Archive for the "Veggies, Herbs & Fruit" Category

Recipes inspired by your garden

Posted on May 9th, 2022

Fresh and quick recipes using veggies and herbs right from your garden. Experiment with different flavors and see what you can create!   Balsamic roast tomato and ricotta pasta Toss torn lasagna sheets with balsamic roasted tomato, fresh ricotta, and basil pesto for a quick, weeknight meal! Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups vine-ripened cherry tomatoes 1 […]

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Van Wisdom: Which tomato should I use?

Posted on May 9th, 2022

Choosing the type of tomato to grow for what you are making in the kitchen.

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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: 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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Putting Your Veggie Garden to Bed

Posted on October 17th, 2021

So you’ve had a bountiful veggie season, and harvested your crops, and now that temperatures are beginning to drop, that’s it, right? Well, not quite. If you want to have a successful season next year, you can take a few extra steps now to treat your soil and ensure your plants will do just as […]

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Fall Gardening 101

Posted on September 18th, 2021

We’re just a couple of days away from the official start of fall which has us looking forward to fall foliage, decorating our front stoops with pumpkins, cornstalks, and mums, and all of the fun fairs and activities that the new season has to offer. With everything going on, it can be easy to forget […]

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Veggie Care 101

Posted on May 9th, 2021

Planting and caring for a veggie garden can be quite a game.  It can be challenging, relaxing, frustrating, rewarding, educational, but most importantly…delicious!  Who or what is to blame for the problems we may encounter with our veggie gardens? Let’s blame someone or something, shall we? Let’s blame some of the key players in the […]

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Raised Bed Recipe 101

Posted on May 9th, 2021

Thinking about making a raised bed for this season? Well, we’ve got the perfect recipe. A bucket of this, a bag of that, and voila, you have the perfect base to grow the most beautiful veggies. Getting the right recipe for the soil in your raised bed is as delicious as making the perfect stock […]

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