Soils 101

VanWisdom: Soils 101–What, Where & When?

Posted on April 11th, 2022

Most people probably don’t give too much thought to the ground beneath their feet, but green-fingered enthusiasts know all too well that understanding Soil 101 is vital to a healthy garden. What Yeah, the soil is the “What”.  This layer of ‘dirt’ is a complicated mix of insects and decomposing organic matter that is full […]

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Pruning Guide

Posted on April 11th, 2022

Pruning seems counter-intuitive to plant growth. Why would you snip off limbs or twigs? Well, targeted pruning can help with improving both the structure of a tree or shrub as well as the health, e.g., If branches, or woody stems, are rubbing against one another  or if there is the presence of dead branches/twigs. There […]

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When Can I Plant My Veggies?

Posted on April 4th, 2022

Spring is here! Normally, the team here at Van Wilgen’s would say there’s no better time to get outside and get your hands in the dirt and start planting some veggies! We said “Normally!” When I started here, I asked Ryan Van Wilgen, “When can I plant veggies?” He replied, “When you can walk barefoot […]

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Van Wisdom: Prepping the Ground

Posted on April 4th, 2022

It shouldn’t come as a surprise when visiting the “stinky” department at Van Wilgens that some of our team LOVE fertilizer!  We “Fertilize, Mulch and Preen” which rhymes with a “1-2-3 routine” Fertilize We love fertilizer because it can be so helpful to our plants and the environment; veggie gardens will give you a much […]

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Van Wisdom: Colorful Spring Container Tips

Posted on March 28th, 2022

One of the best ways to dress up your outside porches and patios is adding a fun and decorative Spring containers. Imagine How soothing it would be to walk outside with your morning coffee to be greeted by these beautiful additions to your home? Get started by finding the perfect planter – choose a fun […]

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Time For Some Lawn TLC!

Posted on March 28th, 2022

Although we still should expect some cold starts before Easter, people are itching to get outside and are turning to their winter-ravaged lawn and asking: When should I seed my lawn? The soil temperature needs to be about 50 degrees in order for grass seed to germinate. We recommend seeding in spring when the soil […]

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Van Wisdom: Fruit Trees & Fruit Bushes

Posted on March 22nd, 2022

Our selection includes many varieties of Apple trees as well as other popular fruit trees as well as bushes that include, but are not limited to Blueberry, Raspberry and Blackberry. Van Wilgen’s, along with other Garden Centers, was recently featured in the March issue of Connecticut Magazine to add our VanWisdom on the best fruit […]

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Summer Flowering Bulbs Are In!

Posted on March 22nd, 2022

While cold-weather seeds such as peas, broccoli, some lettuces as well as onion and garlic can be planted now, hang tight on planting most bulbs. The soil will need to warm up a little more, ideally above 50 degrees. Dahlias, native to South America and Mexico need warmer climates too, but now is a great […]

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We’re Springing Out of Winter!

Posted on March 15th, 2022

As winter’s grip becomes weaker, the first signs of Spring are the audible ones– American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds starting to announce their presence after their long winter silence.  March is the transition from Winter to Spring and with warmer days ahead plants and flowers, just like our Van Wilgen’s customers, are starting to venture […]

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VanWisdom: Prepare Your Garden For Spring

Posted on March 15th, 2022

With the cold winter weather behind us and the warmth of Spring quickly approaching, we understand everyone is eager to return to their gardens and begin planting. But not everyone might understand how to de-winterize their garden or where to begin with Spring prep work. We wanted to share some of our spring gardening tips […]

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