Second Chance Plants opens near F&M with discount plants, garden supplies | What’s in store

The owners of Bloombox, a Lancaster city-based plant delivery service, have opened a plant and garden clearance center near Franklin & Marshall College.

Located at 1201 Harrisburg Pike in Manheim Township, Second Chance Plants sells plants, trees and garden supplies from a spot that includes a large, outdoor area as well as a roughly 1,000-square foot shop. The selection includes perennials and shrubs as well as flowers, hanging baskets, herbs and vegetable plants. An indoor shop features a variety of houseplants and succulents as well as gardening supplies.

Second Chance Plants is owned by David Zablocki and Chase Hafer, who had previously operated pop-up sales as part of that delivery service. Now, with a permanent spot at the northwest corner of Harrisburg Pike and Dillerville Avenue, they have a permanent place to sell extra inventory that is refreshed every Thursday.

Inventory for Second Chance Plants comes from Bloombox’s greenhouse in

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Why flowers are your vegetable plants’ best friends

I love a good list. As a serial planner, the idea of being spontaneous never crosses my mind. That includes my gardening regimen. And now is the time of the year when I get to organize and plant my spring veggie garden.

Over the years, I have learned, as many of you have, that by incorporating flowers into my edible grow space, I have yielded better results for both myself and the environment.

I accomplish this by making plant selections and their placement as the guiding star of my garden plan. By capitalizing on a plant’s strengths and understanding its weaknesses, I can create a smarter use of space. In turn, the plants work synergistically as a team for the maximum outcome. Those colorful and sometimes fragrant blooms that flowers offer can be in service to our vegetable plants which in turn, improves the quality and quantity of the bounty.

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Why Madison gardeners should wait to plant

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, experts say gardeners should wait longer before planting for the upcoming spring season.

“I think it’s way too early, especially given the history of the region,” said Dahlia Susel, a greenhouse grower for Felly’s Flowers and Garden Center. “We typically tell customers not to plant things until after that last frost day in May.”

Tiffany Olson, owner of The Madison Greenhouse Store on Williamson Street, said that while many of her customers are suspicious that the warm temperatures may just be a “fake spring,” there is more excitement for gardening than she usually sees this time of year.

Madison Green House Store- winter gardening

Employee John Zydowicz pots a plant for a customer at The Madison Greenhouse Store.

“We’re definitely having one of the best Februarys that we’ve ever had for gardening supplies,” Olson said.

Lisa Johnson, horticulture educator for Extension Dane County, agrees with Susel

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Gardening: Last few chores on 2023 garden set up 2024 garden for success

Well, the gardening year has come to an end. I squeaked under the wire of last Thursday’s dusting of snow to get the last of the vegetable garden cleaned up and ready for winter.

I try to do much of the cleanup labor in the fall because spring is busy enough with getting ready to plant to be doing leftover chores.

The first job was to untangle and tie up my blackberry and marionberry vines. The blackberries aren’t too hard to handle because they don’t have thorns. I’m still picking thorns out of my fingers from the marionberries even though I had gloves on. I gather up all the canes into a circle and tie them to the wires.

It was easy to prune out the old canes on my raspberries and tie the new ones to the wire. I leave the canes long and bend them over and tie

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Centravis supplies almost 40 tonnes of stainless pipes for modernization of Parisian Garden of Plants

Centravis supplies almost 40 tonnes of stainless pipes for modernization of Parisian Garden of Plants

PJSC Centravis Production Ukraine, part of the Centravis Ltd. holding, supplied about 40 tonnes of seamless stainless steel pipes for the Garden of Plants in Paris.

According to the company’s press release, Ukrainian pipes are intended to modernize the complex.

As specified, the Garden of Plants in Paris was founded in the 17th century. It is the oldest botanical garden in the French capital and the first open to the public. For many centuries, rare plants from all over the world were planted there.

The Garden of Plants is part of the National Museum of Natural History. On its territory there are four large departments – the Museum of Mineralogy, the Museum of Paleontology, the Museum of Entomology and an extensive gallery of evolution, as well as a zoo and an aquarium.

