In the Garden Center: Grass Seed, House Plants

House Plants and their Care
Many of us will be bringing plants back indoors over the next few weeks as the weather turns cooler.  What you don’t want to bring back with them are bugs and fungus diseases!  You should carefully inspect the leaves, especially the underside, for evidence of infestation. Also look along the stems.  Scratch the soil lightly to see of tiny gnats or larvae are present.

If you do detect any problems with your house plants, stop by the Bloomingfoods East Garden Center and chat with our knowledgeable staff who are gardeners themselves. Maybe bring the culprit with you for a positive ID. We might recommend hosing down the plant outdoors or cleaning the leaves individually, letting the soil dry out more on the surface and spreading a thin layer of sand; perhaps the problem can best be solved with an organic pesticide such as neem, insecticidal soap, or pyrethrin. Perhaps they need a nutritional boost. Together we will come up with a plan for your house plants to be healthy over the winter.

The Garden Center also has a wide variety of house plants for sale, including ferns, peace lilies, aloes, succulents, and venus flytraps.

Grass Seed at the Garden Center
Does your lawn still look shabby from last year’s drought? Are there bare spots here and there where you’ve tried to get grass to grow before, but it just didn’t want to take?  Would you like your lawn to stay green all year instead of brown in the summer and winter?  Fall is the best time to plant grass seed.  Bloomingfoods East Garden Center carries Jaguar turf type fescue, a remarkable variety that thrives in shade or sun, stands up to high traffic, and is remarkably drought tolerant.  Best of all, it’s on sale: $1.79 a pound (save 50 cents off the regular price), or $78.99 ($11 off) for a 50 lb. bag.  Plan on using 4 lbs. per 1000 square feet to fill in spots or 8 lbs. per 1000 square feet starting from scratch.

We also carry cover crops for your garden, as well as several kinds of seeds and bedding plants that thrive in cool weather for a winter harvest.

Chris Bobbitt