April News: Container Garden Class, Bud Tip, Combo of the Week 2015

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April News: Container Garden Class, Bud Tip, Combo of the Week 2015


Bring on Spring! It's time to have some gardening fun.







Saturday, April 18, 10am


Sign up and join us for this perennial favorite for gardeners.  Learn basic tips and techniques for making your own beautiful container gardens.  Bring a pot and let us help you plant your container right there!  We’ll keep it safe from frost and when it’s time, you can pick it up with a month’s growth already underway.  Bring your buddies and make it a morning get together.  







Sauk Valley Shop Small is celebrating National Small Business Week all month long with the Shop Small Passport Giveaway.  Between April 13 and May 9 make a purchase at your favorite Sauk Valley Shop Small business and get your Shop Small Passport stamped to enter for a chance to win one of four $100 gift certificates good at any participating Sauk Valley Shop Small business.  Winners will be announced on May 10.  


Distinctive Gardens is going to do an additional drawing for our Passport customers for a free hanging basket.


Participating businesses in Sterling are: Bushel Basket Candle Company, Sauk Valley Reiki, Beautiful You Boutique, Golden Key Gifts, Tuff Dog Bakery, Candy Bouquet, Merle Norman, Air Play Sports, Showplace Antiques and SBM. Dixon participants include: Distinctive Gardens, Reagan Home Gift Shop, Dixon Furniture Mart, The Audio Video Connection, Petals to Parties, Roxie's.



Sauk Valley Shop Small is a grassroots alliance of area small, independently owned businesses, cultural groups and community organizations seeking to increase community awareness of the benefits of shopping small and to promote each other year-round through the Shop Small Movement, and once a year through, American Express OPEN's Small Business Saturday®





Bud Tip:

April is a great month to divide perennials. Early on, most haven't yet started to actively push out new growth. The daytime temps are still on the cooler side, a good thing for transplants. Usually, the ground is workable as well.

A small square-tipped spade works best. A regular spade will work, but it's a little harder to get in the ground. When you dig your plant, take a good chunk of the surrounding soil. That will help reduce transplant shock. Do it early in the morning before the heat of the day hits. Take your spade and split the chunk down the middle. Hosta are the easiest. They are quite forgiving of having their roots split.

Once divided, plant in the new area and amend with mushroom compost. This will improve the soil, provide nutrients and make it easier for new roots to push their way out into the new ground. Don't forget to water it in and at minimum while it reestablishes, give it a good drink at least once a week depending on rainfall.

If you are dividing plants that have already started growing, remember to prune some of the top growth off. This will make it easier on the plant to adapt because there is less foliage that it's roots will need to feed. Don't be afraid to move a growing perennial. You will just have to water it more than when it is dormant. 








Combo of the Week

Combo of the Week starts up on Tax Day and runs through Memorial Day.  Each week a different combo goes on special.  Recipes are online and updated weekly.  Bud has a great new selection of container garden combination ideas lined up and ready to go.







Springfest Open House

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3

Kick off the gardening season in style! Come on out for food, door prizes, and plants galore. All the latest Heucheras, unusual annuals, perennials, and nursery stock are ready for your perusal. 








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