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Storage Tips – Bringing Summer Indoors

Bring Summer Indoors
While we love the harvest season, we hate to see our fresh produce and blooming flowers disappear until next year. But we can hang on to summer well into the cooler months by storing and preserving all that we’ve grown.
Here are some tips from Botanical Interests on bringing your garden bounty indoors!
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Winter Squash and Pumpkins
Before eating, carving, or storing, cure in a sunny indoor area at 75°-80°F for 1 to 2 weeks so that the skin further hardens. Ideal storage conditions are 50°-60°F with good air circulation, such as in a cool basement, off the floor. Once cured, winter fruit will store from 1 to 6 months depending on the variety.
Tomatoes
Blush or green tomatounnamed2es ripen the fastest in a warm, dark area. Ideally, ripe tomatoes are stored at 55°-68°F. For best flavor and texture, avoid storing tomatoes in the refrigerator, Whole, chopped, stewed, or sauced tomatoes can also be stored in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to one year.

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Many herbs hold their flavor when dried. Cut a handful of stems and tie them together to hang upside down in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, with good air circulation. Once dry, store them in an airtight container, in the dark if possible. Some herbs are better frozen. Freeze chopped herbs in an ice cube tray with a little water or olive oil. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer safe container, and defrost as needed.

Flowers

Make sure flowers are dry and strip foliage from stems, which helps the plant dry faster. Tie 5-10 stems in a bundle with rubber bands, and hang them upside down. Try to keep the flowers from touching each other. The rubber bands will tighten as the stems dry out, and the flower heads will pull the stems straight. Grasses should be dried upright.

Fall Gardening Hints

Beautiful broccoli, luscious kale, flavor-enhancing leeks, exotic winter radishes, and other cool season vegetables are all signs of fall!

Cool season vegetables, especially those with longer days to maturity (time from sowing to unnamedharvest) are better when grown in fall, because the weather is reliably cooler than spring, which can heat up fast. Even though the garden soil in late summer can still be too warm

Beautiful broccoli, luscious kale, flavor-enhancing leeks, exotic winter radishes, and other cool season vegetables are all signs of fall!

Cool season vegetables, especially those with longer days to maturity (time from sowing to harvest) are better when grown in fall, because the weather is reliably cooler than spring, which can heat up fast. Even though the garden soil in late summer can still be too warm to germinate some cool season crops, you can still start them indoors and transplant them out when it’s cooler.

Tips for fall sowing planning:
  • Mark your average first fall frost date on a calendar.
  • Look on your seed packet for “Days to Maturity” or use our Outdoor Sowing Guide for Late Summer/Fall. Soils may be hot, and quick to dry in summer, so you may consider starting some fall crops indoors or creating some shade over the garden bed. Some cool season crops like lettuce and spinach will not germinate in soils over 80°F or 85°F respectively, so you may want to start them inside if the soil is still too warm. However, root crops should always be direct-sown.
  • From your average first fall frost date, count backwards the number of days to maturity, which will bring you to your ideal sowing date. Move your sowing date up 1 to 2 weeks to accommodate cool growing temperatures and shorter days that may slow growth, unless you plan to use season extension techniques like row covers. Most cool season varieties have a sweeter flavor after a frost, as cool weather increases the sugar content in these varieties in order the help them survive cool temperatures.
  • Mark your calendar with variety sowing dates, and use it year after year to germinate some cool season crops, you can still start them indoors and transplant them out when it’s cooler.

With The Rain Comes New Plants

For once the sun is not shining, but the nourishing rain is falling here at Geo Growers.
Either way is great for you and your garden, and to make it even better it is Wednesday Plant day. Yes, you read that correctly. The new plants for YOUR garden have arrived.

All are organic
All come in 4 inch potsshishito-peppers
All want to go home with you!!

Shishito Peppers
California Wonder Bell Peppers
Keystone Bell Pepper
Better Boy Tomato
CeCHPlebrity Tomato
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Red Cherry Tomato
Roma Tomato

 

 

 

 

Now for bigger things!

