Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in March

Creating your own vegetable garden is a wonderful thing to do. Not only will you have fresh veggies right in your very own backyard, but you can also have the peace of mind of knowing where your vegetables are coming from and how they were cared for. Let’s skip those grocery store lines and the time it takes to count, weigh, and ring up your vegetables, and instead, let’s get to planting!

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in March

 

STEP 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR PLANTING AREA

First, and most importantly, where are you planting your vegetables?

 

There are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  1. How much sunlight does the area receive?
  2. Is there access to water or a watering device?
  3. Are you planting a container garden or in your flowerbeds?

 

Once you have a good grasp on these factors, this will help you determine what you want to plant, will in fact grow successfully.

Ideally, plan on beginning your transplants the second or third week of March. It is best to start at least a week after the final average frost date.

 

There are 3 important things to do to your new plants before planting:

  1. Give your transplants a few days to become acclimated to the outdoor conditions before planting.
  2. Prep your soil with organic compost.
  3. Spacing is crucial. Make sure your plants have room to grow.

 

STEP 2: WHAT TO PLANT NOW

peppers

 

What should you plant in March?

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppers
  3. Broccoli

 

TOMATOES

Celebrity Tomatoes need about 60-70 days to mature. They are disease resistant, determined plants with a high yield. On average, Celebrity tomatoes grow 6-7oz. fruits.

Sweet 100 Tomatoes also need about 60-70 days to mature. A hybrid with a high yield, these plants are best when given a support system to help them grow, and they are a perfect choice for vining or hanging baskets.

Early Girl Tomatoes need 60 days to mature. Best when grown with a cage or trellis, this indeterminate plant bears clusters of medium sized fruit.

tomatoes

 

PEPPERS

Bell Peppers, like California Wonder or Bette Belle, need 60-75 days to mature. Not only are bell peppers self-pollinating, they can also grow to be 18-20 inches in height while bearing large, tender fruit.

Jalapenos are a Texas staple, as far as eating goes. Jalapenos need about 70-75 days to mature. Their plants grow to be about 16-20 inches in height with medium to large sized fruit.

Habanero plants need 90-95 days to mature. They grow to be about 24-30 inches tall with small to medium fruit.

 

BROCCOLI

Waltham 29 varieties take 70 – 75 days to mature and can grow to 24-30 inches in height. This tasty plant can grow 4-6 inch heads of broccoli!

Raab Broccoli needs 50-60 days to mature. It is a quick maturing plant that also enjoys cool weather. It can grow to be about 24-36 inches in height.

veggies in small spaces

 

STEP 3: SUPPLIES FOR PLANTING

At this point, hopefully you have an idea of where you are planting and what you are planting to determine what you need to get started!

 

If you are planting in a container, you will need:

  1. Medium to Large containers or pottery – make sure to choose an item that has proper draining holes.
  2. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  3. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food or Jobe’s® Fertilizer Spikes
  4. Gloves, shovel, and watering can
  5. Cages or trellis, if needed

 

If you are planting in your flowerbeds, you will need:

  1. Calloway’s Organic Compost
  2. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food
  3. Calloway’s Premium Mulches
  4. Shovel, spreader, and water hose
  5. Cages or trellis, if needed

 

Now give your plants the proper moisture, sunshine, and food and you will enjoy some delicious and tasty veggies in just a couple months!

 

Check out the video below for more details about your vegetable gardening!

 

Also, want to learn more about planting edibles in small spaces? Check out our free garden series event from 10:15-11am on March 16th at our location nearest you.

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in March was originally published on: Calloway’s Nursery

How-To Plant Succulents in Containers

We love succulents! They are extremely versatile and low maintenance, and not to mention, super trendy. You can plant them indoors or out, with minimal watering. Succulents come in different shapes, colors, and sizes, but they all work well together.

How-To Plant Succulents in Containers

STEP 1: Select your Succulents

houseplants

Stop by our store nearest you and select your succulents. While you are hand-picking your plants, keep in mind how you want to set up your creation. Keep it interesting with different shapes and textures and complete the look with an accent color or create a focal point with a taller variety.

succulents

STEP 2: Select your Containers

Here at Calloway’s and Cornelius, we always want to offer the best products that we can find. This year, we have selected new and improved containers that are perfect for your succulents.

houseplants

With different styles, colors, shapes, and more, you will find the container (or containers) that suites you the best.

