Citrus Trees at Countryside Gardens

citrus 1citrus 2Lemons, Limes,Tangerines and Orange trees have arrived. Now you can add a tropical feel to your home with tropical fruit trees. Delicious and nutritious.Citrus plants

Elephant Ear Bulbs at Countryside Gardens

Elephant EarsOur Elephant Ear bulbs are huge and offer some of the boldest foliage you could ever want in a garden. The mammoth leaves can be more than 3 feet long on plants that can grow higher than 6 feet tall. Even the stems deliver impressive colors. Use one as a specimen for a striking accent. They also thrive in big pots and will work in water gardens if placed in submerged containers.

Onion, Potatoes & Garlic

Potato Onion GarlicGROW, COOK, & ENJOY. It’s time to plant. Red, yellow and white onions and potatoes are now in stock along with garlic.
Here’s a recipe that combines all three. Sautéed Potatoes With Onions and Garlic.
1. Place potatoes, unpeeled, in a saucepan with water to cover and salt.
2. Cook potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let cool. When cool enough to handle, peel them. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch slices.
3. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet large enough to hold potatoes in one layer. When oil is quite hot, add potatoes. Cook over high heat, shaking skillet and stirring gently, until lightly browned. Turn potatoes with a spatula. Cook for a few minutes more until light brown.
4. Drain excess fat from skillet and add onion. Cook a few minutes until onion is lightly browned. Add butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss and blend well. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Cocoa Mulch at Countryside Gardens

cocoa mulch 2222FOLKS TELL ME their garden experiences all the time and this is one of those that I tried ~ CERTIFIED ORGANIC COCOA MULCH. I started to use this mulch after my vegetable garden turned into a kitty litter box. No scientific study to prove it, but it worked for me. The fact that I’m a chocoholic and love the smell wasn’t bad either.
The shells come off the cocoa bean during the roasting process and are separated from the beans by strong air action, thus insuring a dry weed-free product.
Q: Why is this mulch better than other types?
A: It lasts longer, smells better, retains moisture better than regular mulch, does not have any dyes to wash off into our eco system and is an excellent insulator for root systems in winter and summer.
Q: What is the coverage per bag?
A:One bag covers approximately 22-24 square feet at 1 inch thick. Most mulches suggest 2 to 3 inches.
Q: How thick do I need to spread it?
A: Cocoa shell mulch needs to be placed only 1 inch thick. After watering cocoa mulch a natural gum is activated, which binds the shells into a loosely knitted porous mat that holds moisture in the soil, suppresses weed growth and holds in place during normal rain or wind storms.
Q: Will the cocoa shell mulch bleach out in the sun?
A: No! Cocoa shell mulch actually gets darker with age.
Q: Is this mulch good for all types of plants?
A: Yes! Cocoa shell mulch has been used on all types of plant materials including annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, narrow-leaf evergreans, broad-leaf evergreens, trees, vines, ground covers, roses, and many vegetables.

Bee Safe Gardening

bee boxWant to learn more about “Bee” Safe gardening?  Come join us on Saturday, April 18th at our Spring Fling.  At 11:00 am Kathy Kilgore of the Colonial Beekeepers Association will bring an observation hive and discuss how you too can get started raising bees in your own backyard.  Anthony Koch from Wyatt Quarles Seed Company will be on hand to talk about new BEE friendly products to help keep our pollinators safe.

Beverly Martin, our landscape designer, will recommend plants for pollinators to attract them and keep them in your garden.