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Let’s Talk About Container Gardening

Container gardening instantly fills a space with color, decoration, and texture. We love them for their space-efficiency and mobility, arranging them to fit wherever we choose to set up our garden.

To get started, choose the perfect container for your setting, then select three common elements which are called the THRILLER (tall, showy, focus plant), SPILLER (trailing plant), and FILLER (plants that fill in the spaces). Within each element, you can choose the colors and looks that you like, then build from there!

THRILLER
Unique qualities that exhibit colorful foliage, shape, & dramatic flowers.
Persian Shield


FILLER
Mounding plant that fills in the spaces to add color and texture.
Petunia


SPILLER
Trailing variety that spill over the edge and soften the look.
Creeping Jenny


Put it All Together

Tips on Containers

  1. Containers can be anything, but they need drainage holes!
  2. Plant sun plants with sun plants and shade plants with shade plants. 
  3. Choose plants that have similar water needs (no cacti with those water plants.) 
  4. Choose something that spills over the edge and something with height and something that fills in the middle ground.
  5. Choose Bumper Crop potting soil, a blend of sphagnum peat moss, well-aged compost, perlite, kelp meal, dehydrated hen manure, lobster and seaweed. The compost naturally retains moisture and adds microbiology that your plants will thrive in.
  6. Water your container when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. Water until some liquid comes out of the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot.

Fruit Tree Planting Tips

To plant a fruit tree, wait until spring to get a grafted fruit tree from Zaino’s Nursery & Garden Center. For your tree to grow to full maturity choose an open, sunny spot in the yard with enough space, and air circulation. Once you’ve found the right place for the tree, dig a hole twice as wide as the spread of the roots of the tree you’re planting and place the tree in the hole. Then, gently press the soil around the roots and thoroughly water the roots. Add stakes around the tree if it needs support to stand up and add fencing to protect it from animals.

Let’s Talk About Chef Jeff’s Menu of Herbs

Basil, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano, and rosemary are herbs that add not only enticing aroma, fresh flavor and vivid green color to food but also have remarkable health benefits. When you move beyond thinking of herbs as mere garnishes and start to see them as major culinary players, a whole world of nourishing taste opens up to you.

ZAINO'S NURSERY CARRIES THE FOLLOWING CHEF JEFF VEGETABLES.
(While supplies last!)

BASIL
Basil Lovers (Sweet)
Basil Sweet
Thai Basil

CATNIP

CILANTRO
Salsarific Cilantro

FENNEL

LAVENDER
‘Hidecote’ English Lavender

MINT
Mint Mojito
Peppermint
Spearmint

HOT & SPICY OREGANO

RUSSIAN TARRAGON

LEMON VARIEGATED THYME

TEA
Lemon Verbena Tea
Spearmint Tea

Let’s Talk About Chef Jeff’s Vegetables

Make the healthy choice and start your garden today with Chef Jeff’s vegetables and herbs. Stop by this weekend and select from a wide variety of premium, gourmet and heirloom vegetables and herbs and start growing your biggest watermelon or tastiest tomato today!

ZAINO'S NURSERY CARRIES THE FOLLOWING CHEF JEFF VEGETABLES.
(While supplies last!)

BEANS
'Black Wax' Pencil Pod Bean
Pole Green Bean
Pole Lima Bean
Wok Stars Snow Pea

CELERY, TANGO

CORN
Sweet American Dream
Silver Knight White Sweet

CUCUMBER
Burpless Cucumber
Homemade Pickle

EGGPLANT
‘Gretel’ White Eggplant
‘Rosa Bianca’ Eggplant
Classic Eggplant

LETTUCE
Patio Lettuce Snip n’Gro

WOK STAR PAK CHOY

PEPPERS
Pepper Premium Mad Hatter
Pepper Extreme Yelling Yellow
Salsarific Pepper Habanero
Salsarific Pepper Super Chili

SQUASH
Cocozelle
Premium Zucchini ‘Spineless’
Spaghetti Squash
Zucchini

PREMIUM SWISS CHARD BRIGHT LIGHTS

TOMATO
Viva Italia
Salsarific Tomatillo
‘Beefsteak’ Tomato
‘Better Boy’ Tomato
Chef’s Choice Red
‘Brandywine’ Tomato
‘Caspian Pink’ Tomato
‘Cherokee Purple’ Grafted Heirloom Tomato
‘Golden Boy” Tomato
‘Jubilee’ Heirloom Tomato
‘Lemon Boy’ Premium Tomato
‘Mortgage Lifter’ Grafted Heirloom Tomato
Pink Girl Tomato
‘San Marzano’ Grafted Heirloom Tomato
‘Yellow Plum’ Tomato
Salsarific Tomato Salsa Roma

WHEATGRASS

7 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Most insect-repelling plants work their magic with their unique and natural fragrances, which keep annoying mosquitoes away while introducing pleasing scents throughout your garden.

Place these seven plants in large quantities in your outdoor living spaces for their colorful and fragrant display, which also will keep the mosquitoes away.

Lavender

Marigolds

Lemon Grass

Catnip

Rosemary

Basil

Scented or Citronella Geranium

Giant Green Arborvitae

The Giant Green Arborvitae is the ultimate privacy hedge. It grows very fast and can reach a height of 60 feet with a 20-foot spread. Because of their size, it is important not to plant them too closely together. These plants are easy to grow in our area.  You just need to give them a soil that drains well and plant them in a summer spot.

THE NEW AMERICAN LAWN

The New American Lawn by Jonathon Green is a four-step approach to lawn care. This program is cutting-edge because it not only feeds the lawn, like every program on the market today, but, unlike all others, FEEDS THE SOIL!

For a healthy lawn all season long the soil needs to be free of compaction, possess healthy microbial populations, and have the correct pH so that roots can penetrate the soil to take up the food and water needed to be healthy and disease free. Here is how it works.

Early Spring
Apply Green-Up Crabgrass Preventer to feed the lawn and provide season-long crabgrass control.

Last Spring
Apply Green-Up Weed and Feed to feed the lawn and kill over 250 broadleaf weeds like dandelions, chickweed, clover, and oxalis.

Summer
Apply Mag-I-Cal Plus in the summer to adjust pH, loosen hard soil, and activate the soil microbial activity.

Fall
Apply Winter Survival Fall Lawn Food to feed the lawn and help prepare it against the long, harsh winter ahead.

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtles are so popular because they bloom so colorfully for a very long time. You will see them in full color from mid summer through autumn.  The crinkled flowers have a crepe-like texture.