Most importantly, choose a container that has a drainage hole. It is crucial that your succulents and their soil have proper drainage because succulents do not enjoy being over watered and the roots can began to rot. Ideally, you want the moisture to run through the soil and drain out, to keep the soil moist but not submerging your plant’s roots in water.

Step 3: Planting your Succulents

To start with, place some pebbles or charcoal for an even better drainage system at the bottom of your container.

soil

Then, add the potting soil. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix are fantastic soils for planting your succulents. They both have moisture retaining capabilities that ensure your plant’s roots get the proper soil structure and drainage while allowing you to water less.

planting

After your soil is added, place your succulents in the container. Create a small hole in the soil for each plant and place into the soil.

Repeat this for each plant.

container creation

Once complete, top off with moss or stones to add that something extra and complete the look. Or keep as is!

succulents

Step 4: Enjoy your Plants

succulents in containers

Have fun with all the different colors and designs on our pottery and experiment with different succulent creations and placement.

cute pottery

Adorn your space with each creation!

To learn more about planting succulents and cacti, stop by our garden series this Saturday, from 10:15am-11:00am.

The following post How-To Plant Succulents in Containers is available on: Calloway’s Nursery Blog

2 Deliciously Refreshing Spring Beverages with Fresh Herbs

Put your herb garden to use with fresh beverages that your whole family will love! Today, we will teach you how to make a Fizzy Pineapple-Herb Limeade and a Grapefruit & Sage Refresher!

How-To Make a Fizzy Pineapple-Herb Limeade

Get the FULL RECIPE HERE!

STEP 1:

Gather your ingredients and clean your produce and herbs. You will need a large handful of both basil and mint, plus a little extra for a garnish.

basil

STEP 2:

In a large pitcher, muddle basil leaves and mint. You can also use a separate bowl to muddle and add to the pitcher when you are done.

muddle herbs

STEP 3:

Add lime juice, pineapple juice, and lime zest.

sparkling water

Then, top off with sparkling water.

STEP 4:

Add your herbs and stir until well combined.

mint

Then, complete the drink with some cold ice!

basil

Stir to combine everything again and pour into a glass.

Top your drink off with a funky straw and enjoy!

How-To Make a Grapefruit & Sage Refresher

Get the FULL RECIPE HERE!

STEP 1:

Clean your herbs from your garden.

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STEP 2:

In a pitcher or large glass, add grapefruit juice, and ice.

grapefruit juice

STEP 3:

Then, add your sage leaves.

sage

Stir well to infuse grapefruit juice with the sage.

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Finally, pour into a fun glass and enjoy!

sage drink

 

Want to learn more about growing flavorful & organic herbs? Check out our Garden Series event at our store nearest you, this SATURDAY, from 10:15-11:00am.

 

 

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2 Deliciously Refreshing Spring Beverages with Fresh Herbs is republished from: Calloway’s Nursery

How-To Make Living Plant Magnets

If you need a little a plant life in your home but have the opposite of a green-thumb, we’d like to show you some plants that can handle hot glue. Not only that, but you can use them to decorate your home, dorm, apartment, or wherever you’re living with this craft that’s fun and easy enough to do with the kids.

Succulent and Air Plant Magnets

We will be making succulent and air plant magnets! These minimal-maintenance plants are perfect for projects like these and require only a little bit of water every few weeks.

First: Supplies

You will need the following supplies to get started:

  • Air Plants and/or Succulents and/or Air Plants
  • Moss
  • Mini glass vials
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue with glue gun

Moss and quality varieties of succulents and air plants are available at our store nearest you.

The remainder of the supplies can be found at your local craft store.

Second: The Moss

Start by taking the lids off the glass vials if they came with any. Then, you’ll put some moss into each vial.

Then, once the moss in in the vial you can moisten it with a spray bottle every two weeks. You want to be careful not to water so much that the magnet (see step 4 if this is a surprise) won’t be able to hold it. Less is probably more in this case.

Third: The Plant

Time for the hot glue. While the glue gun heats, remove the plant from the soil and clean off any remaining soil and roots. Once hot, glue the stem or bottom of the now clean plant and press it down into the moss until it has dried. (However, if you are doing this craft with the kids, let the adults handle the hot glue.)

