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Parks Brothers Greenhouses grows top quality annual bedding plants, garden vegetables, perennials, hanging baskets and patio containers in the spring. In fall and winter, our greenhouses are full of mums, pansies, kale, snapdragons and poinsettias.

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Posts Tagged ‘planting’

The Planting Itch

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You saw the sun didn’t you?  Dug out a pair of shorts and a comfortable t-shirt and even contemplated wearing flip-flops too huh?  And then you went outside to enjoy that wonderful warm weather only to catch a disappointing glimpse of your withered flower garden.  And the planting itch set in.

It happens every year.  We see that first glimpse of Spring after a long, bitter Winter and we just can’t help ourselves.  We want to plant…something….anything…as if to signify our hibernation is finally over and welcome Spring with wide blooming arms.  And then we remember, we live in Arkansas.  And this glimpse of Spring is just a glimpse.  Somewhere out there is another frost, just waiting to surprise us and ruin our planting dreams.  Still, the itch is hard to resist.  So what do you do?

Well, don’t fret.  We have a solution for you.  Though the colorful annuals we want so badly to plant a little too early each year might perish under an unexpected freeze, a perennial will merely laugh at that cold snap. 

Here’s the beautiful thing about perennials and Spring.  They actually prefer to be planted in the Spring.  The rule of thumb is the earlier you plant them, the better the root system will be when Winter rolls back around.  And perennials come back year after year after year.  It’s a win/win.  Plus, by opting for a perennial when that planting itch sets in, you don’t have to worry about replacing the plant when that unexpected frost does rear its unwelcomed head.

Now here’s where perennials and annuals are alike.  They both have specific planting requirements that you simply must not ignore when choosing your plants.  So let the plant’s tag be your guide.  Take note of light requirements and make sure you choose plants that will grow best in your flower bed.  Then consider height and width of each plant, which can also be found on the plant’s tag.  Place your taller plants in the back of your flower bed so they don’t hide your shorter plants.  And don’t ignore the spacing requirements.  The plant may be small in width now, but just like your children, they grow up very fast and always seem to demand their own space.  Lastly, leave some room for those annuals you love for when the fear of frost has subsided.

And here’s a quick tip for planting perennials from containers.  Plant them the same depth they were grown in the container.  If you plant them too high, the plant could dry out.  Plant them too low and you might be fighting crown rot.  And water the plant just before you plant them.

Here’s a list of perennials we carry at Parks Brothers to help you satisfy your Planting Itch.

Ok that’s it.  You can quit scratching now and get to planting!  Come on, say it with me – Bring on the Spring!!!

Planting Pansies With Preschoolers

We got some help today planting pansies at Tate Elementary School.  Becky, David and I got there early.  Beck and David did all the heavy lifting.

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Then it was time for the kids.

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Burpee Vegetables

Burpee is a name that gardeners have trusted since 1885.  Now for the first time, vegetable varieties that were only available as seeds are now available as healthy plants ready to be planted in your garden.

You can get a jump start on your vegetable harvest by planting plants instead of seeds and eliminate the uncertainty of seed germination.  Here are a few of the more popular varieties.

fourth-of-july-tomato The Fourth of July Tomato is the earliest tomato to get ready.  It ripens in 49 days and produces tomatoes all summer long.

sweet-burpless-cucumber The Sweet Burpless Hybrid Cucumber is sweet and mild tasting and is more disease-resistant than other cucumbers.

big-bertha-pepper Big Bertha Peppers are extremely sweet and excellent for stuffing or slicing.

This is our extensive list of exclusive Burpee Vegetables that we have available.  For more information on all of these varieties visit the Burpee Home Gardens website.

Cucumbers

  • Bush Champion
  • Pickalot Hybrid
  • Sweet Burpless Hybrid

Eggplants

  • Burpee Hybrid
  • Purple Blaze

Melons

  • Twice As Nice
  • Sugar Baby

Okra

  • Cajun Delight

Hot Peppers

  • Hot Lemon
  • Jalapeno Gigante
  • Rista Cayenne Hybrid
  • Zavory

Sweet Peppers

  • Big Bertha
  • Big Daddy Hybrid
  • Costa Rican Sweet Hybrid
  • Flavorburst Hybrid
  • Great Stuff Hybrid
  • Pinot Noir
  • Red Delicious Hybrid

Squash

  • Burpee Golden Zucchini
  • Hybrid Zucchini

Tomatoes

  • Big Mama Hybrid
  • Black Pearl Hybrid
  • Brandy Boy Hybrid
  • Bushsteak Hybrid
  • Fourth of July
  • Fresh Salsa Hybrid
  • Napa Grape Hybrid
  • Steak Sandwich Hybrid
  • SuperTasty Hybrid
  • Supersteak Hybrid
  • Sweet Seedless Hybrid

Great Weather Means It Is Time To Plant

Based on the current weather forecast, I’d say the you all are good to go on planting what ever you want except for peppers, cantaloupes and watermelons.  I’d wait a few more weeks until the night temperatures are in the 60’s before you plant them. 

On the flower side of things, you might wait to plant your periwinkles for a few more weeks like the peppers but otherwise I think it’s warm enough to plant what ever you want.

Here are some suggestions:

wave-epetunias It is tough to beat Wave Petunias for filling in flower beds with their spreading growth habit.

dahlia-dahlinova I like Dahlias.  I think you will too.

sun-coleus Sun Coleuses are tough and thrive in the heat.

happy-flowers Hanging baskets just make people happy.

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