May News: Springfest this weekend, Veggie Tips, and Shop Small Saturday 2015

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May News: Springfest this weekend, Veggie Tips, and Shop Small Saturday 2015


Springfest this weekend! Tips on planting a veggie garden, Shop Small Saturday


Springfest is here!

Saturday, 9-6 and Sunday 11-3

Everything's blooming, weather's starting to turn.  We're only about a week away from the frost date.  Things are shaping up. Join us this weekend for Springfest.  We'll have specials, quick classes, food and door prizes!  Hope to see you out.

On Mother's Day weekend we're having another shin dig, Shop Small Saturday.  Should be a lot of fun.  The container gardens and hanging baskets are looking great.  Bud did a nice job this year.

New this year offering Color Combos that are coordinated with hanging baskets. They are nice and big and make pulling together a finished looking container easy.





Quick Classes



Low Care Landscape Plants

10a Drawing: Japanese Maple "Bloodgood"

10-11am 10% off

Angelina Sedum
Hen and Chick mix
Walkers Low Nepeta (Catmint)
Knockout Roses
Mops Cypress 3g size


Fantastic Foliage

11a Drawing: Foliage Plant Collection

11-12 noon 10% off 

Abutilon Chinese Lantern
Ipomoea Bright Lights Camouflage
Lantana Skittles
Coleus Under The Sea Bonefish
Coleus Kiwi Fern
Cordyline Black Knight

12 noon

Monarch Butterfly Habitat

12 noon Drawing:  Milkweek Plant Collection

12-1p 10% off 

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca
Marsh Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
Sand Milkweed Asclepias amplexicaulis
Prairie Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii
Dixie Sun Coneflower Echinacea
Green Jewel Coneflower Echinacea


Pretty Petunias

1p Drawing: Petunia Collection

1-2p 10% off

all 4" pot Petunias 


Heirloom Tomatoes

2p Drawing: Tomato Collection

2-3p 10% off

all Tomatoes 


Bud Tips on Veggie Gardening

Don’t forget, don’t plant your tomatoes in the same spot you did last year.  The reason is because planting in the same spot will increase risk of blight, leaf spot and other foliar diseases. 

Put your peppers in toward the end of the month.  You need to do this because the soil is warmer.  Peppers don’t grow well when it’s cool. 

Easy way to support your peppers is with tomato cages.  They are not good for tomatoes but they are great for peppers.  These will keep branches off the ground and peppers from laying on the soil.

To help keep weeds down, if you bag your grass, use the grass clippings.  P.S.  If you use weed and feed then don’t use grass clipping in the garden.  




Sauk Valley Shop Small Saturday, May 9

Our Sauk Valley Shop Small group is at it again! We're joining in to celebrate National Small Business Week with a Sauk Valley Shop Small Saturday on May 9.

A few dozen small businesses in the Sauk Valley are participating. We'll have food, Combo of the Week specials, Shop Small Passport Giveaway, and other activities for the day.

National Small Business Week May 5-8

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they're working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America's global competitiveness.






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.  Participating businesses in Sterling are: Bushel Basket Candle Company, Sauk Valley Reiki, Beautiful You Boutique, Golden Key Gifts, Tuff Dog Bakery, Candy Bouquet.  Dixon participants include:  Distinctive Gardens, Reagan Home Gift Shop, Dixon Furniture Mart.



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®





Wild Thing

You make my heart sing. You make everything groovy. Talk about moving and grooving, Toffee Twist keeps it interesting as it develops into a graceful moving arch of finely cut sandy shades. Pulse petunia pops off a coordinated coloring against trailing coleus and bright yellow threads. Great for sun to part shade this container can work in a large container for a brilliant statement or moderate when using less plants.


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