- Spring into Fall
Posted:9/21/2016 10:38:08 AM
In the spring, we’re excited about all the flowers and often buy on impulse those that will provide instant gratification. That’s really fun and your garden can look lush, colorful and magnificent in no time.
But perhaps in all that excitement, you neglected to consider what your garden would look like come late summer and fall. Your garden now may no longer have the joie de vivre you saw earlier in the season.
The good news is now that many of your plants have already entered dormancy leaving your garden a little blah, it’s a great time to reassess your landscape and determine which areas need a pick-me-up. With a little planning, next fall you will experience beautiful blooms like those you enjoy at the beginning of the season.
So now is the time to window shop – or garden browse – to see which late-blooming perennials will best suit your landscape when you plant them in the spring. Sometimes looking at other yards provides the best perspective and will help determine which look you prefer.
Some of the perennials you’re likely to see blooming now are Black-eyed Susans, Cardinal flowers, Common bonesets, Great blue lobelias, Joe-Pye Weed, Mistflowers, New England Asters, Seaside Goldenrod, Sneezeweed and White Turtleheads. All of these are native, bloom through October and thrive on LBI.
Has “garden browsing” left you overwhelmed? Not to worry. We’re here to help advise you on your plant choices and garden design. Just give us a call at 609-597-6099!
- Have Your Garden and Eat It Too!
Posted:9/3/2016 9:07:53 AM
If you need to get your hands dirty before it gets cold, get your fix by starting a winter veggie garden now. It’s a great way to enjoy the Indian summer and be rewarded for your hard work with a bountiful harvest.
At the beginning of September plant beets, kale, kohlrabi and mustard greens.
Beets thrive in cooler weather and can be directly sown for a maintenance-free fall crop. Beets are thirsty, so cover them with 1 to 2 inches of compost and water frequently.
Kale is a great fall crop that should mature before the first frost hits. It will keep producing into December as it can handle temperatures as low as 20 degrees.
Kohlrabi grows best in temperatures between 40 and 75 degrees. Planted now, this crop should reach maturity by mid to end October.
Mustard Greens grow well in well-drained, loosened soil. Mustard seeds can be planted after the hottest part of the summer (now) for a fall harvest.
Up to the middle of September, sow Chinese cabbage, peas and turnips and spinach.
Chinese cabbage includes pak choy, bok choy, Michihli and celery cabbage is a great cool weather vegetable. You should sow the seeds directly into your garden.
Peas are often considered a spring vegetable, but since they are a cooler weather crop they are well-suited as a fall vegetable.
Turnips are easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Once the greens appear, cover them with 2 inches of mulch to ensure even water dispersion and drainage.
Spinach grows better in the fall than in the spring. This crop prefers fertilized soil so be sure to add compost before planting.
Leaf lettuce should be planted by the beginning of October at the latest. Radishes still have time to produce if you get them in by mid-October.
Lettuce is a no-hassle crop. Just sprinkle seeds over a prepared bed and reap the benefits.
Radishes can be planted later than any other root crop and still get a harvest.
Toward the end of October, get ready to plant broccoli and cabbage.
Broccoli is sweeter and more tender if grown as a cool weather crop. You want to leave a full month or more for broccoli plants to get started before the first expected frost in mid-November.
Cabbage that matures in cool weather is deliciously sweet. Plants that have been exposed to cool weather become “hardened” and are tolerant of frost. This crop likes well fertilized soil (with compost).
Now is the time to start digging in! If farming is not on your resume but you crave a winter vegetable garden, give us a ring and we will help tend your plot!
- Spice Up Your Landscape!
Posted:6/22/2016 9:50:55 AM
We love incorporating herbs into our gardens and landscapes. We design purely culinary gardens but also use herbs to complement flowers gardens, provide ground cover and create borders.
Here are a couple of fun ways to incorporate herbs into your landscape:
Rosemary can be trimmed into hedges for a low-profile look or as ornamental topiaries as an attention-grabber. The advantage of incorporating rosemary around patios, porches and decks is that it is a natural bug repellent. Rosemary is great for flavoring bread, potatoes and chicken and pork.
