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By: Marshall Green, Nursery Foreman As temperatures decrease across the region, it is time to get your planting projects underway! Now that we have survived the heat of the summer it is prime time to plant hardy plants. ...

September is a chance to get things done in the garden that you didn’t get to in the spring. If you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you’ll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. It’s also time to get out and s...

The hot temperatures of mid summer make it tough to spend much time working in your garden, so take advantage of any cooler days to take care of grooming and weeding. In August, the main concern is making sure your garden get...

Summer is upon us, and that means plenty of hot weather. Everything in your garden starts to slow down between now and mid-August, so start enjoying! However, there is always work to be done to keep your garden looking as per...

Now that June is here and you have spent your entire Spring getting your garden into tip top shape, it may be tempting to simply sit back and enjoy your garden, but now is the time to turn to the true aspects of gardening ...

With the rise of insect born illnesses, it is more important than ever to keep yourself and your pets safe this summer. Primex carries a wide variety of mosquito and tick repellents including:   Mosquito Dunks & Bits...

May is a busy month! Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to get your plants in the ground and start giving your garden the attention it really needs.   General garden care Install raised beds...

April is prime time to get planting! It’s a good month to plant most trees, shrubs, and perennials. Planting annuals and vegetables that could tolerate a potential frost (spinach, snapdragons, lettuce, etc.) is also a g...

By: Ron Kushner   Strawberries are easy to grow, from Florida to Canada and Alaska. They are native to most of the temperate regions of the world but the large-fruited, productive varieties originated in North and South ...

March is the month when many of the beautiful spring flowering perennials and shrubs begin to bloom. With Spring just around the corner, it is time to get serious and get the garden ready! The fickle weather of March mak...

By: Ron Kushner   Artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are perennials, grown for their edible stalks and flower buds. They are believed to be native to the central Mediterranean area in Italy. Today, artichokes are mostly produc...

February is a great time to start fertilizing, pruning and getting seeds ready. Weather permitting, this can be a great month to get your soil in order for your spring and summer plants.   General garden care Pull a...

By: Ron Kushner   Neem products are derived from the seeds of the neem tree, Azadirachta indica, native to Africa and India. Neem is practically nontoxic to mammals and many beneficial insects and it is biodegradable. It...

It’s time to prepare for winter snow & ice with Ice Melting Products, Snow Shovels, Warm Winter Work Gloves, Firewood Bundles, Irish Fire Logs & Starters. ...

January is a good month to start planning and evaluating your garden and gardening goals. In addition, you can start getting dormant plants ready for spring. See more January tasks below!   General garden care Read garde...

We are now taking pre-orders on chicks! Supplies are limited! Chicks are $5.50 each. Pre-order by March 31, 2019 for week of April 15th delivery. Varieties include: Buff Orpington, Easter Egger  – Araucan...

By: Ron Kushner   In many cases, a wild plant is introduced into a new land where it continues to grow wild. Wild carrot grows throughout the United States but it is not a native. Similarly, Queen Anne’s lace has a...

With the holidays in full swing, it is easy to put your garden on the back burner. There isn’t too much to be done, but take advantage of warmer winter days to prune your trees and start planning. Now is also a great time t...

By: Ron Kushner   In 2006, Gavin Munro had an amazing vision. Rather than cut down trees for their wood to create furniture, why not guide the trees to grow directly into  chairs and tables that could be harvested r...

One would think in November there isn’t much to be done in the garden, but that is very incorrect! Take advantage of warmer days and keep your garden safe from the elements, while planning for the spring!   General gar...

Primex is proud to be a Pie in the Sky Pick-Up Location!   Pie in the Sky presented by American Airlines is MANNA’s annual fundraiser each Thanksgiving. Much more than just a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky&nb...

Before temperatures dip into the mid 50’s at night bring your houseplants indoors! Katelyn’s houseplant migration checklist. Is it time to repot?  Has it been several years since this was done? Does the plant look di...

By: Ron Kushner   What is it? Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonization of biomass in an oxygen-limited environment. It is produced by the decomposition of organic material under a limited supply of oxy...

By: Ron Kushner   We’ve been in our house for 12 years and my wife still shrieks with delight every time she sees the bright red feathers of a male cardinal in the trees or at our feeder. Everyone loves cardinals. ...

After the dog days of summer, many lawns are in need of repair. Fall is the prefect time to plant a new lawn, renovate an existing lawn, or ensure the health of your lawn for next season. Falls cooler air temperatures, warm s...

  What is compost? The decomposition of plant remains and other once-living, raw materials that results in an earthy, dark, crumbly substance called humus The material provides the proper environmental conditions for mic...

By: Ron Kushner   Probably the most prominent and important ingredient of soil less potting mixes, peat moss began in peat bogs 12,000 to 14,000 years ago. After the ice age, glaciers receded and depressions formed that ...

