Spring is our busiest time of year because it is the busiest time for the gardener.  Time to get everything planted for the year.  Whether it's annuals or perennials, vegetables or herbs we've got you covered.  Vern Goers Greenhouse has a huge selection of plants available for your gardening needs. Easter is the annual holiday signaling the start of spring.

Annuals

Annuals are the best flowers to plant if you want color in your yard to last until the fall frost.  Once Easter hits you should already be thinking about planting annuals in your yard even if it lies at the end of March.  Pansies and Violas are very cold tolerant plants and can handle temperatures below freezing, even blooming well into the summer.  We offer additional cold tolerant plants as well,if you want to get started during the month of April.  Mothers Day is generally regarded as the safest start date to begin planting the rest of the annuals in your yard, since it is usually the end of spring frosts.  Vern Goers Greenhouse carries thousands of varieties of annuals, from the classics like petunias and geraniums, to various tropicals and the newest flower varieties on the market.
 

Perennials

Perennials, as the name states, come back every year. And while they may not flower as long as annuals, you will not have to replant every spring.  Vern Goers Greenhouse carries more than 1,000 perennial varieties.  Our selection increases every year as we try and have the newest varieties in stock, including a good selection of native perennials.  We also carry a wide range of roses as well as some flowering shrubs.  
 

Vegetables and Herbs

Our herb and vegetable selection is something we pride ourselves in at Vern Goers Greenhouse.  We grow a wide selection of vegetables with more than 75 varieties of Tomatoes alone.  Vern Goers also caries more than 60 varieties of herbs in the spring.  If you cant find the vegetable or herb you are looking for in the greenhouse, or if you want to start from seed, we have more than one hundred herb and vegetable seeds to choose from.  Click on the button below to see which vegetable varieties we grew this year:

 

Spring Gardening Tips

As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to increase, any gardener gets anxious to get out in their yard and get their hands dirty.  But first things first: preparing your garden for a successful growing season is key at this time of year.  To do so, you will need to get down to the dirt, literally, and prep your soil for the year. Before beginning, be sure your soil has thawed out from the winter months, or you could be creating more problems for yourself.

Spring is the best time of year to get started on those weeds. The battle with them seems to never end, but if you get them by their root early on, you may be saving yourself some work in the heat of the summer.

Next, you’ll want to turn over your soil. By chopping it, digging it, or whatever method you use, this step will help to loosen the soil. Doing so will also bring unwanted bug larvae to the surface, where awaiting birds can have at ‘em.  This will help keep your bug issues down for the year, as well as keep the birds happy.

After stirring up the soil, add mushroom compost, manure, or compost from your own pile to the soil and mix it in. You can also mix in a nitrogen-based fertilizer at this time which will help feed any type of plant. This step will begin fertilizing your garden for you before you even have plants in!

It's important to remember that even though you may be ready for warmer weather and your summer garden, not all plants are ready to go in on the first day of spring.  For early color in your yard, plant bulbs the autumn before that will come up each year.  Some of the earliest to grow are tulips, scilla and crocus, with daffodils, hyacinths and alliums blooming a little bit later.

Other flowers that can handle cooler temperatures include pansies, violas, primrose, stock and ranunculus. These flowers are hardy enough to brighten up containers and beds early on in the season.

As the season wears on, and the days grow warmer, it becomes safer to plant summer annuals in your yard. The general rule is to wait until after Mother's Day, to avoid frost from harming your plants.  If you do plant more tender plants early, you will need to cover them with an old bed sheet to keep them safe from any light frost.