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January/February Newsletter

The winter has been fairly mild until just recently. I don't know about you but I am ready to get outside and do some planting. To help that urge you might consider planting a terrarium. A terrarium is a miniature landscape with living plants and even sometimes small animals like lizards or turtles. Plants in a terrarium rarely need watering.

 

First select a container. The container can be almost anything at all. You can choose something like a candy dish, to something just for terrariums like we have available at Blueville. We have a kit that contains all you need.  You can also purchase all the materials to make your own. We also received some miniature tools just perfect for planting your container.

 

A layer of course sand or pebbles is placed in the bottom of the container. This allows for good drainage of the water in the terrarium.

Terrariums - Nancy's Notes

Mid-Winter Crisis - Derek's Discussion

Each year at about this time avid gardeners and landscape enthusiasts begin suffering from a frequently ignored but common condition; the mid-winter crisis.   You might have a friend or loved one or you yourself might be suffering from this malady.

The afflicted might be spending more time each day staring blankly through the picture window or declaring casually that they are going to the garage only to come back moments later muttering about how cold it is out there. The rest of the day is spent sulking in the recliner while flipping through the latest edition of the Farmer's Almanac. There are a few effective remedies; feeding birds, tending to indoor plants, and starting garden seeds indoors have all proven to yield positive results. Occasionally though, a tougher case arises.

 

We at Blueville Nursery may have stumbled onto another powerfully effective cure. What better way to overcome the winter doldrums than to purchase a new piece of Husqvarna power equipment? I myself have tested this treatment with great results.

Currently there are several promotions and sales going on that will make it easy to update your fleet of landscape equipment. With our Walk Mower Trade-In Days promotion we will give you $50 off a qualifying Husqvarna walk mower if you bring in your old mower as a trade-in. This promotion will last until February 29th.

 

If you have need for a larger mower take advantage of the Buy a Bundle, Save a Bundle event. Until March 31st you can combine a qualifying zero turn mower with handheld equipment to receive up to %12 off your total purchase. Consult our Husqvarna sales staff to customize your bundle and calculate exact savings.

 

Finally, we have marked down select zero-turn mowers and chainsaws to clear room for new inventory. Spring shipments are just around the corner so we need to make room in the warehouse and showroom for new models. This allows us to offer you savings on our current inventory. Call to find out how much you can save.

 

If you feel that you are suffering from an incurable case of mid-winter crisis swing by Blueville Nursery, your local Husqvarna dealer to find out if this treatment is right for you. Caution, there are side effects. Side effects may include but are not limited to: sounds of power equipment emanating from the mouth, leaving the garage door open so that neighbors can see the new piece of equipment, long hours spent staring at the new piece of equipment, and in rare cases the mid-winter crisis may worsen due to cold snowy weather preventing use of the new equipment.

 

That's all for now, I have to get back to staring through the picture window while I wait for my new string trimmer to arrive.

What to do in February

  • Prune trees both ornamental and fruit trees when above freezing.

  • Start cool season seeds inside

  • Check perennials for heaving

  • Replace mulch if getting thin

  • Check for animal damage on trees and shrubs

  • Apply dormant spray on fruit trees late February when above freezing

  • Plan your veggie and landscape beds for the spring.

Events for February and March

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Activated Charcoal - If you are making a closed container terrarium you should next place a layer of activated charcoal over the pebbles/sand layer. In a closed environment this charcoal will filter the air and keep it fresh. This is the type of charcoal is available at the Garden Store.

 

Add a layer of Sphagnum Moss on top. This prevents the soil in your terrarium from settling down into the pebbles. Soak it first in water to make it easier to work with.

 

Add Soil - Use ferti-lome potting soil, or cactus soil if using succulents or cactus.

 

Add Plants - Care should be taken in this step. You want to arrange things in a way that is pleasing to the eye. Dig some small holes and move the plants around, trying different locations and arrangements. Choose plants with different heights and leaf shapes and choose some plants with a splash of color. Your plants should complement each other and offer a nice variety.

 

Finishing touches - Add ornaments or other decorations. These add a nice touch to your terrarium.

 

We have all your needs to get your terrarium going and fight the winter blues! New products are arriving daily!

  • Seed Starting Seminary - February 20 @ 10 am. Learn how to start seeds, how to read a label, the best materials and how to transplant.

  • March 5 - See us at the Flints Hills Home Show located at the National Guard Armory

  • March 11-12 - Spring Open House -  10 am on Saturday attend a seminar about veggie gardening for beginners. Gregg Eyestone with Riley County Extension will be our presenter. Enjoy specials and early spring plants in the greenhouse. Relish a cookie and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

  • March 19 - Husqvarna Demo Day - Come try out our Husqvarna line!

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