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Saturday
Apr302016

Spring Hours

With May 1st tomorrow, our extended spring hours are beginning! During the month of May, Vern Goers Greenhouse will be open:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

SUNDAYS 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you're looking to beat the crowds, some of the best times to shop are the early evenings or early mornings. 

And don't forget about our Pot With The Experts Nights!

Happy Planting!

Wednesday
Apr202016

2016: Year of the Delphinium

Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) selects an annual, bulb, vegetable and perennial to be showcased. The selected plants are chosen for their popularity, versatility, and simplicity. NGB is predicting 2016 to be the Year of the Carrot, the Year of the Begonia, the Year of the Delphinium and the Year of the Allium.  All of these have not only been popular for years, but are great plants to grow in our Midwest conditions.

Delphiniums are beautiful perennials known for their tall spikes of bold, beautiful flowers.  Also known more commonly as larkspur, these plants do wonderfully in a full-sun area in your garden that has well drained, evenly moist soil.  The tall spikes of flowers will add height, texture and lots of interest to your yard.

While the blue delphiniums are the most popular, they also come in red, pink, violet, white and yellow. These low maintenance perennials will give you lots of color without needing too much care and maintenance.  They do well in cooler climates, not hot and humid areas, so our zone 5 climate is perfect for these beautiful perennials.

Tuesday
Apr122016

Neonicotinoids

Tags like this can be found at other garden centers Vern Goers Greenhouse is proud to be neonicotinoid-free in our growing porcess.We all want to do our part to help the environment and by being careful with our plant selection, we can make a big impact in our own backyard.  From planting native pollinators that attract birds, butterflies and bees, to having rainwater barrels for watering our yards to using very few chemicals on your plants, you can make a difference in your garden.

You can also make a difference with where you purchase your plants.  Certain garden centers and growers may use neonicotinoids while growing their flowers.  These insecticides are used to control pests during the growing process.

Being insecticides, neonicotinoids can be very harmful to bees, one of the key pollinators in your garden.  The bees land on the flowers to pollinate, as they usually do, and when they return to the hive, they bring these chemicals with them.  The entire colony is then infected and is the number one cause of colony collapse.

While studies are still being done by the EPA on all of the effects these pesticides have on bees, the use of neonicotinoids has already been banned in Europe. There is a lot of uncertainty as to what these chemicals do to pollinators, so why take the risk?

Vern Goers Greenhouse is proud to say that we do not use neonicotinoids on our plants. Any plants you purchase from us, you can be sure that they will not harm any of the pollinators in your garden.   The bee population has already been affected by human interference, so anything you can do to help preserve this vital part of our environment.  

Wednesday
Mar022016

2016: Year of the Carrot

 Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) selects an annual, bulb, vegetable and perennial to be showcased. The selected plants are chosen for their popularity, versatility, and simplicity. NGB is predicting 2016 to be the Year of the Carrot, the Year of the Begonia, the Year of the Delphinium and the Year of the Allium.  All of these have not only been popular for years, but are great plants to grow in our Midwest conditions.

Carrots are among the most common vegetables to show up in lunch boxes and on the dinner table, and they are also one of the most popular vegetables to grow in your garden. These roots are easy to grow and because they are so popular to eat, you will definitely enjoy the spoils of your hard work.

Being a root vegetable, you will want to sow the seeds directly into the soil either in your garden bed or a deep patio container.  There is no need to start them early indoors, just three or five weeks before the last frost.  The soil will need to be deeply tilled as the carrots are roots and grow down, versus up like other vegetables. If the soil is not loose enough, the carrots can fork as they try to find an easy route down.

There are many varieties to choose from when growing, but all of these varieties are easy to grow and delicious.  The most common type of carrot is in Imperator variety with the standard conical shape and orange color.  Believe it or not, there are also varieties that are purple or yellow in color as well. You can also grow baby carrots in your garden as well.

No matter the variety, carrots require full sun, well-drained soil and should be protected from frost.

Tuesday
Feb022016

2016: Year of the Allium

Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) selects an annual, bulb, vegetable and perennial to be showcased. The selected plants are chosen for their popularity, versatility, and simplicity. NGB is predicting 2016 to be the Year of the Carrot, the Year of the Begonia, the Year of the Delphinium and the Year of the Allium.  All of these have not only been popular for years, but are great plants to grow in our Midwest conditions.

This year’s bulb is the allium. These unique flowers give your garden a pop of color that is like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Ornamental alliums are globe-shaped flowers that rest on the top of green, leafless stalks. Much like your tulips, there are many varieties of alliums that range in height, color and flower size, giving you an allium for any situation in your garden.

Another perk of alliums is that they are deer and rabbit resistant due to the pungent ordo and bitter taste that they release when the animals chew on their foliage. Both insects and animals avoid munching on them, but bees and pollinators love the flowers and their sweet nectar.

The most popular and common alliums are the larger varieties known as “Globemaster” and Gladiator.”  These deep purple, globe-shaped blooms are typically about six inches in diameter and overall grow to be about three feet tall. They put on quite the show in late spring, giving you pops of color you missed during the winter months.

There are other colors available, though the purple is definitely the most popular.  Alliums also come in shades of plum, blue, pink and white.  There are even yellow alliums that bloom midsummer. The bloom color, size, shape and bloom time can all vary depending on which type you plant, giving you endless options for your allium garden.

Believe it or not, alliums are part of the onion family, so if you let your chives go to bloom, they too will get a small globe-shaped flower that looks like a miniature allium. In fact, these non-bulb alliums have been growing in popularity in the past few years. You often see them blooming late summer in gardens alongside rudbeckia, heuchera and mums.

No matter what type of allium you choose to plant, all alliums need good soil drainage. If you are planting the bulb alliums, you will need to get these planted in the fall, preferably in groups.  Other non-bulb alliums can be planted throughout the growing season. Both types like a spot in the garden that has more sun. While your alliums will not bloom all season long, with so many varieties to choose from, you can mix and match your alliums to keep a display going throughout the season.