2019 Gardening Trends: Silence of the Insects

This year, the horticulture industry is trending back to the “roots” of gardening with simple concepts for novices and green thumbs alike. One of these top trends is all about the “Silence of the Insects”.

This 2019 gardening trend supports and encourages our flying insect friends to thrive in a safe and welcoming environment. Designing an insect-friendly garden will help attract beneficial pollinators to your yard and aid in the support of our ecosystem.

2019 Gardening Trends: Silence of the Insects

Silence of the Insects

Just think, what if we didn’t have any insects? Some would cheer, some would cry, but we all would be subjects to the consequences. Flying insects support the ecosystem all around the world, and within our yards. They eliminate pests, encourage beautiful blooms every spring, and keep our world buzzing along.

Our butterflies and bees need a place to rest and prepare for their tasks of the day. We need to give them support so that they can perform and do their jobs. Today, we will talk about different ways to support our flying friends.

Home is Where the Heart is

beneficial bugs

After a long, productive day, coming home to relax and unwind is good for the body and soul. Butterflies, bees, and all beneficial insects need to rest as well. Give them a place to have shelter and nest.

We have a selection of homes for our beneficial pollinators from Evergreen® that provide a save haven for rest and recharging.

Butterfly Homes

butterfly house

Butterflies need a place to hibernate during the winter months. These cozy bungalows mimic their natural habitat and provide adequate shelter.

Bee Homes

bee house

Bee homes are designed to mimic the insect holes and woodpecker drillings that native bees are naturally drawn to. With many different shapes and styles, you can find what works for your landscape.

pollinators

From homes for bees to other insects and pollinators like bats, ladybugs, and more, you will find what home will fit for your home and you can help support our beneficial bugs and pollinators!

Plants that Attract

Encourage pollination by planting! Choose plants that attract pollinators to your garden.

Lavender

Lavender serves many purposes. From its culinary benefits to its delightful fragrance, Lavender deters mosquitoes while attracting bees to your landscape. Lavender is a beautiful, low-maintenance plant with its purple blooms and delicate foliage. It’s a fantastic choice for your Texas garden.

Salvia

Choose Salvia for your garden for its vibrant and bright blooms. With masses of tubular flowers rising above the green foliage, this stunner loves the sunlight and is relatively low maintenance. Salvia is a fantastic choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard due to the high volume of nectar Salvia produces.

Zinnias

plants to attract pollinators

Zinnias come in a variety of boldly colored blooms with bright yellow centers. With daisy-like petals, these flowers add a dynamic and playful texture and will dazzle in any flowerbed or container. Butterflies love Zinnias and are a fantastic choice for attracting these beautiful creatures to your yard!

Chives

Chives are not only a flavorful addition for your garden but are a great option for attracting bees! Bees love the purple blooms that chives develop so keep the blooms as long as you can for pollinators to enjoy!

Parsley

Want to enjoy the beauty and grace of butterflies? Plant Parsley! Parsley is a fantastic herb that serves as a host plant for butterfly larva. Supporting butterflies with proper nourishment and shelter will help them thrive in your garden!

African Daisy or Gerbera Daisy

daisy

There is something so darling about a daisy. The delicate petals and vibrant colors are just a few features that make daisies a household favorite. Most varieties of daisy are a favorite for bees and butterflies because of their delicious, nectar-producing flowers.

There are so many plants to choose from to attract all different kinds of pollinators to your garden. Figure out what you want to attract to your yard for an easier selection process. Provide a place for shelter, a water source, and of course, plants to support our beneficial insects.

Remember to feed your garden the organic way with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food!

Check out our blog to learn more about attracting pollinators to your garden and how to make the perfect container creation, overflowing with plants that they love! Stop by our store nearest you for all your insect-gardening needs! Have more questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at every store location!

 

 

 

ref: myevergreen.comnaturallivingideas.com

Great Gift Ideas For Mom

Did you know that Mother’s Day is THIS weekend? Worry not, our friends, as we have some great gift ideas that are friendly on your pocketbook, thoughtful, and cute – perfect for the Mom or Moms in your life!

