The smell of freshly cut greens is one of our favorite holiday traditions. From wreaths and garlands to seasonal floral arrangements and mantel-toppers, the team at Mendham Garden Center in New Jersey has plenty of greens and ideas galore to get your home, farm, and business decked out for the holidays.
Think your garden goes to sleep during late fall and winter months? Think again. You’d be amazed at all of the nourishing, living, and preparing-to-grow taking place below the soil’s surface when everything above appears in hibernation.
That’s why it’s essential to source your favorite garden supply in New Jersey before winter sets in. The quieter aspects of garden maintenance this season allows time to plan for next year. You can get the books and supplies necessary to begin envisioning the flower beds and gardens you anticipate planning in spring and summer.
There are some definite advantages to growing fall and winter vegetables apart from the fact that they can provide you with a year-round supply of healthy, nutritional foods. During the off-season, pests are not nearly as prevalent as they are during spring and summer. You also won’t have to fight so hard to keep weeds out of your garden, because they are in decline through the fall and winter. Continue Reading Seasonal Home Gardening: Fall and Winter Vegetable Growth Guide
It’s November, and even though we haven’t sat down to our Thanksgiving dinners, it’s hard to miss the other, much bigger holiday waiting in the wings.
Pretty soon nearly every TV screen, store display, and front porch will be filled with yuletide trappings, and that includes our stores, where we’ll be selling an array of natural Christmas trees.
And that got us thinking about this tradition. Why do we cut down evergreen trees and put them in our homes? We decided to do some research and learned about the history of the Christmas tree. Continue Reading Oh Christmas Tree: The Story of a Holiday Tradition
When you say the words “rock salt,” New Jersey dog lovers will likely think about their pooches’ paws.
That’s because while dogs love to scamper through the snow, they might not enjoy the walk home, as the rock salt and ice melt that we spread in the wake of winter storms can be harmful to our four-legged family members.
It’s a nice image: You want some fresh fruit with your breakfast, so you step out into your backyard, stand under a tree, and pick a few peaches.
That’s the dream, anyway. The reality is that fruit trees, like anything you grow, require a lot of care. Here’s a few tips on how to manage that so you can enjoy the taste of fresh-grown fruit without visiting a grocery store.
Not all birds fly south for the winter. The ones that stay up north face a tough few months once the weather gets colder. Most of their natural food supply has been exhausted, and insects have died or gone into hibernation.
As we’ve said before, birds are beneficial animals, helping pollinate our flowers and feeding on potentially harmful insects. And backyard birds rely on us to help them get through the winter. You see a birdfeeder in your yard, they see a port in a storm.
With that in mind, here are a few types of birdseed New Jersey birds will enjoy feasting on this winter.
Christmas is coming, and this year, you’re doing something different.
You’re leaving your artificial tree tucked away in the attic, and heading out to buy the real thing. Before you do that, you may want to read our guide.
We know what you’re saying: Why do I need a guide? Aren’t all Christmas trees basically the same?
Not quite. Keep reading to see what separates the different branches of this family tree.
Anybody with a green thumb can tell you the many great reasons for storing plant bulbs between seasons. This is especially important for dahlias and gladiolas.
If you dig up your bulbs, rather than leaving them in the earth for the winter months, it’s essential to check the health of stored bulbs to avoid moisture, mold, mildew and other threats. Time spent inspecting your stored plant bulbs can save you hours of frustration later. Use these tips from our NJ garden center to help you root out rotting bulbs.
Leave them unchecked, and you risk starting the spring planting season with nothing but bad bulbs, as infection on one bulb can quickly spread to others.
The holidays are approaching, and you’re probably making a lot of lists. Who’s invited to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? What do I need to do to decorate? Have I gotten all the gifts I need to buy?
If you have a backyard pond, there’s another list you need to concern yourself with: What do I need to do to get my backyard pond ready for winter?
We say this not to add more stress to your life but to make things easier. Here are a few steps to take to prepare your pond for winter.