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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…


Why is Fall the Best Time to Plant?

September 9, 2021

Fall is in the air! Fall is our favorite season and it’s also the best time to plant. Trees, shrubs, perennials, and lawns all benefit from fall planting. But why? As air temperatures cool and soil temperatures remain warm, it creates the perfect conditions for root growth. And we know that strong healthy roots contribute to a strong healthy plant. Along with the cooler air temperatures, fall usually brings more frequent rainfall which is also beneficial to new plantings. Another benefit is that pests and diseases are much less prevalent in the fall. Even, less weeds that germinate in the…


5 Popular Fall Trends for your Home

September 8, 2021

Cassidy Fox, Decor and Design Specialist This fall you may be looking to re-do a space completely or enhance a space you already love. Whichever category you ~fall~ into, I hope you find inspiration with us. Natural Looks Natural materials like wicker chairs and tables along with woven baskets add great texture to a space and keep the weight of the room light. These neutral pieces are easy to place in any room, but also help bring a new texture or mood. Baskets, tables and chairs are also very practical and useable. These are pieces you can move around, add…


How to PlantRight

September 7, 2021

PlantRight is Colonial’s unique system for just that, Planting Right. At Colonial, we believe Soil is Life. Providing unparalleled solutions in the world of living things, we can ensure homeowners guaranteed success of your outdoor or indoor space by utilizing our PlantRight System. Our passion for growth starts with healthy soil, which grows colorful plants, nourishing produce, and happy people. Together we can grow a sustainable planet for a sustainable future.  Pick from a quality selection   Colonial Gardens has KC’s largest selection of trees because our parent company, DCA Outdoor, grows over 1 million trees per year.   Correct Placement   It’s important to place…


Why you should compost & how it helps the Earth?

August 30, 2021

Composting is an excellent way to reduce waste and to also begin your path to healthy soil. There is a simple way that you can create compost in your own home. This would be to develop a compost pile or bin, which we will talk about how to build later in this blog. Incorporating compost into your soil has extremely beneficial effects on the health and productivity of our gardens and landscapes. But why? Compost is dark, nutritious material that is the result of microorganisms feeding on organic material like food scraps, grass clippings, fallen leaves and breaking them down…


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