“If you seek God, look in a garden. You can dig for HIM there“
ANNUALS – PERENNIALS – HERBS – SEASONAL COLOR – CONTAINERS
Goffle Brook Farm – Garden Plants
Springtime at the Garden Center
The warm glow of the sun rays brings us once again into the garden. It’s all happening out there now with seeds sown and beginning to germinate and some little seedlings growing in the hot house. Pansies with their smiling “faces” once again provide a welcoming sight. Crocus shyly show their faces in the morning, another herald of the coming growing season.
At Goffle Brook Farms we’re ready for another fun-filled year of gardening with our friends and meeting new ones. Gardening has a lot in common with painting a landscape. Every spring, the Almighty creates the joy of new life by painting nature with color, shapes & textures we hadn’t seen since last spring. It’s a gardener’s task to try our best to maximize all of nature’s delights in the confines of our own space. That space may be a big or small yard, pots on a deck or patio, or just a few plants by a sunny window. It’s not the size of your space that matters; it’s the love that you put into your growing experience.
Perennials – “the backbone of the garden beds”
Perennials are plants that live longer than two years. Unlike annual plants (zinnias, marigolds, radish) which complete their life cycle in one growing season and then die, perennials may go to seed every year and may even die back to the ground at times, but their root systems are very much alive and the plants will continue growing when conditions are right.
Perennial plants remain in the ground year after year. Once established, many perennials need minimal upkeep in the form of watering and fertilizing, since their roots are more far-ranging than annual plants’ roots. Many perennials spread readily, filling out garden spaces and providing more and more color each year.
Annuals – Seasonal Color
The term annual refers to those garden flowers that complete their life cycle in one growing season. This means seed is planted in the spring, the plants grow, flower, set seed and then die usually after the frosts in the fall. Hardy annuals are those that can stand the most cold and can tolerate cold soil, cool air and light frosts without being damaged. Ornamental cabbage and kale, pansy, snapdragon, sweet alyssum, calendula and dusty miller fall into this category. These can usually be planted about four weeks before the frost free date in your area.
Pansies, petunias, and snap dragons are great choices because they like cool weather, add vibrant color, and grow well in containers. Ideally, your spring garden will showcase both annuals and perennials. Stop in and browse our garden center displays for 2020 and enjoy nature’s “palette” of colors. We offer seasonal color plants so that you have a garden for every season.
Goffle Brook Farms
Herb Gardening in Bergen County
- Thyme- Rub chopped leaves (fresh or dried) into beef, lamb, veal, or pork before roasting. Sprinkle over eggs, cheese dishes
- Parlsey – Mix leaves into salads, soups, stews, casseroles, and omelets. Serve fresh as garnish with meat, fish, and onion dishes
- Mint – Brew leaves into tea, or to garnish cold drinks. Spearmint is generally used to make mint sauce or jelly.
- Fennel – Leaves have a sweetish flavor, particularly good in sauces for fish; also useful with pork or veal, in soups and in salads
- Coriander – Grind dry seeds to powder and dust over veal, pork, or ham before cooking. Young leaves are knows as cilantro.
- Chives – Leaves have a mild onion flavor. Chop them and add them to salads, egg and cheese dishes
Herbs are easy to grow. Just follow a few basic cultural requirements. Most herbs do best in full sun. There are a few that will tolerate partial shade. Any good garden soil is satisfactory for growing herbs. It is suggested that adequate amounts of organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure be worked into the soil prior to planting. This will help improve overall soil structure and aeration and supply some nutrients.
What Our Customer’s Say
Really cute garden center. My boyfriend and I stopped by to get some pumpkins. They had a great variety of both small and large pumpkins. They also have a small petting zoo with goats, sheep, and a pig. They have a small variety of produce for purchase inside. We wound up sampling cider they were selling and bought that as well as it was delicious. We may go back to get more. Employees were very helpful and friendly.
Highly recommend this garden center.
This is such a great place. Goffle Brook Farm & Garden Center has friendly and helpful staff that seem to really appreciate your business. They have a great selection of plants, flowers, gardening supplies, great FRESH local produce and I am sure tons of stuff I have yet to discover. The staff is very knowledgeable and always takes the time to walk me through any garden problem or question I have.
I’ve been going to Goffle Brook Farm & Garden Center regularly for the past year since my family moved to the area and every time I go I leave happy. What more can you ask for?
They will have my loyal business. I think they deserve your business too.