Over the years, Gardener’s Supply has successfully incubated and supported a number of complementary enterprises with improve-the-earth-through-business missions. Today, the approach is being exported to other countries.
In Guanacaste, Costa Rica, gardeners face huge challenges. The year is split into two seasons: A six-month rainy season June through November, followed by a dry season that lasts from December through May.
Backyard vegetable gardening has taken our country by storm, and we stand ready to help with all the right tools and know-how. In addition to our expanded Kitchen Garden Planner, we've come up with a new kit that has just about everything you need to start a raised-bed garden.
Alegra Best doesn't confine her containers to the porch or the deck. She puts them right in the garden. Her house is surrounded by more than 50 planters. Her container craze has become "a hobby run amok" and she now has a business designing, installing and maintaining containers for a number of local people.
When people get interested in food gardening, they tend to stick with traditional annual vegetable crops, such as tomatoes, beans and lettuce. But there are many other terrific food crops that yield a bountiful harvest with far less effort.
Mark Weinberger uses his vegetable garden to get his two children interested in learning about where food comes from. "There's something special about growing your own food and I like when my kids help out," he says.
Steve Johnson of Arden Hills, Minn., has watched the gardens in his three-quarter-acre suburban lot change over the past 20 years. "Trees have grown up shading garden beds, while others have fallen down, creating sunnier spots."
When spring rolls around and it's time to start seeds, avid gardener and television personality Rebecca Kolls fires up her indoor light garden and pulls out a stack of our Accelerated Propagation Systems (APS).
Dennis and Susan Slevin have a small, urban lot, but their garden produces a large harvest of vegetables. Tomato Ladders and Vegetable ladders keep the compact garden neat and make it easy to pick the ripe vegetables.
Fall is a great time to freshen up your garden with new plants. You can rejuvenate a spring-planted container with a new plant, redesign a section of your garden or create something entirely new in colors of the season.
If you’d rather not look at or bother with fading daffodil foliage, pair your daffodils with summer-blooming plants, such as daylilies! The daylily foliage will emerge just after the daffodils have bloomed, and will gradually cover the fading foliage.
Lawn has a bad reputation. It is thought to be difficult, time-consuming and "heavy-feeding." However, that is only true of lawns that have poor soil with little organic matter, worms or other soil life.
Robert Kilmer of Manassas, Va., turned his backyard vegetable garden into a resource for the neighborhood. His CSA now supplies fresh vegetables and fruit to 10 families within a 2-mile radius of his home.
Gardener's Supply is now the country's leading resource for products that help people grow beautiful flowers and healthy food, make compost, improve their soil, save water and fend off pests without toxic chemicals. Still, great challenges lie ahead.
If there's anything more enjoyable than spending time in my garden, it's spending time visiting someone else's. Whether it's a casual stroll through a public garden or a guided tour through a private landscape, I always come away refreshed and inspired. It's like falling in love all over again.
Though she didn't plan it that way, Norma Follstaedt's yard has turned into a collector's garden.
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