Dragon Fruit (1 quart)
Prostrate Rosemary (1 gallon)

Thursday Plant Day!!!

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The sun is shining and the heat is on. That means it is summer time and PLANT TIME here at Geo Growers. Come visit our updated and renovated Shade House to see what is growing for you.

Just arrived and ready to plant.

All in 4 inch pots
All Organic.

Curly Parsley
Bay Laurel

Green Malabar Spinach
Red Malabar Spinach
Zucchini
Crookneck Squash

Red Carpet Sedum
Red Bird Plant

1 Gallon Pots

Allspice Bush
Almond Verbena
Nazareth Sage
Gregg’s Mist Flower
Gogi Berry

5 gallon pots
Bay Laurel

 

Friday Plant Day????

Okay, I know it is a bit strange that Friday is Plant Day around here instead of Wednesday, but the truth is that we have been BUSY!!!!shadehouse
The sun is shining, the dirt is flying, and the plants are arriving, but it took a day or two for us to catch our breath and let you know what is here for your garden.

So start your weekend off the right way by stopping by the Geo Grower’s shade house and getting those extra things you need for the vegetable or herb garden.

HERBS:
All in 4 inch pots
All are Organic

Garlic Chives
Culantro
Doublemint
Variegated Pineapple Mint
Hot & Spicy Oregano
Patchouli
Sweet Marjoram
Creeping Thyme
Lemon Variegated Thyme
Mexican Feather Grass

VEGETABLES:
All in 4 inch pots
All are Organic

Charentais Melon
Honeydew Melon
Burgundy Okra
Orange Bell Pepper
Habanero Pepper
Shishito Pepper
Tomatillo
Orange Glow Watermelon
Sugar Baby Watermelon

OTHER STUFF:
4 inch pots
Purple Gomphrena
Carmine Gomphrena
Lilac Gomphrena
Red Gomphrena

1 Gallon pots
Mexican Hummingbird Bush
Texas Everbearing Fig
Elderberry
Goji Berry

Lions, Tigers, and PLANTS

Okay, well maybe there aren’t Lions and Tigers, but I can promise that there are newshadehouse plants in the Geo Growers Shade House.

Please DO NOT Forget that there are probably a few great plants left over from last week, so stop on in and get what you need.

HERBS:
All come in 4 inch pots.
All are organic.

Hyssop
Lemon Verbena
Rober’s Lemon Rose Scented Geranium

VEGETABLES:
All come in 4 inch pots.
All are organic.

Bush Pickle Cucumbers
Assorted Melons
Clemson Spineless Okra
Mixed Bell Peppers
Red Baron Bell Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers
Much Nacho Jalapeno Peppers
TAM Jalapeno Peppers
Sweet Banana Peppers
Green Malabar Spinach
Tropic Tomato (Heat Tolerant)
Orange Glo Watermelon

OTHER ITEMS:
These are 1 gallon pots.

Gregg’s Blue Mist Flower
Dwarf Myrtle
Blue Classic Passion Vine

 

Sun Shine and Fresh Plants Is A Great Day

shadehouseThe sky is blue , the sun is out, and the new plants have arrived at the Geo Growers Shade House.

HERBS: 
They are all organic.
They are all in 4 inch Pots.
They are ready for your garden.

African Blue Basil
Eleanore Sweet Basil
Dukat Dill
Hyssop
Lemon Balm
Lemon Verbena
Black Stem Peppermint
Kentucky Colonel Spearmint
Sweet Marjoram
Blue Lagoon  Rosemary

VEGGIES:
They are all organic.
They are all in 4 inch Pots.
They are ready for your garden.

Suyo Long Cucumber
Clemson Spineless Okra
Hot MIx Peppers
Mucho Nacho Jalapeno Peppers
Shishito Pepper
Crookneck Squash
Straight Neck Squash
White Bush Scallop Squash
Yellow Bush Scallop Squash
Zucchinni
Tomatillo
Hot Spell Tomato
TAM Hot TV Tomato

ONE GALLON STUFF:
Bigger and better.
Great for you garden.