By: Ron Kushner   Mushrooms in the landscape Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies formed from fungi. The purpose of the mushroom is to release sexual reproductive spores. All mushrooms have a cap and gills. The cap protects...

By: Ron Kushner   June is a good month to plant perennials but it can get very warm at the end of the month. If the weather is unusually hot (over 85 degrees F.) your plants experience more transplant shock and that coul...

Looking for success with Crapemyrtles? Be patient! With the coldest March and April in decades, we simply haven’t had very many days to warm the soil yet. With the cold, the crapes are a bit tardy this year. They w...

Learn about preventive measures, physical controls, and alternative herbicides provide a winning strategy in the ongoing battle with weeds from this article from the American Gardener by by Kris Wetherbee. Read the artic...

By: Ron Kushner   Potager (pronounced “pote-ah-ZHAY”) is a word taken from the French meaning a “kitchen garden”. It is normally a decorative but functional vegetable garden, close to the kitchen for ...

  Interested in winning a $25 Primex Giftcard? Starting now, bring in your own box for carrying out your items and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $25 Primex gift card! One winner will be draw...

By: Ron Kushner   Nematodes are tiny, microscopic, un-segmented, threadlike worms that swim in the soil moisture surrounding both soil particles and plant roots. Many nematodes are beneficial, preying on other nematodes ...

Crabgrass is an annual weed that can be a homeowner’s most frustrating lawn problem. With germination periods of up to six months, crabgrass can quickly takeover your lawn, robbing it of its moisture and ...

By: Ron Kushner   There are many herbs available for use as companion plants but I have picked these three due to their ability to repel many insect pests. Coriander (Corianrum sativum) Coriander grows 1-3′ tall an...

By: Ron Kushner   There are many bulbs that bloom throughout the summer, giving incredible displays of color and texture in the garden all season long. They also provide flowers, fragrance and brilliant color on a deck, ...

By: Ron Kushner   Poinsettias are leafy plants, typically with dark green leaves topped with colored, modified leaf bracts which are often incorrectly considered to be flowers or flower petals. The real flowers are tiny,...

The 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water.  America’s leading floral and garden designers will create t...

By: Ron Kushner   Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of most of our plants and the produce we grow in our gardens. The loss of commercial bees to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been well documented. It ...

By: Ron Kushner   Organic: First, let me address the subject of “organic” seed. For years, the word “organic” loosely referred to plants produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers but th...

Is it time to repot? Has it been several years since this was done? Does the plant look disproportionate to the pot? Are you seeing roots coming out of the top or bottom? Have you seen insects in the soil? Does water tend to ...

Soil is the basis for everything that life on earth needs to live including food, fiber, habitat, shelter, recreational space, clean air and water. What actually is “soil”? Physically, soil is made up of a mixture...

October gardening can be quite finicky depending on the weather. Take a minute to enjoy the unique colors that only fall can provide. Now is the time to start thinking about frost and getting your garden ready for winter. &nb...

Put your pumpkin painting skills to the test! The pumpkin can be NO more than 20lbs and NO wider than 12inches! Good Luck to you all and have a SPOOK-tacular time painting!!! Drop off your entry at the Big Barn on either Octo...

Birds are great visitors to any garden. The greater the diversity of plants, the more successful you will be in attracting a variety of birds. Include as many native plants as possible as they have evolved along with the bird...

Every organic gardener knows compost. Grass clippings, spent stems and stalks, shredded leaves, kitchen scraps all placed in a pile (or a composter) with the correct amount of moisture and ultimately, you have compost. There ...

According to the National Gardening Association, 78 million people garden in America. Many people feel they have to give it up as they become less physically able. However, gardening is really good for seniors, enriching thei...

Japanese beetles are members of the Scarab beetle family which also includes June beetles and rose chafers. They begin feeding on our plants by eating small holes in the upper or lower surfaces of leaves. The holes gradually ...

Yellow nutsedge is a perennial weed with three angled stems, long grass -like leaves, and yellowish green foliage with tiny tubers at the ends of their underground stems. The tubers drop off the stems, sprout, and seedlings e...

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Crop rotation means a regular scheme of planting whereby different demands are made on your soil each year. Vegetables vary in their nutritional needs and therefore, deplete the soil in different ways.  Growing the same crop...

Evidence is accumulating that commonly used pesticides are linked to the decline of pollinator populations. Several reports of adverse effects of neonicotinoids on beneficial pollinating insects have recently resulted in a co...

Just about the best thing you can do to any garden is to cover it with mulch. By mulching you are suppressing weeds by blocking their access to light and air, retaining moisture by slowing down soil surface evaporation and ad...

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-tim...

Grow Corn This Year By: Ron Kushner Corn (Zea mays) is truly an American native, cultivated for more than 4,000 years by a variety of civilizations. Sweet corn is the home garden favorite, either white, yellow or bicolor. To ...

HOLLAND: Flowering the World, will showcase the extraordinary plants, creativity, and talent of this region’s top horticulturists and designers along with award winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands. T...