Thyme provides great ground cover around stepping stones. The green, gold, silver colors provide a nice contrast to stones and the aroma released when feet brush against it is subtle and delicious! Thyme is great in soups and sauces as well as turkey.
Planting lavender in a window sill container facing the east will allow the sea breeze to bring the fresh scent into your home. Best air freshener ever! But don’t stop with the aromatic uses of lavender… be sure to try lavender sugar cookies!
Basil is a great filler and backdrop for flowering gardens. Basil grows tall (and wide), flowers and has green and purple color options. Not to mention, it’s a staple in the kitchen!
Great for borders of flowering gardens, chives will return each spring. Use chives in cooking but remember that heat dilutes the flavor. That’s why chives are used so commonly for garnish, in salads or cold soups.
With a variety of colors to choose from, sage is another great border plant. Sage has a unique flavor and is great for poultry, stuffing and eggs.
What parsley lacks in color diversity, it makes up for in its unique shape. This herb is a great addition to flower beds where it will really thrive. Parsley is one of the most compatible flavors and can be added to virtually anything including soups, salads and meat dishes.
We’re happy to help you design your herb garden or help you incorporate herbs into your existing landscape. To get you started, be sure to stop by Reynold’s Garden Center this Saturday, June 25th as we give away a FREE 4-inch herb with every $25 purchase!
- Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th!
Posted:6/10/2016 9:08:52 AM
Many consider Father’s Day the most challenging gift-giving occasion. Not to worry! We’ll help you find the perfect gift - even for those dads who have it all AND make your gift a reality.
Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
These can be as basic or as extravagant as you like. We can help you choose a fire pit to mesh with your current landscaping, build a custom pit into your hardscaping or help design a complete outdoor living area with the fire as a focal point. Dad will love relaxing in solitude as well as entertaining friends by the blazing fire.
Not only do we design and create landscapes and gardens, we also maintain them. Reynolds Maintenance Division keeps your garden looking fresh and well-tended. Let Dad take a break and enjoy your beautiful yard while we prune, weed, mulch and fertilize and even manage pests.
Trees make fantastic gifts and are so symbolic for Father’s Day. We have a huge selection and can help you choose the perfect one, pick the ideal location in your yard and even plant it for you. Dad will love watching the tree grow for years to come!
Spa treatments are not just for Mother’s Day. From hot tubs, small pools, outdoor showers, saunas and more - we can help design and install your spa or add to existing features. Dad will be thanking you daily for adding to his R&R regiment.
Why stop with grilling tools and grills (although our Garden Shop does carry an amazing selection!)? Let us help you custom design a complete outdoor kitchen to rival those of chefs. He’ll want to barbeque every night!
Feel free to call us for a Father’s Day brainstorming session or to set up an onsite consultation. And be sure to stop by the Garden Shop to take advantage of our Father’s Day sale all featuring 20% off Nautical Accessories, Trees (Excluding Crepe Myrtle), and Gourmet Items all weekend long!
- Memorial Day Red, White and Blue Special
Posted:5/26/2016 9:17:53 AM
To celebrate Memorial Day, and just in time for your holiday weekend parties, Reynolds is offering 20% OFF all red, white and blue plants and flowers. We’ll also have blooming baskets adorning American flags ready to "grab ’n go" or let our floral market designers create a fabulous centerpiece – perfect for all of your entertaining spaces, and to give as a host or hostess gift!
- Newest “Cool and Funky” Community Garden Thriving in Manahawkin
Posted:8/14/2015 9:52:10 AM
Community gardens can be found all across the country, and the world, and one of the newest is located on West Bay Avenue at Heritage Park and A. Paul King Park in Manahawkin, NJ..
The garden has been a vision and effort of Reynolds’ owner Mark Reynolds, Stafford Township Recreation Department Director Betti Anne McVey, and many volunteers.
There are not only local elements represented in the garden including items from Reynolds’ family members (a fallen tree branch from son Luke’s property), and a remnant from Super Storm Sandy (chunck of bulkhead), but there are also vegetables and herbs prospering as well. Read more here...