Great Gift Ideas For Mom

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

scrapbooking stickers

Here is the list of supplies that you will need for your gifts:

  • Small indoor plants like succulents, ferns, kalanchoe plants, cactus, aloe, and more
  • Small pottery and containers
  • Sand, glass, moss, and/or pebbles
  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix
  • Small sticks, toothpicks, or popsicle sticks
  • Scrapbook 3-D stickers
  • Paint or spray paint for sticks if needed

STEP 2: PAINT

First, to add that little something extra, we decided to spray paint our sticks. You can too! Try neon colors, gorgeous metallic gold, patterns and designs; the options are endless and the choice is up to you! Design in the style of mom!

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Lay everything out to make sure all is covered in an even coating of paint. Allow each side to dry before flipping over.

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STEP 3: STICKERS

butterfly

Once the sticks are dry, attach your 3-D scrap-booking stickers. If you don’t want to use stickers, create your own, personalized tag and attach it with tape or glue. Try to use 1-2 only per planter to not distract from the beautiful plants!

STEP 4: PLANTING

pre-made gifts

Grab your small pots and add a layer of stones to help with drainage. Fill partially with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix, and then add your plant!

Complete the look by adding colorful stones, moss, pebbles, or sand if you want! If not, enjoy the natural beauty of our soil.

aloe

Once planted, top off with your Mother’s Day accent pieces.

No time for planting?

Check out our pre-planted selection of succulents, cactus, and more! These cuties are a grab and go delight available in darling pots and containers!

gift ideas

Simply, add your Mother’s Day tags for the perfect, little gift!

cactus

Stop by our store nearest you today for all your planting needs!

Also, pick up Mom and take her to our Garden Series, this SATURDAY at our store nearest you! Come learn about planting summer blooming shrubs and perennials for fabulous color throughout the season! Save 10% on your purchase that day for attending! Check our website for more details!

Have fun and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! Thank you for all that you do!

 

 

 

 

ref: thedeanslistblog.com

Gardening 101: Vegetables to Plant in May

May is here! Bring on the sunshine and the warm Texas breeze. Time to pour yourself a cool, glass of lemonade and enjoy more time outdoors! This is the month of celebrations, playing baseball with the family, taking your pets on relaxing long walks, and planting more vegetables!

Gardening 101: Vegetables to Plant in May

 UNDERSTAND YOUR PLANTING AREA

Before you get started, think about where you are planting your vegetables.

There are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  1. How much sunlight does the area receive?
  2. Is there access to water or a watering device?
  3. Are you planting a container garden or in your flowerbeds?

Once you have a good grasp on these factors, this will help you determine what you want to plant and aid in the success of a fruitful harvest!

There are 2 important things to do to your new plants before planting:

  1. Prep your soil with organic compost.
  2. Spacing is crucial. Make sure your plants have room to grow.

WHAT TO PLANT NOW

There are so many great options that we have in store right now. Let’s talk about a few of our favorites to plant this month!

CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers need lots of sunlight to grow. Space your plants 36-60 inches apart or if you are using a trellis, space your plants about 12 inches apart.

Start your garden on the right note by adding Calloway’s Organic Compost and amend with Expanded Shale to break up the clay in your soil. It is best to keep the soil consistently moist by applying about 1 inch of water per week.

Apply one of our Calloway’s Premium Mulches to help reduce water evaporation because inadequate moisture can cause oddly shaped or poor tasting fruit.

Feed your plants with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed and be sure to pick your cucumbers whenever they are big enough to use. Remember, the more you harvest, the more fruit the vines will produce!

Burpless Cucumber

cucumber

Yes, you read that correctly, these are BURPLESS cucumbers. They contain very little of the compound called cucurbitacin which can cause bitterness and increase ones need to burp after eating. Burpless Cucumbers are sweeter in taste with minimal seeds. They have a thinner skin making it easier to digest.

Burpless Cucumbers take about 60 days to mature. They are a disease resistant, vining plant that can grow to approximately 36-48 inches wide.

Straight Eight Cucumber

The Straight Eight Cucumber is an heirloom cucumber that is perfect for slicing. It is named after its perfectly straight, 8 inch long fruit and is praised for its high quality, delicious flavor, and deep green color. This plant grows vigorously with productive vines that benefit from trellising.

Straight Eight Cucumbers take about 55 days to mature with a spread of about 48 inches. It grows to be a large vine that bears large fruit.

 

SQUASH

Fresh squash and zucchini from your garden is always a pleasant treat. They need lots of sunlight and when planting, space each plant about 24-72 inches apart, depending on variety.

Start your garden on the right by adding Calloway’s Organic Compost and amend with Expanded Shale to break up the clay in your soil. It is best to keep the soil consistently moist by watering at the base of the plant to prevent mold development on the moist foliage.

