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How to get your kids to eat vegetables.


Do your kids ‘hate’ vegetables? Do you find yourself begging them to eat them or perhaps making deals and even bribing? Maybe you’ve even had a ‘Mommy Dearest’ moment of having them sit at the table long after everyone else is done.  We wanted to share a few tips to help.


1. Start a GaMother and daughter planting flowers together.rden: Having your kids take part in the process of planting and growing will give them a sense of pride in their creation. Let them help buy plants/seeds as well as plant and maintain. (our vegetables are 75% off now.)

2. Plan Menus: Have your kids plan a meal. Show them the food plate to ensure all food groups are met. Let them help you shop, pull from the garden and research recipes.

3. Chefs in the Making:  Research recipes online, at the bookstore, or in your family recipes. Let your child combine some of their favorite foods like cheese sauces. As their pallet develops you can go less on the cheese for healthier alternatives. Let them do the cooking and presentation. You can be their assistant and take their orders.  (Guess what, Mommy and Daddy get to pick up the dishes since they cooked. They’ll love the reverse roles.)

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4. Get artistic:  Appeal to their eyes and imagination by presenting the vegetables in a fun way.  Here are some ides.

5. Sneak them in: (but confess shortly after so they know vegetables can taste good!). Puree slightly steamed vegetables and sneak them into a smoothie, soups, sauces and more. Ask how they like it and once they give you the thumbs up tell them your secret ingredient and let them puree and create next time.

6. Create a Recipe Book: Keep track of the meals and recipes that worked best and have your child help create a family recipe book. Take photographs and let your kid get creative! We found a great example here.

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Top 4 Spring Plants to Give this Easter

Easter PlantsAre you looking for a gift for your hostess or favorite gardener? Instead of spending hours in the kitchen, or shopping for that perfect gift, stop by our Garden Center for a healthy plant for something special. Here are our top four recommendations.

  1. Easter Lilly
  2. Tulip
  3. Daffodil
  4. Hyacinth


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Combating weeds

weedcontrolIts now the time to get control of your weeds. As every gardening enthusiasts realizes, weeds are a menace to any garden. I have provided a couple simple tips to help stay ahead of potential weed problems.

The key tip is to apply an affective weed control at an ideal time.  The goal is to stop the weed before it has a chance to germinate.  Remember, apply your barrier and weed control herbicide early in the season, March or April.  This will help eliminate a lot of work later.

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How to remove residue from your clay pots.

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Minerals, salts and the elements often cause a white build up on your terra-cotta pots. To remove the residue, left from a long winter, on your clay pots, combine equal parts water, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Pour into a spray bottle and gently shake. Spray the mixture onto each pot generously and scrub with a plastic brush. After deposits are removed wipe with a watered cloth. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

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Pre Season Preparation

Spring Yard Cleanup

Spring Yard Cleanup

Get a head start on preparing your garden for spring!  Before plants can thrive with bloom and vigor, it will need some preparation and general maintenance.  Many perennials need to maintain foliage for protection against the harsh winter weather.  However, as Spring nears, it is time to clean and prune the old brown foliage. Remember, the sooner you can remove the old foliage the quicker you can expect new foliage to appear.

Fertilize your garden in late April or when the soil temperature comes up to temperature.  A slow-release granular is recommended.  We prefer to use OSMOCOTE.  Generally a cap full will service a 4′ x 4′ area. Each application will last about three months,

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