- Winners of the Summer Gardening Contest
Posted:7/2/2015 10:02:35 AM
Thank you to everyone who entered our Summer Gardening Contest!
We received so many wonderful photographs of gardens and potting arrangements created by our customers.
Click here to read more and see the winning photos!
- Summer Gardening Photo Contest
Posted:6/17/2015 11:47:03 AM
With the arrival of summer comes longer daylight hours, warmer air temperatures, and plants and trees coming into full bloom.
Share the beauty of the season in showcasing what you’ve created in your gardens and potting arrangements by taking part in Reynolds’ Gardening Photo Contest.
Take a photo of your most beautiful gardening display or potting arrangement and post it, with a caption, on our Facebook page.
Or bring a print out of your photo to be displayed in the shop.
Please submit all photos by Saturday, June 27 for judging by the Reynolds team.
Reynolds gift certificates will be awarded as prizes – $150 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third place.
If you need to add a few finishing touches to your gardens or potted arrangements, be sure to stop by Reynolds for everything you need from plants, flowers and foliage, to garden containers, tools and plant care items.
- Air Plants: the lowest-maintenance house plant
Posted:6/8/2015 10:50:50 AM
Air plants are one of the lowest, low-maintenance house plants around, and the way you can display them in your home includes some really cool ideas.
The plant itself is called a tillandsias. They don’t need soil, and only require a “misting” of water once a week.
First you need to prepare you air plant for display. When you first get it, soak it in water for 20 to 30 minutes; keep this image in your mind for when your plant does not look like this down the road because that means that you’ll need to recharge it by soaking it in water again.
Once you have soaked the plant, allow it to completely dry while you think about what you’d like to display your plant in. Some examples include placing them in a glass globe and hanging them from the ceiling, or mounting them on a plaque you hang on the wall. Another is placing them in a ceramic container, or piling them onto a piece of driftwood you find at the beach. The options for displaying your air plants are endless!
Now on to watering your plant. Depending on the size, you can just mist it with water every 3 – 5 days (smaller plants), or 2 – 3 days (larger plants). In caring for your air plants, keep them in cool areas, and out of range of direct sunlight for they will dry out quicker. Remember how fresh the plant looked after you initially soaked it for 20 to 30 minutes? Well, if your plant starts to look wilted, you can do that procedure again to bring it back to full freshness.
Reynolds has a wide selection of air plants, and items to showcase them in, in stock!
If you have not signed up for the Preferred Customer Card now is the time to do it. You can receive 10-percent OFF all your purchases in the home interior and gift shop each time you shop. Plus you’ll enjoy special offers and discounts only made known through email notices and mailings to Preferred Customers. Get your card today!
- Create a Vertical Pallet Garden
Posted:5/26/2015 9:07:20 AM
Welcome the 2015 summer season by creating your very own Vertical Pallet Garden!
This is a great option for those who want to do gardening, but are limited on space.
As a first step, be sure that the pallet you choose has been heat treated and not fumigated with pesticides.
Then, decide if you want to plant from seed (which will take longer to grow and bloom), or use already blooming annuals such as marigolds, poppies and morning glories. Don’t forget the potting soil, landscaper’s fabric, staple gun and staples. Also, sandpaper the pallet to avoid getting splinters, and if you want to paint your pallet, doing so before planting is best.
Once you cover your pallet with the fabric and secure with staples (on the back side and bottom areas only), start planting from the top while the pallet is laying flat on the ground. Plant the flowers (or seeds) very close to each other (approx. 6 per pallet level), and be generous with the soil throughout.
When you are finished, the soil should be packed tightly and not showing very much, only the flowers should be hanging out of the pallet slots.
Then lift up and position the pallet exactly where you want it. Some people have added wooden “feet” to pallets to remain freestanding.
Water frequently, and pay special attention to the flowers on the lower levels as they may need extra watering.
Reynolds has everything you need to create your very own Vertical Pallet Garden.
Stop by to see our wide selection of plants and seeds, and be sure to sign up for our Landscaper’s Card to receive special discounts and sale notices all year long!