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Cicadas and Your Garden: What to Expect and How to Protect Your Plants

This is not a drill! It is happening, people: the emergence of periodical cicadas. These fascinating insects, known for their loud chorus and unique life cycle, can have a noticeable impact on your garden. If you’re a gardener, you might be wondering how these insects will affect your plants and what steps you can take to protect your green oasis.Understanding Cicadas and Their Life CyclePeriodical cicadas spend most of their lives underground as nymphs, feeding on the sap from tree roots. When they emerge, it’s in massive numbers, primarily to mate. The emergence usually lasts about 4-6 weeks, during which the adult cicadas are highly active. While their presence can be overwhelming, it’s important to remember that they play a...

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Green Gardening: Eco-Friendly Tips for Midwest Gardeners

As spring blooms and the Midwest landscape transforms into a tapestry of vibrant colors, gardeners across the region eagerly prepare their plots for the growing season. However, amidst the excitement of nurturing plants, it's essential to consider eco-friendly practices that minimize environmental impact. Fortunately, there are numerous ways Midwest gardeners can cultivate lush gardens while promoting sustainability. Let's delve into some eco-conscious tips to help you cultivate a greener garden this season. Native Plants: Embrace the natural beauty of the Midwest by incorporating native plants into your garden. Native species are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, requiring less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. By planting natives, you support local biodiversity and provide habitat for native wildlife such as...

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2024 Tomatoes List

Here is the list of the tomato varieties we are growing for the 2024 season. We grow both heirloom and other varieties, and a variety of sizes for snacking, sandwiches, and more. Determinate means the plant has a predetermined genetic quality, and more of a bush habit, great for container gardens. Indeterminate means it continues to grow, set flowers, and fruit until frost.  We also carry tomato cages and plant stakes to support the plants as they grow. 2024 Tomato Varieties Abraham Lincoln Amish PasteArkansas TravelerBeefmasterBeefsteakBellatrixBetter BoyBetter Bush HybridBig Beef HybridBig BoyBlack KrimBlack OpalBox Car WillieBrandywineBrandywine, RedBumble Bee PurpleBumble Bee SunriseCambell's 33Candyland RedCarmelloCelebrityChampion II HybridCherokee PurpleChocolate CherryChocolate SprinklesDarkstarDeliciousEarly Girl HybridEarly Girl BushFantastic HybridGardener's DelightGet StuffedGiant BelgiumGolden JubileeGreen ZebraHealthkickHusky Cherry Red HybridIndigo Blue...

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