Archive for June, 2017

Grow for the glory

Posted on June 30th, 2017

July is here, with that comes fun times with all our family and friends. Some of my best memories are of all the family barbecues which generally started on the fourth of July weekend. I love to decorate and create elaborate displays for these special times. It’s my way of creating an inviting setting to […]

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5 veggies you can still plant

Posted on June 29th, 2017

It’s never too late to start an edible garden. Different fruits and vegetables thrive in all types of conditions, so you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your garden, regardless of the season. In fact, some summer favorites can be planted now for a delicious late summer or early fall harvest. Make sure to […]

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Top 5 Hydrangea Picks

Posted on June 29th, 2017

There is absolutely no debate the most asked for plant in the tree and shrub yard are hydrangeas!  The great thing about hydrangeas is there is a perfect type for each customer’s specific needs.  Here is a list of some of our favorites here at Van Wilgen’s. Bobo Hydrangea This little cutie has been around […]

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Homegrown Goodness

Posted on June 27th, 2017

Now that we are starting to see and enjoy some nice weather, my family’s container gardens at our house are starting to take off.  My wife always requests that we have at least one big pot of herbs growing on our deck each summer and this year we have two.  My daughter, Nora, planted an […]

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Hummingbird Heaven

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

Everyone loves to watch this beautiful bird. There are many ways to attract them to your yard. Let’s start with hummingbird feeders. There are feeders for hanging or with suction cups to attach to your window. Some come with a built-in ant moat or you can buy them separately to keep the ants out of […]

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4 Tips for Growing Blueberries

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

Pancakes, tarts, pies, we love adding blueberries to any recipe. And we’re not alone. Take advantage of the peak fruiting season this July to celebrate this delicious little berry. Health Benefits Not only delicious and popular, but blueberries are also one of the top 10 healthiest foods. These nutritional powerhouses are packed with antioxidants that […]

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3 Ways to Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

National Pollinator Week is a time to give bees, birds, and bats a little recognition. Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, play a big part in getting our gardens to grow. Honeybees are directly responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat. They help fertilize flowers, carrying pollen from one plant to another in […]

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Small Space Garden : Series Part II

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

The Eastern Redbud ( Cercis canadensis )  is a spring-flowering tree, native to the northeast.  Its delicate lavender-pink flowers emerge late in April before the foliage develops and continue to sparkle into mid-May.  Clusters of tiny, fairy-like flowers cling to the branches, covering the tree in a soft purple haze with charming heart-shaped foliage developing […]

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Sweet Strawberry

Posted on June 20th, 2017

I was in a little bit of a jam last week, we were down a trailer because it was being serviced and I needed to move our mini excavator to a friend’s house; I was helping him level out his front yard.  I called in a favor from Rose’s next door and they let me […]

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Beetles, beetles everywhere!

Posted on June 18th, 2017

Have you ever been innocently working in your garden or enjoying a cocktail on your patio, when all of a sudden, “IN-COMING!” you get dive-bombed by a beetle that proceeds to get trapped in your hair or stuck to your shirt?! This crazy kamikaze pilot is either the Japanese Beetle, Oriental Beetle, Asiatic Garden Beetle, […]

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