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
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
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
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.
Color, texture, height…this mix of plants has it all!
COURTESY PROVEN WINNERS
For most of the country, May is tomato-planting time. There’s really no reason to rush to plant your tomatoes in spring. It is important to wait until the soil warms and dries and to take the time to build up fertility for this fast-growing veggie. Here are some tips to help you grow the best tomatoes this year: Continue reading Planting Tomatoes
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!
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
Fall evokes thoughts of crisp, cool air, geese flying overhead, and leaves crunching underfoot. Capture the spirit of autumn with an inviting display of plants near the doorway of your home. Your display can be as simple or fancy as you like, start with a basic potted container, and then add-on decorative accents. Continue reading Feelings of Fall
Cover Crops; repaying the soil for the benefits we reap
You may think that as the gardening season is winding down that it’s time to sit back and enjoy the harvest. Think again!
Consider the age old practice of planting a cover crop, which has been around throughout agricultural history. Many home gardeners assume that planting a cover crop is something that only farmers do. Not true! You too can grow more vigorous plants, harvest more fruit, pull fewer weeds and introduce beneficial insects to your garden plot with a small investment of your time and treasure. Let’s face it; one of the keys to having a successful home garden depends on good soil quality, and repeatedly growing plants year after year simply wears the soil out! Continue reading Cover It Up!
If you’re short on time and funds, or just have a serious disinterest in plastic pumpkins and turkeys that you have to store for 11 months, Mother Nature can give you a Thanksgiving décor assist. If you have a
yard or garden you can gather supplies right outside your door, but plenty of materials can be found at the farmer’s market and produce sections for little money. Additional items can be scavenged from the
autumn debris at a local park. So you don’t get carted to jail for “shopping” at the park; be mindful of what and how you glean.
Once you get back to the dining table, mantle or sideboard, keep your arrangements simple and use a mix of forms, colors and textures for quick, eye pleasing displays. A bright, white birch branch down the
center of the table with fallen leaves and colorful gourds and/or apples, in random clusters along each side, is a perfect example. Three mini pumpkins, some acorns and a chunky candle work well for a
smaller space and can be given a more polished looked by placing them on a decorative tray or cloth napkin. For a bit more drama and vertical interest – use twiggy branches, single or multiple, in bottles or
vases set amongst your arrangements or on their own. For a nod to the cornucopia tradition, tip a basket on its side and arrange autumn fruit and forage in a colorful tumble from within.
- Pinecones & Acorns
- Dried Flower & Seed heads
- Twigs and Branches
- Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Indian Corn
- Apples, Pears, Grapes
- Bottles, Vases, Baskets
- Platters, Cloth Napkins, Table Runners
A Partnership in Growing Greener
Gardening with birds in mind is a great way to bring additional beauty and balance to your growing space. These winged wonders not only help with pollination and spreading of seeds, but offer chemical-free insect control as well. Adding a few site-matched Native varieties (more green points!) to your plantings will help ensure your garden supports, and gets support from, a diversity of local birds. Continue reading Gardening for the Birds
For many of us, the crisp days of autumn mean a bounty of pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or baking scrumptious pies along with the ingathering of all the other fruits of our labor. But for countless backyard gardeners, autumn is the time to ‘strut their stuff’ before the crowds that gather time again, at local or even national pumpkin growing contests, to see who has grown the most gigantic pumpkin to take home the prize. Continue reading Autumn Jack-o-Lanterns
In pursuit of growing a ‘Prizewinning Pumpkin’
For many of us, the crisp days of autumn mean a bounty of pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or baking scrumptious pies along with the ingathering of all the other fruits of our labor. But for countless backyard gardeners, autumn is the time to ‘strut their stuff’ before the crowds that gather time again, at local or even national pumpkin growing contests, to see who has grown the most gigantic pumpkin to take home the prize. If you ask any competitive grower what it takes to grow a huge pumpkin, they’ll sound off three key points: “Good seed, Good soil and Good fortune”. Continue reading Grow ‘em BIG
Fall evokes thoughts of crisp, cool air, geese flying overhead, and leaves crunching underfoot. Capture the spirit of autumn with an inviting display of plants near the doorway of your home. Your display can be as simple or fancy as you like, start with a basic potted container, and then add-on decorative accents. Continue reading Thoughts of Fall