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How to Save the World with Garden Containers for Pollinators

June 13, 2022

Earth as we know it would only survive without pollinators for about four years. It’s true! Our food chain completely hinges on bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. These vital little wonders carry pollen from plant to plant, ensuring proper germination and fruit development not only for the foods we humans consume, but also for the plants that our herbivore friends (livestock) eat. 75% of fruit-setting plants require contact with things that flit and fly. Modern use of broad-spectrum pesticides and insecticides has been shrinking bee populations for decades. It’s beginning to show, as many gardeners find themselves having to…


Healthy Soil, Healthy Life

June 9, 2022

Soil is life. You’ve heard us say it. You’ve seen it on our t-shirts. But, is it really something we believe in and practice? YES! At Colonial Gardens, we 100% back the notion that healthy soil is the root of all things living. Soil itself is even a living thing. The produce you see in the Colonial Farms Market, the starter plants growing in the greenhouse, the apple trees blooming in the orchards are all created from the very notion that soil is life. But it’s just soil, there’s not much that really needs to be done to it right?…


Garden Pest Control

June 2, 2022

You work hard to create and maintain a garden, but pests can quickly wreak havoc on your produce. Being aware of the signs, effects, and treatments can help quickly save your plants and avoid pest problems in the future. Most insect issues are cyclical and happen at very similar times each year. Being aware of certain issues that your plants may be susceptible to and how to treat them is a great place to start along with having an integrated pest management (IPM) solution. Picking varieties of plants with a higher resistance to insects will level the playing field even…


What is Regenerative Agriculture & Why does Colonial Gardens practice it?

June 1, 2022

Here at Colonial Gardens our mission is to create a healthy planet by connecting mind, body and spirit to healthy plants and soil. The way we bring that mission to life is by practicing a growing method known as regenerative agriculture.   Regenerative agriculture is a farming method that aims at improving the earth by partnering with the ecosystem and recycling nutrients back into the soil. The main goal is to protect soil and water quality because it has an enormous impact on the rest of the environment.  If you aren’t a farmer, there are still plenty of ways to give back to the soil. In our greenhouses we try to minimize our plastic use…


Cardinals 101

January 6, 2022

Cardinals are an iconic and easily recognizable bird in the eastern half of the United States. Their bright red vibrant plumage and beautiful songs that make them an attractive addition and perhaps the most desired of all backyard-visiting birds. Northern Cardinals are non-migratory birds, meaning that when you begin to provide them with water and food they are likely to stay in your area year-round. Here in Missouri they are prevalent and very easy to attract. Continue reading to find the best ways to attract and make permanent homes for Cardinals in your yard this year and for years to…


Kohlrabi Salad Recipe

January 5, 2022

Just because it's winter doesn't mean that our vegetable production is coming to a halt. Because of low tunnels and our production house ‘Bertha’, our market garden that supplies the Market within Colonial Gardens and Colonial Kitchen will continue to produce all winter long! The Colonial Kitchen staff made this delicious farm to table Kohlrabi Salad with the kohlrabi harvested in December! There are so many health benefits from consuming kohlrabi, curious what those are? Check out those health benefits in this In Kansas City Magazine Feature of the dish. Kohlrabi Salad Recipe: Ingredients:  1 fresh kohlrabi (julienned)6 ounces fresh…


Winter Plant Care Guide

January 5, 2022

Winter is quickly approaching, so while you start to pull out your winter coats and boots, make sure you take a second to think about your plants! Here are some winter plant care tips directly from our experts: Soil and Watering Let soil get dry to the touch a couple inches down or so, then water well till water drains out the bottom of the pot. This helps leach out the salts from fertilizer.Plants will most likely not be drying out as quickly in the winter months as they do the rest of the year because of the shorter daylength…


Creating Habitats for Birds & Butterflies

January 5, 2022

Creating a habitat for wildlife in your yard will replenish resources that birds and butterflies need to survive and sustain their migration. Suitable habitat for birds is in short supply. Urban areas are expanding constantly, altering or destroying natural areas. In the United States more than 45 million acres are covered in lawn areas and we’re adding 500 square miles of turfgrass every year.¹ When you create a wildlife habitat, butterflies will pollinate the flowers in your garden. Birds will eat insects and garden pests like mosquitoes, flies, and caterpillars. As they carry out these important tasks they grace our…


Mexican Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole

January 5, 2022

Combine the healthy flavors of ingredients you already have on hand to make a large dish to feed a gathering of family and friends. Completely vegan and gluten-free, we use sweet potatoes, but you could easily sub in yellow or white potatoes instead. Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 cup white quinoa 1 12 ounce jar of salsa 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes 1 4 ounce can of diced green chilis 2 15 ounce cans black beans 3 Tablespoons DIY taco seasoning 3 cups vegetable broth Optional toppings: cilantro, avocado, and…


Christmas Tree O’ Christmas Tree

November 29, 2021

Similar to most products in 2020, Christmas trees have been in short supply. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer the Kansas City area beautiful, Frasier Fir cut trees for their homes this holiday season. This crop of Frasier Fir trees come from our friends at Northern Family Farms in Wisconsin. Not only are Christmas trees stunning to look at, but they also smell like the scents of the holidays we all wish for our home. When you visit Colonial Gardens, you will notice our Christmas trees are hung from the rafters in the nursery. This is a little different than…


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