March in the Landscape

“To dig and delve in nice clean dirt   Can do a mortal little hurt.” John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) American Writer Before any planting, the soil must be dry, not wet! Working with the soil when wet drastically alters the structure of the soil particles by compacting them. This does not allow for movement of oxygen, microbes, and composting arthropods/insects which are necessary for plants to... Read More

Creek Side Store Open

Spring is in the air and just in time, Creek Side Gardens is now open for business.  We take a little break during the winter months to work on new projects and greenhouse maintenance so that everything will be ready to go for the busy spring season.  And ready to go we are! As we have been sharing with you the past several weeks, planting... Read More

Early Season Garden Fun

With the beautiful February thaw weather that we have been having, has everyone had a chance to get out into your yard and garden to see how things are doing? It has been an interesting winter season.  There has been a fair amount of steady snowfall over the course of the last several months.  So much so that in the lowest, shadiest areas of the... Read More

Creek Side Spring Surprises

Even though the retail store has not opened yet (opening Sat. Feb. 27!), it has been a very busy couple of weeks for Creek Side.  Our geranium crop has been planted and the plants look great!  We will have several new varieties for you to check out this spring.  Along with the geranium pots, we planted geranium and fuchsia hanging baskets so they will get... Read More

Gardening Forever!

Spring is coming!  Its arrival gives us a sense of renewal- time to get outdoors.  All of us have an intuitive appreciation and enjoyment for the outdoors, even as we get older.  Baby Boomer gardeners represent a strong shopping segment for many independent retail garden centers. Following are suggestions for helping baby boomers continue to garden as age makes it a little more challenging. Provide... Read More

Creek Side Workshop Schedule 2016

A brand new spring season is upon us, and Creek Side Gardens is gearing up for the fun!  Next week our pots of geraniums will be planted along with the fuchsia and geranium hanging baskets.  It is so exciting to start up the greenhouses with fresh new pots, soil and baby plants.  The day lengths are becoming noticeably longer minute by minute.  The warm sun... Read More

“…They’re Back…”

If you have ever ordered any kind of gardening information, especially seeds or nursery stock, your name was entered into a time honored tradition of the January garden catalog drop. For seasoned gardeners this can be an exciting time as well as a challenging time. It can be compared to a child in a candy store – so many good things to pick. For brand new gardeners overwhelming! Many of... Read More

Expect the Best!

Now you may be thinking this article has something to do with a certain football team and a hugely popular television event on February 7th, and you would be partially correct! It is about one’s perspective when faced with what could be defined as a monumental, life changing task. Expect the best, not the worst. The negativity of self-doubt and thinking the worst doesn’t allow for wholeheartedness. When you... Read More

Spring Planning

Spring Planning for Creek Side Gardens begins the previous summer.  We begin with a little evaluation of the season.  What worked well and what needs improvement.  We begin thinking about the adjustments we need to make so that everything is just a little closer to perfect.  And since summer is prime time for growing, this is our best opportunity to take a good look at... Read More

Gardener’s Lament

I pinched, pruned, planted, Mulched, manured and mowed; Dug, dressed, divided, Harvested and hoed. Thinned, trimmed, transplanted, Sprayed, sowed and staked; Wheeled, watered, weeded, Rototilled and raked. Loosened, limed and layered, Gardening by the book; But one thing I neglected- I forgot to look! -Bonita Laettner Ms. Laettner’s poem is an excellent 2016 pre-garden check list! As the gardening catalogs start filling your mailbox or inbox, and... Read More