how to winterize a garden

Winterizing Your Garden

Pumpkin spice drinks, candy, baked goods, candles and more are on seasonal shelves in nearly every store; winter must be just right around the corner.

For most gardeners this is the end of the growing season, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing when and how to winterize your garden can keep you harvesting for 1-2 months longer!

In this mailing we will be discussing the impact cold weather has on the garden, suggestions on which plants to protect and why, and some helpful winterizing tips to keep your garden producing as long as possible. Learn more…

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Harvesting How To’s

Outside my backdoor the blackberries are finally getting plump and juicy. For the last month, every time I walk by I grab a berry or two off the vine to sample. Just this week they are finally sweet and delicious, with not even a hint of tart bitterness. Now to start harvesting!

There are countless tips, tricks and timing suggestions for harvesting. In this mailing, we are going to explore some of them. Starting with the basics of harvesting, we will then take a look at some specifics for  harvesting herbs, vegetables, fruits and nuts. Learn more…

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Burlap Flowers

Burlap Flowers are a simple, fun decoration. Using American Nettings’ Natural Burlap, Crop Cover and Poly Line, these little guys are made easy.

Cutting Burlap

Cutting burlap without it unraveling can be tricky. Here are a few pointers:

  1. Decide the dimensions. For making flowers 1.5″-2″ in width by 24″-30″ in length is recommended.
  2. Choose a thread line to be your edge
  3. Pull that thread until it is completely free from the burlap
  4. Cut down the line where the thread used to be

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How to Instructions

Once you have your burlap strips, you are half way!

Next:

  1. Fold the burlap strip in half
  2. Begin rolling on edge with the folded side up
  3. Once you have rolled it a few times (2-4), begin to twist the strip as you roll
  4. Make sure to twist it entirely around so that the folded edge remains on the outside or you will have loose burlap ends to deal with
  5. Keep twisting it around, holding it in place with your finger as you go.
  6. If a strand starts to come loose, remove it from the strip.
  7. Once you have gotten to the end, wrap the edge underneath.
  8. Apply hot glue to the back of the flower and place your Crop Cover piece on. Crop Cover should be cut into a small circle slightly smaller than flower prior to gluing.
  9. Trim any loose burlap strings
  10. And remember, the first one is always the most difficult
  11. If a stem is desired, puncture the Crop Cover on the back with scissors just enough to create a small hole. Put a small dollop of hot glue on the end of Poly Line (cut to whatever length is desired) and insert into the flower.

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Tah Dah! Burlap Flower! Feel free to play around with it. My first one took approximately 10 minutes. After I started getting the hang of it, it took about 3-4 minutes a flower.

For larger flowers add more length to the strip. For smaller flowers decrease the width and length.

Wreaths

Simply take your burlap flowers and decorate a wreath as sparsely or densely as you’d like. Cheap wreaths can be found at local thrift stores or convenience stores.

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Companion Planting

The combination of tomato and basil has been a flavor favorite for centuries, but did you know that growing them next to each other actually improves the growth and flavor of each individually? Conversely, if you plant cabbage and cauliflower together, they will both grow poorly and produce little. That is why companion planting, as it is called, is so important. Knowing which plants grow well together and which do not gives you the opportunity to have the most fruitful garden possible.

 

In this mailing, we will look at the basics of companion gardening (how it works and why), beneficial plant pairings and which pairings to avoid. Learn more…

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Little Garden Helpers: Bugs, Worms & Fish

As the days begin to get warmer, brighter and longer, it is important to provide the very best for your budding garden. Many do not realize how easy it is to ward off harmful pests, encourage pollinating opportunities and attain necessary nutrients: simply ask Nature’s little helpers: BUGS, WORMS & FISH!

 

The right bugs help control pests and are the best pollinators. While worms and fish can provide all the nutrients your garden will ever need. Knowing how to encourage these helpers can save you time and money, while also eliminating the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Learn more…

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Greenhouses: Easier Than You Might Think

Greenhouses are a marvelous tool. They allow individuals an extended growing season of up to 4 months! You can start your garden 1-2 months earlier in spring and keep it going 1-2 months longer in fall/early winter. Not only that, but seed germination and early starts flourish in greenhouses.

 

For this mailing, with our focus on GREENHOUSES, the topics will include greenhouse basics, choosing the greenhouse that best suits your (and your family’s) needs and how to build your very own greenhouse! Learn more…

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Grow Your Own Herb Garden

When preparing a garden, a person’s focus is often riveted to their fruit and veggie plans. Many hardly even think about herbs. Even fewer people realize all the benefits to growing herbs in their garden: natural bug repellent, health benefits, not to mention cutting down the grocery bill.

 

So for this mailing we are going to talk exclusively about herbs, with topics such as growing herbs, methods of preserving and herb uses. I have also added some fun herb facts and recipes.

 

Let the herb growing begin! Learn more…

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Landscaping? We’d Love to Help!

Spring seems to be coming early this year. With spring comes the joys of landscaping: planning for flowers, trees & grass, preparing the ground and soil, and of course, getting your hands dirty for the first time each year. We would love to help with your landscaping endeavors!

 

In this article, we will be discussing practical landscaping tips, tricks and products that will make your project easier. Learn more…

 

New Gardening Essentials

With the gardening season drawing nearer and nearer, I thought I would share with you some of American Nettings & Fabric’s new and exciting products we are premiering this season.

 

We are constantly expanding our product base  to offer our customers reliable, long-lasting gardening supplies at an affordable price.

 

In this article, I am pleased to announce 3 new products: our Trellis Systems, Poly Line Packs & Fence Line.

 

Along with our new products, I have also included new uses for one of our “Tried & True” products: Tomato Greenhouse (Hint: it can be used for more veggies than just tomatoes!) Learn more…

 

Planning Your Garden Part III: Preparing for Pests and Other Nuisances

Here is the final segment of “Planning Your Garden Part III: Preparing for Pests and Other Nuisances.” After all that hard work putting your garden together, the last you want is for birds, bugs and deer to reap the rewards. That is why planning for pests and other nuisances is so important.
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“Preparing for Pests and Other Nuisances” will cover practical ways of warding off birds, bugs and deer, eliminating weeds, and protecting against sun and wind. Also included will be ideas, tips, and products that can make protecting your perfect garden easier.
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My hope is that with this 3rd and final “Planning Your Garden” part, you will have the tools needed to make the most of your garden this year. Learn more…

 

Planning Your Garden Part II: Picking Your Produce

Here it is, “Part II: Picking Your Produce.” I couldn’t be more excited about this newsletter! Deciding what to grow is one of my favorite parts of gardening.

 

“Picking Your Produce” will cover practical ways of choosing the right plants for your family, climate and season. Also included are ideas, tips, and products that can make growing your perfect garden easier, with an increased yield. There is also a 10% off coupon at the bottom that is exclusively for newsletter recipients (see details below)!  Learn more…

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Bug Out Garden Insect Screen

 
Keep an eye out for the final segment, “Part III: Preparing for Pests and Other Nuisances.”

 

Planning You Garden Part I: From Apartment to Mansion

“Part I: From Apartment to Mansion” will cover practical ways of setting up a garden in whatever space you have available. Also included will be ideas, tips, and products that can make growing your perfect garden easier.
 
Keep an eye out for “Part II: Picking Your Produce” and “Part III: Preparing for Pests and Other Nuisances.”

 

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