Apply on of our Calloway’s Premium Mulches to help reduce water evaporation and protect your plant’s roots. Then, feed your plants with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed.

For the best flavor, pick when the fruit is small for varieties like the yellow crookneck and zucchini. For selections like the spaghetti squash, allow the fruit to mature and for the skin to change to a lovely pale yellow before picking.

Yellow Crookneck Squash

squash

The Yellow Crookneck Squash earned its name “Crookneck” because of its slightly bent neck. This is a very prolific, fast to mature, and easy to grow variety of Squash. Harvest when the skins are soft.

Yellow Crookneck Squash takes about 50-55 days to mature. It bears 6 inch yellow fruit and can grow to about 24 inches in height.

Aristocrat Zucchini

zucchini

Zucchini are known for their abundant yields in the summer. The Aristocrat Zucchini was an ‘All-American Selections winner in 1973 and have truly stood the test of time in home gardens through the years. Great to serve raw with dips or in salads, and delicious when steamed or stir-fried, Aristocrat Zucchini will never disappoint your taste buds.

This Zucchini takes about 50-55 days to mature and bears 6-7 inch slender, green fruit. Plant will grow to be about 24-30 inches in height.

Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash

Spaghetti Squash is a popular choice these days and make for a healthy meal. They are the perfect substitute for pasta. Why? Because this squash looks like spaghetti inside! When growing your spaghetti squash, allow the fruit to ripen as much as possible on the vine. The skin will turn a pale yellow when it is ready for picking.

The Spaghetti Squash takes 80-88 days to mature. It bears yellow fruit about 7-8 inches in size and can weigh up to 3 pounds. This is a large plant that can grow to be about 48-60 inches in width and about 28 inches in height.

 

WATERMELON

Did you know that watermelons are a fruit AND a vegetable? Thanks to their sweet taste and seeds; Watermelons are most commonly considered a fruit, but they are also classified as a vegetable in the gourd family like cucumber, squash, and pumpkins. Watermelons need full sunlight. They should be planted with a spacing of 36-60 inches.

Start your garden on the right note by adding Calloway’s Organic Compost and amend with Expanded Shale to break up the clay in your soil. It is best to keep the soil moist until fruits are about the size of a tennis ball and then, water only when the soil is dry.

Feed your plants with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed and begin to harvest when the rind changes from a bright green to a dull green.

Crimson Sweet Watermelon

watermelon

Crimson Sweet Watermelons are famous for its high sugar content and delicious flavor. This watermelon is a pretty, light green melon with dark stripes. It contains seeds that are small in size and dark in color. Give the vines plenty of room to run as they are resistant to disease and wilt.

The Crimson Sweet Watermelon takes about 80 days to mature. This large plant can bear fruit up to 25 pounds in weight. YUM!

 

Check out our video to learn more about your May veggies and stop by our store nearest you to pick up your vegetable plants, compost, food, and more. Happy planting!

How to Make a Container Creation for Pollinators

Planting for pollinators not only enriches the ecosystem within your yard, but it helps make our world a healthier and more beautiful place! Today, we will teach you how to plant a container creation made to add gorgeous color to your landscape while attracting beneficial pollinators!

How to Make a Container Creation for Pollinators

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

container creations

You will need the following items to complete your creation:

  • Plants that attract pollinators (more information below)
  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Pottery from Calloway’s or Cornelius

STEP 2: ADD SOIL

pottery

Grab your selected pottery.

soil

Make sure it is large enough for your plant selections and then fill the pot with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil. After you add your plants and water thoroughly, add more soil if needed!

STEP 3: PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS

sun loving plants

When selecting plants, remember to keep these few details in mind:

  • What are the sunlight requirements?
  • What are the watering requirements?
  • What pollinators do I want to attract?

For a container creation, it is best that all plants have similar sun and water requirements in order to be successful!

Then, choose your plants according to the different types of pollinators you want to attract to your yard.

When putting your container together, try to also use the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” method for an always exciting color display.

For our creation, we chose a few different selections full of lush foliage and vibrant blooms! Here is what we selected:

zinnias

Petunias

The classic beauty and softness of a Petunia will never go out of style. Their stunning trumpet-shaped flowers add a sense of grace to any landscape. Available in many shades and colors, Petunias also attract hummingbirds and butterflies because of the nectar-producing capabilities and the inviting shape of their blooms.

