With the Fall weather brings us closer to closing for the season …

This is the time people ask – when will we be closing for the season. We are tentatively planning on being closed beginning Monday, November 3, however, it always depends on the weather.

If you need something in November – bulk material, gift certificates, please feel free to contact us at 319.851.2161 or call Dan at 319.533.1663.

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We can mail out gift cards for your gift-giving needs if you need one, just give us a call.  Thanks again for all your support this year!Gift Card

Fall Sale-abration Time is Here!

In appreciation of our loyal customers, Dan has said “Let’s give our customers discounts throughout the Garden Center,” so …Fall Salebration web

♦ Loretta has put ALL PERENNIALS 50% OFF

♦ Justin has put ALL NURSERY STOCK 30% OFF (trees, evergreens, & shrubs) and 40% OFF (roses, flowering quince & redbuds)

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♦ JoAnn has discounted Pottery, Birdbaths, Bird Houses, Birdfeeders at 30% OFF and has many other discounted gifts so stop in and check them out (tables & chairs, garden stakes, …)

Bulbs sale webStop in and check out the incredible deals we have for you!!


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Sales October 13-21, 2014

Loretta says it’s time – all ornamental/ perennial grasses are on sale – 30% OFF. Grasses WEB

Sedum & Coreopsis – 30% as wellSedum web Coreopsis web

Justin has HYDRANGEAs for 20% OFF andhydrangea web CHOKEBERRY/ARONIAS for 30% OFFAronia Chokeberry webGrowing Instructions

Aronia grow best in damp to wet soil. They are native to Eastern North America in wet woodland and swampy areas.  In the home garden they should be planted where they receive at least six hours of sun. They can be 3-5 feet apart.  Plants grow 3-6 feet tall at maturity.  Older stems should be thinned out every 2-3 years for best fruit production.

Harvest and Processing

It is beneficial to freeze the berries after harvest and before they are crushed or ground. The freezing process allows the berries to release more juice. The berries can also be steamed to release the juice. You could expect yield 2 cups of juice from every pound of fruit.

We are receiving our last shipment of birdseed for this year.  Make sure you stop by and pick up what you need for the winter.birds web

JoAnn is putting all bird feeders and bird houses on 20% off (excludes bird seed)

Continuing Sales:

  • Arborvitae – 30%
  • Astilbe – 30%
  • Bee Balm – 30%
  • Birdbaths – 20%
  • Birdfeeders – 20%
  • Bird houses – 20%
  • Christmas Corner – 20% excludes Bottle Tree
  • Chokeberry – 30%
  • Coreopsis – 30%
  • Creeping Phlox & Tall Garden Phlox – 30%
  • Dogwood – 30%
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce – 30%
  • Echinacea/Coneflower – 30%
  • Ferns – 30%
  • Firepots – 50%
  • Flowering Quince – 30%
  • Grasses – 30%
  • Hosta – 30%
  • Hydrangea – 30%
  • Japanese Maples – 30%
  • Lilies – 30%
  • Maples – 20%
  • Oaks – 30%
  • Pottery – 30%
  • Redbuds – 30%
  • Roses – 30%
  • Sedum – 30%
  • Spirea – 40%
  • Vines – 30%
  • Weigela – 30%
  • Yucca – 30%


Looking for the Perfect Yard?

Are you the person in the neighborhood who would like to have a yard or garden as nice as your neighbors? You know the ones in the neighborhood whose yards look like they have been carefully groomed for the front cover of Better Homes & Gardens. Those neighbors with the nicest yards and gardens take the time in October and November to improve them.Fothergilla-fall

Fall is the perfect time for planting. It is the perfect time to plant, move existing plants, or in the case of perennials – split your plants! We enjoy the beautiful color in the leaves this time of year as the trees prepare for dormancy prior to winter. The best news about dormancy is it is a reversible stage that appears with the anticipated arrival of spring. The nutrient rich organic matter that falls to the earth and feeds the soil for future growth. The plant is investing in its roots sending energy and food downward instead of the showy top growth. As I am writing this the air temperature has dropped from 80s last week to 48 and incredibly windy today, however, the soil is still wonderfully warm for root development into early winter.DSC_0127

DSC_0010Do you have some small, open areas where spring bulbs would look great as they pop from the ground in the spring? It is as easy as dig – drop – done.  Plant them in groundcover areas by digging a hole, dropping in 5 to 7 bulbs and they will show up through the groundcover next spring.

Another reason to plant in the fall – we have some great bargains for you on trees, shrubs and perennials! We have sales that change weekly (Make sure you sign up for our e-mailer and tell your friends about it as well.) as well as our bargain corners where you can rescue plants that have been stressed and need to be placed in the ground at great deals! If you are dividing your perennials, make sure the root clumps are large enough and mulch them lightly so they don’t work their way out of the ground with the frost heave.Oakleaf Hydrangea2

Plants that are showing off right now – Hydrangeas – especially the Oakleaf Hydrangea, Fothergilla, Viburnum, Caryopteris – Lil Miss Sunshine, Ornamental Grasses, Maples, Oaks, Fall Mums, Ornamental Peppers & Cabbage, Asters, Dahlia and Sedum.

Sales October 6-12, 2014

Justin finally did it – He marked the Maples on 20% off the original price.maples fall webAnd he marked the Japanese Maples and Dogwoods 30% off.

japanese maple webDogwoods webLoretta has some beautiful hostas and ferns for your gardens.

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20% OFF our Christmas Corner

Faye played Christmas music Friday with the cold weather changes, so JoAnn said, “Let’s put everything in the Christmas corner on sale-20% off.” **Christmas corner

**excludes Bottle TreePotttery BirdbathsComplete list of sales:

Arborvitae – 30%
Astilbe – 30%
Bee Balm – 30%
Birdbaths – 20%
Christmas Corner – 20% excludes Bottle Tree
Creeping Phlox & Tall Garden Phlox – 30%
Dogwood – 30%
Dwarf Alberta Spruce – 30%
Echinacea/Coneflower – 30%
Ferns – 30%
Firepots – 50%
Flowering Quince – 30%
Hosta – 30%
Japanese Maples – 30%
Lilies – 30%
Maples – 20%
Oaks – 30%
Pottery – 30%
Redbuds – 30%
Roses – 30%
Spirea – 40%
Vines – 30%
Weigela – 30%
Yucca – 30%

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
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Flowering Quince

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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

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