When Should I Plant What?

When thinking about planting seeds, sometimes it can be confusing. What should I plant when? Well, the answer is... there are a lot of different answers! What to plant when depends on your location and zone, your weather, and your planting method. Some seeds must be started indoors early, and others can be planted right out in the garden. Here are our picks for seed starting calendars so you know … [Read more...]

Planting Bare Roots

Bare root plants are easy to handle. They are usually dormant perennials, shrubs, or trees that have been harvested from the field, have had the soil washed from their roots and then have been stored in refrigeration for later shipment. "Bare rooting" a plant is a safe, proven, and much used means of storing and shipping many garden plants. At Cottage Farms we always recommend that you plant bare … [Read more...]

How to Plant a Tree

Always begin with the best quality nursery stock. Spend a few dollars more to insure the future growth of your tree. A few dollars more investment will make a big difference in how sturdy your tree will be in a few years. Go to a reliable nursery or garden center. In your new tree you need to look for a strong straight trunk and well spaced branches. There should be no breakage or bruising of … [Read more...]

Tips On Growing Potatoes

Plant potatoes in your home garden and grow one of the most popular vegetables eaten today. Each American eats about 30 pounds of potatoes a year. To begin growing potatoes, buy certified seed potatoes at nurseries or garden centers. The ones in supermarkets have usually been treated with growth retardants. Ten to 14 days before planting, place seed potatoes in a warm area so they begin … [Read more...]