Garden Tips: Grow. Eat. Enjoy!
Our goal is to help you achieve your goal of growing beautiful flowers and your own good food, eating healthily, and feeling great.
As growers ourselves, we believe firstly in the importance of healthy soil.
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Natural soils are full of organic matter, which is so valuable to plants in many ways! It holds water to keep plants moist during dry times, it fosters beneficial bacteria and nematodes which fight plant diseases, and it makes it easy for plant roots to expand through the soil and get the nutrition they need.
Unfortunately, most gardeners are starting with a steep uphill climb to achive good soil conditions! When homes are built, usually the first step is for a bulldozer to push all the topsoil (the good stuff) into a big pile on the side of your lot. Then a huge hole is dug for the home’s foundation.
The soil that is dug up from under your house – mineral soil from deep in the earth, which does not provide any nutrients for plants – is then spread all around your house when the foundation is backfilled.
You don’t have a black thumb! You just weren’t given the right conditions to start with – but we can help you change all that!
We offer organic COMPOST, made from composted manure, fall leaves, peat, and added minerals and nutrients.
Also important to improving your soil are amendments such as GREENSAND and PEAT. Organic fertilizers that can be added in smaller quantities to feed specific plants are BONEMEAL, BLOODMEAL, FISH EMULSION, LIQUID KELP, and more.
We recommend staying away from conventional fertilizers, which are made from petrochemicals – that’s right, the same stuff as the gasoline you burn in your car, the same stuff that runs oil burner in your house, the same stuff that makes us dependent on the Middle East.
Fertilizer like Miracle Gro or 30-30-30 is PLANT CRACK! It will make your plants grow like crazy – but then get exhausted and die on you. Veggie plants will just get tall and gangly. This is what the conventional fertilizer industry doesn’t want you to realize – even plants need a rest sometimes, slow and steady wins the race.
We will Set You Up For Success
Ever wish a landscape professional could help you decide what to plant and when to plant it?
How to grow all your own vegetables so you don’t have to go to the supermarket all summer?
A half hour of consultation can often save many hundreds of dollars in expensive garden mistakes.
Garden consultations are a great way for you to learn more about what plants are right for your landscape, how to properly prepare your soil, and to figure out exactly what will be needed to plant and grow your ideal garden!
Before your visit to our garden center, decide on the area to be worked on and bring in a rough sketch with measurements and dimensions of the area.
Since this is a fairly short consult, it’s best to focus on a specific area rather than the entire yard if its a large one. Note any existing large features (house, trees, driveway, pool, etc) and be aware if it is sunny or shady and what type of soil conditions are there. It is also good to bring in as many photos of the area you wish to work on as possible showing views to and from the house and street.
Feel free to stop by, call us at 631-722-8777, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a day and time that’s convenient for you.
Consultations are free of charge based on a minimum plant purchase (approx. $150.00 per half hour of consultation time) by the customer or purchase of a gift card worth to be used for future plant purchases. Gift cards can be used at any time during the season and they make wonderful gifts!