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The Health Benefits of Gardening

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Many Health Benefits of Gardening

Spring is in the air. And when spring is on the horizon, many of us are aching to get out and plant a garden.

In the interim, there are a lot of garden shows and seeds that we can buy to plan our ultimate garden outside. Spring is such a hopeful time of year.

But did you know that gardening had a lot of health benefits too. When we are out in nature to garden, we get to commune with nature and we get to feel so much better about ourselves and about life in general. Many times, our problems just melt away, and we release a lot of feel good endorphins.

But there are more benefits than this even. In this article I will outline some of these benefits of gardening in more detail so that you can also get urge to start planning your garden earlier this year than ever.

So, without further ado, here are the known benefits of gardening.

• When you plant your seeds in the ground and watch them grow, you have a sense of achievement and accomplishment. This can help you to feel better and more motivated.

• You will weed out negative thoughts. As you are weeding your garden, you can think of your negative thoughts just like weeds that you can get rid of. And as you pull out your weeds, imagine weeding your negative thoughts one at a time. This will help you feel better overall and less depressed.


How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

vegetable-gardenStart a Vegetable Garden Today

Spring Fever!

Kick up your heels, the sun is finally shining! Get out and smell the flowers and dig in the earth and grow your dinner and your breakfast too!

It’s easy to grow your own organic food and beat the high prices, for free. You can also grow beautiful flowers. Spring is the time to start.

The first step to growing your garden is to find a good spot with at least 6 hours of direct sun. Next, visualize your dream garden and imagine all your favorite vegetables. Then make a garden plan. Finally prepare your garden beds and plant your garden!

garden-vegetablesGarden Plan:

So what goes into a garden plan? What do you like to eat most and what will grow well in your location? Every good plan will consist of:

* A list of your favorite garden vegetables and flowers

* Garden bed layout: type, shape and placement of your garden beds and perennial plants

* First and last frost dates

* Compost Area

* Water system

* Optional – green house or cold frame

raised-garden-bedsAll these elements will interrelate and enhance each other, creating a fine-looking garden. Draw out a plan and order your seeds! Although gardening is flexible and always growing, having a solid plan in place first will help you avoid frustration and give you a good start.

You can draw out your plans by hand or use some of the new on-line garden planning programs. I have been having fun working with an on-line planner this season for the first time. I have always done my garden planning on paper and there was always lots of erasing, changes and rough drafts.

Making garden plans used to be an unpleasant and messy chore for me. Now I am having fun using an on-line gardening tool for making my garden plan, and changing it and playing around as much as I want in just seconds. Once you have a good plan and a list of all your favorite veggies’ it is time to order your seeds or buy some from your local nursery or feed store.


Planting Tips for Your Autumn Garden

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Planting Tips for Fall Color

Fall Garden Planting Tips

Want to plant a colorful fall garden? Learn which plants are hardy enough to thrive until the first snowfall with these helpful fall garden tips.

Find out which plant varieties are the best choices when planting for fall colors, for almost any region.

Here are some colorful options for a beautiful fall garden:

Plant hardiness varies slightly by region but these examples will look great almost anywhere.

Asters are often a colorful garden choice. The purple dome Aster grows almost anywhere, in full or partial sunlight and blooms a bright vivid pink. Fertilize when you plant them and all they need is water and an occassional pruning to thrive.

The Tophat Blueberry plant seems like an unlikely choice but white blossoms in spring, blueberries in summer, then stunning red leaves in fall make it a beautiful, easy addition to any color scheme.

Another fall garden favorite is the Chrysanthemum. They come in a wide array of colors, even the green buds that haven’t fully bloomed are particularly beautiful. Hardy and frost tolerant, Chrysanthemums also retain their beautiful colors well into late fall.

The autumn Ember Encore Azalea is a small hardy evergreen that blooms semi-double flowers throughout spring, summer and fall longer than most other Azaleas.

There you have it, a beautiful landscape to ease you into the colder months of winter.

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Home Gardening Benefits

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

organic-vegetable-gardeningIs Gardening Making a Comeback?

After purchasing a new home I recently I decided to take up vegetable gardening. I have always been interested in gardening, maybe it is the small town Indiana upbringing, however I never had the opportunity to start my own garden as I grew older. Through conversations, classes offered at the local extension office and frequent visits to gardening stores I have also noticed other individuals in my area with similar interests. Gardening in the form of fruits, vegetables and flowers can have many added benefits.

planting-a-vegetable-gardenThere are two important options to consider when starting a vegetable garden, whether to start from seeds or from plants. Both of the options can have positive and negative aspects. Some things to consider when choosing to use seeds are that seeds require more time, more patience, are less expensive and offer a science experiment for young children to witness and take part in. Purchasing starter plants can be more expensive, require less time and patience, and can produce a faster product. I decided to start my garden using seeds because this is my first experience starting my own garden. I used many different types of seeds and quickly learned that some require more attention than others. Planting a garden from seeds or plants can produce positive results; however it is an individual preference.


Greenhouse and Garden Center Now Open

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Martens True Value Hardware Greenhouse and Garden Center are now OPEN for the summer season!

Stop by our convenient Reedsburg location at 100 Viking Drive and Hwy 33 (Main Street), just minutes from the Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo.

We have everything you need to help your garden grow great this summer. In addition to colorful flowers, vegetable and herb plants, we also have seeds, potting mix, fertilizers, planter pots, garden tools and a lot more in our expanded lawn and garden department.

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