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  1. Horticultural Therapy

      Written by Karin Vermeer What is Horticultural Therapy? Horticultural therapy is all about using plants to bring about healing or wellness to a person’s life. Whether dealing with the results of growing old, or struggling with a mental disability, or addictions in substance abuse, plants, with the help of a horticultural therapist (HT) can bring about change. All activities...
  2. NEW VEGETABLES OF MERIT 2020

    NEW VEGETABLES OF MERIT 2020
    Stokes Seeds prides itself in the number of vegetable trials it puts out each year. Each variety is “Stokes Tested” in many geographic areas in the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada. These trials allow us to choose the newest and best products for this year’s Stokes Seeds Commercial and Home Garden Growers Guides. BASIL - Rutgers Obsession DMR: 70-80 days. Dark...
  3. New Flowers of Merit 2020

    New Flowers of Merit 2020
    For 2020, Stokes has added many outstanding flower varieties. There are many new varieties and new colors in most of our popular annual species. BEGONIA - Viking XL: Giant all-weather Begonia offers fast-growing massive sharp color and is great for landscapes or containers. Red on Chocolate is an AAS Winner. On Top: Easy to grow. Mounded plants covered in 2-5 in/5-13 cm large...
  4. Tomato Canning 101

    Tomato Canning 101
    'Why' a family should think about canning tomatoes… We still call it canning – even if we mostly use bottles - but late summer and fall is when a lot of canning takes place. A GREAT way to control the quality of food your family eats! If one of your goals is to reduce the amount of processed food you...
  5. Putting Your Garden To Bed

    Putting Your Garden To Bed
    Gosh, its fall already – feels like a few weeks ago we were planting the spring garden. Kids are back at school, we feel a coolness in the air, so it must be time to prep the vegetable garden for spring. ~ Start the fall cleanup – pull up all your ‘done’ plants and haul them to the compost pile. ~ Green tomatoes...
  6. Fall Pruning Tips

    Fall Pruning Tips
    Fall is a good time to sharpen those old pruners and take a look at what trees and shrubs in your garden would benefit from a cut back. When plants are in their ‘dormant’ or sleeping state for winter you can easily see the shape of the branches and it is a safe time to cut off wood.  We like...
  7. Wise Watering

    Wise Watering
    Water is a finite resource and should always be used wisely year round. Conservation is one means for consumers to do their part to preserve the resource for following generations. During the summer months one place to start is to substantially reduce water use in the garden. For many of us, conserving water has not been a concern unless there is a...
  8. Raised Bed Gardening

    Raised Bed Gardening
    The ‘raised’ veggie garden is any garden that has been framed – typically with wood – raising the soil line above that of the ground. You can use wood, field stone, bricks, treated 6 x 6 timbers or anything that will hold dirt in to frame and raise a garden. Ideally the framing material will be attractive to look at and will...
  9. Summer Garden Maintenance Tips

    Summer Garden Maintenance Tips
    Garden lovers have kept busy this spring with garden design, clean up, soil prep and planting, so with it being summer let us offer some garden maintenance tips to keep your garden under control and looking good through to the fall months. General garden tips: - Different types of weeds germinate in the spring, summer, and fall so the battle...
  10. September Sowing Perennials

    September Sowing Perennials
    With a bit of patience and planning starting a perennial garden from seed can be extremely rewarding. In just a few years your garden could be the envy of your entire neighborhood as it displays magnificent perennials. Buying a packet of seed for a few dollars rather than spending hundreds for full-grown plants could certainly be your incentive. If seeding...

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