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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…


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…


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…


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