The region's premier landscape contractor & garden center
2389 S. Highway 33, Driggs, ID
Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
25 Jun 2020

Recipes from the Garden: Spinach Pesto

Recipes from the Garden:
Spinach Pesto

Green is delicious, healthy and easy! This is a great way to use up a bounty of garden greens. Pesto can be frozen in zip-top bags for later. Try swapping kale or arugula for the spinach. Pesto is wonderful stirred into freshly cooked pasta, smeared onto burgers and sandwiches or stirred into potato salad.

½ cup toasted pine nuts, almonds or sunflower seeds
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp salt
1 garlic clove, peeled & chopped
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
5 ounces fresh spinach
1 tsp. lemon juice
In a food processor, combine nuts, olive oil, salt and garlic. Add cheese and pulse until smooth. Finally, add spinach and lemon juice and process until smooth.

14 Jun 2020

Flower Bed Maintenance

You’ve just purchased hundreds of dollars’ worth of flowers, sweated and toiled to plant everything and now you get to sit back and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, right? Well yes, but to get the most out of your plants, routine maintenance will keep your flowers at their best.

Consistent water is vital to new plants. Hand watering, automatic sprinkler systems, soaker hoses or drip irrigation are all effective. The method you choose will depend on the size of your flower beds and budget. Be sure to check for any excessively dry or soggy spots. Inspect plants regularly when they are new for signs of dryness (crispy, brown leaf tips, wilted foliage) or overwatering (wilting, yellowing leaves). Water needs will vary depending on sun and wind exposure, drainage, and soil quality.

Weed control:
Regular weeding is key in allowing your flowers to thrive. Set aside some time weekly to pull weeds before anything gets out of hand. For tenacious weeds or grasses, some strategic use of herbicides may be warranted. Grass killers, such as Ortho™ Grass Be Gone will kill only grasses, but not desirable plants (the exception would be ornamental grasses and iris). Careful spot spraying with a non-selective herbicide containing glysophate (Killzall™ or Roundup™) can also help with difficult weeds. Pre-Emergent herbicides prevent seeds from germinating. Applied in early summer, pre-emergents can save a lot of time weeding. Organic corn gluten and synthetic pre-emergents like Casaron™ granules help. It is important to note that pre-emergents do not kill existing weeds.
Always read the label and apply the product as directed.

Fertilizing your plants will boost the health and appearance of your plants. Granular fertilizers can be applied once or twice a season. Liquid fertilizers can be applied throughout the growing season and are quickly absorbed to provide an immediate boost to your plants. We carry a wide variety of natural and synthetic fertilizers.
Always read the label and apply the product as directed.

Mulch helps retain soil moisture, keeps weeds from germinating, and helps regulate soil temperature. Most mulches we stock are forestry by-products like shredded and chipped bark. Rock or gravel can also be used as mulch, depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Deadheading is the process of removing spent flower stalks. Doing this allows the plant to divert its energy from seed production to root and flower formation and helps prolong the bloom time.

Having the right tools for garden maintenance makes the job easier. Find gloves, weeders, pruners, kneeling pads, and more in the tool section of our gift shop.
VIG rewards members receive 15% off tools and gloves.

Need Help?
Our professional maintenance team can help. Contact us for a quote

03 Jun 2020

June at MD

Gardening season is in full swing! Our garden center will continue to receive weekly shipments of flowers, veggie starts, herbs, perennials and hanging baskets as long as they are available from our growers.
Due to the increased demand on gardening products and plants locally and nationwide, we have experienced shortages on some of our regular products and plants. We appreciate your flexibility when making choices and we will do our best to help you choose alternatives if an item or plant you are seeking is not available.
For the safety of our staff and customers, please:

– Follow current CDC recommendations for social distancing and face masks.
– Use provided hand sanitizer upon entering retail areas.
– Note: Some of our traditional entrances into the greenhouse and gift shop have changed to improve customer traffic flow.
– Read and respect our posted signage.
– Keep children close by.
– Leave pets at home or in your vehicle.
– Credit cards or apple pay preferred.
– Call ahead for more complex gardening questions or consultation 208-354-8816.
– Plan ahead to keep visits short.

Our staff continues to be vigilant in routine sanitation of carts, shopping baskets and other common surfaces. Wait times may be longer during peak times (10 am-2pm and Saturdays), please plan accordingly.

We appreciate our community and we are grateful for your business. Thank you for your patience and flexibility while shopping with us!

Alternate Ways to Shop:
Call ahead: We are taking phone orders as staffing and time permit. Pay over the phone and we will set aside your items for curbside pick-up. Call 208-354-8816.
Shop online: We have a selection of gardening essentials and gift cards available for online purchase. Online purchases will be set aside for curbside pick-up.