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  • Rain Gardens

    All About Rain Gardens

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    Rain gardens are an easy-to-maintain, beautiful, and useful addition to the home landscape, but as a relatively new theme in gardening, we’ve found that a lot of folks don’t know why they’d plant one, or even what a rain garden is!  So here are the […]

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  • Blueberry Handful

    Grow the BERRY Best

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    Berries are some of the sweetest little bursts of summer flavor your garden can produce, and now is a great time to plant and still get a harvest this year.  Lots of new berry varieties don’t need to be planted directly in the ground — […]

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    New Trend: Garden-tainment!

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    Today’s busy lifestyles demand a home space that’s flexible, comfortable, easy, and fun for all occasions, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to make your outdoor space a true extension of your home. Boring backyards are out — they aren’t just […]

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    To Aerate or Not to Aerate?

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    To aerate or not to aerate your lawn?  That is indeed the question now that spring has finally arrived.  But first: what is aerating and why should you (perhaps) bother to do it? Aeration is the process by which air, water and nutrients penetrate the […]

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    Visit a Winter Desert

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    Every season brings a different tone, and for us here at the garden center, winter is an opportunity to take a deep breath before next year’s seedlings sprout and we all start running around again.  Along with those deep breaths, most of us try to take […]

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  • Mason Jar Fruit Cake

    Mason Jar Fruit Cake

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    When winter is upon us, it’s hard to remember the green days of summer, with veggies waiting to be picked, and flowers everywhere, and fresh fruit hanging from the trees and vines… you know.  Basically we end up just wanting to hunker down with seed catalogs […]

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  • Popcorn On The Cob

    POP up some Halloween fun!

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    When it comes to fall plants, everyone immediately thinks of pumpkins and we’re no exception.  But today we wanted to shed a little spotlight on another fall plant that starts with “p”: popcorn!  October is National Popcorn Popping Month, probably because this tasty snack is […]

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    Fun Fall Day with the Kids Grow Club!

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    We had a fantastic Saturday with our Van Putte Gardens Kids Grow Club this past weekend! The mini-Green Thumbs didn’t let a little rain stop them as they filled our market greenhouse with smiles, laughter and plenty of “beginner naturalist” knowledge.  They started out the […]

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    Customer Appreciation Sale!

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    Usually our blog is a place for fun facts, timely tips and sharing our love of plants, and we save the sales info for our Green Thumb Specials page.  But this week we know that the avid gardeners out there need to know about our […]

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  • Barn 2014

    On the Broad Side of the Barn

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    As we transition from spring’s bright flashy annuals into a more rustic, autumn mindset, the seasonal change can’t help but remind us of the transitions we’ve seen as a company over the years.  There have been so many in over 65 years of business, and our […]

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