"Staying Home" doesn't need you must remain cloistered inside! We want to enthusiastically encourage you to get outside, get moving, even to gather for intimate get-togethers. Show off how much you've worked to enhance your outdoor space by sharing the beauty of your efforts. If you didn't manage it last summer, consider an old-time Victory Garden. Empty grocery shelves may (we hope!) be a worry of the past, but try to grow something healthy that only our hands have touched and perhaps be less dependent on others for food while sharing your bounty. Owners Mike and Karen Duke have been organic gardeners for decades, and are happy to share a wealth of advice and assistance. We know almost as much about gardening as we do about fireplaces!
Victory Gardens were introduced in 1917, a means of growing enough food at home to allow farmers to export food to Europe, where most farmers had become soldiers and there was a dangerous food shortage. So Americans were enlisted to grow gardens not only in
their own back yards, but in public spaces as well such as school grounds, parks, vacant lots, etc. You need not plow up your whole yard; simply companion planting some vegetables in your flower gardens can grow an amazing amount of produce. "Companion Planting" is actually a gardening science unto itself that helps one or both plants grow and produce more prolifically. One example: roses benefit from being grown with members of the onion family as they help protect the roses from aphids and prevent black spot while also increasing their fragrance. So happily
grow chives, garlic and onions with your roses. See how easy that is?
We'll be introducing lots of ideas for you to enjoy your garden even more this year, along with this assortment of garden accessories that will provide both practicality and beauty to your outdoor living areas.
We hope you can embrace gardening, and find it to be the soul-warming experience that we do.
Arbors and Trellises