Zinnias

Who doesn’t love a Zinnia? They come in a variety of boldly colored blooms with bright yellow centers. With daisy-like petals, these flowers add a dynamic and playful texture and will dazzle in any flowerbed or container. Butterflies and hummingbirds love Zinnias and are a fantastic choice for attracting these beautiful creatures to your yard!

Salvia

For the focal point in our display, we picked a vibrant and bright red Salvia! With masses of tubular flowers rising above the green foliage, this stunner loves the sunlight and is relatively low maintenance. Salvia is a fantastic choice for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard.

petunia

Lavender

Lavender has so many purposes and uses for you and your daily life. The fragrant scent actually works as a deterrent for mosquitoes while attracting butterflies to your yard. It will help create a fuller looking container creation with its delicate texture and foliage.

Other options:

Other great nectar-producing plants for annual color are Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Lantana, Marigold, Pentas, and more! Some perennial options are Coreopsis, Daylilies, Rudbeckia, and Yarrow, to name a few. Finally, a couple items that work as host-plant foilage for caterpillars are Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Canna, Ruellia, and Yaupon Holly. Check out our website to learn more about these plants!

STEP 4: FEED & ENJOY

planting

Give your plants the proper nourishment for long-lasting and healthy blooms. Pick up our Calloway’s Natural Garden Food to feed your lawn and garden the organic way.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Want to attract more beneficial pollinators to your yard? Set up feeders, birdhouses, and more to create a comfortable and appealing oasis for all your pollinators to revel in. Visit our birding area for everything you need at our store nearest you!

Plus, stop by THIS SATURDAY from 10:15-11:00 am for more information on How-To Plant for Butterflies & Hummingbirds at our FREE Garden Series Event!

How to Prep your Soil for Planting

For your new spring plantings, the most important component to your plant’s success is the soil. Remember, when referencing soil, you will need to amend your soil. Gardening soil was created to provide your plants with the proper nutrients and beneficial ingredients that the roots crave, while also maintaining the correct moisture levels. Good soil is key to the health of your plants. It will also save you time, water, and energy! With quality soil comes less watering, healthier plants, and more time to sit back and admire your creations.

STEP 1: SAFETY CHECK

soil prep

First, your safety is important. Before you move on to the next step and start digging and tilling into the ground, call the city. Have someone come and evaluate your planting area for gas, electrical, and water lines. They should flag and tag all the spots you should avoid.

STEP 2: LET THE TILLING BEGIN

tilling

Once your planting area is clear of debris, rocks, and old plants, let the tilling begin! Till the top layer of existing soil until everything is soft and crumbly. The depth will vary depending on the area.

soil

STEP 3: ADD SOIL

tree and shrub mix

Pick up your bag of Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Mix or Calloway’s Premium Tree & Shrub Mix and spread at least a 3 inch layer of the soil across the planting area.

gardening

Repeat the tilling process to allow for the planting soil to mix with the top soil. This will create the ideal conditions for your plant’s roots.

TILL

STEP 4: READY TO PLANT

Now you are ready to plant. Stay tuned and check back weekly for more gardening tips!

Stop by our store nearest you for all your gardening needs! Questions? Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are available at every store location to answer any gardening questions you may have!

 

2019 Gardening Trends: Living Coral

This year, the horticulture industry is trending back to the “roots” of gardening with simple concepts for novices and green thumbs alike. One of these top trends includes adding striking color to your yard like the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral.

2019 Gardening Trends: Living Coral

2019 Pantone Color of the Year

pantone

Pantone defines the color “Living Coral” as an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Living Coral is the pop of color that will make your garden stand out from all of the rest. While bright and bold, Living Coral still has a soothing and natural appeal. It is a color we expect to see in nature, but we welcome and embrace its beauty with open arms. The essence of Living Coral connects us to nature and to each other with its optimistic hue. It speaks to the excitement of spring with its authentic allure.

The best part? The options are endless with the different ways you can bring this lovely shade to your home!

Selecting your Plants

Throughout the season, we will have many different options of plants and gardening accessories available in shades of Living Coral. Here are some fantastic selections:

Petunias

petunias

Petunias have stunning trumpet-shaped flowers. They are a fast-growing annual that needs full sunlight. Highly tolerant of urban pollution, petunias thrive in city environments. Plus, hummingbirds love Petunias and will attract these beneficial pollinators to your yard!