The hot glue will help keep the plant securely in the vial. Even better, it won’t harm your plant, as these plants are resilient! Like we said, perfect for those without a green-thumb.

Now, repeat the process for each plant, but don’t turn the glue gun off just yet.

Fourth: The Magnets

Once all of your vials are full and ready to go, it’s time to add the magnets

We like to use the larger magnets for a stronger hold. You can use 2 magnets if you need to. This is your project. Totally up to you.

Put around a dime size amount of glue on the vial – this will vary a little depending on the size of your magnets – then press the magnet to the vial while the glue is still hot.

Repeat for each vial.

Finally: Display!

Now that you have magnets, you can display your efforts anywhere they’ll stick! Think refrigerators, white boards, blackboards, anywhere!

You can enjoy them as they are with their nature colors, lines, and feel, or customize them to your taste. Maybe paint the vials. Add some sticks. These are you homemade, super sturdy plants. Get creative!

How-To Garden for Spring Refreshments & Fresh Herbs

Don’t worry; spring is on its way! In fact, it is just around the corner! The anticipation and excitement for the beauty, the warmth, and the sunshine is a feeling that we never lose, from our childhood to adulthood. There is just something about this time of year that brings a brighter mood to us all and it allows us the opportunity to reconnect with our friends, family, and nature.

How-To Garden for Spring Refreshments & Fresh Herbs

Here is what you will need to get started:

  1. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil or Calloway’s Organic Compost
  2. Fresh herbs like lavender, thyme, mint, rosemary, sage, and basil
  3. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food
  4. Containers
  5. Watering Can

Planting your garden

herb gardening

First, no matter what size your space is, you can create your very own herb garden. You can start your herb garden in your flowerbeds or in a container. Make sure your container has proper draining capabilities!

Next, your herbs need sunshine to grow and develop their flavor! For herb gardens, plants should be placed in a location that receives 6-8 hours of sun and afternoon shade. Ideally, choose herbs that require the same sun requirements and water requirements.

Every month, feed your herbs with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food or choose from our selection of Jobe’s® Organic Fertilizers.

fresh herbs

The purpose for growing herbs

Now that you know how to grow your herbs, here are some reasons why herb gardens are so great! Herbs can be used for so many reasons. Yes, we all know there are many fantastic meals and dishes that you can make with herbs fresh from your backyard. In fact, check out all of our cooking videos if you need any inspiration! Herbs can have aromatic, medicinal, and ornamental benefits.

Today, we wanted to discuss how fresh herbs can also be thirst-quenching and refreshing!

mint

Spring refreshment ideas

Imagine sitting on your front porch with a nice, cold beverage while you soak in the warmth from the sunshine on a long spring day. Take your drink up a notch with fresh herbs!

Get the kids and make this a new tradition. Open their minds to the possibilities, and who knows, maybe this will help them finish their vegetables at dinner? Growing your own fresh edible plants is exciting, delicious, and good for you in so many ways.

You can make lemonade infused with Thyme, Raspberry Spritzer, or try these delicious beverages:

Fizzy Pineapple-Herb Limeade

drink recipe

Grapefruit & Sage Refresher

drink recipe

Put your herb garden to great use and have some fun! Take a sip and have a refreshing spring!

To learn more about growing flavorful & organic herbs, check out our garden series on March 2nd from 10:15am-11am at our store nearest you!

 

 

 

 

ref: thepigandquill.wordpress.com , myvega.com

The blog post How-To Garden for Spring Refreshments & Fresh Herbs was originally published to: Calloway’s Nursery Blog

30 Minute Dinner: Sheet Pan Balsamic-Herb Chicken & Veggies

We all want to eat better and prepare tasty dinners full of nourishment for our families. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do at the end of a busy day is cook a complicated and time consuming meal. Fortunately, eating well doesn’t have to be so complicated with this 30 minute recipe.

Sheet Pan Balsamic-Herb Chicken & Veggies is a quick and delicious meal full of everything you need, including fresh herbs and delicious vegetables. Your family will love it and you will too!

How-To Make Sheet Pan Balsamic-Herb Chicken & Veggies

Get the FULL RECIPE HERE!

