Goffle Brook Farms – “a garden blog”
Now that the weather is finally breaking and the days are filled with sun and the nights just a tad cool; hanging baskets are making their presence known with spectacular displays of colors, hues, textures and foliage. Hanging baskets, they’ve come a long way and aren’t just for hanging on the deck anymore.
Arugula is an aromatic, peppery-flavored salad green. Also known as rocket, roquette, rugula and rucola, it’s delightfully pungent leaves have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since time was recorded. Arugula is very low in calories and is high in vitamins A and C. A 1/2 cup serving is two calories. This is one of those great, simple greens to grow at home.
Regal geraniums, also known as Martha Washington geraniums are a plant bursting with very colorful blooms. They're simply great for any garden, and they're fairly simple to grow even with minimal gardening knowledge. These plants look spectacular when put in any containers, hanging baskets, or when planted in flower beds.
Spring is a great time for gardeners to catch up on their reading. There’s nothing as relaxing as laying back in a hammock, having a cup of lemonade, and reading an informative organic gardening book. And they make excellent Mother's Day Gifts.
Many a Mother is gifted with a beautiful pot of tulips to celebrate Easter. Her smile is priceless and the flowers gorgeous; but sadly, all good things must come to an end and after enjoying the flowers for a few weeks, you are left with a pot of dying leaves topped with wilted buds
As anyone who travels Goffle Road knows, it isn’t spring until Goffle Brook Farm in Ridgewood puts out its pansy display. That’s been the tradition since Richard and Dancy Osborne opened the place in 1968. On Friday, one week after a blizzard, Kurt Dorsey, plant manager and buyer, laid out the first flowery color riot of the season. “Pansies like it cold,” he said.
Gone are the days that four bags of fertilizer are purchased in the spring to JUST feed your lawn. Over the course of time we have learned that taking care of your soil is just as important, no more important, than feeding your plants. Okay I am going to get a bit technical here so stick with me. It has taken me years to sum up what I am about to share with you. So here goes:
Early spring color makes those last winter harrahs a bit more bearable. Find out what plants can add early spring color to your garden at Goffle Brook Farms. For many gardeners, annuals are a go-to solution for many garden needs. Annual flowers are a quick way to fill empty spots in flowerbeds, and early-blooming spring annuals make great additions to container gardens.
Perennial flowers and plants are often considered the backbones of the flower beds. Unlike the annuals we plant each year, herbaceous perennials die to the ground at the end of the growing seasons and then next spring they grow back from their same root systems.
Native vegetation evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and animals. This long process brings us several gardening advantages. Native plants provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife, while contributing greatly to healthy soil and water in urban and rural areas. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources.
With more and more families wanting to try growing their own vegetables it is more important than ever to have the best products and knowledge to help them do so with success. Here at Goffle brook farms we carry a wide verity of non GMO seeds, seed trays and seed starting soil. Pretty much everything you need to start your own vegetables seeds.
There are several ways to approach the acquisition of plants for your new or established garden. You can shop on the internet and see enhanced plant offerings, head over to one of those box stores and hope Bozo the Clown doesn’t offer you advice, don’t laugh, I’ve heard it happen.
We’re really proud of being a Master Nursery Garden Center. You’ve probably heard us mention it. But, you may not know what that really means and why it matters to you as our customer. Here are a few facts:
Hostas - a great perrenial for any garden in the shade. Hostas are great plants for adding texture to any garden and come in a variety of greens, blues, purples, and some variations will have white, yellow stripes. And with so many different sizes of hostas (over 2500!) there is sure to be a spot in your garden for this workhorse of a plant.
Ornamental grasses ask so little from gardeners and give back so much. They offer nearly four seasons of interest to our gardens and require hardly any maintenance. That is until it’s time for some spring cleaning in the garden. Most ornamental grasses are perennial performers, and after winter they need to shed their old foliage so they can start growing again.
When the crocuses bloom, spring is here. Gardeners know this in their hearts, even though the calendar may say otherwise. There is something about this beguiling springtime flower that sets the emotions astir and reassures those who have been waiting through the long winter that the new season has arrived.
White tailed deer are beautiful animals, graceful and elegant when in motion however to the homeowner trying to grow a garden they can be destructive pests. How is a gardener to cope with these adversaries? A blend of deer-resistant plantings and repellants can help to maintain your garden. Deer-resistant planting is not an exact science. There are a few hard and fast rules because deer behavior and taste preferences vary from place to place, and even season to season.
Impatiens are one of the standby color selections for shady regions in the landscape. They are also under threat from a water mold disease that lives in soil, so check those shade annuals carefully before you purchase. There is a tough disease of impatiens (called downy mildew) that is species specific and will kill the plants.
Gardening in Dry Conditions. No one ever anticipates a drought but some years we go in to the season dryer than others. Here are some tips to help you garden in either a dryer location or during a drought as well as some drought tolerant plants to utilize in your garden designs.
Pollinators, such as most bees, some birds, bats, butterflies and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds
Vegetable Gardening in Bergen County With more and more families wanting to try growing their own vegetables it is more important than ever to have the best products and knowledge to help them [...]
Orchid Care Stereotyped as being difficult plants that require the temperature and humidity extremes of a tropical rainforest. Although some orchids do need these conditions, most can be grown under normal household conditions. [...]