Tradewinds Tropical Hibiscus

tropical hibiscus

Another great option for those sunny spots in your landscape is the Tropical Hibiscus! These amazing blooms are bright and bold in color to easily transform your garden to a tropical haven.

Impatiens

impatiens

Blanketed in gorgeous coral blooms, Impatiens are a great choice for filling in your flowerbeds or containers because of their dense texture and low foliage. They require partial shade throughout the day and are highly tolerant to urban conditions.

African Daisy

african daisy

Deer resistant and drought tolerant, the African Daisy is perfect planting in container gardens, flowerbeds, and borders. Their exceptional blooms with lasting color thrive under full sunlight.

Begonias

Perfect for the sun or the shade, begonias are ideal for this time of year. Our Senator iQ Begonia and Ambassador Begonia selections are wonderful performers in mass plantings and flower-beds. The Senator iQ Begonia is one of the darkest bronze-leaf Begonias you will find, lending to a beautiful contrast between flowers and foliage, plus it thrives in the sun. The Ambassador Begonia is a shade-loving, rich-green leaf series of Begonias known for their early, large flowers on compact plants.

Some other vibrant options to add that perfect pop of coral hues and bright colors to your landscape and container gardens:

Geraniums

geraniums

Dianthus

dianthus

Celosia

celosia

Double Impatiens

double impatien

Coral Gardening Tools

The options of wonderful coral color are endless, even with your gardening accessories! Check out our selection of gardening gloves. We have some fantastic options ranging in different materials for your gardening success. Protect your hands in style with our coral gloves.

gloves

Then, stay on trend while you water your plants with your coral watering can!

watering can

Stop by our store nearest you for all your gardening needs! Check out all our plant selections to create your own Living Coral themed garden. Don’t forget your Calloway’s Premium Soils, Mulches, and Plant Foods to keep your garden happy and healthy!

 

ref: pantone.commonrovia.com

Gardening Tips by Neil Sperry: Choosing Groundcovers For Shade

Hi, I’m Neil Sperry, back in your neighborhood, Calloway’s Nursery. There are 19 of them in the metroplex and a couple in Houston under the name of Cornelius, wonderful places to shop. I love coming here.
Hi, I’m Neil Sperry, back in your neighborhood, Calloway’s Nursery. There are 19 of them in the metroplex and a couple in Houston under the name of Cornelius, wonderful places to shop. I love coming here.

Problems Growing Grass Under Trees

Let me suggest something to you. If you have tried and tried and tried again to get grass to grow beneath your shade trees, maybe, just maybe, you have too much shade. It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. Let me suggest to you, shade-tolerant, shade-loving groundcovers.

How do you know when it’s time? Well, if you don’t have three or four hours of sunlight in South Texas, and four or five hours of sunlight in North Texas, you’re not going to get St. Augustine to grow. If you have put St. Augustine sod down and you watch it just disappear on you, you find that you have nothing but bare ground three or four months later, it’s time to take that out and replace it.

Work the soil up, work in organic matter, and choose shade-tolerant groundcovers.

Shade-Tolerant Groundcovers

Your sales reps at Calloway’s Nursery, talk to one of the Texas-certified nursery professionals. Let them show you some of the best. Work the soil down three or four inches. You can avoid those major roots of the trees, and then put the shade-tolerant groundcovers.

I’ve used that term three or four times. Which ones am I talking about? My favorite is mondo grass, regular mondo grass. It’s a plant with four names: monkey grass, Ophiopogon. It’s also called lilyturf by a few people. This is the one that gets about five or six inches tall. And the reason I like it so much and have used it throughout my landscape is that it does not have runners. You can blow the leaves out of it in autumn. It’s a lot easier to keep clean. I do not use dwarf mondo grass in great areas, large areas because it is just too slow-growing, but it’s very pretty in small areas.

Liriope, L-I-R-I-O-P-E, a lovely groundcover, it’s a little taller. It does bloom in the summer, but it is a little tall as a ground cover, and so I use it more in smaller areas for drama. English ivy is very good. You can also use Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus. They used every letter in the alphabet on that one. That’s a wonderful groundcover. It gets about 6 or 8 inches tall. It’s great in the sun. It’s great in the shade. It does have runners, but it’s really good. Even Asian Jasmine will do very well in the shade.

So, those are some of the best. I use ferns. I use a lot of wood ferns. Of course, they die to the ground in the winter, but they’re very pretty. If you combine those groundcovers with shrubs that tolerate the shade quite well, and we’ll talk about those another time, then you can have a beautiful landscape even in a shady area. It’s not a problem. It’s an opportunity for something different.