The special pride of the park area of the Garden of Plants is the greenhouses, the first of

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Sponsored: Perino’s Home & Garden Center voted Best Garden Store in Gambits 2023 Best of New Orleans Readers Poll | Free Fun

Perino's Home & Garden Center

Our grandfather, Salvador “Sam” Perino, established Perino’s Nursery in 1949, after proudly serving as a Naval Aviator in WWII.

After the war, Sam and his loving wife Magdalene Perino started a 24-hour grocery and produce market in New Orleans on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. The market sold cut flowers for special occasions and served sliced watermelon during the summer months. He eventually introduced camellias and azaleas into the mix, which led to the launch of Perino’s Nursery. In 1955, Sam took a leap of faith and moved his business to Veterans Memorial Blvd, which at the time was just a dirt road.

Perino's Home & Garden Center

Perino’s became a multi-generational business when his two sons (Buddy and Peter Perino) joined the business in the late 1970’s. Buddy and Peter helped expand Perino’s Garden Center into a full retail, growing, and landscape operation with a focus on cultivating quality local plants. In 2004,

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Modular app-controlled vertical garden stacks greens indoors or out

Italy’s Hexagro has launched a new vertical garden designed to bring a splash of green to the home. Designed for folks with limited space, the Clovy offers growers the choice of hydroponics or aeroponics, the setup can grow taller as their green thumbs develop, and it features pods made from recycled materials or agricultural waste.

Thanks to an IoT irrigation system, folks don’t need to concern themselves with daily watering as the automation technology takes care of that, with fine control available via a companion mobile app – which includes an “AI-powered cultivation assistant” called Hexbee that helps guide users through plant care and maintenance.

“With the IoT system, you can schedule specific times and days for irrigation, adjusting the amount of water delivered,” explained the company. “This flexibility allows you to optimize water consumption, reduce waste, and promote responsible water resource management. Moreover, the irrigation system features two electrical

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Get garden color with less work by planting in containers | Home/Garden

Most of us crave color in the landscape. Colorful flowers and foliage enliven a landscape and bring interest and beauty.

We typically plant colorful flowerbeds to provide splashes of color. While beautiful, flowerbeds are high maintenance. They require laborious bed preparation and planting. Then comes the continuous work of grooming (deadheading and removing unattractive foliage), watering, weeding and fertilizing.

With the record-breaking heat this summer, it’s been hard to get out and maintain flowerbeds. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to have the landscape color we want without all that labor?

Planting colorful bedding plants in large containers will do just that. Strategically placed where the color will be most appreciated, colorful plants in containers can add the color we crave with much less effort.

The only limit to where you put colorful container gardens is water. It’s best to have a source of water close enough

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‘[Four] of them totally destroyed my garden’

After months spent tending to your vegetable garden, it can be frustrating when pests destroy your hard work. One Redditor recently shared a photo of a troublesome garden pest that had enjoyed snacking on their pepper plant.

In a popular Reddit post, the user included a photo of the hornworm that has taken up residence in their garden.

Hornworms are large caterpillars with horn-like tails. They are the larval stage of the five-spotted hawk moth. Before their metamorphosis into adulthood, five-spotted hawk moths spend a few weeks as three- to four-inch-long green caterpillars.

Their favorite foods are typically tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other plants in the nightshade family.


Photo Credit: u/Bubbly_Lie_5508 / Reddit

These pests are commonly found throughout North America, from northern Mexico to the southern regions of Canada. For this unlucky gardener, this was their first encounter with a hornworm.

“We don’t have the heart

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Are ants harmful to the garden? Usually not

I replanted some of my containers last week, swapping out dead pansies for petunias, which will better withstand the heat as summer progresses. As I removed the spent plants from their pots, a swarm of ants immediately covered my bare arms.

That wasn’t the first time I’d disturbed an ants’ nest in my garden. Last year, they were in my potato grow bags; the year prior, in the front garden bed. Each encounter ended with me racing into the house, removing my clothes as quickly as possible, placing them straight into the washer and taking my second shower of the day.

It’s not pleasant to stumble upon a colony of ants, to say the least, but are the tiny little insects actually harmful to our plants?

Myths abound! I’ve heard gardeners attest that peonies won’t bloom without ants. This is simply untrue. I’ve also heard gardeners lament that ants were

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