Hopefully as you are reading this, the snow is gone and it’s warm and sunny outside. It’s time to start getting all those fun gardening projects underway. We also can’t forget that April 22 is Earth Day. So, with the combination of spring and Earth Day it only seems fitting to discuss things from the Earth and for the Earth.

From the Earth

There is no better inspiration for all your gardening plans than a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. We’ve brought in some new flowers from Kennicott Brothers out of Milwaukee. They are employee-owned and have been in business since 1881. So, if you haven’t checked out the flower cooler recently, stop by and take a look at all the new flowers we have to offer.

It’s also time to pick out all the seeds for your spring planting. We are carrying Seed Savers Exchange seeds again this year. Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 and is a nonprofit organization that saves and shares heirloom seeds. We have two racks in the Produce department full of all kinds of heirloom treasures for you to grow in your own garden.

If you really want to get a head start on gardening, you can start your seeds indoors. We carry a whole new line of natural organic soils and fertilizers from Paradigm Gardens right here in Madison. Our soil selection includes starter mix, potting soil, and cactus mix. We also have Cocogro, which is a brick of coco fiber. It doesn’t get any easier than starting seeds with this product. All you need to do is poke holes in the package, soak in water, plant your seeds, and water and fertilize as necessary. Our line of fertilizers includes worm castings, bat guano and fish and kelp based fertilizers.

For those of us who don’t have time to start our seedlings ourselves, there are seedling starters, which are all ready to go directly into the garden. This year we will be having starters form Voss Organics and West Star Farm again. Watch for them to be showing up soon.

For the Earth

We’ve brought in a new local book called Hybrid Neighborhoods by John L Gann, Jr. It’s a Carpe Horam title and can be read in about an hour. This book discusses how you can use less gas by living in hybrid neighborhoods. It has some great tips on how to cut down on your gas usage and, in turn, help the environment.

Another great way to help the environment is to bring your own bag when grocery shopping. Not only do you cut down on the materials needed to produce disposable bags, but you also save 10 cents at the register for each of your own non-paper bags you use. And, to make it even easier, we have Eco Bags string bags on sale for the entire month. These are great little bags that you can put into your pocket when heading to the store, and you will be surprised how much they hold.

So, happy spring, happy Earth Day and here’s looking forward to summer blooms!