I’m Neil Sperry, proud to be sponsored by Calloway’s on both of my radio programs, on KLIF on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00, and on WBAP on Sunday mornings from 8:00 until 10:00. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

 

DIY Craft Ideas: How to Make Bunny Themed Planters

To celebrate, not only the holiday, but the season of spring, we created a darling planter that every-bunny will love! Create yours for the indoors or out and have some fun! This simple DIY project is great to do with the kids, grandkids, for a gift idea, or for your upcoming Easter celebration!

DIY Craft Ideas: How to Make Bunny Themed Planters

 STEP 1: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

  1. 8 inch terra cotta pots
  2. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  3. Plants from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  4. Bunny Ears
  5. Large white pom-pom for tail
  6. White spray paint
  7. Rose gold metallic paint
  8. Hot glue

You can certainly make this project your own and paint your pottery as you wish. The possibilities are endless!

STEP 2: PAINT

DIY

Paint your terra cotta pot. We covered ours in a few coats of white spray paint, and then we painted the top with rose gold metallic paint to add an extra touch of style and dimension.

easter

Let the rose gold paint dry before adding an additional coat to make the color nice and bold.

STEP 3: PLANT

potting soil

Add fantastic plant selections. We kept to a green, foliage-based color scheme and design. The green really compliments the whites and pinks of our decoration and paint choices.

When selecting our plants, we planned ahead as far as when and where we would display our planter. Perfect for Easter, we wanted a great option for the outdoors. Everyone will be able to enjoy the added touch during their hunt for Easter eggs! For our planter, we selected Sweet Potato Vines. They are full of attractive heart-shaped leaves that remain lime green in color throughout the season.

You can use indoor plants and foliage, like small ferns, large succulents, or you can incorporate white blooms, and mix it up with the traditional “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” technique.

Be sure to water your plants in, as necessary per your plant selections, before adding the decorations.

STEP 4: DECORATE

crafting with plants

Once all is planted, add your bunny decorations! Place the bunny ears with the pink side facing away from the “back” of the planter, where the tail will be.

Glue on the fluffy tail and step back to admire your design! Make multiple and line them side-by-side, with the bunny tail as the front, for an extra cute display.

Now, hop on over to our store nearest you for your pottery, premium soils, and quality plants! While you are there, check out all our outdoor décor for more ideas and inspiration to decorate your home!

Have a wonderful holiday and an super spring! Remember, our stores will be open from 1:00pm-6:00 pm on Sunday, April 21st to allow our staff time to spend with their loved ones.

 

 

 

ref: livingly.com

Gardening Tips with Neil Sperry: Choosing a Shade Tree

Hi, I’m Neil Sperry. I’m at your neighborhood Calloway’s, mine as well. I suggest you get there. It’s a lot of fun.

Choosing a Shade Tree

We’re going to talk today about choosing a shade tree, what goes into making the right decision. A lot of people ask me, “What’s the best fast-growing shade tree?” And what you may not think about is the fact that those terms are mutually self-exclusive. Fast growth usually translates to a bad tree. Let your Calloway’s sales rep help you choose the best tree. Let’s make a list of things you want in a shade tree.

Do you want a tree that’s attractive? Do you want a tree that is pest-resistant? Do you want a tree that is adapted to the soil that you have and that is beautiful all through the year? Are those things that matter? I think they do. Let’s put that on the list, all of those, and then let’s put in fast growth. You said that. Where does that fall in that list? I think it slides to the bottom.
Let’s choose a great tree. Let’s find a good-quality tree when you go shopping. Make your decision. Let your Calloway’s sales rep help you choose the tree that’s right for the place that you have.

Taking Your Shade Tree Home and Caring for It

And then, when you get that tree, take it home carefully. They’ll help you load it. Take it home. Get it planted right away. Water it by hand the first year that you have it. Don’t count on sprinkler irrigation to water it. It won’t be enough. Take a hose, take a water breaker. You do it yourself about every three or four days during that first growing season.

