Maybe you have a new house with no landscaping, or perhaps you are looking to rejuvenate your aging landscape. You need plants that make your home look welcoming, take the curb appeal up a level, and tie the house to the surrounding landscape. You need a good foundation. In fact, that’s what these plantings are called – “foundation beds”.
A trend that is cropping up more and more in landscapes is the idea of “active spaces”. Everyone is familiar with this concept. Active spaces are areas designed for outdoor recreational activities. Perhaps the most classic examples are pool areas, play areas for kids, and tennis courts, putting greens, etc. Let’s take a look at some of the newer trends that are a bit out of the ordinary.
Over the next few weeks we’re going to take a look at 2017 gardening trends. Since we’re looking to the future, let’s start off by looking at some of the technology that is starting to crop up in our gardens and landscape. The technologies that we use to automate our greenhouses at Bob’s is now making its way into systems anyone can take advantage of at home.
Right now is the optimal time to prune your fruit trees. You want to prune during the winter while fruit trees are dormant; however, you should avoid pruning when temperatures are below freezing. The key to keeping trees looking beautiful and productive is annual pruning.
Some use houseplant purely as decorations, like paintings on the wall, others treat them as botanical specimens, choosing examples of flora from around the globe. However, if you want to get the most out of your plant, you need to first treat as a plant and as a decoration second. Let's take a look at some of the many types of houseplants to find what might fit your needs.Dependable EvergreensCh...
Like many gardeners, I like to save some of my seeds from year to year. Whether it is an heirloom variety or something new, a simple germination test can tell you if you should order replacements.
2017 is here, and as I reflect back on this previous year’s gardening successes and failures, there are some goals I would like to set.
2016. Where do I begin? … It’s been an … interesting year. On the bright side, here at Bob’s we continued to grow thanks to amazing customers like you! Just this month we broke ground on a totally new facility at our Belpre, OH market. Get ready for some big changes in 2017!
We are now accepting applications for seasonal employment at our greenhouse facility in Mason, WV! The 2017 Spring production season will run from January through April.
Officials held a groundbreaking Wednesday at the site on Washington Boulevard near Neff’s Country Loft.
The plant we know today as the poinsettia has long and interesting history.
Hippeastrum have large extravagant trumpet shaped blooms on tall thick stems. In general they will produce 2 stems with at least 4 large flowers per stem making an impressive display. Popular around Christmas and New Year, they flower easily and their showy flowers are sure to brighten up any room or Christmas dining table.
Did you know that birding is the second most popular hobby in the US behind gardening? Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are birders!
Over the past few years America has become obsessed with one thing during the fall season. Pumpkin spice! Everything from coffee to soap is now available in pumpkin spice, but what exactly is that spice? It’s actually a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg with nutmeg and cinnamon making up the primary ingredients. Spices have always been important throughout history,...
You might be done gardening for the season, but there is still work to do. A little work now will give your garden a great start for spring planting. Here are some simple steps to get your garden ready for its cozy winter slumber.
It’s that time. Frost is here. I know it’s sad, but there is hope. You can extend the growing season to continue your harvest well into the winter.
They might look harmless, but plants can kill! Some of the deadliest poisons on earth come from plants, and they can produce frightening effects. Here are five of the deadliest plants.
Spring is just around the corner. Really! Here at Bob’s we have baby, thumb-sized ferns that will be massive hanging baskets in 8 months. When the snow starts flying, we will be busy growing flowers for spring. Right now you can plant crops for spring too. Now is the time to plant bulbs for a splash of spring color.
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles that seek to simulate natural ecosystems. It has many branches including design, construction, engineering, and, of course, agriculture. The basic philosophy is to work with nature, not against it.
MASON, W.Va. — The fourth in a series of free gardening and landscaping workshops will be held Monday evening at Bob’s Market and Greenhouses Inc. in Mason.