THE LAST TWO WINTER FARMER’S MARKET DATES ARE MARCH 7TH AND 21ST
Mark your calendars for the final two Winter Farmer’s Market days, March 7th and 21st. Don’t miss out on your chance to browse our vendor’s offerings and enjoy live music in our toasty greenhouse.
IT’S TIME TO…
START SEEDS INDOORS
Are you trying to get a jump on the growing season? Want to choose the varieties of flowers and veggies you’d like to grow? March is a fine time to start many long- season vegetables and flowers indoors. Tomatoes, winter squash, peppers, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages) and many flowers can be started this month. The aim of starting your own seed is to have your seedlings ready to plant by the time it’s warm enough outside. The exact timing of indoor seeding will depend on what you are trying to grow and if you are able to transplant into a protected space like a greenhouse or cold frame. Check the seed packet for sowing information and days to maturity. This will help you determine when to plant. If you are not the seed-starting type, you will find seedlings available in our greenhouse beginning in April. For more details on starting vegetable seeds, visit this link.
SPREAD GRASS AND WILDFLOWER SEED
The lack of snow in the valley this winter has exposed a lot of bare ground earlier than normal. Use this opportunity to over- seed a lawn or natural area. Grass and wildflower seed sown early spring will lie dormant until the ground temperatures warm. As a bonus, the exposure to cold and moisture helps break down the outer seed casing allowing for faster germination once our ‘real’ spring arrives! Protect newly seeded areas with a light layer of straw or soil.
New this season, we have DeWitt™ weed-free seedling straw with tackifier designed to hold straw in place.
We have everything you need to start a seed! Come by and see our large selection of garden seeds, seedling mixes, seed starting kits, heat mats and grow lights and more!
ALL 2014 SEED IS 50% OFF
What’s new this month:
We have a steady stream of quality fertilizers, pottery, soils and tools arriving this month as we start to ramp up for the growing season. Look for even more organic and natural offerings such as potting mixes, compost, fertilizers and pest control products. Colorful table ware, indoor and outdoor décor and art work are filling up the gift shop. Browse our fresh selection of colorful accessories and jewelry. We have lots of new greeting cards including St. Patrick’s Day cards.
Be sure to check out our sale areas in the gift shop and the greenhouse for super deals on older or discontinued inventory.
Product of the Month:
We are anticipating the arrival of new rain boots this month! Usher in spring with our stylish and practical mud-loving footwear:
Stephen Joseph™ boots for kids have cute designs for puddle-loving boys and girls.
Sloggers™ clogs are perfect for dashing in and outside.
Say “hello mud!” with our latest brand, Bopboots™ rubber cowgirl or classic rain boots in bold prints.
Get your work done in a pair of seriously tough Muck™ boots.
Indoor Gardening: Forcing Branches
Blooming branches are a nice way to add a touch of spring to your home or office. Branches from spring-blooming crabapples, hawthorns, cherries, apples, spirea or forsythia are all good candidates for forcing. Using clean, sharp pruners carefully cut some branches off the parent plant. Make a cut lengthwise up from the bottom of the branch about 4 inches long. After this, submerge the cut ends in warm water, overnight if possible. Arrange the branches in the vessel of your choice, fill with fresh water and place them in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Change the water every few days. The branches can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to bloom, depending on the variety and room temperature.
Bird of the Month – Northern Flicker:
This beautiful woodpecker is a year round resident in our region. It is easily identified by its size and plumage. Flickers are 12 inches long and mostly brown with black spots and a yellow or salmon tint under their wings and tail feathers. They have a black ‘bib’ on their upper chest and the males have a red patch extending from their beaks to their eyes. These birds will occasionally visit a bird feeder, especially those with suet. It mainly feeds on the ground searching for insects and seeds. The flicker excavates nests in dead or dying trees, sometimes re-using nests made by other species. This bird can become a nuisance in springtime as it vies for mates and territory by hammering on buildings. Flickers often choose siding, chimney caps and satellite dishes as drumming sites to the annoyance of homeowners. Repeated drumming on wood siding can lead to significant damage. Drumming is most common in the spring in the early morning and late afternoon. Flicker damage can be prevented by using several techniques:
- Visual repellants such as mylar scare tape, mirrored diverters and hawk or owl figures used in combination will help scare them away.
- Using loud noises like banging of pots and pans or cap guns to scare them off.
- Bird netting or hardware cloth can be attached to the drumming sites.
MD Nursery stocks Bird be Gone™ bird diverters, owl and hawk figures and bird netting.
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