The Best Tree Types Offering Shade

Some of the best trees that we have for North Central Texas, where Calloway’s stores are located, there are four oaks that are outstanding: Live Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Bur Oak. Those are all native in or around our area, and they’re fabulous shade trees. They’re all large shade trees, and so are Pecans, Cedar Elms, and also Chinese Pistachios. The Chinese Pistachios are the one group of trees that are not native to our area. I’m really fond of Eastern Red Cedars. They’re native and they make a great big screening tree, but you have to have a lot of room for those. Southern Magnolias are fabulous, but they are decidedly slower-growing than the others that I’ve mentioned. So, those nine trees make up some of the best shade trees for North Texas.

You can also get Little Gem Southern Magnolia and Teddy Bear Magnolias for smaller trees. Mexican Plums are good. Golden Rain Trees are good. Lots of great trees. Let the folks at Calloway’s help you. I am very proud to have Calloway’s sponsoring both of my radio programs, KLIF on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 until 3:00, and WBAP, Sunday mornings from 8:00 until 10:00.

Again, I’m Neil Sperry. It’s been fun being with you. Thanks for watching.

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in April

It’s April and the warm breeze of spring is a welcomed reminder. Hopefully, you can get outside and take in the season! As we all know, spring is the ideal time for planting, especially your vegetables! Today, we wanted to tell you about some vegetable selections that are perfect to plant in April.

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in April

 STEP 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR PLANTING AREA

First, and most importantly, where are you planting your vegetables?

There are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  1. How much sunlight does the area receive?
  2. Is there access to water or a watering device?
  3. Are you planting a container garden or in your flowerbeds?

Once you have a good grasp on these factors, this will help you determine what you want to plant, will in fact grow successfully.

There are 3 important things to do to your new plants before planting.

  1. Prep your soil with organic compost.
  2. Spacing is crucial. Make sure your plants have room to grow.

STEP 2: WHAT TO PLANT NOW

There are so many great options that we have in store right now. Let’s talk about a few of our favorites to plant this month!

TOMATOES

BHN 444 Tomato

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BHN 444 Tomato is a large and in charge tomato that is not only disease-resistant, but also, very tasty! The 444 tomato originated from Peru and takes about 75 days to mature. It is known as a determinate tomato which means it is known as a “bush” tomato that grows to a compact height and the fruit generally matures all at once.

Indeterminate tomatoes are more of a vining plant that needs a cage or stake to support it. Also, the fruits mature throughout the season instead of all at once.

Patio Tomato

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Patio tomatoes are perfect for patios or small space gardening. They take about 70 days to mature and are determinate in nature. This “cage free” tomato can grow fruitfully without the extra needed support and will produce delicious and juicy, medium-sized fruits!

Roma Plum Tomato

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Roma Plum Tomatoes are classic and tasty. They take 75-80 days to mature and produce large, egg shaped fruit. This plant can grow to 48-60 inches in height and is disease resistant! Did you know that Roma Tomatoes are a great choice for canning and producing tomato paste? This is due to their firm nature.

PEPPERS

Super Supreme Banana Pepper

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The Super Supreme Banana Pepper produces a high yield of large fruit and takes about 70 days to mature. Resembling a banana by the shape and color, the sweet and mild taste of a banana pepper compliments any type of culinary dish. After picking, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Anaheim Pepper

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Anaheim Peppers are a disease resistant fruit that takes about 75-80 days to mature. Originally from New Mexico, this pepper flourished when it was brought to the city it was named after, Anaheim, California. Perfect for grilling, chili relleno, stews, soups, and salsa!

Tabasco Pepper

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Not to be confused with the brand, these peppers were named after the Mexican state of Tabasco. This vining or indeterminate fruit takes about 80-85 days to mature and bears a large yield of small, spicy fruit. As the fruit develops, the peppers change color from green to orange and then red. Did you know, a jalapeno pepper is about 12 times hotter than a tabasco pepper?

EGGPLANT

Classic Eggplant

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The classic eggplant takes 50-70 days to mature, and grows large, purple fruit about 6-8 inches in length. Eggplants are not only delicious to harvest, but they also work as an ornamental plant. This variety is vigorous and highly productive.

Ichiban Eggplant

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Ichiban eggplants are a Japanese eggplant. They take 50-60 days to mature with a high crop yield of purple fruit, each ranging in size from 8-10 inches long. This eggplant has a thin and delicate skin with a sweeter taste. Practically seedless, the Ichiban eggplant is also low in calories, saturated fat, and even sodium. It’s a high source of dietary fiber and packed with vitamin c, folate, potassium, and more!

Check out our video to learn more about your April veggies and stop by our store nearest you to pick up your vegetable plants, soils, food and more. You too can enjoy the fruits of your labor!