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Wintering Berries

February 5, 2021

Putting Brambles to Bed During the harsh Midwest winter months, it's important that just as we cover perennials or garden vegetables, we protect our berry plants. The crew at Colonial Farms is diligent about selecting the opportune time to get the berry plants in our bramble patch covered. The berries at Colonial were bred in Clarksville, Arkansas where it only gets below 10 degrees one night every few years. In the Kansas City area, it gets much colder even though they were bred 4 hours south of Blue Springs. If it gets below 10 degrees, the risk of freezing your…


5 Ways to Use a Container

January 14, 2021

Let's start planning your spring projects! Here are some creative ways to incorporate large containers in your landscape or in your home! 1. Place a container directly into your landscape Add large containers as a structural element to your landscape to create a focal point. 2. Add a structure to the container Add a structure to your container such as an orb or an obelisk. Plant a vine to grow up the structure to add height and color. 3. Add shrubs or perennials Plant small nursery plants and/or perennials and create a screen on your patio for privacy. Ask our…


Native Plants for Birds

January 11, 2021

Native plants are plants that originally occur within a region as the result of natural processes rather than human introduction. Usually, native species are considered to have existed before the time of wide-spread European settlement a little more than 200 years ago. The United States has lost over 150 million acres of native land over the past 100 years due to urban sprawl. Just think about how this has affected our wildlife. Shocking fact, but there are things you can do to help! How Natives Affect Us Reducing air pollutionControlling erosionManaging storm waterCombating climate change by storing carbon dioxide Creating…


Tinctures from Teeter Creek

January 8, 2021

[video width="100%" height="100%" mp4="https://colonialgardenskc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/tincture.mp4" poster="" autoplay="yes" loop="yes"][/video] Tinctures are concentrated herbal liquids that are believed to utilize natural health-boosting aspects of some plants. Tinctures are believed to have different benefits, like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or antiviral properties. Tinctures have been used throughout history as long-lasting, natural remedies. A tincture is a way of extracting and preserving the beneficial compounds found in plants. There are other mediums with which one can tincture, however, alcohol is the most common and best for the job. Soaking, or macerating, parts of a plant in alcohol allows for more beneficial compounds to be pulled from the…


Winter Watering

December 18, 2020

For most of us, when the first frost or snow hits here in the Midwest, it's time for hibernation. All the plants have been brought inside, the fall outdoor decorations are thrown into the compost pile, and the outside is just a meer thought until spring. But, the outside plants still need some TLC. Sure, they are hardy and can handle Mother Nature's cold months, but it's important that they are still being watered. Watered.... it's winter, why should I water my plants? Contrary to popular belief, many plants that do not make it to spring in our climate, in…


A Gift of Generosity

December 11, 2020

“Orange” you excited to see what’s in your stocking this Christmas? Hanging stockings on the mantle started as just your everyday household chore. They were washed, then hung on the fireplace mantle to dry. So why has placing oranges in them at Christmas time become a tradition? There are many different theories on this tradition, some based on history, some based on folklore. Either way, getting an orange in your stocking for Christmas was a treasured gift. Legend has it that back in the 4th century, a certain gentleman, the Bishop of Mya (the real St. Nicholas) gave three balls…


Caring for Fresh Evergreens

November 20, 2020

Keep the Green, in Your Holiday Greens Representing the everlasting life, goodwill, and hope for the return of spring. Fresh evergreens present many decorative options for the holidays. Here are a few tips to extend the freshness and fragrance of your greens. Plan Ahead If buying for a specific event, aim to purchase within 2 weeks of the desired date. If you buy ahead of time, keep them outside (in a shaded area) or in a cool garage or basement until needed. Spray with water every 2-3 days until ready to use. Soak Select and recut any branches you plan…


Mushroom & Herb Crusted Stuffed Chicken Breast

November 15, 2020

Ingredients: 2 Chicken Breast 1 c raw spinach 1/4 c plain goat cheese 1/4 c Running Rivers mushroom crumbs or bread crumbs 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 clover garlic, minced 1/2 tsp Kosher salt 2 Tbsp olive or nut oil Fresh ground pepper to liking Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tenderize chicken breast by placing it between two pieces of wax paper. Using a tenderizing mallet, flatten out breast until it's half its original thickness. Set off to the side. Mix together mushroom or breadcrumbs with fresh chopped thyme, 1/2 tsp salt, 1…


Fall Maintenance

November 13, 2020

Fall is the season when we wrap up summer and prepare for winter both inside and outside the home. Cleanup is something that should be added to every homeowner's list. It's a simple task that will help aid in the success of keeping plants overwinter and giving them a good start to spring. Travis and Valerie take us around some beds at Colonial and give us a quick tutorial on some easy fall maintenance chores, take a look! Pruning Cut dormant perennials or shrubs 2"-4" from the root. You want to clean up areas where leaves gather as these can…


Spinach Strawberry Salad

November 1, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pint of sliced strawberries 1 bag of spinach 1 pkg. sliced, toasted almonds Dressing: 1 TBSP poppy seeds ¼ c. cider vinegar ½ c. sugar ¼ tsp paprika ½ c. vegetable oil Mix dressing and pour over spinach, strawberries and almonds just before serving.


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