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Grand Opening Celebration Day

Hello there.

Don’t forget that R&G’s Grand Opening Celebration Day is coming up soon:  Saturday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Jim McCuen from the Florida Native Plant Society is going to join us and give a talk at 3:00 on native plants and why we should grown them.

Volusia County Master Gardener Grace Matthews will also be there to answer any questions you have regarding your plants.

For the kids, we’ll have face painting and they can make their very own butterfly water saucer that they can take home with them for free!

Crafts, artwork, and jewelry will be for sale by various local artists.

And free homemade refreshments will be available!  My wonderful friend Heather Rogers is kind enough to provide the refreshments for us.

Last but not least, there will be special pricing on the plants.

So put Saturday, October 6, on your calendar to come to R&G and have fun with us on Grand Opening Celebration Day.  See you there.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

 

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Organic Seeds

My order of organic seeds and the seed rack from Organic Sanctuary were delivered yesterday!  Am very excited to have OS’s products in the garden center. 

Organic Seeds

All of the seeds are harvested from plants grown at Organic Sanctuary’s organic farm in Geneva.  The advantages of that are we know the plants will grow in this area and we know the seeds are pesticide and insecticide free.  I don’t have the inventory list with me at the moment, so I’ll update this post tomorrow with a list of all the seeds.

Update 09-17-2012:  Here is the list of seeds I have in stock:

  • Moon & Stars
  • Pigeon Pea
  • Tom Thumb Popcorn
  • Cracker Jack Marigold
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean
  • Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower
  • Luffa Gourd
  • Garden Peach Tomato
  • Night Fire Sunflower
  • Brown Mustard
  • Purple Cowpea
  • California Wonder
  • Calendula
  • Red Aztec Spinach
  • Color Blend Romaine
  • Greek Pepperoncini
  • Speckled Lima Bean
  • Lime Basil
  • Star of David Okra

Let me know if you have questions about any of the varieties.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Letting the Good Bugs Win

Hi all.  As I was doing my daily walkabout through the outside nursery area yesterday I saw this on my tomato plants:

Tomato Hornworm 09-13

Yep, it’s the infamous Tomato Hornworm.  Yuck.  No wonder my little tomato plants had so few leaves!  Good for him it was the end of a long day and I was tired, so I  decided to deal with him tomorrow.  Well, tomorrow came and I took a stroll to the tomato plants and to my delight this is what I found:

Parasitic Wasps on Tomato Hornworm 09-14

Yeah, it’s kinda gross, but, hey, it’s nature.  The white things are the larva of an awesome parasitic wasp called Braconid Wasp.  BW is a tiny beneficial bug that is a natural predator of the tomato hornworm.  What BW does is it lays its eggs inside the hornworm, then the larva eat their way out, killing the hornworm.  Just leave the hornworm on the plant and let the BWs do their thing and as they hatch and fly away you’ll have plenty of BWs to keep your tomato patch free of the dreaded tomato hornworm.

Isn’t nature grand???

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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10% Thursday

Did you make a visit to R&G yesterday?  If not, you missed 10% Thursday.  🙁   What’s “10% Thursday” you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Once a week I’m going to randomly pick a day that will be Discount Day.  Discount Day won’t be announced in advance, it’ll just be whenever I feel like having it.  The discount will be anywhere from 5% to 20% off your total receipt or up to 50% off on certain items.

It’s just one more fabulous reason to visit your local neighborhood garden center.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs