Category Archives: Garden Blog

It’s Not Too Late To Mulch

Is it too late to talk about mulch? No, indeed! We’re coming up on the hottest part of the year when mulch can help keep roots cool and growing (remember – grow the roots, the rest of the plant will take care of itself) and when we need to conserve moisture.

Save the delivery charge on all local mulch deliveries. Contact the store for more details.

Everyone asks how much mulch to apply and when to apply it. There are no right answers. It depends on several factors, including your soil, amount of rainfall, type of mulch, and how weedy the ground is. Continue reading It’s Not Too Late To Mulch

Keeping Them Lush and Blooming

Fertilizing plants can be a bit bewildering, but to get the most out of your plants, especially container plants, it is essential.  Have you ever wondered why some people and places seem to have larger, fuller plants?  The likely answer is regular fertilization and correct watering.  While many plants will do OK with little or no fertilizer, they will reach their full potential only with the correct nutrition. Continue reading Keeping Them Lush and Blooming

The Easy Way To Grow Roses

Until recently, many gardeners saw roses as too frustrating or time consuming for average people. Further, the amount of fungicides and insecticides required were not ecologically or economically friendly.

Fortunately, advances in rose breeding have changed all this, making roses something any gardener can enjoy. Often called shrub or landscape roses, these are bred for resistance to the many rose problems, including black spot and other diseases. Continue reading The Easy Way To Grow Roses

Pizza Planter

They say the way to Dad’s heart is through his stomach, so why not say Happy Father’s day this year with a ‘Pizza Planter’? It is a fun and playful way to tell all the Dads out there how much you care – plus who can resist pizza? The key to this planter is combining all the elements into one planter, or a cluster of planters. So what makes a perfect pizza? It must have tomatoes, peppers and plenty of tasty herbs. We’ve selected some basic herbs for our planter, but you can let your imagination go wild with some tantalizing combinations including cilantro, parsley, hot peppers, plus a wide variety of basils. Continue reading Pizza Planter

Download Our App

The Salt Box Nursery app is designed to help you have more fun in the garden and at our garden center. Each time you visit the garden center your purchase will be validated at the register and you’ll receive another ‘punch’. After 5 punches you’ll earn a reward. Click on the rewards tile and you’ll see all the rewards you’ve earned and all those you are eligible for.

Our app is more than just rewards. We’ve included a tips and topics feed to keep you up to date on all upcoming events, featured plants, gardening articles, videos and more. There is also a plant guide with over 3000 plant descriptions, photos and care and culture tips.

Finally, use our ‘Ask Us’ feature to send photos and questions to our staff. Have a question about what kind of plant it is, have a pest that’s bugging you or lawn or plant disease you want to get rid? Use our ‘Snap & Send’ tool to get answers to all your gardening questions.

A couple of pointers – you’ll need to have the app open and your bluetooth enabled in order to take advantage of some of the app’s features.

Let’s take a closer look at the tiles, buttons and links.

Call Us – Ever have a quick question? Don’t worry about having to look up our number. Just tap the “Call Us” tile to connect with our store or staff.

Directions – Use Google maps to get turn by turn directions to our store.

Check In – Collect a punch when you validate your purchase at the register. Just tap ‘Check In’, follow the instructions and hand the staff your phone. They’ll enter a four digit PIN and you’ll get a punch. We also have an automatic feature where you just place your phone near the ‘Check In Here’ counter sign. Ask staff for details.

News – We use our ‘News’ feed to access gardening news, interesting seasonal gardening articles, videos as well as upcoming events, sales or specials.

Rewards – Keep track of all rewards that you’ve earned, or those that you are eligible to earn. You’ll notice that earned rewards will have a red ‘Redeem’ on the reward. Simply tap the reward button to redeem. Agree to redeem, show it to staff and you’re all set. Your redeemed reward will be removed from your account. Make sure you check it out as some times we will load rewards with notices of any sales or promotions we are running. You’ll never have to worry about clipping a coupon or missing out on a sale. It’s all on the app, and always ready for you. Make sure to turn your Notifications choice to on in order to receive special notifications.

Plants – We put together a plant guide with hundreds of plants including photos, botanical names, common names, features, flower color with care and culture instructions.

Ask Us – Use this handy tool to send along any questions, comments or suggestions. You can even use your camera to select a photo from your photo stream, or take a photo to send along with your gardening questions. So remember, you are never more than a couple of taps away from anything you want to know about gardening.

Settings – Make sure to turn your notifications on in order to receive occasional updates or notices. We promise not to bug you, but we will alert you to severe weather or other situations that involve your plants and pets. You can turn notifications off at any time. 

Tell a Friend – We hope that you will love our app. In fact we hope that you will share it with a friend. Just select our Tell a Friend button and enter the email address to share links to our app.

Visit us on the Web – Just a tap on our logo will take you to our mobile friendly website.

Happy Birthday to You! – Like any good friend we promise to remember your birthday with a special gift or reward for you. Just make sure to supply your month/day of your birthday when activating your app.

How to get the app. Use our handy links to access our app on the Apple iTunes store and Google Play (for Android devices). Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Our app works on all Apple iPhones, iPads, iPad minis as well as Android Smart phones and tablets.

Get Beautiful Garden Color Fast!

You’ve decided to add color to your garden. And you’d like to do it now. But where to begin?

A good first step in choosing a garden’s color palette is to establish mood and emotion. Do you envision it as a serene and peaceful haven, where you and your family can be rejuvenated and unwind? Or does a lively and energizing space for entertaining and outdoor activities have more appeal? Do your tastes lean to the traditional, or are you more attracted to modern, trendy environments? Whatever you see as your ideal garden space, give initial attention to how you want yourself and others to feel when they are in it. You can create a desired emotional response just with color! Hot hues – reds, oranges and yellows – are dramatic, stimulating and energizing, and lift the spirits on cloudy days. Cool tones – blues, aquas, greens and purples, as well as most pastels – are soothing and relaxing. Continue reading Get Beautiful Garden Color Fast!

Caring For Hanging Baskets

Vintage outdoor coffee table in cafe wooden terrace

Hanging baskets make a wonderful gift for Mom on Mother’s Day, or any occasion really! Container gardening is easier than you think, and hanging baskets make a lovely addition to any porch or patio. Whether you plant your own from the start, or simply purchase a ready-to-go basket, there are some simple guidelines you can follow to keep your hanging baskets blooming all spring and summer long. Continue reading Caring For Hanging Baskets