Basics of Shrub Pruning- When, Why, and How Much?

February 6, 2023

Many people are absolutely terrified of pruning. The truth is most plants don’t mind being pruned, and others absolutely must be pruned. We are going to cover the basic reasons why we prune, techniques of pruning, and when to prune specific plants. Reasons to Prune Helps encourage a longer bloom cycle and even facilitate a rebloom cycle in some plants Helps to regenerate older, less productive plants by removing old branches and encouraging new and more vigorous growth Allows you to control the size and shape of plants Keeps plants healthy by removing disease and insect problems Makes certain plants…

Sarting a Vegetable Garden

January 30, 2023

Vegetable gardening is a hobby that benefits our health and the health of our planet. Properly grown vegetables are delicious and packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The vegetables you harvest from your garden require no plastic packaging, or carbon emissions for delivery. Vegetable plants also clean the air, absorb carbon dioxide, and help sustain pollinators. Here are some tips about where and how to start growing vegetables. Size and location of the vegetable garden Vegetables prefer an open full sun area away from large trees which can result in excess shade and root competition. The location needs at least six…

Turn Your Yard into a Habitat for Birds and Butterflies

January 30, 2023

A robin sitting on a branch of a hawthorn tree. Birds and butterflies are elegant and fascinating with their beauty and song. They also eat garden pests and carry out the essential work of pollination. Whether it’s planting one pot or an entire garden, creating a habitat for wildlife will replenish resources that birds, and butterflies need to survive and sustain their migration. Here are the steps you can take to make your yard a welcoming habitat. Providing Food for Birds and Butterflies Birds and butterflies prefer a wide variety of food. If you provide them with a variety of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

October 28, 2020

Ingredients: 3 Zucchini 1 lb. river watch beef/or harmony farms chorizo 1 C wild rice/white rice mix prepared 1 clove garlic 1 small onion 1 T chopped fresh herbs: oregano, Genovese or sweet basil, mixed Arp Rosemary 1 32 oz. jar marinara sauce ½ C Parmesan Cheese ½ C Hemme Brothers Cheese Curds ½ c Hemme Mozzarella 1 T chopped fresh Italian parsley Directions: Pre-Heat over to 350 degrees. Trim stems from zucchini, slice lengthwise, scoop out seeds put into bowl. Saute the onion and garlic Mix seeds with beef, rice, parmesan, cheese curds and mixed fresh herbs and stuff…

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