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How to Select and Buy the Best Plants

Plant Inn Greenhouse

Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicted that spring (hopefully) will soon arrive. As a result, we are turning our attention to plants of all kinds that will adorn our yards and gardens this spring. Homeowners and gardeners alike will soon be rushing to garden stores and the big box stores. Why? Well, we are about to embark on a search for garden plants, trees, bushes, and shrubs. Isn’t it exciting!? Before you head out to buy your bedding plants, vegetable starts, or new shrubbery, take a few minutes to think about and plan for this fun excursion. 

First, begin with a plan. Know or have a good idea of what you want to plant and any size restrictions. There’s no sense in buying a shrub that will grow beyond the space you have available for it.

Determine if now is the time. If it is still cold in your area, how do you plan to protect frost-sensitive plants? If you do not have a garden cold frame and a sunny, south-facing patio or deck, wait until the weather warms up a little more.

Next, make a list of what you want or need to buy. It will help immensely when you walk into the garden store and become overwhelmed by the selection of plants. Also, include on the list the number of plants you need. If you walk out of the store with a dozen tomato plants and you need 18, you will be back to the store again. 

At the store, examine your plant selections carefully. Does the plant look healthy and vigorous? Is there any dead or sick-looking foliage? Check carefully for insects. If anything appears amiss, don’t purchase it. You deserve the best plants for a successful garden season.

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: February 7, 2024

Food, Family, Football, and Fun

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it’s time to enjoy food, family, football, and fun. For the vast majority of us, Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings will be at the Thanksgiving feast. And, afterward, the dessert table will be filled with irresistible, high-calorie pies and goodies.

From thawing out the turkey to properly handling leftovers, let’s learn or refresh our memories on all of the important steps. This will ensure the absolutely perfect feast.

Let’s Eat!

Our Cookbook

Cooking Turkeys:

How to Thaw
Thawing Times

Thanksgiving Recipes:

Butternut Squash
Homemade Cornbread
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Recipes
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Turkey Dressing
More  Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: November 19, 2023

Pumpkins, Thanksgiving, and Turkey, the Perfect Trio

Roast Turkey

Pumpkins, Turkey, and Thanksgiving are indeed the perfect trio. And, they come together for the Thanksgiving holiday. What do you talk about during the big feast!? Politics? Religion? No matter what direction the conversation takes at the Thanksgiving dinner, invariably turkey, pumpkins, and the holiday itself are part of the discussion at some point. After all, these three topics are far more fun, and certainly less controversial than politics and religion.  Now if you’re like me, you want to come across as knowledgeable and well-informed. So, we’ve got the information you need to be a subject matter expert.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: November 14, 2023

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Pumpkin 2022

Come See Our Updated Garden Website!

How to Grow Phlox Flowers

June 29, 2022

We are extremely excited to report that our website redesign is complete. After seven months of work, over 1,150 pages of garden content have been revised and updated. We’ve added new pages, too. We know you will love what you see.

Here’s what you’ll find

  • Totally updated and redesigned look
  • Mobile friendly
  • Greatly improved navigation
  • Expanded content
  • Hundreds of new pictures
  • Improved readability
  • Please visit us today at The Gardener’s Network

Ps. After your visit, please drop us a note and let us know what you think.

Happy Gardening!

Bob Matthews

Posted: June 29, 2022

Happy Halloween - Let the Parties Begin!!

Skeletons Dancing

With Halloween falling on Sunday this year, the timing is perfect for holding parties on Friday and Saturday before the big event. To have a perfect Halloween party, have plenty of party games and plenty of food for your party snack tray.

Here are two great resources:

Halloween Party Games – find games for young on old ghosts and goblins.

Halloween party foods and snacks – dozens of Halloween recipes, and over a hundred pumpkin recipes to fill your Halloween snack tray with the perfect food for witches and warlocks alike. 

 We know your party will be a huge success! 

Happy Halloween !!!

Please visit Pumpkin Nook today. You’ll be glad you did.

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Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: October 26, 2021

And, it Fell With a Huge Thud.........................

World Record Pumpkin

In what has become an almost annual Fall event, there’s new world record weight for giant pumpkins again this year. Fueled by a willingness to share “how to grow” secrets, and an almost universal belief that “I can grow a world record pumpkin”, the record is destined to fall again and again.

In early October, 2021, Stefano Cutrupi of Bordighera, Italy brought his monster giant pumpkin to the weigh off at the Big Pumpkin Festival in Peccoli, Italy. He made history with the pumpkin weighing in at 2702 pounds (1226kg).

Fueled by a willingness to share “how to grow” secrets, and an almost universal belief that “I can grow a world record pumpkin”, the record is destined to fall again and again. Where and when will pumpkins reach the limit to their growth? We don’t have a clue. But, it’s sure fun watching the record fall each year.

 More on the new world record giant pumpkin

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