What makes your plants better than everybody elses?
We are a no-spray greenhouse - toxic chemicals are never sprayed on our plants. We grow naturally compact plant varieties and use beneficial insects (such as ladybugs) to protect our plants from pests and disease.
Our plants are grown right here from seeds and cuttings instead of being shipped half way across the country. Also, we are not a wholesaler. We sell directly to the public. Since we are not trying to grow enormous quantities of plants, we are able to focus on the quality of our plants more than our competitors.
How do I prepare my garden bed?
How well you prepare your soil determines how well your plants will grow and bloom. Plants grow best in rich, loose soil. Mark the perimeter of your bed and cut through the edges with a spade or shovel. Remove all existing vegetation and work the soil to a depth of 8" to 10". Add plenty of compost and organic matter (such as peat moss) to the soil. Wood ash and composted manure can also be added. Dig it in well with a pitchfork, shovel, or small tiller.
If you have an area that has poor drainage, you may add potting mix or decayed bark mulch to the area. You may also mound or raise your garden beds to eliminate this problem.
How early can I plant my garden?
Some plants tolerate spring frosts and actually prefer to grow in the cooler temperatures of spring. Some cold-hardy flowers such as pansies, violas, snapdragons, alyssums, and dianthus add early color to your garden. Also, cool-crop veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Swiss chard should be planted in late April or early May since they grow best when it is cool. Plant your perennials in May.
Warm-season veggies (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash) and tender annuals should be planted around Memorial Day (Late May) when the danger of frost has passed. Click here
to view the average last frost date for your area. TIP: If a late frost is forecasted, you can protect your plants by covering them with a sheet for the night.
Can you help me design my garden / flower bed?
Yes! We are more than happy to do so. Come and see us in our shop for a free consultation (bringing a layout of your yard or garden bed helps).
Will you plant my garden / flower bed for me?
If you would like someone to plant your garden / flower bed for you, then we can help. We have partnered with Stone Age Landscaping
. They are ready and willing to help prepare your garden bed, plant the flowers, or maintain your gardens and lawns.
How often should I fertilize my plants?
Depending on the type of fertilizer that you use and weather conditions, this answer can vary greatly. In general, a safe bet is to mix some fertilizer (such as Espoma Plant-tone) into the soil at planting and then to refertilize every 3 to 4 weeks afterward. Or, look at the fertilizer package and fertilize as directed.
How do I care for my hanging baskets?
Due to the size of containers and the locations where people put hanging baskets, it takes some special care to keep them looking their best. Check out our hanging basket info sheet
for detailed instructions.
I water my plants every day. Why do they look like they are dying?
Overwatering is one of the most common problems that we run into. The roots of plants need to be able to breathe. If you never let the soil get dry, you are literally drowning your plants. Optimally, you should water your plants only when the soil is dry. For most plants, they will have just the slightest wilt. For begonias, the leaves will become dull. When the soil is dry, soak the roots / base of the plant thoroughly. Let the soil dry and repeat the process.
What is the difference between an annual and a perennial?
An annual is a flower that puts all of its energy into blooming or producing for one season. Generally, this allows it to bloom for most of the season. A perennial has to store enough energy to survive the coming winter. Due to this need to conserve energy, it tends to bloom for a shorter period, but it will come back and bloom again in following years.
What does it mean when the planting directions say sun, part-sun, or shade?
All of the plants that we sell need some sun. Some just need more than others. A plant labeled for sun is one that needs 6 or more hours of sun on an average day. One for part-sun needs a few hours of sun a day, but will not do well in extreme afternoon sun or a full day of sun. Shade plants need sun, too. Generally, they need at least an hour of sun, or more scattered sun. They have a tendency to "burn out" if they get strong afternoon sun or more than a few hours of sun.
Why did you stop selling flowers?
Our desire has always been to be self-sustaining and to raise our children in a natural environment. Growing flowers, we found that we were spending far more time preparing and providing for other gardens and far less time working our own land. We are shifting our focus to pick-your-own berries, classes, and self-sustaining practices.
Will you still sell vegetable and herb plants?
Yes. Vegetable plants will be available by pre-order and over Memorial weekend. We may also participate in some local Farmers Markets.
I have lots of deer in my yard. Can I still have a garden / flower bed?
Yes. We sell a number of plants that are deer resistant. We also sell DeerOut. It is a pleasant smelling natural deer repellant. It is still possible that deer will come and take a nibble, but much less likely that they will stay for dinner.
Do you carry bushes, shrubs, or trees?
No. We do not carry bushes, shrubs, or trees. If you are looking for something in particular, we may be able to suggest a couple places to purchase them.
Are your berries organic?
Our berries are organically grown. We do not spray any pesticides or herbicides on any of our plants or berries. We use natural weed suppression and pest prevention techniques. Due to the size of our operation, we are not required to certify organic, which is a very expensive process. As such, we can pass the savings on to you.
Can children pick berries?
Yes. Children can come pick raspberries
. We require a minimum of one adult for every two children. Due to the nature of the plants and berries, children require close supervision while picking.
Unforunately, we cannot allow children to pick blackberries
. A person must be at least twelve years old to pick blackberries. This is due to the nature of the plants and location.
Do you have strawberries?
No. We do not grow, pick, or sell strawberries. There are a number of stawberry farms in the area for you to visit. We look forward to having you come and pick raspberries
, and blackberries
on our farm.
Can you do a presentation for my club / group?
You bet! We do presentations on a variety of topics. We are happy to host your club / group, or we can come to your meeting and do a presentation there. Contact us
to arrange a presentation.
Do you do farm tours?
We are very happy to do farm tours. We have a 3000 sf greenhouse and 42 acres of fields and woods. We can adapt tours to fit the abilities and interests of many different groups. Feel free to bring your lunch and picnic on our scenic property. Contact us
to make arrangements.
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1) You may have typed in your e-mail address incorrectly.
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