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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…


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…


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…


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