OUR GARDEN CENTRE IS OPEN FOR THE 2018 GARDENING SEASON
***We are proud to source our plants from a local, family-owned & operated garden centre who grows healthy and vigourous plants with lots of local TLC.
- We offer many varieties of annual bedding plants to choose from as well as 4″ and quart pots of trailing and upright flowers, grasses and spikes, plus assorted beautiful hanging baskets and planters to brighten up your garden or deck.
- For your vegetable garden, choose from boxes or flats of your favourite vegetables. We also have 4″ pots of tomatoes and peppers and 10″ pots of well-established tomato plants to have those tasty early tomatoes right from your deck or garden.
- Don’t forget we’ve got vegetable and flower seed packets, seed potatoes, onions and garlic bulbs inside the store!
- Also offering Certified Organic potting soils, triple mixes, compost and lawn dresser mix to augment your gardens, planters or lawn. Save water and weed-pulling by putting down landscape mulch in a variety of colours offered.
- We offer competitive pricing on our garden centre’s offerings of locally-grown plants that will give you the look and performance you desire for your gardens, baskets and planters.
- Ask Melanie for ideas, tips and suggestions on plant types for specific planters, garden soil types and locations to get the best performance for your gardens, decks and patios.
- Look for new garden accents, accessories, planter pots and decor to complete your gardening experience.
HOW TO PRUNE FRUIT TREES & EVERGREEN HEDGES:
GARDEN PLANTING TIPS — Here are the critical points to keep in mind to produce the best food garden of your life with excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter.
1. Soil prep is key. Mark adds four to five centimetres of finished compost to his veggie garden this week. He lets earth worms pull it down: he does not turn it under. Ben adds Bio Max composted cattle manure.
2. For root crops like carrots and beets add lots of ‘play sand’. Dig it as deep as you expect your root crops to grow. Do you dream of nice long, sweet carrots? Dig in lots of sand.
3. Row cover. Cover all lettuce-type and brassicas with a floating row cover. This prevents damage from a light frost and invasions of flea beetles and the dreaded cabbage moth.
4. Plant herbs in a hot spot in your garden. For this reason herbs generally lend themselves well to container planting. Containers warm up early and get hotter than terra firma and all herbs love heat.
5. Fruit trees. Do nothing while they are in bloom. Let them flower and let bees, honey and native bees alike, do their work undisturbed.
6. Feed your transplants. 10-52-10 or compost tea will get them off to a good start. Compost tea is made by ‘steeping’ a half filled pillow case with compost or composted manure in your rain barrel of a large bucket. After 48 hours it is ready. Mix 3 parts water with one part compost tea for great, all natural fertilizer.
7. Start ‘hardening’ off frost tender plants like tomatoes and peppers. This means placing them out of doors for short periods of about an hour, to start gradually increasing to a full day and then in about 2 weeks leaving them out over night. The idea is to get the tender darlings used to the intensity of the sun, wind and cool evening temps before you plant outdoors in 10 days to 2 weeks.
CONTAINER PLANTING TIPS:
It’s trending this year to use an assortment of different and unique new annuals, tropical plants (hibiscus, dipladenia, rubber plants, elephant ears, crotons) tubers (caladium), houseplants (kalanchoe, angelwing begonias), perennials (hostas, coral bells, hydrangeas, ferns, ornamental grasses, sedums, coreopsis), succulents, herbs (globe basil, variegated basil, rosemary) and vegetables (think beet tops, ornamental peppers, red millet) in planters to give a more dynamic look.
Have a look at what you’ve already got growing in your own home or your gardens that might make a nice focal point/accent to your planters this year. Take a look around at other nurseries/garden centres for new and different plants that might work for you that we don’t have here at Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs.
You might even consider creating your own spray-painted sticks/twigs to add as an accent to your planters to match your outdoor living space to add that extra punch of colour and style or add a candle feature in your planter for summer evening ambiance.
When your planters and baskets start to look tired and/or over-grown in late-summer, another popular idea is to yank out early performers or straggly plants from your planters/pots ~ half-way through the season and replace with a new late-summer bloomers or cool-weather performers in the empty space. This will extend the life of your planters and give a new look as the seasons change.
Once the annuals have been bitten by frost, you can stick in coniferous greenery, sumac branches, mountain ash berries, mini pumpkins & squash; plant colourful mums or flowering kale & cabbage; add ornamental grass tufts, birch twigs & branches, pine cones, magnolia leaves, grapevine accents; spray-paint (gold or silver) branches or pine cones, add decorative balls and ribbons (the list is endless, really) to carry your planters from a Thanksgiving theme right through until Christmas.
See how much fun this can be 🙂 ‘The possibilities are only limited to the bounds of your imagination’ and anything goes these days.