STEP 1:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Then, line a large sheet pan with parchment paper for easy clean up.

STEP 2:

easy dinner

Marinate and season your chicken. Cut your chicken breasts into halves and place them on a plate, or glass dish. Add 1 tablespoon balsamic, ½ teaspoon of olive oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons freshly chopped basil, 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, and salt.

Make sure the chicken is well covered and allow it to sit while you prepare your veggies.

marinade

STEP 3:

Chop your vegetable selections. You can use what we have suggested or use your favorites.

fresh veggies

Once everything is ready to go, toss your vegetables in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons balsamic, 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, and 2 teaspoons basil. Mix until well combined.

herbs and vegetables

STEP 4:

Spread your veggies out on your lined sheet pan and nestle the chicken in with the veggies.

sheet pan recipes

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

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Serve right away. You can pair this with a nice salad and crusty bread, or enjoy as is!

fresh herbs

Save this recipe and use it as your go-to on those busy nights because this simple recipe will quickly become a household staple.

Want to learn how-to plant garden fresh vegetables from our experts? Check out our FREE Garden Series events, THIS Saturday from 10:15am-11:00am. Plus, receive 10% off your purchase that day, for attending!

 

 

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30 Minute Dinner: Sheet Pan Balsamic-Herb Chicken & Veggies was first published to: Calloway’s Nursery Blog

Fall Gardening Tips That Make Home More Enjoyable

Take time to enjoy the Fall sunshine and warmth to implement Fall gardening tips that make home more enjoyable. Many individual only see fall gardening as a time to tuck away the garden and wait until spring time to enjoy the garden’s harvest and activities again. Home gardeners can follow savvy Fall garden tips and enjoy Fall at home in the process of tackling Fall gardening tasks.

1) Store Garden Hoses With Care

Coil garden hoses neatly, tie to prevent uncoiling and hang on a garage storage hooks. At growing season’s end, drain all garden hoses, connect the ends to protect them for bumps, and store away from harsher weather. Store garden hoses with enough space around them to offer protection from getting caught or tangled. Proper Fall care of your garden hoses will mean they are in working order next Spring and may save you the time of running to the store for replacements. Another option for storing garden hoses is to use a galvanized bucket for holding the hose in off-season gardening months.

2) Fall Mulching Protects Flower Beds

Wait until the ground has frozen and then mulch around the crowns of perennial plants to reduce the chance of frost heaving them upward. The best Fall gardening practices are always to take care of existing plants that thrive. There are many varieties of mulch; however, the best source may be fresh garden compost. Test the soil for its Ph balance to help determine the best mulch for each flower bed. For example, soils that tend to be too alkaline will benefit from a cocoa bean mulch which has multiple purposes: protecting the perennials during winter, contributing toward more acidic conditions, reducing weeds, and adding nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.

3) Organized Garaged Store Garden Tools Safely

By next Spring it may be hard to recall just where garden tools were stored in the Fall. Save hunting time by organized the garage storage area. Convert garage wall space into store for large gardening tools. The choices for DIY garage peg boards and hook assortments is nearly endless. Consider first what specific garden tools need to be hung and kept out-of-the-way, and then purchase the perfect hook for the job. Gardening tools stored vertically on secure hooks attached to the wall are easy to sort and see just what is needed next.

4) Keep Gardening Through Fall With A Garden Cold Frame

Don’t allow hardier herbs and vegetable gardens fade too early as frost starts nipping around. With a little planning, they keep growing and harvesting beautifully under a little extra protection from a garden cold frame. Even using a old sheet to cover them at night can add weeks of eating pleasure and the ability to cut and bring the last blooms indoors.

5) Use Fall Planter For Fall Color

Add Fall colors to your porch for bright curb appeal with Fall planters. Tuck in colorful perennials, the last of your climbing vines for a few training branches, orange and yellow gourds that echo Fall’s features. Place them on a pedestal for eye-catching displays for the neighborhood to enjoy.

These Fall gardening tips mean spending less time hunting for gardening tools next spring, enjoy a garden that flourishes with healthy soil, and make mulch that will yield better blooms next year and fewer weeds. All the while, savvy home gardeners can enjoy Fall gardening and it’s harvests longer.

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