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Pruning Hydrangea

One of the questions that I’m most often asked is, “When is the proper time to prune hydrangea?” So I figured, why not write about it and get all my tips up on the website? So… Here goes! Hydrangea, while not native to North America are perhaps one of our favorite shrubs to cultivate. You will find them from coast to coast in the US and in a stunning variety of colors, leaf shapes and shrub types. As you might imagine, due to the endless variety, choosing the right time to prune your Hydrangea actually depends on the type of hydrangea you have…
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PLANTS FOR WET SOIL SITES

Is your lawn prone to flooding? Or do you have a water feature and want to decorate it with flowers, shrubs and/or trees? Careful when selecting for your wet soil sites, plants that are not specifically adapted to wet soil conditions eventually fall victim to root rot and rarely survive, let alone thrive. Feel free to stop by Giordano’s with any questions or for additional recommendations. Enjoy this quick read and the beautiful photos!

PLANTS FOR WET SOIL SITES

The above PDF details many beautiful trees, shrubs & perennials that LOVE moist soil conditions. The Liatris pictured below is a prime example of a fragrant and visually pleasing flower that thrives in wet soils!

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Wet Soil Plants

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We have an extensive inventory of plants for wet soil conditions at Giordano’s Gift & Garden (Click For Directions).

Click On The Images In This Gallery For Larger Photos

Trees:

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Shrubs:

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Shrub_Dwarf Fothergilla
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Flowers:

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Flower_Pink Coreopsis

Weed Control In April

Bonide Products & Weed Control in April

Controlling weeds in April is often more challenging than other times of the year due to the fact that most weed killers do not work in colder weather. But in fact, controlling weeds early is the best way to keep them from getting out of control later on in the year when sunlight is more abundant and temperatures are warmer. We recommend bonide products such as Bonide’s Weed Beater Ultra: Check out this great video – we carry this product and other Bonide herbicides, come by today!
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We Support Fair Trade

Fair Trade

Fair trade is an organized social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards


Our Fair Trade Partners

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All Across Africa creates market-driven employment opportunities to improve and empower the lives of rural and poor people across Africa. That’s our mission. Our target. Our purpose.

Bamboula Ltd. provides work and income for artisans in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The company purchases handcrafted products directly from artisans at fair prices, and uses the principles of Fair Trade in all of its transactions with the artisan
Customers can be assured that the products they purchase are very unique and are sourced in person through the local artisans. Roberto and Liz love the people they have met on their travels and are always focused on giving something back to these communities.

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Check out our new selection of Handmade FairTrade jewelry and accessories!!

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The Plight of Monarchs & How to Save Them

Where Have All the Monarch’s Gone?


It’s sad, but true. Monarch butterlies have been on a decade-long decline and scientists fear they will soon be extinct. In fact, since the 1990s biologists have measured a 90% decrease in the number of Monarch’s compared to their previous 20-year average. To put that into perspective, imagine that over the past 20 years in the United States that we lost all humans in the country except for those living in Florida and Ohio. WHAT?!!??

While the rapid species decline of the Monarch’s is due partially to changing weather patterns (arguably caused by humans), tragically most of the credit actually goes to Monsanto and their mainstay herbicide, Roundup©…

Roundup©  is supposed to protect our crops. It kills the weeds that leach nutrients from farmland soils and that’s good, right? Well… kinda; here’s the problem though: diversity. HUH??!!?? I’ll say it again, DIVERSITY! I don’t want to go too deeply into modern economic theories or an argument about the delicate balance of our biosphere, however what I will say is that in the course of optimizing our economic system we have forgotten a very simple truth and have allowed our need for growth and accumulating wealth blind us in our pursuit of an ideal system. That truth is that economics and the generation of wealth, or “progress” as we call it today, has overlooked the value that Nature provides to humanity. And Nature is nothing if not diverse, diversity has determined species propagation, coexistence, pred-prey relationships, evolution and much more for BILLIONS of years. The fact remains though that we lose some of the diversity and thereby resiliency of the biosphere each and every day due to human activity. Today natural resources barely enter the economic equations aside from the costs that are incurred when we extract them from the Earth.

What does this have to do with butterflies though?

The tangent was necessary to give an adequate back-story. Roundup© kills every plant/organism except those that are genetically engineered to withstand it’s toxicity.  . In fact the only things we do know are the things we can observe such as Roundup© kills Milkweed. Now, I know what you’re thinking, Roundup© killing Milkweed is a good thing, right? It is a weed after all, no? It would be great if that were true, however the problem is that Milkweed is actually very beneficial for humans, for monarch butterflies and for our farms/gardens. In fact for hundreds of years it has grown in between rows of corn and soybeans and in turn Monarch butterflies have helped to pollinate our crops. Monarch’s are also arguably the favorite insect in all of North America; we all played with them when we were kids.

Have you ever heard that saying, “when a butterfly flaps his wings, on the other side of the world there is a hurricane…”?

We’re not promoting hurricanes or even drawing a comparison between butterflies and hurricanes, but rather we are stating a fact. Namely that everything is connected in our biosphere and when an entire species that has existed as part of the ecosystem for tens of thousands of years is suddenly lost, there are repercussions.

Remember DDT?

DDT was used back in the 1940s-1972 as an insecticide/pesticide. Use and production of DDT was  halted  when the EPA issued an order siting that the “environmental repercussions were far too vast and easily outweighed the benefits”.   Imagine a world where the word “organic” no longer has any meaning because it is simply the way things are done.

 

 

Eating pumpkins has health benefits!

They are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help prevent cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. According to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, pumpkins can help prevent or alleviate certain conditions, such as depression, kidney stones, cataracts, skin damage from the sun, and enlargement of the prostate gland. The best pumpkins for cooking and baking are the sugar pie, baby bear and cheese.

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Just a Quick Post from a Proud Web Admin!

Hi there Giordano’s Blog Fans!

Just a quick announcement, no frills attached. Giordano’s after 1 month of being online is now 1st-page-indexed on Google “naturally”. What does that mean? It means that you can search on google for ‘Giordanos’ (just that as a single word) and we’re on the first page for the first time! Why is that great? Before our launch we were buried on the 4th page and NO ONE ever reads the 4th page of Google unless they’re desperately searching for something that’s fairly obscure.

What’s the big deal? Well, without advertising, it takes quite a bit of information, relevancy, consistency, time and a plethora of back-links out there on the web to get natural 1st page search results. Typically, it takes a business with great content 3-6 months to achieve natural first page results. Giordano’s did it in 34 days and I couldn’t be more proud of the whole team!

Recognition is DESERVED!

Paul, Chris, & Rachel, the three of you have done an EXCELLENT job thus far! Keep up the great work

-Dave from Web Garden Consulting

Need new garden gloves?

The seamless knit bamboo rayon liner keeps your hands cool and comfortable. The nitrile palm coat resists punctures and abrasion. Eco-friendly and comes in sizes S, M, L, XL. In stock now.

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We Carry Organic and Alternative Fertilizers and care products

Not only are they safer for you and your family, but organic fertilizers are also pet friendly and naturally increase the resilience of your garden/lawn/trees/shrubs

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