn is thin, overseed it by sprinkling on additional lawn seed. Water in well and keep well watered for the next 2 weeks. Don’t mow your grass too short during hot weather.
  • If you have compost, rake it over your lawn to feed it and to fill low spots.
  • Keep harvesting your fruit and vegetables every couple days to encourage production into the fall.
  • Divide spring-blooming perennials.
  • If you choose to use chemicals, apply a lawn broadleaf herbicide late in the month. Also apply a fertilizer, either chemical or organic, to ensure a lawn that greens up faster in the spring.
  • Dig up your potatoes once the vines have died and the tops turn brown.
  • Harvest cantaloupe when the stem easily separates from the fruit.
  • Share the bounty of your garden with friends and those in need!
  • Ripen tomatoes on the vine, not the windowsill; put fallen green tomatoes in a brown paper bag with an apple.
  • Fertilize roses (last time this year).
  • Continue to weed before the weeds go to seed.
  • Japanese beetles? Handpick and drop in a jar of detergent and water.
  • This is a great time to plant evergreen trees and shrubs, such as pines, spruces, and firs, because the plants will have time to develop their roots before the winter conditions. Make sure to water your plants.
  • Now is a great time to plant container-grown or balled-and-burlapped nursery stock. Keep newly planted stock well watered until the ground freezes. Continue watering gardens, shrubs and trees if rainfall doesn’t reach an inch or more every week or 10 days. It’s important for plants to go into cold weather with adequate moisture; especially if we would have as cold of a winter as we did last year.
  • Keep planting fall vegetables, such as lettuce, turnips, collards, kale, radishes, beans, spinach, and beets.
  • If there are dry spells, remember to water your plants and shrubs thoroughly to prevent drought.
  • Check your plants for any insect or disease damage and treat when necessary.
  • Remove any old plants that have stopped producing to help eliminate insects and diseases from your garden.
  • Plant, transplant or divide peonies, daylilies, poppies, iris, phlox and other summer-blooming perennials that have finished blooming. Discard the dead centers and replant divisions from around the perimeter. Fist-sized pieces are fine. The exception: perennials that bloom in fall, such as mums, sedums and asters.
  • Purchase spring-blooming bulbs mid-September. Begin planting them at the end of the month. Planting too early can cause top growth to sprout before winter; allow four to six weeks for good root formation before ground freezes. Our bulbs will be arriving mid-September.
  • Dig tender bulbs, such as cannas, caladiums, tuberous begonias and gladiolus, before frost. Air dry and store in dry peat moss or vermiculite.

New Arrivals

New Arrivals:

PERENNIALS

  • Balloon Flowers
  • Phlox
  • Asters
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Echinacea
  • Grasses
  • Coneflowers
  •    Pow Wow Wildberry
  •    Cheyenne Sky
  • Rudibeckia
  • Sedum

TREES & SHRUBS

  • Maples
  • Tulip Trees
  • Hydrangeas – many varieties and new to us is Mystical Flame
  • Hydrangea Trees
  • Ninebarks
  • Weigelia
  • Paint the Town Rose

Enjoy the sneak preview of Screaming Neon Red Rose.  It was supposed to be released in 2015, but the grower has delivered it early for you to enjoy.DSCN3074

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