Greenhouses and Garden

  1. Simple Steps for an Efficient, Effective Spring Yard Cleanup

    Simple Steps for an Efficient, Effective Spring Yard Cleanup

    With wintertime almost over, the first signs of spring are starting to show. With the cold spell coming to an end and with the year still being a new one, this is the perfect time for a fresh, blossoming yard cleanup.

    Although it may only look like a couple of twigs and dead flowers to clean up, yard work is so much more taxing in reality. Each branch, each stem, and each pack of fertilizer demands your full attention, and if you take a casual and easy way out, you will leave your yard in a real mess.

    However, a well-planned and calculated spring cleanup can help you avoid all the troublesome aspects of the cleaning. Unsurprisingly, planning your yard cleanup can also help your garden grow back much better, thriving, and colorful. Once you have all your energy geared up for a day, or a couple of days’ worth of hard work, here’s what you have to do.

    When Should I Start My Spring Cleanup?

    Since spring comes gradually and not all at once, it can be a little challenging to determine precisely when you should start your spring cleanup. The departure of winter and arrival of spring can vary in timing and pace. Sometimes, you may notice some of your plants already flowering and bearing fruits while the others have only just turned their leaves brown.

    Different plants have different flowering cycles and resistance to winter spells. The soil and fertilizer you use may also create a difference in how ready the garden is at any particular point to go through a yard cleanup. And the most significant

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  2. Grower's Guide: Planting in a Raised Bed Greenhouse

    Grower's Guide: Planting in a Raised Bed Greenhouse

    Happy spring! In our recent Early Spring Gardening Tips blog, we recommend a few great tools to help you start planting as soon as possible and extend your growing season. One innovative item mentioned is the raised bed greenhouse (or mini-greenhouse). Here, we’ll explain in more detail the benefits to these structures, what you can plant in them, and more.

    What’s a Raised Bed Greenhouse and Why Should You Use One?

    To put it simply, a raised bed greenhouse combines the compact design of a raised bed and the temperature-controlling enclosure of a greenhouse. These structures consist of a translucent fabric cover that attaches to your raised bed. A raised bed greenhouse’s unique design creates an optimum growing environment for seedlings even in the early stages of spring. Raised beds provide a portable structure filled with loose, aerated soil that eliminates the hassles of weeds, unwelcome critters, or frozen ground when planting. The greenhouse cover ensures temperature control with sufficient airflow so plants can grow in an ideal climate. With a raised bed greenhouse, plants get just enough sunlight, heat, and ventilation in order to grow more efficiently.

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    Here are a few more benefits of planting in a raised bed greenhouse:

    • Portability/More Location Options. A raised bed greenhouse allows you to plant virtually anywhere on your property. Because raised beds offer an elevated and portable terrain, tree roots, large rocks, or even lack of
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  3. Grower’s Guide: 4 Early Spring Gardening Tips

    Grower’s Guide: 4 Early Spring Gardening Tips

    As the winter season comes to a close and spring is just around the corner, we’re sure all you green thumbs out there are anxious to start your planting season. Well we’ve got good news –starting your spring gardening this month is completely possible! With a few useful tools and some careful planting, you can start working on your garden sooner rather than later. Check out these helpful tips for efficient and successful gardening right from the spring season’s start.

    Early Spring Gardening – It’s About Preparation

    You may be eager to grab your gloves, spade, and other gardening tools from storage and immediately get to work. But before you “spring” into the new season, make sure you properly prepare your outdoor space for easy gardening all season long. With that being said, clean up last season’s mess first and foremost. Winter probably left havoc in your yard – take care of that first. See what’s blown into your garden and clear it out. Pick up leftover foliage, pull overgrown weeds, and make sure your garden décor or accessories aren’t damaged if they weren’t put away for the season. Give pots and planters a good wash before starting new seedlings, and organize your garden shed sooner rather than later. Cut back perennials, aerate your lawn, and carefully fluff any mulch so as not to damage emerging bulbs underneath the surface.

    Know Your Zone

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    Winter’s end means very different climate expectations depending on your region. Even after the first official day of spring, the weather in your region may not be completely ideal for star

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