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    Dear Friends and Valued Customers, Greener Side of Life, and its employees, have moved and merged with our Eugene store. The name of that store is Eugene Garden and Harvest [...]

VEGAMATRIX GROW Engineered Veganically for Explosive Growth Vegamatris Grow is formulated using the Earth’s most powerful All-Natural chelating agents. These chelating agents guarantee that your plant is getting the maximum amount of Nitrogen, Phosporous and Potassium necessary to increase your plants biomass. Bigger biomass means massive harvests. Grow is formulated to be a source of primary nutrients, combining Grow with Vegamatrix Bloom will enhance its effectiveness. Different ratios of Grow, Bloom and Boost can be used to grow an extremely wide variety of plants, including ornamentals, vegetables, trees, shrubs and medicinal crops. [...]

Sunny, yellow daffodils (Narcissus) are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived! Plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in late winter or early spring. Daffodils are hardy and easy perennials to grow in most areas in North America, except Southern Florida. Their attractive flowers usually bear showy yellow or white flowers with six petals and a trumpet-shape central corona. Leafless stems bear between 1 and 20 flowers; sometimes the flowers need to be staked so that they don’t weigh down the stems. Daffodils are suitable for planting between shrubs or in [...]

Tulip Divisions: There are 15 categories of tulips, differentiated by flower shape and bloom time.   Single Early - Cup-shaped with one flower per short stem. First tulip to bloom, starting late March. Double Early - More than the usual number of petals, with a fluffy appearance. Tall (12-15") stems. Starts blooming in early April. Can be harmed by cold snaps and winds. Triumph - Cross between early and late singles. Tall (15-18") stems. Late April bloomer. Darwin Hybrid - Cross between Darwin and the Fosteriana. Tall (24") stems and very hardy. [...]

Long live the tulip! We can buy tulip bulbs in virtually all colors, including a purple so deep that it looks black. And by planting a selection of varieties of this perennial, we can enjoy their beauty from early spring through early summer. Tulips do best in areas with dry summers and cold winters. The brightly colored, upright flowers may be single or double, and vary in shape from simple cups, bowls, and goblets to more complex forms. They are excellent in beds and borders; many types are good for forcing into bloom indoors, [...]

Harvesting and storing Harvesting Lift early potatoes carefully with a fork as soon as they are ready and tubers are about the size of a hen’s egg or more. Flowering often occurs at this time, but the tubers may be ready before. Provided the crop is healthy, leave main crop plants until early to mid-autumn to bulk up (but the tubers are prone to slug damage). Storing For storing, lift main crop potatoes when the tops die back and the skin resists gentle pressure. All potatoes should be gathered by mid-October to [...]

We all like to have more plants and color in the landscape. Not all plants live forever, in the case of perennials some only live in the landscape 3 to 4 years, others can live for decades. Some multiply and spread slowly or by seeding. Others should be divided very rarely, like every decade. Some truly dislike being divided at all. Some perennial plants only survive for a 3 or 4 years, others can out-live the gardener. These 10 flowering perennials may self-sow, but they tend to spread slowly and would not [...]

Storing seeds Some seeds (e.g. hellebore) is best sown immediately as its viability reduces with storage. However, for many species, sowing is best delayed until a more suitable time of the year such as autumn or spring so the harvested seed will need to be safely stored until sowing. Storing is also required if surplus seed as been collected. Here's how; Place dry seed in labelled paper packets in an airtight container with some desiccant to remove excess moisture. Suitable materials include calcium chloride (sold in DIY stores for use in dehumidifiers) [...]

Collecting seeds Collect ripe seed on a dry day, as soon as the seedheads (e.g. capsules or pods) ripen. This is often indicated by a colour change from green to brown, black or red but before they open and shed their contents Pick the seedheads, either singly or on stalks, and lay them out to dry on a greenhouse bench, warm windowsill or in an airing cupboard. This enables seed to be more easily extracted from pods, cones or capsules If they don’t open when dry, gently crush pods and capsules to [...]

How to divide perennials Here are our simple tips for dividing perennials. Lift plants gently with a garden fork, working outwards from the crown’s centre to limit root damage. Shake off excess soil so that roots are clearly visible Some plants, such as Ajuga (bugle), produce individual plantlets which can simply be teased out and replanted Small, fibrous-rooted plants such as Heuchera, Hosta and Epimedium can be lifted and pulled apart gently. This should produce small clumps for replanting Large, fibrous-rooted perennials, such as Hemerocallis (daylily), require two garden forks inserted into [...]

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