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    In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In February

    It’s February, the heart of the winter. Today is going to be nearly sixty degrees in southern Delaware so I would like to take a nice walk in the state park.But no way! I’ve got roses to prune. Winter is a good time to take care of the roses. Prune off the previous year’s growth. You can go way back to just above the wood of the cane.  I also like to take a close look at our clients’ trees and shrubs for storm damage and disease. It’s a great time to prune, prune, prune. Don’t be afraid to spend a couple of bucks and call in an arborist for…

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    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’

    I was looking around for a plant that stands out this time of year, and I came “this” close to picking another red shrub! I knew if I did, after last month’s post, everyone would think (know?) I’m obsessed. So I decided to branch out (haha) and choose another colorful evergreen, Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki.’ “Goshiki” actually means “five colors” in Japanese and refers to the many shades of color on the shrub’s variegated leaves. Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ is also known as False Holly or Holly Olive. It is not a holly nor an olive shrub. The evergreen leaves resemble holly leaves but are opposite on the branch rather than alternating.…

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    Let’s Think Spring!

    Only 9 weeks to go until spring!  Until then let’s think spring with some pictures of flowers! OSTEOSPERMUM ZINNIA ARGYRANTHEMUM HIBISCUS TORENIA HOSTA OSTEOSPERMUM DOUBLE CALIBRACHOA CALIBRACHOA COLEUS BIDENS ROSE HYDRANGEA DAHLIA BACOPA IPOMEA VERBENA PURSLANE PETUNIA SALVIA PETUNIA CELOSIA VINCA MARIGOLD DAHLIA LOBELIA IVY GERANIUM MARIGOLD AGERATUM GERANIUM (Can you tell I love to take pictures of the flowers we grow???) What is your favorite spring flower?  Let us know!

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    In the Garden

    Think Spring With These Unique Planter Ideas

    Who is thinking about their spring garden in the middle of the winter blahs?  We are!  Here is something you can actually DO right now to get ready for spring planting.  Look around your house (in your attic, in your basement, in your cabinet, under your bed), your garage, and your property.   See if there is anything you can repurpose as a planter to place on your porch, to stick in your garden, to hang on a fence, or to put on your patio. Don’t be afraid to get out the spray paint and/or stencils to change the look of something.  Clean out whatever you’re using before filling it, and be…

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    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In January

    Oh boy it is January! Does anyone feel like working outside in January? Well, you probably have this image of the wind howling, snow drifting up against the patio door, a raging fire in the fireplace. Here in Delaware we do get snow but it usually doesn’t hang around. Now, I understand that other parts of our great nation do, more than likely, resemble the blizzard-like description above. Well, you have to get outside those four walls at some point before you go nutty, so what to do? 1 Shovel the snow is the obvious answer. Duh, what are you waiting for?  No, pass the hot cocoa.  How about just…

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    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Red Twig Dogwood

    My kids frequently ask me what my favorite color is. Because they ask so often, I wonder if it’s supposed to change. Usually I say blue, but switch to green if they seem disappointed that it’s “still” blue. I’ve been answering this question so long that I don’t really think about it anymore. But as I thought about my favorite plants to pick a plant of the month, I realized something. I have no idea how I overlooked it before: I love red. I’m obsessed with red actually. Our house is white and I have wanted a red door forever. Our new barn is red. I wear red a lot. If…

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    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In December

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your yard to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  Keep in mind that we are writing from zone 7b and our experience lies in zones 6 and 7, but the majority of these tasks will be applicable for most gardens, especially those that experience the change of seasons.  Here are the top 5 things you should do in your garden this month: 1. If the ground isn’t frozen where you are, you can feel free to still plant perennials, shrubs, and trees. 2. Prune and…

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    Gardeners Will Love These Gift Ideas

    Are you shopping for a gardener?  This time of year it is hard to look outside and get inspiration and ideas for gardeners. Luckily for you, gardening is what we do year round, so we’ve got some gift ideas for gardeners in your life! NOTE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, which means if you click on these links and make a purchase, Garden Shack Farm will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  We only recommend items we love, and we appreciate your support in this way! MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION A gardening magazine is a wonderful tool for inspiration and education, especially in…

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    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly

    Each month we will focus on a must-have plant that we recommend to our readers. This month, we are loving the Winterberry Holly!     Ilex verticillata is also known as black alder, false alder, fever bush, coralberry, Canada holly, and winterberry holly. It is native to eastern North America and in the wild, you will find it growing happily in wetlands areas. If you have a wet area where not much else will grow, this could be a great option. It can also grow in average soils. Winterberry holly can grow anywhere from 3 feet to 15 feet tall, and the width varies widely as well. It is easy…

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    How To Keep Perennials Alive Over the Winter

    Want to keep your perennials in containers alive through the winter?  They are definitely easier to kill than their counterparts in the ground. The ground insulates and protects plants more than a container does. If you would like to keep your potted perennials for next year we’ve got tips that should help you. Choose the right pot for perennials The bigger the pot, the more likely you will be successful overwintering. This is because there is a larger volume of soil in a bigger container to help insulate the roots, which protects them from freezing and desiccating. Be sure the container material can withstand freezing temperatures. Water plants before the…