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… Continue reading →
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!
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!
We have an extensive inventory of plants for wet soil conditions at Giordano’s Gift & Garden (Click For Directions).
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Ever heard the phrase, “diversity makes us stronger”?
Well as it turns out, that is true in your garden too! Permaculture is an agricultural philosophy that subscribes to the notion that diversity of plant-life = resilience in your garden/landscape. Or in other words the wider variety of plants you have growing close to eachother, the less likely it is that your “ecosystem” will succumb to disease & pests. Sounds good? We thought so too! Continue reading →
Plant tomatoes where they will get at least 10 hours of light in summer. And leave room between plants for air to circulate.
2. Crop Rotation
Alternate your tomato bed between even just two spots and you diminish the risk of soilborne diseases such as bacterial spot and early blight.
3. When buying Tomato Starts BEWARE!
When buying tomato seedlings, beware of lush green starts with poor root systems. They will languish for weeks before growing.
4. Plant ‘Em Deep!
Plant your tomato seedlings up to the first true leaves. New roots will quickly sprout on the stems. More roots means more fruits.
5. Water Thoroughly, But Not Everyday!
Tomatoes do best when watered every 5-6 days. Soak them THOROUGHLY by watering at the base (try not to pour water on the leaves, especially on hot days!)
Tomatoes LOVE compost and Bumper Crop NEVER hurts! In fact mixing equal parts Long Island Compost and Bumper Crop is the IDEAL food for your tomatoes! We carry both at Giordano’s!
7. Stagger Planting
Plant in stages. Plant half of your allotted garden area, wait 3 weeks and then plant the other half. This will ensure that all your tomatoes don’t come in at once. You can also do it in thirds (only wait 2 weeks between sets).
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! Continue reading →
First, growing a beautiful lawn is NOT easy! It’s quite a process actually and requires patience, persistence and perseverance. Whether you are filling in a patchy lawn or growing grass from scratch in a section of bare earth, compost is key to your success and the success of your grass seedlings!
Here are our recommendations in no particular order:
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.
Check out our new selection of Handmade FairTrade jewelry and accessories!!
Nature has had billions of years to perfect it’s strategy for survival. Plants especially are capable of fascinating reproduction. For example by clipping the leaf from a Snake plant, such as the one pictured below, cutting it into three pieces and planting it in soil, a new plant will emerge in 12 weeks. In contrast a spider plant sends shoots out from it’s base and on the end of each shoot grows a replica of the “mother” plant that can be rooted by placing the “baby” in a glass of water for 10-12 days. Once new roots are 2 inches the “baby” can be planted in soil & will eventually become a mother plant itself! Begonias are yet entirely different! To propagate begonias, take a clipping with at least 2 leaves and place the stem in a glass of water and new roots will emerge in 5-7 days, roots need to be 3-4 inches long before planting for best results.
Propagating plants is a wonderful way to give presents and promote sustainability. Check out this article on how houseplants actually keep you healthier! House Plants Keep You Healthy!
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