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Wintering Berries

February 5, 2021

Putting Brambles to Bed During the harsh Midwest winter months, it's important that just as we cover perennials or garden vegetables, we protect our berry plants. The crew at Colonial Farms is diligent about selecting the opportune time to get the berry plants in our bramble patch covered. The berries at Colonial were bred in Clarksville, Arkansas where it only gets below 10 degrees one night every few years. In the Kansas City area, it gets much colder even though they were bred 4 hours south of Blue Springs. If it gets below 10 degrees, the risk of freezing your…


Winter Watering

December 18, 2020

For most of us, when the first frost or snow hits here in the Midwest, it's time for hibernation. All the plants have been brought inside, the fall outdoor decorations are thrown into the compost pile, and the outside is just a meer thought until spring. But, the outside plants still need some TLC. Sure, they are hardy and can handle Mother Nature's cold months, but it's important that they are still being watered. Watered.... it's winter, why should I water my plants? Contrary to popular belief, many plants that do not make it to spring in our climate, in…


A Gift of Generosity

December 11, 2020

“Orange” you excited to see what’s in your stocking this Christmas? Hanging stockings on the mantle started as just your everyday household chore. They were washed, then hung on the fireplace mantle to dry. So why has placing oranges in them at Christmas time become a tradition? There are many different theories on this tradition, some based on history, some based on folklore. Either way, getting an orange in your stocking for Christmas was a treasured gift. Legend has it that back in the 4th century, a certain gentleman, the Bishop of Mya (the real St. Nicholas) gave three balls…


Christmas Tree O’ Christmas Tree

December 7, 2020

Similar to most products in 2020, Christmas trees have been in short supply. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer the Kansas City area beautiful, Frasier Fir cut trees for their homes this holiday season. This crop of Frasier Fir trees come from our friends at Northern Family Farms in Wisconsin. Not only are Christmas trees stunning to look at, but they also smell like the scents of the holidays we all wish for our home. When you visit Colonial Gardens, you will notice our Christmas trees are hung from the rafters in the nursery. This is a little different than…


Caring for Fresh Evergreens

November 20, 2020

Keep the Green, in Your Holiday Greens Representing the everlasting life, goodwill, and hope for the return of spring. Fresh evergreens present many decorative options for the holidays. Here are a few tips to extend the freshness and fragrance of your greens. Plan Ahead If buying for a specific event, aim to purchase within 2 weeks of the desired date. If you buy ahead of time, keep them outside (in a shaded area) or in a cool garage or basement until needed. Spray with water every 2-3 days until ready to use. Soak Select and recut any branches you plan…


Fall Maintenance

November 13, 2020

Fall is the season when we wrap up summer and prepare for winter both inside and outside the home. Cleanup is something that should be added to every homeowner's list. It's a simple task that will help aid in the success of keeping plants overwinter and giving them a good start to spring. Travis and Valerie take us around some beds at Colonial and give us a quick tutorial on some easy fall maintenance chores, take a look! Pruning Cut dormant perennials or shrubs 2"-4" from the root. You want to clean up areas where leaves gather as these can…


Eating in Season

September 11, 2020

Eating in season is not something most Americans practice, but why? There are many positive impacts of doing so. Here at Colonial Gardens, we strive to provide the Blue Springs and surrounding communities with the resources to eat with the seasons. What does that look like? Colonial Gardens grows or partners with local farms to provide fresh produce sold in our Market. Not only do we provide local produce, we support other local farmers/artisans by carrying their products. We carefully curate these vendors to fit our values and that also pair nicely with the products and produce we provide as…


Citrus Trees

July 10, 2020

Just because you live in the Midwest doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a citrus tree inside your own home. Not only do citrus trees add an appealing look to your home, they will give you homegrown citrus fruit! As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather now, just wait a few minutes. This means that your citrus tree will fair well in a pot that you can bring in and out of the house depending on the weather. Plant in a deep pot using Colonial Gardens Custom growing mix with an organic citrus tone fertilizer. Proper planting of…


Japanese Beetles

July 3, 2020

Japanese Beetles, the nuisance in everyone's gardens and flower beds! If these little pest have invaded your backyard, you're not alone and we, at Colonial Gardens, have a solution. Japanese beetles (Popillia japanicus) first appeared in the United States in 1916 in a New Jersey nursery. Supposedly, the beetles’ larvae came into the US from a shipment of Japanese iris bulbs that the nursery was selling. Even though the US started inspecting overseas shipments in 1912, the beetles’ larvae were not detected until they started multiplying at an incredible rate. While it appears that the insect is now an established…