Monday, April 17, 2017

Organic Blueberries All Summer Long!

It's that time that we fill our benches with a HUGE variety of blueberries. We carry varieties that are ideal for containers, varieties that produce early, mid-season and late. The Dr. Seuss rhyme "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" is pretty perfect to describe our blueberry selection. There's a variety for everyone.  The idea is that with a few different types, you'll have fruit throughout your season. Check in with us about how many varieties you have to choose from!

Hint- our latest favorite is "Pink Lemonade" which was featured in Better Homes & Gardens 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why We Love the Organic Herb Bronze Fennel

Organically Grown Bronze Fennel 

Bronze Fennel is an understated herb that does so much hard work for the garden. Here are some of our favorite qualities of this precious herb:

1. It supports the black Eastern Swallowtail, it is a larval food source for the caterpillar
2. Tossed in salad, it adds a slight anise flavor that also aids in digestion
3. It comes back every year in Connecticut
4. It's bronze color and feathery texture offer an amazing touch of something different even in perennial beds
5. It turns a gorgeous rustic yellow color in the Fall that looks amazing in the Sun

Try bronze fennel for a reliable, useful, delicious and beautiful addition to any of your gardens. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lovely Peonies and Sturdy Peony Hoops

The earlier you prepare for supporting your peonies, the better off they will be. This year, we have sturdy, perfectly-sized hoops to support your precious peonies.

If you wait too long to put in your hoops, the peonies will grow before your eyes and flop to the ground at full-size. The weight of the blooms makes it difficult to support themselves.

In the early years of your plant, you may see some of the hoop, but as they grow into full-size, the hoop will become completely invisible and your plant will stand upright.

We can't get enough of these hoops! We remove them at the end of the season (they snap into a flat shape), store them inside over the winter, and use them again the following Spring.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Last Chance to Plant Seeds Indoors!

Some vegetable and flower seeds are best started indoors. We wouldn't be able to put tomato seeds directly in the ground and watch them grow. Instead, we bring them indoors with a seed starting kit.

The essential ingredients for successful seed starting are:
1. Heat from the bottom to warm the seeds (use a clear dome to lock in warmth and moisture)

2. Quality seed starting soil that holds in moisture (Organic Mechanics has micronutrients that support your little seed's early life)

3. Evenly distributed light once your seeds emerge.

It's April 14th and the days are getting warmer. Many of the vegetables listed below need a good head start before planting and the window of opportunity is getting smaller. Starting from seed is one of the best ways to get the most variety in your garden (for the lowest price!).

Vegetables that prefer to be started indoors:
-Tomatoes     -Broccoli         -Kohlrabi
-Eggplant      -Cauliflower    -Celeriac
-Peppers        -Cabbage         -Brussel Sprouts

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grow Day: An all-day affair on March 25th!

Yes, you're absolutely right.  2017 is going to be the best year for growing organic vegetables--EVER.

To make sure you're ready for the season, we've created an entire day of workshops (9am- 3:15pm with a lunch break) Get the nitty gritty of how to maximize your growing capacity for small spaces. Walk out with your head held high, you'll be feeling confident about growing food from seed. We'll even help you assemble your very own veggie garden plan (not to mention, a few other fun workshops).
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At the end of Winter, it's so fun to dream up your veggie gardens because we are all SO ready to get growing!

Walk-ins are welcome, or call us to register.

Our retail shop will be open, so after attending the sessions, you can take a scenic five-minute drive to pick-up all your seed starting supplies and other early garden prep equipment. We'll see you there!

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Our Incredible Edibles

This year, Natureworks is doing something new and exciting.

We're not making anyone pre-order their veggies! We've still created an Incredible Edible's list that is full of new varieties (hint: there's some dwarf tomatoes we just can't stop talking about). We decided to include the stories of a lot of the types we're providing.

We chose such a wide selection of heirloom varieties partially because the flavor is beyond compare, partially because they have a rich history that makes us feel part of a homegrown food tradition.

Check it out, print at home and put stars and hearts next to varieties you're excited to try. Barring any crop failures, which do happen sometimes, we've made sure each type of veggie will be well-stocked so you get the best selection.

Not detailed on our list is a great organic herb section. We'll always have types you can't find anywhere else. Stay tuned for what selection is in store. In the meantime, peruse our 2017 Incredible Edible list! 

The Tie Die Dwarf Tomato!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cover Cropped- Keep Your Soil Active this Winter

At Natureworks, we have a mission to provide cover crops for every Connecticut home gardener. Why? Many customers come in early Spring and find that their formerly lovely beds are filled with weeds, or they look like they’ve been eroded by the harsh winter winds. Maybe they grew tons of vegetables in their beds and never gave them a boost afterward.

Cover crops solve all these problems and more, they’re especially useful for someone who is looking to remediate their soil completely.

Compaction and clay? Break it up with cover crops.

Low fertility rates and a complete lack of nutrients? Nurture the soil with cover crops.

Can’t get ahead of the weeds before prepping a bed? Suppress them with cover crops

Want to try a living mulch?

For an extremely low investment that covers a ton of area, cover crops are the solution to many problems in the garden. Sow them in the Fall after clearing beds, let them fill your garden with green color (and often a delicate flower) and chop them back before they go to seed. This will become what is called “green manure” on your soil. Cover crops will be your first healthy dose of mulch, and your beds will be weed free, not as compacted and full of good nutrients to get your beds off to a healthy start.

See this in-depth view of different kinds of multi-use cover crops written by our longtime friend, Bill Duesing. Available for sale at Natureworks- your next best soil therapy