It’s a good feeling now that we can finally say that our Garden Center is opening in less than a month on Thursday, May 5, 2016. It seems that every year our Garden Center opening is a welcome beacon, signifying that we are over the hump of cool weather and only the days of spending time transplanting young seedlings into the rich, black dirt with the warm sun on our backs are ahead of us.
Garden Center Overview
For those that may be unaware, this is our fourth year of having a Garden Center in our parking lot. It’s been a popular hotspot for our shoppers every year and our selection continues to expand. Tracy Donovan, our Garden Center lead, indicates that due to limited space, she will continue to add new plants as the season warms up so shoppers are encouraged to stop by each week to see the changes. Donovan indicates that she will start the Garden Center off with a wide selection of hanging baskets from Green Earth Growers in Prior Lake, MN (which make the perfect Mother’s Day gift!), cool season vegetable crops, and hardy herbs. Then, she will bring in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and other warm-loving plants after the first few weeks and end with sweet potatoes beginning in June. Also, throughout the season, look for native perennial plants from Glacial Ridge Growers in Glenwood, MN and fill-your-own compost from Mdewakanton Organics Recycling.
Passionate, informed employees like Tracy run the Garden Center, so there will always be someone on hand to help you decide what plants are right for your garden. The hours of the Garden Center will be Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Garden Center will close for the season during the second weekend in June.
For those of you that have been to our Garden Center year after year, you are probably wondering if we have anything different this year and the answer is YES!
What’s New for 2016
Certified organic onion sets will be available before the end of April. Many customers asked for these last year and we finally found them! They will be available in red, yellow and white varieties in ½ lb. bags that contain about 64 onions each.
Welcome our new grower, Rush Creek from Spring Valley, WI. Rush Creek Growers will be our premier supplier of vegetable and herb plants for the Garden Center, providing an extensive selection and countless assortments, including but not limited to:
-10 varieties of Cucumbers, 11 varieties of winter squash, 31 varieties of peppers, 43 varieties of tomatoes, 26 varieties of basil, 6 varieties, of lavender, 8 varieties of rosemary
-6-packs of greens, including Kale, Collard, Chard and Lettuce
-6-packs of Celeriac, Asparagus, Amaranth, Kohlrabi, Pac Choi, Raddichio, Mustard and Brussels Sprouts
-6-packs of nasturtiums, 8 varieties
-Two different Forager’s Mixes (one for the cool and one for the warm season)
-Cowsmo Potting Mix from Waumandee, Wisconsin, will be available in bags and fill-your-own buckets. Cowsmo Potting Mix is approved for use in organic production at a significantly lower price point than others.
What You Can Get Now at The Co-op
-High Mowing Seeds ($1.99/package) & Prairie Road Organics ($2.99/package): We have many varieties of seeds available including zesty greens, lettuces, chards, spinaches, herbs, kale, peas, cucumbers, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, kohlrabi, turnip, parsnips, tomatoes & squash.
-Bulk Seeds (10 cents/seed): If you only want to try one or two seeds from certain varieties, then bulk seeds are the way to go. We have Spaghetti Squash, Provider Bean, Moon and Stars Watermelon, Oregon Sugar Pod, Snow Pea, Dark Green Zucchini, Bush Delicata Squash, National Pickling Cucumber, Maxibel Bean, Table Queen Acorn Squash, Burgess Buttercup Squash, Marketmore Cucumber and Waltham Butternut Squash.
About our Growers:
All three of our growers, Rush Creek (Spring Valley, WI), Green Earth Growers (Prior Lake, MN) and Glacial Ridge (Glenwood, MN) are on the cutting edge of greenhouse production techniques, employing integrated pest management, correct timing, succession plantings, precise regulation of temperatures and humidity, and root zone colonization to provide us with robust plants. These techniques allow them to operate with no insecticides, no herbicides, no neonicotinoids and no GMO seeds. While they are not certified organic growers, they employ organic growing practices and welcome your inquiries.