Garden Warfare with Companion Plants

With warm summer temps comes the insect army to invade your pride and joy — your garden. Once they're upon you, ridding flowers and veggies of insects can be tricky. Instead of waiting for the onslaught, try a proactive approach with companion plants. What are companion plants you say? Glad you asked! It's a well known fact that insects are naturally drawn to certain plants. So to prevent these insects from creeping in to feast on your hard work, we challenge you to a game of garden chess. That's right, strategery meets gardening and companion plants are the pawns. Rather than loading your fresh produce and flowers with chemical pesticides, try using a companion plant, or a plant that is known to attract or deter the pests you wish to avoid elsewhere in your garden. That's brilliant right? Before you hop right in the garden, consider this. Companion plants can work in a couple of different ways. The first way is to incorporate plants known to produce oils or "poisons" to deter unwanted guests from visiting. The second way is to place plants known to strongly attract pests and divert their attention, controlling the damage zones. Regardless of the direction you go, the first step is knowing your companion plant basics!

Basil — Flies and thrips and mosquitoes, oh my! Not a problem when basil's around. The oils in these companion plants are known to repel such pests.

Catnip — Go and get some right meow! This awesome plant keeps almost everything at bay, with the exception of our feline friends. Catnip effectively repels aphids, weevils, ants, beetles, and more! Helpful hint: Catnip works just as well in the kitchen if you're worried about home invaders.

Chives — Does your garden include carrots and/or apple trees? Check out chives to get rid of carrot rust flies, Japanese beetles, and scab. Plus they make a delicious addition in the kitchen!

Chrysanthemums — Possibly my favorite, this companion plant deters all sorts of nasty critters like ticks, lice, silverfish, roaches, bedbugs, and more! Itchy just thinking about it, Chrysanthemums are a natural insecticide and a common ingredient in insecticides, making them a phenomenal companion plant!

Dahlias — If nematodes are your problems, Dahlias are your girl. Bonus! These flowers add a gorgeous pop of color to your garden.

Dill — Looking for a companion plant to attract the bugs away from your garden produce? Look no further! Dill attracts predatory wasps, hoverflies, caterpillars, and hornworms while simultaneously repelling spiders and mites. If you're not thrilled about growing dill in your garden, sprinkled dried dill around plants with these problematic bugs for a quick fix!

Four O'Clocks — A kiss of death for Japanese beetles, this poisonous plant is a great deterrent for unwanted pests. Unfortunately, this plant isn't picky about its poison though, so make sure it's not easily accessible to children and pets.

Garlic — Who doesn't love garlic? Not only is it healthy and delicious, but it repels aphids, the dandelion of insects! It also wards off root maggots, snails, and codling moths.

Geraniums — Scented geraniums, specifically, coerce beetles with their seductive scents, making them a beetle favorite! Little do they know, these companion plants are toxic

Marigolds — Perhaps the most widely recognized companion plant, the range of marigolds repel a variety of pests. It's important to note — if using this plant as a deterrent, only scented marigolds will do the trick AND be prepared for an increase in snails, mites, and spiders who absolutely love marigolds.

Nasturtiums — Hugely effective at trapping aphids, they seem to flock to the yellow blossoms on Nasturtiums. If you're looking to rid your garden of aphids and choose to go the Nasturtiums route, be prepared to handpick aphids regularly (yes, they're that effective!)

Sunflowers — These hearty companion plants serve as a great line of defense against ants, who will actually relocate to live directly on these plants. They make a great line of defense around the perimeter of your garden and they're pretty too! Before you prepare for your next garden warfare, work smart, not hard. Plan your garden strategy with companion plants! If you need help selecting the right companion plants for your garden, contact Jolly Lane Greenhouse today!

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Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree & Holiday Décor

It’s finally here, everyone’s favorite holiday season! That means it’s time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree and holiday decor for your family, which is always a ton of fun. We’ve got a variety of Christmas tree options in stock this year including White Pine, Scotch Pine, Balsam Fir, and Fraser Fir available in classic, flocked and colored stylings.

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Winter Open House 2018

Christmas season is just around the corner! As always we’ll be having our annual holiday open house event. Stop by Jolly Lane Greenhouse this upcoming weekend for the winter open house happening on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of November.

Stop by to enjoy our refreshments and see all the beautiful items we have available for your Christmas decorating needs. 

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Fall Pumpkin Festival 2018

If you anxiously wait all year to unpack your sweaters and scarves so you can relish in the crisp air and vibrant foliage of autumn, then join us at Jolly Lane Greenhouse on Saturday, October 20th to celebrate the season with our annual Fall Pumpkin Festival. Not only will you be able to stock up on pumpkins of all kinds for your seasonal decorating and baking, but we will be hosting a variety of fall activities for all ages, including wagon rides and face painting. Mark your calendars for this anticipated event where you and your family can take part in all the things that makes this time of year so enchanting!

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13th Annual Chili Pepper Roast and Produce Market

Experience the taste of autumn at Jolly Lane Greenhouse’s 13th Annual Chili Pepper Roast and Produce Market! Join us on Friday, September 14th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to stock up on fire-roasted chili peppers, fresh local produce and delicious canned goods that you won’t find anywhere else.  And this year, you’ll even get the chance to try some of the area’s best craft brews and wines!

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Emerald Ash Borer

While it’s important to take care of your flowers and garden, it’s vital to check on your trees as well. Many ash trees in North America have been affected by emerald ash borer (EAB), which is an exotic insect from Asia that attacks ash trees. There’s no known cases of EAB being in western South Dakota but it has been found in Sioux Falls. Jolly Lane Greenhouse encourages everyone to be aware of EAB and keep your eye on your ash trees. There are ways to treat and prevent emerald ash borer if or when it makes its way to this side of the state.

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Keep up on your Garden Maintenance

As most of your gardens are already planted, it is important to remember you need to maintain them throughout the summer. Maintaining your garden can help it grow and stay beautiful all summer long. Here are some tips from Jolly Lane Greenhouse to keep your garden healthy and growing.

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Hail Protection for Your Garden

Living in the Black Hills during the summertime brings the chance of the infamous summer hail storms. The hail, big or small, can cause damage to vehicles, gardens, and much more. The damage from hail can get costly, so hail protection is definitely important. How do you protect the beautiful garden that you have put so much work into?

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Spring Landscaping and Planting Prep

Spring has officially sprung at Jolly Lane Greenhouse. The warmer weather and increase in sunshine means that it is time to start thinking about spring planting. This is the ideal time of the year for landscaping prep and planning which flowers or plants you want for your garden this year.

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Tips for Springtime Outdoor Planting

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what plants to put in your flower gardens this year. At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, we understand that it can be a process picking out the plants and figuring out where they should go. There are many factors that go into planting outdoor flowers. Here are just a few tips to help you figure out the plants you should be planting this spring to best meet your gardening needs in the long run.

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Winterization and rose bush care tips

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Spring has finally sprung, and how many feel like their lawns are just not the stunning green they want? One way to get your lawn looking lush for the spring season is through organic lawn care. While organic lawn care...

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Winter Landscaping Tips from Your Rapid City Nursery

Just because it is the winter does not mean you do not need to maintain your lawn or landscaping. Many have the false impression that just because of the cold weather and nothing to plant, that there are no landscaping...

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Christmas Tree Care Tips

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Your Guide to Landscaping with Deer Resistant Plants

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Winter seed sowing gives you a jump start on the growing season! Starting seeds indoors while it's still cold and snowy outside starts with dusting off your gardening gloves and getting a little dirty as you prepare your seeds...

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Jolly Lane Greenhouse
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Rapid City, SD 57703