Growing plants from seed can be a fun and exciting project to jump-start the gardening season for the whole family. Growing seeds is a lot less difficult and time consuming than most people believe. Here are some basics to get you started: Supplies- -Containers – the most efficient, space-saving containers are the cell-based trays you will find at the garden center, generally 1″ x 1″ cells that make up a tray. Believe it or not, this is all the space…
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Posted by Sarah on December 1st 2016 in
Know how to care for your Christmas Tree. Once you’ve made the journey to the tree lot, walked up and down the rows sizing up the season’s best, twirled and danced the perfect tree around, consider the next couple steps the most important. Remember to give your Sunnyside tree sales person the OK to cut 2″-3″ off the bottom. This fresh cut will allow the exposure of fresh, unstuck capillaries that…
Posted by Sarah on November 21st 2016 in
I would like to introduce you to one of our favorite little doodads, a kissing ball! Kissing balls are made of fir bough branches tucked into a sturdy core of floral foam. They are intended for the outdoors and make lovely hanging porch decorations. Some are decorated with cones and berries and some are just fluffy green. The boughs of choice for these unique pieces come from Nobel trees and…
Posted by Sarah on October 18th 2016 in
Early Spruce Top Care: Evergreen tree tops last and last. Putting them in your containers this early can only mean that you should sprinkle a little water on the tops of them on the sunniest and warmest days. Here at the garden center we use the watering hose to dash water across our greens every morning. Another trick of the trade is to spritz your greens with a product…
Posted by Sarah on October 9th 2016 in
So, it’s time to think about saving plants from the cold. Here at Sunnyside we track the daily temps, the lows in particular, this time of year with great care. Tropical plants/House plants are sensitive to temps below 45 degrees. BRING IN the plants you want to save from MN winter. At Sunnyside we encourage you all season long to use popular tropical houseplants as accents in your summer containers. These…
Posted by Sarah on October 4th 2016 in
Fun for all, trophies for some. Do you have what it takes to be a Derby winner? Anyone could be the 2016 winner for MOST CREATIVE, FURTHEST DISTANCE, or SHORTEST DISTANCE. Gear up and give your pumpkin the thrill ride of it’s life this Saturday at Sunnyside Gardens. For starters, you need a pumpkin and dose of creativity to get that thing rolling on wheels. Name your pumpkin, give it a…
Posted by Sarah on September 14th 2016 in
You have a yard, I have a yard. I like flowers and fruit just like you, while my family prefers we have more turf grass to play kick ball on. Being a homeowner means making compromises with your housemates whether they be 6 years old or 46 years old. For those of you who need to address some yard and garden issues, I have to tell you that fall is…