5 Favorite Spring-Blooming Shrubs for Small Gardens

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The daffodils are open, the air is warming, and the spring garden is starting to bloom! The heavenly fragrances of spring-blooming shrubs are one of the best things about the spring garden. But many of the traditional spring bloomers are way too big for a small garden (we’re looking at you, 12-foot-tall lilac).

If your garden is tiny, consider one of these dainty versions of spring favorites! Read more ›

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All About Flower Seeds

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Ed note: Spotts Garden Service is thrilled to be launching a new endeavor this year: slow flowers grown on our own flower farm! A subscription for biweekly bouquets delivered to your door will be available to our customers in Indianapolis. Watch your email for details.

In this post, flower farm manager Wesley Sexton describes how we chose which flowers to grow. Read more ›

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In the Organic Garden: Week of March 20, 2017

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March 20 to 26, 2017 Happy first day of spring! We’re sowing the first of our vegetable crops and planting spring container gardens this week.

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In the Organic Garden: Week of March 13, 2017

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March 13 to 19, 2017: Cold snap! Icy temps and snow flurries have struck the garden, but we can still feel spring on the way. This week, we’re nurturing seedlings indoors and pruning trees outdoors.

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5 Steps to an Earth-Friendly Spring Garden Cleanup

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As earth-friendly gardeners, we’re always looking to refine our techniques in ways that benefit the garden and wildlife. One area in which we’ve made changes is how we handle garden cleanup.

While we used to cut down as much as possible in fall, now we leave most perennials standing in the landscape through the winter to provide cover and food for birds and other wildlife. And just as we’ve changed the routine of our fall cleanup, we’ve adjusted the way we do the spring garden cleanup, too. Read more ›

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In the Organic Garden: Week of March 6, 2017

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March 6 to 12, 2017: We’re spending these early-spring days cutting down spent grasses and perennials and raking out beds, as well as nurturing our indoor seedlings.

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 March Garden

Tete-a-Tete Daffodils | Spotts Garden Service

Pull on your muck boots and head outside to see what’s going on in your garden! Read more ›

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In the Organic Garden: Week of February 27, 2017

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February 27 to March 5, 2017:  March’s variable temperatures are on full display this week! We’re focusing our gardening efforts on pruning fruit trees and starting seeds.

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Top 5 Kitchen Garden Flowers

As you’re planning your kitchen garden this year, be sure to add some flowers! Brilliantly colored flowers are a perfect accent to the greens, purples, and reds common in the vegetable garden.

Our top 5 all have a use besides their beauty—from luring beneficial insects to cutting for the table. Four of the five are edible too! Be sure to grow edible flowers from seeds yourself. Plants purchased at nurseries will likely have been treated with pesticides.

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Warm Winter Means Garden Changes

Cherries | Spotts Garden Service

While many people are celebrating our incredibly mild winter, we gardeners are feeling uneasy. Winter is a time of rest and reset in the garden. Without consistent cold, we can expect some changes in our gardens this growing season. Here’s what to watch for.

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