Creeping Germander
Huntington Carpet Rosemary
Goji Berry

Just A Little Overcast, But FULL OF NEW PLANTS!!!

The Geo Grower’s shade house has been revamped and updated. Come on by and see theshadehouse new and improved Shade House.  While you are there, check out the new plants that just arrived at Geo Growers!!!!

 

HERBS:
All of these are in 4 inch pots
All are organic.
All of them are ready to go home with YOU!!

Dark Opal Basil
Mrs. Burn’s Lemon Basil
Lime Basil
Eleanore Sweet Basil
Catnip
Fernleaf Dill
Lemon Balm
East Indian Lemon Grass
Yerba Buena Mint
Sicilian Oregano
Lambs Ear
Vervain

VEGETABLES: 
All of these are in 4 inch pots
All are organic.
All of them are ready to go into your Garden today!!

Ichiban Eggplant
Rosa Blanca Eggplant
Marketmore Cucmber
Assorted Melons
Burgundy Okra
Red Baron Bell Pepper
Habanero Pepper
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Spaghetti  Squash
White Bush Scallop Squash
Zucchini
Ronde di Nice Zucchini
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Early Girl Tomato
Red Cherry Tomato
Improved Porter Tomato
Red Pear Tomato
Roma Tomato
Green Globe Artichoke

 

OTHER STUFF:
 All of these are in 4 inch pots
All are organic.

Sedum
Hens& Chicks Succulent
Cosmos

All of these are in 1 gallon Pots
All are Organic.
All grow great in our area.

Copper Canyon Daisy
Hill Hardy Rosemary
Prostrate Rosemary
Dwarf Mulberry
Celeste Fig Tree

The Sun is Shining and It is PLANT DAY!!!

The weather is just about perfect and to top things off, there are new plants in the Geo shadehouseGrowers’ Shade House.

Stop on in to get the best plants for your garden!!!

HERBS:
They are all in 4 inch pots.
They all want to go home with you!!
They are all Organic.

Lime Basil
Fernleaf Dill
Kentucky Colonel Spearmint
Mexican Marigold
Vietnamese Coriander
Bay Laurel
Lambs Ear

VEGETABLES:
They are all in 4 inch pots.
They all want to go home with you!!Desktop4
They are all Organic.

National Pickling Cucumber
Rosa Blanca Eggplant
Mexibell Bell Pepper
Orange Bell Pepper
Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper
Jalapeno Pepper
Ancho/Poblano  “Tiburon” Pepper
Serrano Pepper
Arkansas Traveler Tomato
Celebrity Tomato
Early Girl Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato
Lemon Boy Hybrid Tomato

OTHER EXCITING THINGS:
All are in 1 gallon pots.
All are organic. 

Lemon Grass
Country Girl Chrysanthemum

Sunshine, Blue Skies, and FRESH PLANTS!!!!!

shadehouseYes,  it is that time of the week again. It is New Plant Day at Geo Growers!!!!!!
Please take some time to check the last couple of week’s posts about new plants because there is always a chance that some of them are left over.

 

Vegetables:

All are in 4 inch pots.
All are Organic.
All want to be in YOUR garden!

Better Boy Tomato
Gardener’s Delight Tomato
Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato
Mixed Cucumbers
Mixed Eggplants
Black Beauty Eggplant
Pingtung Eggplant
King Richard Leeks
Crookneck Squash
Straight Neck Squash
Bush Scallop White Squash
Bush Scallop Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Tomatillo

Other Plants:

All are one gallon plants.
All grow well in our area.
All of them want to go home with YOU!

Foxtail Rosemary
Prostrate Rosemary
Creeping Thyme
Creeping Germander


All are in 4 inch pots.
All are organic.
All of them want to go home with YOU!

Sedum
Mexican Feather Grass
Chandler Strawberry
Sequoia Strawberry
Silver Falls Dichondra (Pony’s Foot)
Vera Lavender
Vervain