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We are very happy to now be able to offer you quality plants, shrubs, trees and seasonal plantings.
In our greenhouse we will be growing organic plants for this coming Spring. It is our desire to provide you with healthy plants that are free of chemicals, pesticides and are not GMO. You and your family and pets health is always our concern.
If you live in our Brunswick NY area. Please stop by and chat with us. Your ideas and suggestions are always appreciated. You can also visit our Country Store where local, handmade gifts, and quality Made In USA gifts can be found. 
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PLANTING AND GROWING DATES 
IN NEW YORK STATE ARE BELOW

If you are out of NYS you can go to the below website and enter your zip code.
                             http://www.weather.gov/media/aly/Climate
You can see that even within a State the season of growing can change.
It is important to know what growing zone you are in and heat zone, along with the dates you can sow your seeds and plants.  Hope this is helpful to you.

Albany 5/24--9/19 
Buffalo 5/2--09/23
Dannemora 5/27--9/2
Elmira 5/31--9/18
Fredonia 5/19--10/4
Gloversville 5/24 --9/17
Lake Placid 6/19--8/29
New York City 4/13--10/27
Rochester 5/18--9/29
Scarsdale 5/9--10/1
Syracuse 5/14--10/3
Watertown 5/22--9/21
Picture of a 5 yr old Nannyberry Viburnum
Products - Cut or dried flowers.
Food - Fruit used fresh, processed and dried. Native
Americans ate it raw. White settlers used the bark for tea.
Medicinal - Used as diuretic, nerve sedative, for asthma
and hayfever, and treatment of cramps and palpitation.
Bees love it too.
HELP BEES: BY PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS:
Below is a list!
We all know by now that native bees and honey bees have declined in the past few decades. The reasons are many; pesticide use, habitat loss, disease, pests and climate change. But, YOU CAN HELP. Below is a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs that we would be happy to plant for you. Trees must be planted correctly in the soil, in the correct place and at the appropriate time.
Here is your list:
Red and Sugar Maples,
Sycamore,
Buckeye,
Pussy and Streamco Willow,
Bristly Locust,
Virginia, Wetland and Rugosa Rose,
Highbush Cranberry, Arrowwood, Nannyberry Viburnum,
Gray, Red Stem, Silky Dogwood
Crabapple,
Sand Cherry,
Buttonbush,
Wild Grape,
Black Cherry.
(All can be ordered as seedlings from the NYS Tree Nursery at Saratoga, NY.)
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INDETERMINATE AND DETERMINATE TOMATOES

Simple explanation is that determinate tomatoes bear their crop all at once, while indeterminate tomatoes bear fruit over the course of a season. You can plant determinate plants more than once a season. 

USING PAPER HOLDER ROLLS
You have a paper holder roll for hand towels and toilet paper. Throw them out? Not an option. Recycle? Could be an option. But, how about using them for flower starter pots? Simply make a slit on one end and then another one on the opposite side. Fold in one side and then fold the other over it. Fill with organic starter mix, place a seed in the middle, place under a grow light or on a well lit windowsill and watch it grow. When the seedling gets to be about 6 inches, you can plant as is or place in a pot for planting later. No more waste. 

Forcing Branches
Now is the time to force some lovely branches.
(See our blog for the instructions.)
When you bring in the branches, put them in a sink or tub of very warm water. This water has the least oxygen. This oxygen is what blocks water from being taken up the stems and stops hydration. Hold the stems under the water and cut them with a well-sharpened pruner two inches above the original cut. The stems will now absorb the needed water.