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Spring’s Nearly Here: Get an early start on preparing your garden for planting season
Getting Started with Spring Garden Planning
Spring is nearly here *cue the excitement* and if you’re anything like us here at Jolly Lane Greenhouse in Rapid City, SD, you might already be counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until you can plant your 2021 garden! But what’s the point of waiting for warm weather to return if you don’t have the right plan in place for planting and prepping your garden for growing season ahead of time?
No matter your comfort level with gardening, your friendly gardening experts from Jolly Lane Greenhouse are here to offer some helpful hints, tips, and tricks to ensure your future garden is set up for success the moment you plant your first seeds (or seedlings if you did some seed starting ahead of time)!
The easiest place to start prepping for growing season is to identify how much growing space you have! Whether you have 5 square feet of growing space or 1000 square feet, every square foot counts when it comes to planning and planting your dream garden. For those with a limited amount of space, don’t fret – you can do a lot with a limited amount of space (more on that next month). Thanks to technology, there are even some apps out there that can help you visualize your garden based on available space!
Once you’ve got an idea of what kind of space you have to work with, it’s time to physically prep your future garden! The last thing you want is for planting season to spring upon you (pun intended), only for you to not be ready to plant from the jump. Set aside some time a few weeks ahead of your expected planting date to dust off your gardening tools and pull any lingering weedsthat made it through the winter. With a clean garden space, you’ll be well on your way to prepping your garden!
After you’ve de-weeded your yard, take a trip to your friendly neighborhood greenhouse to get set up with the right supplies you’ll need to make your garden spectacular. If you choose to come see us at Jolly Lane Greenhouse, our planting experts can offer some great advice on the right planting supplies including compost mixes, seeds, and plants. If it’s your first time planting, you may also want to consider conducting proper soil testing to identify any soil tune-ups needed (we can help you with that too!).
From here, once you have collected all the supplies you’ll need, it’s time to get to work. Before you plant, you’ll want to spend some time tilling or turning up the soil for your future garden. As you’re turning up the soil, it is a best practice to work your soil down 14 inches to ensure it is not compacted. While you’re turning up the soil, work in any necessary compost or mulch mixes to ensure your soil is in tip-top shape. Then, fertilize your garden space!
After your garden is properly turned up and fertilized, you’ll be ready to plant as soon as warm weather returns!
If you have any questions about garden planning or gardening in general, we highly encourage you to stop by Jolly Lane Greenhouse at 2962 Jolly Lane, Rapid City, SD 57703 or give us a call at 605-393-1700! See you next month with more growing tips!
Keep Spring Blossoms Blooming all season long with these tips and tricks
New to gardening? Our experts here at Jolly Lane Greenhouse are sharing their best gardening knowledge to ensure even the newest of gardeners can have a successful growing season. Here are the top things to consider and keep in mind throughout your gardening process to help you have the most successful garden ever!
Grow your perfect garden with indoor seed starting!
While we’re only a couple of months into winter, spring will begin to show its colors out on the horizon soon, which can only mean one thing: it’s almost time to get a head-start on that dream garden you’ve been planning for years! While many will wait out spring to avoid the threat of frost, snow, or what have you, indoor seed starting is a phenomenal avenue to jump head-first into planting season without the threat of ruining your precious plants.
Jolly Lane Greenhouse is about to celebrate our love of houseplants with our annual Houseplant Sale, which will run from January 18th through January 30th! With houseplants and foliage coming in by the truckload, it’s time to start creating your list of plants to pick up at the sale where all houseplants will be 25% off.
The most wonderful time of the year has officially arrived which can only mean one thing: it’s time to the deck the halls from floor to ceiling with holiday plants galore! *cue Santa’s sleigh bells jingling in the distance* To ensure you’re on the right track to keeping your holiday plants thriving through the season, we’ve gathered some of our green thumb best practices for you to implement once you get your holiday plants home from Jolly Lane.
Tis the season to spread the exciting news that our annual Holiday Open House is set to take place November 27-29, directly following the Thanksgiving holiday! Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with our bountiful assortment of seasonal favorites including poinsettias, wreathes, garland, Christmas trees and SO MUCH MORE.
Friends, it’s here! The most beautiful time of the year, Autumn in the Black Hills! We welcome the chance to pull the long sleeves and scarves out of their drawers, and get cozy with the oranges, reds, and browns of fall. If you do too, then you’re going to want to join us on Saturday, October 17th as we welcome in the new season with our annual Fall Festival! The majority of our activities will be going from 11am-3pm, but the greenhouse will be open from 8am-5pm!