Corn (Zea mays) is truly an American native, cultivated for more than 4,000 years by a variety of civilizations. Sweet corn is the home garden favorite, either white, yellow or bicolor. To me, fresh corn on the cob is the ess...

My First Garden By: Ron Kushner When I was discharged from the Marine Corps I moved into a duplex apartment with my wife and two young daughters. The rear of the property was set against a wooded area of Fairmount Park in Phi...

When I was discharged from the Marine Corps I moved into a duplex apartment with my wife and two young daughters. The rear of the property was set against a wooded area of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Years before, the plo...

Birds need water, even over the winter,  so it’s important to keep bird baths ice free. Not only would you have to constantly break off ice and add fresh water but it’s likely the bird bath would crack from t...

What does “Organic Gardening” actually mean? By: Ron Kushner What does the term “organic gardening” actually mean today? Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines “organic” (in terms of gardening...

Antidesiccants, also known as antitranspirants, are sprayed on ornamental plants, especially evergreens, shrubs, roses, and others to prevent them from drying out. They can also be sprayed on dormant tubers, bulbs, and bare r...

What does the term “organic gardening” actually mean today? Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines “organic” (in terms of gardening) as “the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of pl...

Botanical Names By: Ron Kushner Anyone who gardens should attempt to learn the scientific (or botanical) names of their plants (genus and species). Also their classification, families, origin, name meanings and perhaps any un...

Anyone who gardens should attempt to learn the scientific (or botanical) names of their plants (genus and species). Also their classification, families, origin, name meanings and perhaps any unique characteristics. Common nam...

AUTUMN By: Ron Kushner Fall cleanup should include removing all dropped leaves and stems from around garden plants. It is possible that this debris could harbor various fungal species that may cause powdery mildew or other di...

Fall cleanup should include removing all dropped leaves and stems from around garden plants. It is possible that this debris could harbor various fungal species that may cause powdery mildew or other diseases come next season...

LABELS & SOME SEPTEMBER REMINDERS By: Ron Kushner Labeling plants in your garden is a rather controversial subject. This statement is mainly due to the size of the plants in relation to the size of the labels. Vegetables,...

Labeling plants in your garden is a rather controversial subject. This statement is mainly due to the size of the plants in relation to the size of the labels. Vegetables, perennials, shrubs or trees can be labeled in an inco...

Bonsai By: Ron Kushner “Bonsai” literally translated means simply “plant in a pot”. Originally in nature, a seed could have fallen into a “pocket” in a stone crevice, some organic material became soil, and a tree ...

“Bonsai” literally translated means simply “plant in a pot”. Originally in nature, a seed could have fallen into a “pocket” in a stone crevice, some organic material became soil, and a tree was able to grow. Perha...

Diatomaceous Earth By: Ron Kushner Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an inert dust and type of rock composed of skeletons of fossilized diatoms. These diatoms were tiny, one celled marine and freshwater plant organisms that are comp...

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an inert dust and type of rock composed of skeletons of fossilized diatoms. These diatoms were tiny, one celled marine and freshwater plant organisms that are composed mainly of silica, a naturally ...

Companion Planting for Vegetables By: Ron Kushner Some plants just naturally enjoy a relationship as they grow in close proximity to other plants. Roots growing at different levels allow for some plants to thrive together sin...

Some plants just naturally enjoy a relationship as they grow in close proximity to other plants. Roots growing at different levels allow for some plants to thrive together since they are not competing for nutrients or water. ...

Some Common Gardening Products Explained By: Ron Kushner GYPSUM Light-colored, finely powdered rocks or pellets containing calcium sulfate. Gypsum improves packed-down and clayey soils for water penetration (drainage) and aer...

Many products exist for use in your garden. Here you will find a some tips and advice on common gardening products. Gypsum is a light-colored, finely powdered rocks or pellets containing calcium sulfate. Gypsum improves packe...

Summer – Flowering Bulbs By: Ron Kushner Keeping blooms in your garden all summer long. Summer bulbs are now on sale again. It’s time to get reacquainted with Dahlias, Begonias, Lilies and gladiolus. Not all of th...

Summer bulbs are now on sale again. It’s time to get reacquainted with Dahlias, Begonias, Lilies and gladiolus. Not all of the bulbs are cold hardy but those that are not can be saved indoors and replanted year after ye...

March is the time to care for your existing roses and to plant new ones. The sun is getting stronger and the days are getting longer. The roses are starting to show signs of breaking dormancy. Buds are beginning to swell and ...

Apricots are stone fruits  (or drupes), all of which contain a single, hard, woody pit. Originally from China, even though they were long believed to have come from Armenia, hence the Latin name Prunus armeniaca. They were c...

Successful gardening means you are simply doing it (and hopefully, enjoying it). It has nothing to do with prize-winning plants or abundant harvests. It has nothing to do with the results of your planning, preparation, care a...