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 September 19th 2015 in
ˈnāCHər noun noun: nature; plural noun: natures the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations. Anyone else get giddy over all the strange colors and shapes of gourds? I can’t choose a favorite and I bet you can’t either. It’s an exciting time here at the garden center as we…
Posted by Sarah on September 2nd 2015 in
Quick garden report from last night: Yellow. Grey. Brown. Tried that. Not so great any more. Do I have any more Miracle Gro food? Can I eat that? Is something eating that?- September 1 So, plants around my yard are tired looking–Not all, but some. I’m pretty excited for all the fall color, but not so excited for some of the Spring bloomers barely hanging on to life. Now that…
Posted by Sarah on August 16th 2015 in
The best plants have the best names. Echinacea ‘Maui Sunshine’ The name conjures up the cool, mellow, breezy warm of Maui. What’s in a name? Well, this showy yellow Echinacea is the most fragrant we have ever seen, or rather, smelled here at Sunnyside and seems to be the one the bees are most attracted to. It’s cool and classic with a vibrant spirit. Plant Category: Echinacea Plant Type: PRAIRIE…
Posted by Sarah on August 9th 2015 in
Has anyone seen the Russian Sage in color out in the landscape? Russian Sage is the 3 foot tall, silver, shrubby plant with purple flower tips. This silver foliage is unique to these sages (and some artemesias) and has a tendency to stand out in a border planting. It’s not a shrub, but can hold the place of a 3ft x 3ft space in your garden. This is especially important…
Posted by Sarah on July 22nd 2015 in
What’s wrong with your tomato? I’ve seen some sad looking tomatoes photos come through the store lately and I think it’s time we had a talk. To me, talking about the proper way to grow plants is a bit reminiscent of a lecture hall course of days past. I love making comparisons and using analogies, so how ‘bout we get weird? Let’s pretend a planted tomato is in fact a…
Posted by Sarah on June 28th 2015 in
This week in the garden. The first week of July is upon us, what do you see? What’s blooming around town is here in the store. Bring us photos of your favorite plants as you cruise around Minneapolis—we can ID your pics and help you select the same samples for your home garden. You’ve been seeing a lot of white pom poms that are the signature of the traditional Annabelle…