Hello again!

Springtime is a time for planting. We all have cabin fever by winter's end and look forward to spending time outside with the earth. In summer, we thankfully reap the benefits of our fruits, vegetables and flowering plants. Fresh, home grown tomatoes, the Italian types for spaghetti sauce, slicers for sandwiches, and cherries off the vine have been very enjoyable this summer. Peppers like shishitos grilled in EVOO as an appetizer and Fuego jalapeños make the best (and hottest) bacon wrapped, cheese filled, grilled on the barbie poppers that I’ve enjoyed in quite a while.

Pests also seem to be at their peak, especially on my tomatoes. With the heat of August and September, tomatoes don’t set on well anyway. Cucumbers are finished, as is squash in most gardens. At this point, it’s time for my garden to turn, turn, turn. There is a season (turn, turn, turn)...

As the song mentions, maybe it’s time that the season is finished for these vegetables and time to plant and reap with fall gardening crops. Fall seed crops such as radish, beets, lettuce, carrots and transplants like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage love the cooler days of fall to grow and produce great crops. This time of year, our summer annual flowering plants are also tired. But not to worry, the garden center is ready for fall. Here are a few of the blooming annuals and perennials we have grown for fall color in our area:

Garden mums are available now in all of our favorite fall colors. We've grown early, mid, and late flowering var ieties in a great selection of containers.

Plant pansies and violas for three seasons of color - fall, winter and spring. And yes, we probably have your favorite team's colors!

Zinnia in colors ranging from yellow to red, and pink to purple will complement your landscape. These compact plants in 6” and 8” pots are just now starting to show color. Being repeat bloomers, they go well with fall mums and pansies.

Flowering cabbage and kale with their colorful textured foliage are hardy annuals. Many times, surviving the winters in our area, they are great in landscape beds and mixed containers for color during the cold winter months.

Keep in mind other fall blooming perennials such as coneflower (Echinacea) and Autumn Joy sedum, make great additions for fall color as well. It's time. Let's turn, turn, turn from summer to fall.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center

P.S. - It's also almost time to spend your Mania Money! Pansy Mania Days begins this Friday, and your Mania Money is good on almost anything at the store - not just pansies!