Tips on Winter Bird Feeding

Winter is a crucial time for the birds that remain in our area. They spend their time facing the elements of bitter cold and snowstorms. There are no insects to eat and the natural seeds are covered with snow; the berries and crab apples are gone. Birds need enough food to maintain their body temperatures and must search for food from sun up to dusk. Fortunately, for the birds, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 41 million Americans …

Holiday Plants – Keep or Toss?

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get your house back in order. But what about the holiday plants that you bought or were given to you as gifts. These can make a nice addition to your home in winter. Some can even become permanent fixtures in your home. You’ll just have to decide which holiday plants are worth keeping and which to let go. Holiday plants such as poinsettia, Christmas cactus, amaryllis, cyclamen, kalanchoe and bulbs will …

Fall is the best time to plant garlic in Michigan!

Fall planting gives garlic a crucial head-start. Plants will be stronger and bulbs will be bigger at harvest. October is usually the best month to plant garlic in North America. Planting garlic in the fall for the following year gives your garlic time to grow sturdy, solid roots which keep it firmly anchored in the ground. In Michigan, the best time to plant garlic is right around Halloween. Garlic Planting Step by Step… Break up your garlic heads. Simply separate …

Plant Allium for an Amazing Impact!

Allium is an easy to grow, absolutely amazing plant.  It’s best when you plant it from a bulb in the fall and then it blooms well into spring.  Allium Globemaster is the variety that we planted in the flowerbeds in front of the store, along Sprinkle Road.  I also planted this in my yard.  When spring came, it developed into one of the most amazing and beautiful plants that I have ever seen.  This had to have been the most …

Fall is for Planting: Plant and Pick Fast-Growing Veggies and Herbs

While the season transitions, take in all it has to offer — football games, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and best of all, fresh-picked produce. Picking fresh produce in the fall always feels like such a treat. Even though leaves are starting to change, your veggie garden still has plenty of time left to produce delicious tomatoes, peppers, greens and more. Help your organic garden produce more than ever this fall with these four tips from The Espoma Organic Company: Ready, …

It’s Time to Plant Pansies and Violas!

Want beautiful color that will survive the cool temperatures of late-fall and early-spring? Look no further than the tough, cold-tolerant, and colorful pansy. Available in many beautiful shades of white, blue, yellow, purple, red-solid blooms and blooms with “blotches” of contrasting color in the center, pansies and violas will brighten any fall through spring landscape. Our pansies are all fresh and especially healthy as they are grown locally at our own growing division right here in Kalamazoo, MI. Pansies are …

Kalanchoe – big beauty, low maintenance!

This colorful succulent plant is easy to grow and almost as easy to bloom. Kalanchoe has thick, rich green, succulent leaves with clusters of small, upright flowers in a rainbow of colors, which can include red, orange, pink and yellow. Most often grown in pots as a brightly-colored houseplant, Kalanchoe can also be used as a landscape plant provided you live in the right climate. However, their needs vary slightly depending on whether they are planted indoors or outdoors. Indoors, Kalanchoe …

Heirloom Marriage™ Tomatoes

A new twist on old garden favorites Tomatoes are some of the most versatile veggies and Wenke Greenhouse offers many different varieties for you to choose from, each with a delicious and different flavor and purpose they work best for; whether it’s a fresh garden salsa, creamy homemade tomato sauce or canning for later use. New for 2017; we will have available some  Heirloom Marriage™ tomatoes. These “heirloom hybrids” consist of two top-tasting heirlooms have been crossed to create a hybrid …

What Can I Plant Now? Cool Season Flowers and Vegetables for April and Early May

I’m often asked “What can I plant now while it is still cool and our spring weather is somewhat unpredictable?” Listed below are a few options that have proven to do well in Michigan with our fluctuating spring temperatures. These plants are tolerant of dips in evening temperatures and perform well in cooler weather. ANNUALS Ranunculus – An annual in our growing zone, are brilliantly colored flowers with multiple layers of crepe-paper like petals. The leaves of the plants have …

Strawberries

Strawberries – the Luscious Taste of Summer! Strawberries are delicious!  And when they come from your own garden, they taste even more delicious.  Now’s the time to get your strawberries started.  The information tells you to wait to harvest the second year but we won’t tell anyone if you harvest and eat them the first year instead!  The strawberry’s incomparable sweet fragrance, fresh red color and superb flavor are the essence of summer.  One of the few fruits that originated in …