Summer 2020 has said goodbye, and it seems like we hardly got to know each other. We could dwell on the fact that we went from 101 degrees, to waking up to snow on the ground in the span of 48 hours, but that might take away from the fact that FALL IS HERE! And we think that, is a wonderful thing.
Incorporating water features into your yard has many benefits, not only for you – there’s nothing like the calming effect of a softly babbling brook – but also for your environment. Adding in a water feature can help keep your yard cooler during the sizzling summer months, as well as attract birds, bees and other creatures that can be helpful for your garden. All in all, including a water feature in your landscape is a great way for you to enjoy your yard, as it adds natural beauty and ambiance.
Summer’s here, and the beautiful sunny days just beg for some good gardening time. Luckily, this time of the year, with its soaring temperatures and decreasing rain, is also crucial for performing some basic lawn care maintenance that will keep your yard green and growing all season long. The following tips will help you maintain a lush lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood, and allow you to spend some much needed “me” time outdoors!
Social distancing may be the most used term of 2020, but another phrase may soon be part of your vocabulary - social distance gardening. With many of us spending significantly more time at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, cabin fever has become a common issue that we’re all dealing with. However, the cure could be as simple as taking part in an activity that you already love. We’ve compiled some ways you can benefit from adding more time in your garden while you’re social distancing to help inspire you to don your garden gloves and spend some time in your yard.
Win their heart this Valentine's Day by giving a gift that keeps on giving! This DIY paper sack plant idea is brilliant, and when paired with one of our choices for most romantic plants, is sure to help you win the day. In fact, you can do this for any occasion, for any special person in your life, or simply as a thank you to somebody that deserves it!
It’s certainly no secret that at Jolly Lane, we love houseplants. They’re one of the things we love most about our job here; watering, trimming, potting, you name it, and we love it. A single houseplant can add so much coziness to a room that you’ll wonder how you ever went without, and may just spark an interest that will have you stopping into our greenhouse every week to see what else you can pick up.
Christmas lights strung from the deck, tins of baked goodies, the smell of fresh pine throughout the home; it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! We love the holiday season, there’s so much fun involved in decorating our homes and spreading the cheer amongst our friends and family.
One of our favorite things about holiday decorating is bringing home fresh holiday plants, and decorating our meticulously chosen Christmas tree. They add so much life and color to our homes, that we’d be totally on board if it suddenly became fashionable to just have them year ‘round. Following our tips on caring for your holiday plants makes it easy to keep them thriving well past the holiday season, and maybe, with a bit of luck, that trend would catch on!
In the Black Hills, fall brings with it a beautiful change in scenery. Colors turn from green, to stunning reds and yellows, while the early sunsets offer a fantastic backdrop to the changing of the season. We love turning the calendar over to fall, and welcome the laundry list of amazing interior projects we’ve been saving from Pinterest, or seen on the DIY channel. Fall has a natural nesting feel to it, and so we often get so cozy inside our homes, that we let our thoughts gravitate to those indoor projects, and forget about that beautiful outdoor space we spent all summer enjoying. But this year, why not take advantage of the fact that fall is a great time to create, supplement, or renovate exterior landscapes?
This Sunday, May 12th, we honor and celebrate the women who have perhaps the most difficult, yet rewarding job that life has to offer; that of being a Mother. Mother’s Day gives us a chance to show just how much we love and appreciate these wonderful women we call Mom’s. But where did this showering of appreciation all come from?
Spring has sprung and shamrocks are in full bloom in the Black Hills. Rapid City’s finest greenhouse has a couple of varieties of shamrocks and we are very excited to showcase them again this year. Shamrocks also have an important history and are a staple to this Irish holiday that is right around the corner, so celebrate with us by learning all there is to know about these nostalgic clovers!
It’s a great time to stock the bird feeder, fill up the bird bath with some warm water, and enjoy some hot cocoa as you watch the winter birds swoop in for a bite and a bath! If you don’t have a bird feeder, or bird house, stop in and see us. We have a great selection of feeders, houses, and bird seed.
Join us January 19th on Saturday from 10am to 3 pm, for the 13th annual Birds and Blooms Event! This annual educational event is put on by both the Mt Rushmore Birds and the Black Hills Poultry Society right here in Rapid City.
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.
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 the23rd, 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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