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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…


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…


Growing a Gardener

June 18, 2021

Dorothy Fennell was born in 1910, the middle of World War I. She raised her own children during the Great Depression. Her life shaped her to be a tough and hard-working woman. She was frugal in her later years, saving scraps of paper, straws and popsicle sticks. But she was also caring and lived a life of generosity. In her 60’s, she took in her four grandchildren. Dorothy Fennel and Sandra Lane, Brian's mother, In June of 1955 Dorothy was always a gardener. For her, it was method of sustenance, but later it became a way to bring her community…


Creating an Outdoor Space

May 27, 2021

Gardening and landscaping is a fun, healthy, fulfilling hobby that benefits our communities and our world. Here are some tips on creating a beautiful landscape and outdoor space at your home. Getting Started The number one advice to new gardeners is to be creative and have fun! Use colors, styles, & plants that appeal to you. Incorporate garden art, structures, & seating areas to enhance the garden. Design an outdoor space to be enjoyed by the whole family. The more a garden reflects who you are and the things that you love, the more fun gardening becomes. Find a garden…


Roasted Rainbow Veggies w/ Carrot Top Herb Pesto

April 19, 2021

Ingredients: Purple cauliflower floretts Rainbow carrots, halved Beets, sliced Avocado oil Sea salt & pepper Directions: Toss vegetables in oil, salt and pepper until coated. Roast at 350 for 15- 25 minutes until desired tenderness Pesto Ingredients: 4 C spinach/ carrot tops/ parsley 2 TBS Tuscan Herb olive oil 1/4 C avocado 1/4 C walnuts 1/4 C water 1/2 tsp sea salt 2-3 garlic cloves Directions: Pulse in food processor until desired consistency. Serve with roasted vegetables. Recipe courtesy of Robin Cook- Cook2Flourish


Lavender Shortbread Cookies

April 16, 2021

Ingredients: 1/2 C sugar 2 tsp Sweet Streams Lavender 1 C softened butter 2 C Janie's Mill Artisan Pastry Flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 C powdered sugar For the Icing: 2 tsp KC Vanilla Co. vanilla Heavy Cream Directions: In a food processer, pulse sugar and lavender until fine. Cream together sugar mixture, butter, vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients Chill for 30 minutes before rolling out, 1/4" thick. Cut to desired (these are best smaller). Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack immediately. To make the icing, stir together…


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