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Northwoods Growing Season is Here!

 

Beautify your home and yard with hardy "Forth Grown" plants. All are grown here and are selected for our Northern Wisconsin climate.

 
Our Greenhouses are Filled 
Stop in today and see for yourself! Let us help you.

Annuals

Vegetables


Unlike many salad greens, Malabar spinach is easy to grow in our climate. Malabar spinach (also known as Indian spinach, Ceylon spinach, basella, and vine spinach) is actually not spinach, but a member of the Basellaceae Family. It is a creeping vine that thrives in heat and is also frost-sensitive. Used variously and frequently in Chinese, Indian, and African cusine, Malabar spinach has many uses. Its thick leaves are juicy and crisp when fresh, making a tasty addition to mixed salads. When cooked, it resembles traditional spinach. On the other hand, it doesn't wilt as fast, making it ideal for soups and stir-fries. We have several for sale and ready to be harvested!

Herbs

Perennials

Garden Planters

Hanging Baskets


Nothing says Summer like a Hanging Basket! 

We have a huge selection of baskets for sun and for shade. Our most popular varieties include, Fuchias, Petunias, Begonias and Impatiens. Grown right here in our own Greenhouse, quality is guaranteed. Any of our Baskets are sure to please!

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Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

Open 9 AM - 2 PM

Happy Memorial Day weekend from all your friends at Forth!

Garden Tips for May and June 

  •  Plant perennials to replace any that may have overwintered poorly.  Even those normally transplanted in fall may be added to the garden now if they’re growing in a container.
  • Don’t rush to transplant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, or melons outdoors.  Air and soil temperatures must be warm for these plants to thrive.  Wait at least one week after the last frost.
  • Mow grass regularly, removing only one-third of its height each time.  Allow clippings to fall back into the grass to help fertilize the soil.  They’ll break down rapidly and won’t cause thatch if you mow often enough to keep the clippings small.
  • Allow leaves from tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs to mature and yellow before removing or tying them together.  They need to store energy in order to bloom well next year.
  • Divide large clumps of hosta or daylilies just as new growth starts to expand. Replant or share then with friends.
  • Wait until late May or early June before moving your houseplants outdoors under a tree or onto a porch for the summer.  The transition will be easier once night temperatures have warmed. 
  • Allow soil to warm in your vegetable garden before mulching plants that grow best in heat.  mulching too soon keeps soil temperatures cool longer, slowing both root and top growth.
  • In dry weather, water gardens thoroughly to a depth of 6 to 8 inches weekly; more often on sandy soil.  Too much water is wasteful; too little results in shallow roots and poor growth.
  • Whenever possible, consider pulling weeds by hand.  If you must spray broadleaf weeds, do so in early June,  before summer’s heat.  Choose a calm day with no rain expected for 48 hours.  Target weeds carefully, sprays also damage garden plants. 

Herb Cultivation and Landscaping

There are an extraordinary number of herbs, each with a fascinating history.  Broadly, herbs fall into four main categories which are culinary, scented, medicinal, and craft.  Most, if not all of the herbs in the culinary and scented groups have aromatic leaves or flowers that can be used in cooking or for fragrance in oils or potpourris.  Medicinal herbs are often aromatic but some have no odor.  Leaves, flowers, bark, and roots are made into tinctures and teas based on ancient herbal recipes or modern research.  Craft herbs include plants used for dyes or flowers that are dried to use in wreaths and dried bouquets.
 
Herb Cultivation
            Most herbs appreciate a well-drained porous soil.  They do not like their soil enriched with fertilizers and manure.  Some garden compost can be used in bed-preparation and then on a yearly basis.  An average pH from 6.5 - 7.0 will accommodate most herbs.
            A major requirement for many herbs is sun - at least five hours of direct sunlight each day.  Herbs grow spindly without enough sun and will have poor flavor because the essential oil content will be low.  There are some herbs that will do well in shady situations.  They include bee balm, catnip, chamomile, chervil, coriander, dill, fennel, feverfew, lemon balm, mint, parsley, pennyroyal, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme.
            Perennial herbs tend to get woody and it is important to cut away old growth and dead wood.  This encourages new growth and good-looking plants.
            Herbs are not susceptible to diseases and pests when compared to other groups of plants, particularly if careful attention is given to creating superior growing conditions.  Consider trying companion planting to build up the disease resisting capacity of your herb garden.
 
Landscaping with Herbs
            Herbs can be worked into an overall garden design as a decorative element in perennial or vegetable gardens.  For example, sweet woodruff or mint scented pennyroyal make excellent ground covers under shrubs.  Creeping thymes could be planted between bricks or stones of a path for a pungent fragrance.  Parsley and dill add diversity to the vegetable garden and many herbs enhance vegetable's resistance to disease.
            Gardens devoted just to herbs provide great pleasure.  Perennial herbs have foliage and textures that change with the seasons.  Shades of mauve, bronze, green, purple, and gray provide a never ending display of color.  Herbs naturally lend themselves to design because when planted in groups they create subtle textures, gently hues, and quiet inspiration.
            Herb gardens can be planted around a theme such as a medicinal, dye, fragrance, everlasting, or a kitchen garden.  Bible gardens, all gray and silver gardens, knot gardens and moonlight gardens are other themes that can be considered.
            In designing an herb garden, perhaps the most important factor is getting to know the herbs.  Study their height and space needs, consider the textures and colors over the growing season and know their cultivation requirements.  Individual plants will look lost and give a jumbled effect.  Masses of plants will stand out and create a unified design.
            Another fundamental factor in herb garden design is site selection. Remember, most herbs require at least five hours of sun per day.  In our cold climate a south facing slope against a foundation or stone wall might be the perfect spot.  Once the site is determined, study a variety of herb garden designs to find one suitable for your space.  Or design your own, keeping plant heights, perspective and maintenance factors utmost in your mind.
            Because some herbs that you will want to grow may not be hardy (rosemary is a good example), container planting may be an option worth consideration.  Containers also work well if you don't have much garden space, or you want to keep your cooking herbs right outside the kitchen door.  Some herbs that lend themselves to container gardening include chives, dill, lavender, marjoram, mints, myrtle, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, and scented geraniums.

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

GROWING SEASON

OUR GREENHOUSES ARE FILLED
Malabar Spinach
Hanging Baskets


HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

GARDEN TIPS FOR MAY & JUNE

HERB CULTIVATION & LANDSCAPING
In the Store
Check out our selection of garden art, such as these rustic bird hangings.
We carry a wide selection of colorful rooting vases from Couronne Company, which specializes in the recycled glass industry. Couronne recognizes the importance of recycling glass, because it not only conserves the environment and saves energy. The process required to produce glass is quite simple as it is composed of sand, soda, lime and a lot of heat. The obvious benefits of recycling glass is to reuse and save our natural resources. The most important benefit of recycled glass is that it requires considerably less energy than that which is needed to melt raw materials.
These glass rooters are perfect for adding a whimsical splash of color to root plants or accent a special event, celebration, or home and garden décor.
Recreated Art and Soul designs by Kathryn Arnette. 

“Everyone has choices to make in their lives. One avenue I have chosen is to recycle scrap materials to create my art forms. To recycle is to take special care of ourselves, the future of our children…our planet. Please Recycle.” 

To date, Arnette has recycled, reclaimed, reused, upcycled, and salvaged 3.5 million tons of material. Read more here.
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