The Great Easter “Peep” Hunt!

Hey friends- We’re open on Easter from 9 am to 6 pm. Drop by and join in on the fun!

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Feeling the Love: Our Staff’s Favorite Valentine’s Day Traditions

Who says that Valentine’s Day is all about expensive dinners and tired hothouse roses? Many of us have wonderful family and friend memories of thoughtful gestures on Valentine’s Day…below our staff shares a few of their memories and favorite traditions from years past.

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When my boys were at home I made them heart toast with pink milk for breakfast, it’s the perfect way to start Valentine’s Day. It always says I love you. -Ginger

My mother every morning of Valentine’s day gets up early, puts a beautiful red tablecloth on the kitchen table and fills it with hearts, chocolate, lollies and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. My brothers and myself would receive a basket full of Valentine’s gifts. Always a wonderful morning to wake up and feel so much family love. -Ian

Some of my best memories are of the simple, construction paper Valentines I received from my classmates as a child. So simple, but so sweet. -Deb

I enjoy exchanging valentines with friends, like we did in elementary school. When I have extra time, I like to make homemade cards for all my friends and mail them out before Valentine’s Day. We so seldom get ‘snail mail’ these days, and it’s fun to surprise all my favorite peeps. -Erin

I love sharing “heart” with everyone I meet, by performing random acts of kindness throughout the day. – Nancy

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Spot! 

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Daniel’s Amazing Pumpkins

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In honor of Halloween and all things pumpkin, we have a special post for you today.

This is Daniel. A young gentleman who, at the age of thirteen, is a champion pumpkin grower. Recently, Daniel’s pumpkins placed first and second at the annual pumpkin contest held at Laurel Farm and Garden. They weighed in at 480 and 420 pounds, respectively.

Daniel, who learned how to garden from his grandpa, has been growing ever since he can remember. He, “just loves gardening”. He grows pumpkins, gourds and all kinds of squash.

Daniel’s Top Tips for Prodigious Pumpkins:

Some people have closely guarded pumpking growing secrets, but to Daniel, it is very simple. You need, “good seed, good soil and good compost,” he says.

He acquired his prize-winning seed from the pumpkin growers at his church. As for compost, Daniel and his grandpa have a home compost bin where they toss banana peels, apples and all sorts of good soil building material.

A couple other helpful hints Daniel had for first time growers were “One Pumpkin per Plant and One Pumpkin per Hill“.

Also he suggests cutting the tips of the vines off. “This,” he told us, “basically channels the plant’s energy into growing pumpkins rather than producing vines.”

Lastly, he says, “Have fun. Growing pumpkins is a really fun hobby that doesn’t take a lot of work.”

Thanks for the tips Daniel! And best of luck to you with next years pumpkins!

Lasagna Bulb Pots Class and our Facebook ‘Photo of the Week’

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Happy Friday Friends!

Our thanks to everyone who came out for Marcy’s lasagna bulb pot class last week. It looks like a fun time was had by all. And remember, if you missed the class, we are happy to help you create your own lasagna pot anytime. Just come in and ask.

October seems to have gone by in a flash. It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just next week. As you can see, it’s been getting positively ghoulish around here. Deb and Ginger created this spooky pumpkin pole.

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If you drop by on Halloween, you’ll get to see our ‘Bad Hair Day‘ and vote for your favorite costume. Our employees are busily planning their costumes and the competition will be fierce! We will of course have some slimy but tasty treats for kids who come in costume. We can’t tell you what they will be, it’s a secret!

There were some really great photos posted to our Facebook wall this week. After some deliberation, we went with Betsy D. Sauther’s mushroom photos.

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Such gorgeous fungi! Where did you find these amazing mushrooms Betsy?

Thanks to everyone who participated, please keep posting- we are all enjoying your pictures.

You could win next week! To enter, just visit our Facebook page and post some garden pics!

Happy Haunting!